The Commission is using the “Quick Start” plans to achieve a number of objectives:
Develop increased utility program capability and infrastructure,
Expand efficiency expertise throughout Mississippi,
Identify successful program delivery strategies, and
Deliver energy savings to a significant number of utility customers
As the name indicates, Quick Start programs must be capable of being implemented within four months and use commercially available technologies. The utilities must also provide energy efficiency programs for all customer classes – residential, commercial and industrial.
The rule also provides the utilities with cost recovery for efficiency program costs, and allows the utilities to propose an approach to earn a return on energy efficiency investment. This allows the utilities to earn a profit for selling OR saving electricity, and it is critical for utilities to aggressively implement efficiency.
Given the positive economic and environmental benefit of energy efficiency, SACE hopes that the utilities will support these rules and help their customers save money on their energy bills.