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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

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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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

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

AFTER OIL SPILL, GULF SEAFOOD INDUSTRY IS RECOVERING

FROM MARKETPLACE
by Laine Kaplan-Levenson
Thursday, April 9, 2015

You think a seafood dock smells bad? Try walking in to the New Orleans Fish House. More than a dozen workers in white aprons and knee-high rubber boots feverishly sharpen knives to clean puppy drum and hand-cut tuna steaks.
Michael Ketchum is director for national retail sales at the Fish House. He convinces grocery stores and restaurants that Gulf seafood is the way to go.
"We supply almost every restaurant in the city: We supply Acme Oyster House, Commander's Palace, Emeril's, the Brennans' restaurants. We're running 300 to 500 deliveries a day." READ MORE

SOLAR OFFERING MISSISSIPPI DIVERSIFIED ENERGY

SPECIAL FROM THE CLARION LEDGER
BY CHARLIE MITCHELL
April 14, 2015

OXFORD – Among Mississippi’s abundant blessings — and the state is abundantly blessed — is sunshine. The Magnolia State has great soil, lush forests, abundant wildlife and delicious fresh food from gardens, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.

BLANTON: MISSISSIPPI POWER GAVE SUPREME COURT NO LEGAL BASIS TO REVERSE REFUND

BY PAUL HAMPTON/SUN HERALD
Hattiesburg oilman Tom Blanton on Thursday filed his latest response in a long-running battle with Mississippi Power over its 2013 rate increase. "There is no legal or factual basis for the Court to reverse its position and rule in Mississippi Power Company's favor," the response begins. "The majority and concurring opinions issued by the Court on February 12, 2015, are cogent, tightly considered opinions."

NEW YORK JUST SHOWED EVERY OTHER STATE HOW TO DO SOLAR RIGHT

"This is as exciting as the Public Service Commission gets." NRDC attorney Raya Salter
— From Mother Jones, Article by Tim McDonnell
New York wants to get serious about solar power. The state has a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and it's already among the nation's solar leaders. New York ranks ninth overall for total installed solar, and in 2013 alone it added enough to power more than 10,000 homes.

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