Mississippi has jumped from worst to first in a ranking of the nation’s most-improved states on energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington, D.C., energy think tank.
“For too long, Mississippi has ranked dead last in the nation in the area of energy efficiency,” said Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, who joined national leaders in making the announcement. “We commissioners have been determined since the first day in office to get our state off of the bottom in this category. This was a bi-partisan effort by the commission to move Mississippi ahead, and we succeeded, not by worrying about silly partisan politics but by focusing on solutions and fixing the problems facing our state.”
The event was held to present the findings of the organization’s seventh annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranks U.S. states on their policy and program efforts. Mississippi’s “most improved” status marks a dramatic turnaround from the year before, where Mississippi was ranked last in the nation.
In July, the Public Service Commission unanimously passed groundbreaking energy-
efficiency rules which it says will produce an estimated $2 billion savings directly to customers over the next 20 years and create 9,500 private sector, non-governmental jobs by 2020.