MISSISSIPPI

MISSISSIPPI

Known as The Magnolia State, Mississippi has a population of nearly 3 million people and occupies an area of nearly 47 thousand square miles. The state gains its name from the Mississippi River, which is one of the world’s major river systems in size, habitat diversity, and biological productivity, as well as being a vital commercial waterway and migration route. In the first half of the nineteenth century, Mississippi was the top producer of cotton and became the second state to withdraw from the union in 1861. A little more than one hundred years later, Mississippi became a key battleground state for the Civil Rights Movement.

Today, Mississippi has the highest poverty rate in the US, with nearly 20% of the state’s residents living below the poverty line, and with the lowest ranking healthcare system. The social and economic factors compound the challenges posed by climate change, which it manifests in Mississippi in the form of extreme heat, drought, and sea level rise. Already today, Mississippi averages 25 days a year when heat exceeds dangerous levels, with that number projected to rise to 100 days annually by 2050. The severity of droughts is expected to increase by over 100% by 2050 in Mississippi. Agriculture and forestry are Mississippi’s biggest industry, so the outcoming of these intersecting factors will be of major consequence for the state’s economy.

Stream flows in the Midwest are increasing as rainstorms become more severe, which in turn raises water levels of the Mississippi River which acclerates the likelihood of inland flooding in Mississippi with 200 square miles currently sitting within the 100-year coastal floodplain, meaning the area with a 1% chance or greater of flooding each year. This is expected to increase to 300 square miles by 2050. In Mississippi, like in Louisiana, sea level rise is also accelerating faster than in the rest of the country because the land is sinking.

In 2019, natural gas accounted for about 74% of Mississippi’s electricity net generation and about 17% was generated by nuclear power. Mississippi is home to the largest nuclear reactor in the US — the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station. Renewable energy accounted for 3% of Mississippi’s 2019 power generation, four-fifths of which comes from biomass and the remainder from solar.

While Mississippi has programs that provide relief and support for current environmental emergencies, the state has not implemented policies that mitigate the future consequences of climate change or that build resilience by focusing on adaptation to the inevitable change. For this lack of action, Mississippi received an F grade on States At Risk’s Preparedness Report Card, which assesses state’s climate responsive policies in comparison to other states and in the context of their unique climate risks.

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State weighs expanding access to rooftop solar program

02/23/22
As utilities and clean energy advocates battle over expanding a seldom-used renewable energy program, the state’s regulators must soon decide: what is rooftop solar worth in Mississippi? On March 1, the Public Service Commission will…

Nissan Investing $500M In Mississippi Expansion

02/22/22
Nissan will build two all-new, all-electric vehicles at its Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi. The automobile maker will invest $500 million in its Canton facility to support the expansion, which will bring the…

Mississippi Power Announces Solar Photovoltaic Renewable Energy RFP

02/03/22
Mississippi Power has released a request for proposals for solar photovoltaic renewable resources. Qualifying proposals submitted through this RFP will afford Mississippi Power an opportunity to review market offerings of RFP resources. The company will…

RFP Alert: Mississippi Power seeks 200MW of solar

02/02/22
Utility Mississippi Power announced a request for proposal (RFP) for a total of 200MW of solar photovoltaic projects. The projects must have an export capability of the point of interconnection of at least 20MWac. The…

$90 million DeSoto County solar facility approved by Mississippi Public Service Commissioner

01/28/22
Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said he has approved a $90 million solar facility in Desoto County. The Wildflower Solar petition was at the center of a public hearing Thursday which Presley attended.…

Mississippi Renewable Energy Projects Poised For Continued Growth As New Tax Incentives Go Forward

01/27/22
Pursuing and developing clean, renewable energy continues to play an important role in economic development momentum across the U.S. As states across the Southeast continue to grow their energy independence by prioritizing energy efficiency and…

Entergy Mississippi to Increase Renewable Energy Sources

11/11/21
One of the largest electricity providers in Mississippi said Wednesday that it intends to shut down some aging natural gas power generating plants over the next five years and expand its use of renewable energy…

Mississippi Chosen As Site for Massive Green Hydrogen Hub

10/22/21
Hy Stor Energy LP and Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure (CC&L) are partnering to develop what they claim will be the first-ever zero-carbon green hydrogen storage hub in the United States.

