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Cheap home smart meters can save money

Hate the electricity bill surprise at the end of the month? For little cost, a home energy monitor can allow you to see your electricity usage in real-time and real dollars. A device called The Energy Detector (TED) boasts a two-second reaction time and can tell you what your bill is going to be long before it arrives. TED and ...

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Charging for energy efficiency?

Opponents of cap-and-trade looking to pass the costs down to the ratepayers Opponents of cap-and-trade and similar legislation object to emissions taxes and restrictions because they believe electricity companies will seek to pass the costs on to rate payers. The Mississippi Public Service Commission faces the same concern as it discusses the development of energy conservation methods that will impact ...

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$3.2 billion cap proposed

Public Service Commission puts forward a cost ceiling for Mississippi Power’s lignite plant In response to a Mississippi Public Service Commission request for a price cap, Mississippi Power Company (MPC) has proposed a $3.2-billion ceiling for its planned Kemper County clean coal plant, currently estimated to cost $2.4 billion. During the Commission’s week-long hearings in February, which examined the plant’s ...

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GCGE converting ‘waste heat’ to electricity

Laurel will soon be home to one of only two projects in the nation that will convert “waste heat” to electricity. Robin Dahlheim is vice president of sales for Gulf Coast Green Energy and writer of the grant requesting funds from the Department of Energy’s Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America to pursue the project. “I’ve been pushing, shoving ...

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Barbour joins suit against EPA over emissions regulation

On behalf of the State of Mississippi, Gov. Haley Barbour has joined 11 states in opposing an EPA finding that is a precursor to the regulation of greenhouse gases. Barbour’s office calls the ruling a “regulatory scheme” that “would unnecessarily harm the economy of Mississippi and the United States by causing energy costs to increase and placing U.S. employers at ...

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Politicians have hit ‘green wall’ in solid South

Any piece of political propaganda that pops up in Mississippi most likely features the following: a candidate dressed in khakis and a blue oxford shirt, a candidate with his family, a candidate singing in the church choir, a golden retriever or some combination of all those things. The packaged image that a candidate loves his family, goes to church and ...

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LEED building not necessarily more costly

One architect says there doesn’t have to be any excessive costs associated with building green friendly Though they are thought to be more attractive from an environmental and health perspective, LEED-certified buildings are assumed by some to be substantially more costly than those with conventional design. At least one Mississippi architect and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) AP ...

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NOT ALL PLASTICS ARE ALIKE

When considering recyclable plastic products and marketing for your business, it’s important to pay attention to the types of plastics claiming to be “biodegradable” or “compostable.”  These terms are thrown around quite a bit these days. According to Dr. Robert Lockhead, director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, there is currently an international ...

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Businesses can save money by Going Green

Go-green initiatives can, at least on the front end, cost businesses money. But businesses can lower costs and even put money in their pockets by reducing their waste stream, collecting rebates for bulk recycling and using green efforts to market to environmentally conscious consumers. Depending on the size of a business, reducing waste stream, which equals fewer garbage hauls, could ...

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Restaurants find green efforts that save money

By AMY McCullough I STAFF WRITER amy.mccullough@msbusiness.com   While green efforts may cost some businesses more than they save, restaurants can easily add to their bottom line by conserving energy, recycling certain products and using their environmentally conscious efforts as marketing tools to attract customers. The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association (MHRA) is encouraging restaurants to save by using more ...

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