Mississippi Chapter

At a Glance

Mississippi Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contracting

Category

Details

 

State Program Website

Mississippi Energy Performance Contracting Policies and Procedures Manual

 Yes

Applicable Sectors

State
Local (cities and counties)
University
K-12
One for all market sectors

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Yes

Enabling Legislation

Miss. Code §31-7-14

 

Statue requires a savings guarantee

 

Yes

Contract Term

20 years

 

 

Scope of Work enabled by legislation

All measures that pay for themselves
Operational savings
Future cost avoidance
Water savings
Renewables
Behavioral Training
Buy down
Discrete list

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No

Excess Savings Retained by End-user

 

Yes

Executive Order (link)

Executive Order #25 – 2011

No

State Program Administrator

Program Administrator has other responsibilities

Yes

State program provides support to local units of government

 

No

Reporting Requirements for projects

End-User receive M&V through contract term

Yes

ESC Chapter

Inactive

 Yes

Standardized instruments for use with GESPC

RFQ to prequalify providers
Evaluation guide for providers to state's program
Standardized contract set for state buildings
Standardized contract set for local government
Process for instrument modification
Posted on a publicly available website

Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes

Pre-qualified providers list

RFQ for prequalified providers
Secondary Selection Process

Yes
 

Building energy utilization benchmarking

State
K-12
Community Colleges
University
Cities
Counties

No
No
No
No
No
No

Recognition/Awards for Outstanding Projects

 

No

About the Chapter

Updated: 2017

Leadership

The State of Mississippi has one statue that covers Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contracting (GESPC) in all four public market sectors: state agencies, local units of government, universities, and K-12 school districts.  The length of contracts are limited to 20 years. The legislation allows for a scope of work that includes all measures that pay for themselves in energy savings, operational savings, use of water savings, and renewable technologies.

In the past there have been examples where the verified savings have exceeded the guarantee. Success stories include:

  • The city of Tupelo expects to reduce its utility budget by 18 percent as part of a GESPC with energy efficiency measures at 23 buildings and 27 sports fields — the largest energy efficiency endeavor ever undertaken for the state’s parks and recreation areas. In all, the effort should cut annual energy costs by $140,000 or $2.8 million over the life of the installations. The upgrades are also expected to spur economic growth and sports tourism revenue, once they are completed in November 2016.
  • Yazoo County School District Superintendent Becky Fischer said the lights in the high school in her district were so old, they could not even find bulbs for them when they went out. Electric equipment, decades old, failed repeatedly, meaning constant maintenance and repair for the district's schools in a county where 36.2 percent of citizens live in poverty. So, Yazoo County School District made a deal to make its schools "greener" -- saving energy consumption with a Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract. With a projected 26-percent reduction in the district's utility budget, the school will realize $2.5 million in savings in energy expenses over the 20-year course of the project, or $92,000 a year.
  • In late summer 2016, Hattiesburg agreed to a $7.2 million energy-savings performance contract. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree announced the project will update city facilities and equipment. The project is expected to earn the city $562,641 in savings within the first year and more than $10.5 million over the duration of the 15-year contract.

Program

The state's GESPC Program Administrator also supports other energy programs within the Mississippi Development Authority Energy Division, and the state employees a 3rd party owner agent to assist public sector entities negotiate and implement GESPC projects.

The state program uses a set of standardized instruments for use with GESPC that cover RFQs and employees a list of pre-qualified vendors.

The state program tracks projects and requires an annual M&V report.

ESC Chapter

The state's public sector program manager participates serves as the public sector in the Mississippi ESC Chapter, but in 2016 the Chapter is largely inactive.