KEY RESOURCES

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

09/01/21
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Mississippi

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Mississippi experienced two flooding events, six severe storms, one tropical cyclone, and one freeze. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Mississippi

07/31/20
Mississippi is vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding and increasing temperatures – all which threaten the state’s agriculture and energy industries as well as human health

Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council

04/27/20
The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council is "the voice of sustainable industry in Mississippi".

Climate Change: How it Affects Our Park

04/27/20
Since the 1970's, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MISS) has been experiencing the subtle effects of climate change. Average temperatures have been slowly rising, especially in winter months, and the number of notable…

Wind Energy in Mississippi

04/27/20
Find wind data and information in Mississippi, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more in these areas..

Innovate Mississippi

04/27/20
Renewable Energy in Mississippi: Technologies & Markets.

Global Warming Impacts In Mississippi

04/27/20
The consequences of global warming have impacted public health, safety, the environment and the global economy for decades. NASA reports that 2000 to 2009 was the hottest decade ever recorded. Extreme temperatures and weather events…

Mississippi And Nuclear Energy

04/27/20
Mississippi is home to one nuclear power reactor that produces 95 percent of the state’s emission-free electricity. Nuclear energy facilities protect air quality and public health. Nuclear energy generates nearly 20 percent of our nation’s…

Climate Change

04/27/20
From road work to new buildings, construction projects are a constant for most Twin Cities residents. Soon, a new type of project is coming to St. Paul: seven small islands within Pig's Eye Lake.

Mississippi Solar

04/27/20
Data Current Through: Q4 2019

Mississippi State Profile And Energy Estimates

04/27/20
Located on the nation's Gulf Coast and bordered on the west by the river that shares its name, Mississippi has a substantial energy infrastructure. The state has many natural gas, crude oil, and refined product…

Noaa National Centers For Environmental Information

04/27/20
State Climate Summaries (Revised 2019): Mississippi

Preparing for Climate Change in Mississippi

04/27/20
Mississippi has not developed a statewide adaptation plan. Other resources from the Adaptation Clearinghouse, which have been developed by the state and localities to help communities prepare for climate change, are highlighted below.

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES

04/27/20
MDA’s Energy and Natural Resources Division works with state policymakers and other stakeholders to advance a comprehensive energy policy for Mississippi and ensure the state is positioned for energy sector growth. The division also facilitates…

This Mississippi State Summary educates policymakers and the public about EERE investments and their positive impacts in Mississippi

04/27/20
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pursuing an all-of- the-above approach to developing every source of American energy. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) leads DOE efforts to build a strong…

MORE NEWS

Impoverished communities pay for worsening impacts of climate change: Experts

By Kiara Alfonseca   11/06/21  
Across the small town of Gloster, Mississippi, passersby can still see remnants of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Claudette and Hurricane Ida: tarps on roofs, fallen trees, damaged cars and homes hit hard by…

‘There’s going to be no fishing.’ Can Mississippi marshes be saved from sea level rise?

By Anita Lee  Photo: Amanda MCCoy   10/25/21  
Chris Lagarde and David Resor knew a man-made canal was widening in the Hancock County marsh, but they had no idea just how much marsh had been lost over two decade ....

The Gassing Of Satartia

By Dan Zegart  Photo: Hokyoung Kim   08/26/21  
A CO2 pipeline in Mississippi ruptured last year, sickening dozens of people. What does it forecast for the massive proposed buildout of pipelines across the U.S.?

City breaks ground on $68 million expansion of waste water treatment facility

By Olivia Herken  Photo: Peter Thomson   05/18/21  
The roughly $68 million expansion at the La Crosse Isle La Plume Wastewater Treatment Facility has officially begun, marking the start of a project that aims to make the city’s waste operations more environmentally and…

Enbridge causes conflict, climate change

By Elise Rosky   05/15/21  
There is a large tar sands pipeline currently being constructed from Canada through the midwest, ending at Lake Superior in Superior, Wisconsin. It is called the Line 3 replacement project, but in reality it is…

Starkville Utilities Customers to Benefit from Clean Renewable Energy

04/30/21  
Local renewable energy will soon be available as Starkville Utilities makes the City of Starkville the first municipality in Mississippi to sign a Tennessee Valley Authority Green Invest agreement.

