SmartSynch lands ARRA-funded project

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Published: August 21,2009

Tags: energy, state government, technology

JACKSON — SmartSynch has been awarded a $3.75-million grant to help manage energy consumption and cost at public facilities around the state, Gov. Haley Barbour announced. The State Energy Program (SEP) funding comes through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“The project marks the first time Mississippi has launched a 
coordinated effort to reduce energy consumption in public buildings and
 save money for the Mississippi taxpayer,” Barbour said. “I 
am proud that SmartSynch, an industry leader located in Jackson, Miss., is going to be working with state officials to install 
these meters and make our public buildings more energy efficient. This 
was an open and competitive selection process, and SmartSynch was an
 ideal fit for this project.”

SmartSynch employs smart meters and other services, devices and
 software to capture and transmit energy usage data, which allows its 
users to identify energy “leaks” and improve overall energy 
efficiency.

“We applaud Gov. Barbour for his vision in making Mississippi
 one of the first states to have a smart energy policy and are deeply
 gratified to be working with the state to help put stimulus dollars to 
work to reduce energy use and create jobs,” said Stephen Johnston,
 SmartSynch’s CEO. “This project demonstrates the 
pivotal role SmartSynch can play in giving people the information they 
need to make smarter decisions about their electricity use on a very 
large scale.”

The SEP provides grants to states to address their energy priorities
 and program funding to adopt emerging renewable energy and energy
-efficiency technologies. Potential program uses include: building energy
 codes and standards, building retrofits, clean energy policy, building
 energy audits, energy efficiency rating and labeling, industrial
 retrofit support, renewable energy market development, workshops and
 training and other loans, grants and incentives.

This grant is part of approximately $16 million awarded to the state to 
begin administering the SEP as part of the ARRA. The remainder of the $40 million allocated to
 Mississippi will be released by the U.S. Department of Energy as the
 state implements its programs and demonstrates results.

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