Mississippi Energy Institute |Q&A
What is the Mississippi Energy Institute?
What does the Mississippi Energy Institute do?
Why is this important?
How does the Mississippi Energy Institute help Mississippi?
By fostering innovation in energy production, we can enhance the economic vitality of Mississippi and provide national energy solutions.
What kinds of innovation in energy production is occurring in Mississippi?
What other energy and economic factors are examined?
Smart Grid is an emergent form of energy demand and operational control that utilizes smart meters, transformers and one- and two-way consumer/provider communication networks, and other methods to facilitate more efficient uses of electricity. This committee examines existing and potential opportunities for applying smart grid technologies.
Developing sustainable and affordable renewable energy sources is important to our energy future. Mississippi resources include an abundance of biomass and agriculture byproducts, along with landfill methane and hydro-kinetic energy.
Having a trained workforce ready for the global economy is among the most important things Mississippi can do to prepare for economic prosperity. This committee examines current workforce policies and needs related to the energy sector and how our education system and other state institutions align with this demand.
Carbon capture, sequestration and storage
Mississippi has many natural geologic formations suitable for storing carbon dioxide, oil, gas and other substances. As utilities in the Southeastern United States equip generating facilities to capture CO2, Mississippi could play an important role in its sequestration.
Mississippi maintains a network of natural gas pipelines, roads, airports, sea and river ports and railways, all critical in moving energy assets where they are needed. MEI supports efforts to assess and expanding our energy infrastructure to take full advantage of the state’s energy opportunities.
New automotive, aerospace and defense technologies
Advanced manufacturing will be a major driver of Mississippi’s economy in the future. Existing industries in automotive, aerospace and defense will be heavily involved in energy related advancement opportunities. Examples include developing materials for lighter and more efficient vehicles and aircraft to new types of vehicles using alternative energy sources.