More Coal Cuts—AEP, Mississippi Power Detail Closures

By Darrell Proctor   04/23/21  
American Electric Power (AEP), which in 2019 reached an agreement to close Unit 1 of the two-unit, 2.6-GW coal-fired Rockport power plant in Indiana, has now announced a plan to close Unit 2 of the…

Mississippi AG joins lawsuit to challenge Biden Administration’s executive order

04/22/21  
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, along with nine state attorneys general, are suing to prevent the Biden Administration from carrying out an executive order. In a recent executive order, President Joe Biden established a “working…

Mississippi Power to retire 976 MW of fossil fuels by 2027

By Lulia Gheorghiu   04/20/21  
Mississippi Power plans to retire the majority of its fossil steam fleet, the utility announced in a Friday filing of its 2021 integrated resource plan (IRP).

Crisis in Jackson Shows Why Water Investments Are Needed Now

By Kate Zerrenner   03/22/21  
Last week, more than a month after storms crippled the water system in the city, Jackson, Mississippi lifted its boil water notice. What on the surface appear to be a precautionary measure takes on a…

Jackson receives $475k grant to combat climate change in poor communities

By Anthony Warren   02/09/21  
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has announced that the city has received a $475,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help mitigate the effects of climate change on poor communities. The mayor made…

Jackson hires consultants to help implement climate change plan

By Anthony Warren   01/19/21  
A team of experts from across the country could help Jackson’s poorest residents better deal with the effects of climate change. On Tuesday, the Jackson City Council approved bringing on seven consultants/consulting firms to help…

Partners Working Together To Help Landowners Restore And Manage Longleaf Pine Forests In Mississippi And Alabama

01/06/21  
Around Lucedale, Mississippi, an unusual mix of partners is working together to restore one of the South’s iconic forests. The Longleaf Alliance (LLA), Wildlife Mississippi, the Mississippi Forestry Association, Enviva, and other partners are working…

Mississippi PSC Orders Major Reductions in Power Generation

12/17/20  
Today the Mississippi PSC held a special meeting and unanimously approved a new order in Docket No. 2018-AD-145, governing Mississippi Power Company’s Reserve Margin Plan.
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Smart home neighbourhood to be built in Mississippi

By Jonathan Spencer Jones   12/04/20  
Mississippi Power and Southern Company are partnering to build a smart home neighbourhood in Mississippi’s Lauderdale County. The new smart neighbourhood coming on Mississippi’s eastern border is to feature exclusively the Tesla solar roof –…

Mississippi Power plans ‘smart neighborhood’ with Tesla batteries, Solar Roofs

By Cailin Crowe   12/01/20  
Mississippi Power and Tesla partnered earlier this summer to install the state's first Tesla Solar Roof on a Habitat for Humanity home in nearby Hattiesburg, MS. The roof took under three days to be installed…

POWERGEN+ on tap with renewables, energy storage and hydrogen

11/11/20  
POWERGEN+ returns this morning with sessions featuring experts discussing the latest and greatest in state regulation and renewable policies, community solar, hydrogen adoption and energy storage options. The monthly virtual series, enacted during this era…

Senate 2020: In Mississippi, a Surprisingly Close Race For a Trump-Tied Promoter of Fossil Fuels

By James Bruggers   10/20/20  
Given how much Mississippi has to lose from rising seas, more dangerous  hurricanes, flooding and drought, climate change might reasonably be a  top voting issue. But in this Gulf Coast state that borders on the…

Trump Administration Goes After Clean Water Act

By Olivia Dorothy   10/16/20  
Today, the Trump Administration officially put forward a proposal to build the Yazoo Pumps – a shockingly irresponsible project that will put tens of thousands of people at risk, threaten the integrity of the Clean…

