Renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly important in Mississippi's electricity generation.
Biomassis particularly promising in the Southeast and the Mississippi Power service area, as it reduces sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions compared to coal, and absorbs carbon dioxide from the air as it grows. The southeastern coastal plain is also known for its oil and gas deposits, which are used to generate natural gas. This energy resource is then moved throughout the region, making it one of the most consumed types of energy.
In addition, the coastal plain supports a variety of alternative energy sources, including solar, biomass and nuclear power generation. Any resource that depends on the heat or movement of the Earth, the Moon or the Sun (or the radiation of the Sun) to produce energy for human consumption is a renewable resource. However, each resource is treated differently due to its unique characteristics. To reduce funding costs, new mechanisms must be implemented by those responsible for formulating national policies.
Renewable resources include solar energy, wind, falling water, heat from the Earth (geothermal), plant materials (biomass), waves, ocean currents, temperature differences in the oceans, and tidal energy. Resource assessments conducted by the government can determine the quality and quantity of renewable resources, while private sector developers often have their own pre-feasibility and feasibility studies. A large outlay of capital may be required to explore the potential of some renewable resources, such as geothermal and, to a lesser extent, wind and hydraulic resources. Wave technologies, ocean currents, ocean therms and other technologies that are under research or early commercialization are also based on renewable resources.
Renewable energy installations increase the value of a country's overall resource base by using its indigenous resources for electricity generation. Policy makers must be aware of the similarities and variations between renewable energy sources. The quality and quantity of resources affect the energy supply and capacity of a generation facility. Renewable energy technologies produce energy, heat or mechanical energy by converting these resources into electricity or motor energy.
Mississippi's largest partner in renewable energy is proud to support the state's economy and solar growth. Unlike fossil fuel facilities, renewable facilities will not need to be equipped with purification technology to mitigate air pollution or spend resources on cleaning polluted rivers or land around sites contaminated with fossil fuel byproducts. When resource exploration is expensive, this may require that the explorer be granted exclusive rights to relevant renewable resources in the area. In conclusion, renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly important in Mississippi's electricity generation.
Biomass is particularly promising in the Southeast and Mississippi Power service area due to its ability to reduce emissions compared to coal and absorb carbon dioxide from the air as it grows. The southeastern coastal plain also supports a variety of alternative energy sources such as solar, biomass and nuclear power generation. Policy makers must be aware of the similarities and variations between renewable energy sources in order to reduce funding costs.