Investing in energy resources can be a powerful way to stimulate economic development, create jobs, and promote clean energy production. In Central Mississippi, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and a platform developer have joined forces to develop a strategic guide that outlines how to secure support for energy projects, compare buildings, and reach a 20% energy reduction goal across the entire building portfolio. During the meeting, the MDA and the platform developer presented their project plan and introduced a cloud-based energy data collection system as the main data collection system for the project. The economy is what drives interest in the state and growth in Mississippi.
Central District Commissioner Brent Bailey highlighted companies' desire to obtain more renewable energy and committed to working with them. Northern District Public Services Commissioner Brandon Presley noted that the economy, not environmental impacts, will always be at the forefront of conversations in Mississippi. To compare energy use of DIH facilities in the Mississippi Central Database, data on energy consumption of state facilities can be obtained. This policy requires utility companies to take into account environmental benefits, not just costs.
As things stand in Mississippi, nowhere in the state's future resource planning mandates electric companies to consider emissions from different sources. To meet that demand and increase Mississippi's competitiveness, Entergy Mississippi is making its biggest commitment ever to renewable resources.