ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A number of utilities and consumer groups say they support proposed rules that would require Mississippi electric and gas utilities to implement programs to save energy.
However, Mississippi Power Co. says it opposes the rules because bills could rise for customers who don’t make homes or businesses more efficient.
The Public Service Commission began considering energy efficiency rules in early 2010. A number of states have adopted similar rules.
Utilities could be required to conduct energy audits, tune customer heating and air conditioning systems, weatherize homes, and incentivize builders of new homes and commercial buildings. A study says the proposals could cost utilities $90 million in the first year, in addition to $70 million customers would spend after rebates. Long-term benefits could include the need for fewer new power plants.
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