The Mississippi drawdown showed us what a free-flowing river would be like

By Jack Distel  Photo by Glen Stubbe   10/13/20  
People wandered the Mississippi River bottom Monday after the river was lowered to allow inspection of the lock and dams. Recently, the Lower St. Anthony Falls lock and dam was opened and the Mississippi River’s…

Mississippi River already seeing impact on industry, recreation from climate change

By John Kruse  Photo by Dave Kettering   10/11/20  
The Mississippi River is changing, and it’s only making towboat captain Jeremy Runde’s job all the harder. For 28-day stretches, Runde, a resident of Dubuque, is responsible for navigating a craft the size of three…

How the expanding renewable fuel market brings air pollution, noise, and reduced biodiversity to Black and low-wealth communities

By Danielle Purifoy   10/05/20  
As the wood pellet industry continues to grow across the South, Enviva has targeted Alabama and Mississippi for future expansion. The company is building facilities producing significantly larger quantities of wood pellets for export through…

East Biloxi Loses Iconic Climate Activist

By Isabelle Taft   10/03/20  
Hurricane Katrina destroyed Sharon Hanshaw’s home and the salon she had owned and operated for 21 years. Standing on Bayview Avenue in East Biloxi not long after the storm, Hanshaw gestured towards one of the…

Major solar projects coming to Hancock, Clarke counties

By Lisa Monti   09/28/20  
Construction of two large solar panel facilities will begin soon at sites in Hancock and Clarke counties. The two electric generating stations, each costing $80 million, will sell wholesale power to Mississippi Power which in…
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Can Gas-Fired Power Plants Coexist With a Net-Zero Target? Yes, Southern Company Insists

By Jeff St. John   09/23/20  
Southern Company intends to test the proposition that a U.S. utility can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while still keeping natural gas as a central part of its business, both to generate electricity and…

Corps seeks comment on environmental effects of $2 billion Mississippi River levee work

By Mark Schleifstein  Photo By David Grunfeld   09/22/20  
The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled two virtual public meetings on its environmental assessment of a $2 billion plan to elevate levees and build stronger floodwalls along the Mississippi River from Missouri to the…

Mississippi Sierra Club: Green Power Did Not Cause California Blackouts

By Wayne Lusvardi   09/18/20  
Expansion of solar power in nearby states, not California, resulted in a lack of available exportable power and rolling blackouts.Louis Miller, head of the Mississippi Sierra Club, concludes in “Let’s Not Black Out the Facts…

Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…

Morning Brief: Mississippi approves two 78.5-MW PV projects, U of I solar construction starts

By Thomas R Machnitzki   08/07/20  
$80 million solar facilities approved for two Mississippi counties: Public Service Commission Chairman Dane Maxwell drafted orders that would allow developers of the Moonshot Solar project in Hancock County and the Cane Creek Solar project…

Southern Company Pledges Net Zero Emissions By 2050 But Doubles Down On Fossil Fuels

By Daniel Tait   05/28/20  
Southern Company unveiled an updated “net-zero” carbon goal yesterday at its Annual Meeting which relies heavily on negative emissions to enable continued investment in fossil fuels such as coal and gas. Southern’s goal stands in…

New data indicates the Mississippi Delta is on borrowed time

By Cathleen O'grady   05/28/20  
Since 1932, coastal wetlands in Louisiana have declined by about 25 percent. At its fastest, the decline was around one football field lost every 34 minutes; at its slowest, every 100 minutes.

