GULF COAST GROUP: THOMAS BLANTON, SOUTHERN DISTRICT CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, TO SPEAK WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24TH

FROM STEVE SHEPARD:
Thomas Blanton, candidate for Southern District Commissioner of the Public Service Commission, is coming to our meeting this Wednesday night and will present to us reasons for why we should support him and ways we can help him get elected. I urge everyone to try and attend this meeting and to find others to come with you to listen to Mr. Blanton as he addresses the issues facing residents of the district.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th
(MS) 6:30pm CST - Gulf Coast Group of the Mississippi Sierra Club Meeting - Location: Harmony Hall, 2514 19th Ave. (north off 25th St./Pass Road), Gulfport, MS - A potluck supper starts at 6:30pm, followed by discussion of environmental issues at 7:00pm. For more information, please call 228-872-0508.

LETTER TO THE SUN HERALD: RENEWABLE ENERGY IS THE KEY TO OUR FUTURE

FROM THE SUN HERALD LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE
BY LOUIE MILLER,
STATE DIRECTOR, MISSISSIPPI SIERRA CLUB
Right now, our Public Service Commission is deciding on Mississippi's energy future. If the commission moves forward with its proposed rooftop solar or "net-metering" program, our neighborhoods could power our homes, boost our economy and provide us with energy independence. READ MORE

PANTHER SWAMP KAYAK/CANOE TRIP THIS SATURDAY!

Covering over 40,000 acres in Yazoo and Humphreys Counties, Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest refuge in the state of Mississippi. Its expansive bottomland hardwood forests, cypress-tupelo sloughs, and meandering bayous represent some of the best remaining examples of the historically predominant habitat types that once characterized the entire Mississippi floodplain.

STATE DIRECTOR LOUIE MILLER: OUR BEST CHANCE TO BRING SOLAR TO MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi is one of only six states with no net metering policy! Tell the PSC to adopt strong pro-solar policies like net metering. We need to add your voice to the list of public supporters of this crucial step toward a clean energy future for our state. Send in your comment now!

SOUTH MS ELECTRIC BACKS OUT OF KEMPER PARTNERSHIP

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A decision by South Mississippi Electric adds even more financial instability to the cloud hanging over Mississippi Power's Kemper County lignite plant. Board members with South Mississippi Electric's 11 cooperatives no longer have an interest in purchasing a 15 percent stake in the Kemper County facility. Their reason for breaking off those talks had everything to do with money.
“It would have led to higher rates for us,” South Mississippi Electric CEO Jim Compton told WLOX News, noting the deal would have cost the 11 cooperatives $620 million. “We determined it wasn't something we could afford in rates.”READ MORE

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TESLA SAYS DEMAND FOR POWERWALL BATTERY STORAGE WILL OUTSTRIP ELECTRIC CARS

FROM FORBES--BY JOANN MULLER
Just one week after Tesla Motors TSLA +1.2% announced a new line of zero-carbon batteries for homes, businesses and utilities, Chief Executive Elon Musk says the company is already overrun with orders

WE HAD A VERY GLASSY EARTH DAY IN JACKSON

Shown in photo: Central Group board members Catherine Lee and Linden Potts of the Mississippi Sierra Club.
The total is in, and we collected 2,713 lbs of glass from City of Jackson residents at Sal and Mookies last week on Earth Day. Thanks to all of those who stopped by for recycling their glass and Door to Door Recycling for the truck to put it in. And congratulations, Jackson, think we had a very successful Earth Day.Let's do it again sometime soon.

EARTH DAY IN JACKSON: CENTRAL GROUP SPONSORS A "STAY GLASSY, JACKSON" RECYCLING EVENT

Got good coverage from WAPT at the end of our glass recycling event at Sal and Mookies on Earth Day. We'll have to get better about making sure reporter gets correct info from us, Linden's credit was incorrect. Happy that Door to Door Recycling got to tell their story. Linden has a bright future as the Central Group's media person
SEE WAPT NEWS STORY

CENTRAL GROUP: KAYAK WITH US ON THE PEARL RIVER

The Mississippi Chapter of the Sierra Club is organizing Saturday kayak trips on the Pearl River, and we'd love for you to join us.

FINALLY, A MISSISSIPPI PSC DRAFT OF NET METERING RULES AND STANDARDS

Cue the Etta James record on the turntable. Press play on the Beyonce download.
Because, at last, the Mississippi Public Service Commision has issued a set of draft net metering rules and standards. We will be reviewing the rules and standards for the next 2 months, and will be posting regularly on this issue, so watch this space. Would you like to download the document?
PSC DRAFT NET METERING RULES

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