Thursday, December 3, 2015
Jessica Herrera, firstname.lastname@example.org, (520) 260-1725
Louie Miller, email@example.com, (601) 624-3503
JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted today to approve a net metering program that will lay the groundwork for rooftop solar and distributed renewable energy development across the state. Prior to the vote, Mississippi was one of only six states in the United States without a net metering program.
The commission’s decision will establish how rooftop solar owners can be compensated for extra energy they produce that is put into the power grid.
In response to the vote Louie Miller, State Director of the Sierra Club’s Mississippi Chapter, issued the following statement:
“We applaud the commission’s vote today to move Mississippi into the clean energy future. With net metering plans, we open up endless opportunities to develop homegrown, renewable energy programs. Rooftop solar will jump start the renewable energy sector of our economy, diversify Mississippi’s energy mix, and protect our economy against fossil fuel fluctuations all while lowering our dependence on dirty forms of energy.
“Having a strong, local source of energy will also create thousands of new, good-paying jobs and lower our electric bills. That’s the kind of economic relief Mississippians could really use right now.
“The vote comes just days after another cost-overrun announcement from the Kemper power plant boondoggle. It’s clear projects like this are dirty, expensive and unnecessary, and the budding Mississippi renewable energy sector is the way of the future.”
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