Farmers Must Adapt as U.S. Corn Belt Shifts Northward

By Daniel Cusick  Photo by Daniel Acker   05/26/20  
Farmers have been warned for years that climate change will disrupt growing conditions and crop yields. Pennsylvania State University researchers released findings this week suggesting those changes could come within the lifetimes of many current…

Mississippi Delta Marshes May Soon Be Gone Due to Climate Change

05/26/20  
The remaining marshes in Mississippi Delta may not be able to withstand the impacts of sea-level rise and may be gone in the years to come. The study revealed that 2,000 square miles (5,000 km2)…

How some Mississippi teens are saving their town from climate change

By Rebecca Klein   05/23/20  
The teens of Duck Hill, Mississippi, aren’t the teens you see on television protesting the impact of climate change. They’re not missing school to rally in the streets. But they know better than most how…

A Flood of Catastrophe: How a Warming Climate and the Bonnet Carré Spillway Threaten the Survival of Coast Fishermen

By Alex Rozier  Photo by Eric J. Shelton   04/29/20  
On a warm, sunny September morning, bait salesman Roscoe Liebig scanned the harbor’s vacant piers and shook his head in disgust. Liebig recalled his usual surroundings: a full parking lot, a line of fishermen hooking…

Solar Energy Facility Set to Be Built in North Mississippi

04/27/20  
A renewable energy company will build a 200-megawatt solar facility in northeast Mississippi, under a contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Mississippi PSC approves largest utility-owned solar project in the state

By Kelsey Misbrener   04/14/20  
The Mississippi Delta will soon be home to the largest utility-owned solar farm in the state, after receiving approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy will build the 100-MW project…

Upper Mississippi River is the nation’s ‘most endangered river’ of 2020

By Doyle Rice   04/14/20  
The Upper Mississippi River is the nation's "most endangered river" of 2020, according to a report released Tuesday by the environmental advocacy group American Rivers.

Mississippi Power Doubles Down on Uneconomic Coal Despite Southern Company’s “Low to No Carbon” Claim

By Daniel Tait   03/17/20  
Mississippi Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, is spending as much as $96.8 million to extend operations at the coal-fired Plant Daniel, despite the fact that the utility could save customers millions by shutting down the…

Efficiency in Mississippi: Utilities Can Do More, Customers Deserve No Less

By Forest Bradley-Wright   03/04/20  
Mississippi has kicked off its first foray into integrated resource planning, but key questions remain for the future of energy efficiency. With the highest poverty rate in the nation and among the highest monthly bills,…

Efficiency in Mississippi: Utilities Can Do More, Customers Deserve No Less

By Forest Bradley-Wright   03/04/20  
Mississippi has kicked off its first foray into integrated resource planning, but key questions remain for the future of energy efficiency. With the highest poverty rate in the nation and among the highest monthly bills,…

Solar Energy Facility Set to Be Built in North Mississippi

By AP   02/18/20  
A renewable energy company will build a 200-megawatt solar facility in northeast Mississippi, under a contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA awarded the contract to Florida-based Origis Energy, the Commercial Dispatch reported.

OPINION: Climate Change Threatens Mississippi, Demands Action in Jackson

By Jay Kucia   09/24/19  
This summer was the hottest on record with the heat index in Mississippi reaching over 120 degrees. Flooding in the Mississippi River is worse than it has been in nearly a century. And hurricanes like…

Mississippi governor candidates are quiet on climate change as other Southern states take action

By Luke Ramseth   08/06/19  
n Mississippi and around the Southeast, climate change already is causing more extreme rain events and sea level rise, federal scientists say. It will trigger more intense hurricanes and drought. Experts say it exacerbatedMississippi River flooding that…

Mississippi’s move toward long-term energy planning could boost efficiency

By Kristi E. Swartz   06/18/19  
Renewables, storage and energy efficiency may get a stronger foothold in Mississippi after utility regulators last week took an unprecedented move to create a formal long-term energy planning process for the electric companies they regulate.

Talking about climate change in conservative places is hard. But we can’t afford not to

By Megan Mayhew Bergman  Illustration by Eiko Ojala   04/18/19  
If Mississippi reflects on the deep, systemic inequalities its plantation economy created, perhaps it will see those inequalities are exacerbated by climate change. Climate change, I was told when buying a coffee, is not a “polite”…

Renewable energy resources powering Mississippi’s economy

By Glenn McCullough Jr.   08/21/16  
Mississippi’s abundance and wide array of energy resources means we pay less than the national average for residential, commercial and industrial electricity. At the same time, Mississippi’s renewable energy resources are putting our people to work…