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Policy Place Policy Type Active Affected Technologies Implementing Sector Summary
Advantage Jobs Incentive Program (Mississippi) Mississippi Rebate Program Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Advantage Jobs Incentive Program is a rebate program designed to encourage businesses that create new quality jobs to locate in the state. Jobs must meet or exceed the average annual wage of the state or the county in which the company locates, whichever is lower. The amount available for rebate is the lesser of the qualified Mississippi personal income tax withheld or a legal maximum of 4% of applicable wage. Once the amount available is determined, the eligible company will receive 90% if the annual average wage is at least 110% of the lesser of the average county or state wage.
Air Emission Regulations for the Prevention, Abatement, and Control of Air Contiminants (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
State/Province The Air Emission Regulation for the Prevention, Abatement and Control of Air Contaminants is relevant to all ongoing and planned developments in Mississippi. The Regulation sets the maximum amount of permitted emissions of particulate matter from all activities. No person shall cause, permit or allow the emission smoke from a point source into the open air from any manufacturing, industrial, commercial or waste disposal process which exceeds 40% opacity unless it is a Startup operation, which may produce emissions exceeding 40% opacity for up to 15 minutes per startup in any one hour and not exceed 3 startups per day. No person shall cause, allow, or permit the discharge of any point source or emissions, which will obscure someone's view by 40%.

For fossil fuel burning the maximum permissible emission of ash and/or particulate matter shall be limited to less than .6 pounds per million BTU for installations less than 10 million BTU per hour heat. For installations equal or greater than 10 million BTU per hour heat input shall not exceed the rate of E = 0.8808 * I-0.1667 where E is the emission rate in pounds per million BTU per hour heat input and I is the heat input in millions of BTU per hour. Emissions from installations equal to or greater than 10,000 million BTU per hour heat input shall not exceed .19 pounds per million BTU per hour heat input. Fuel burning operations utilizing a mixture of combustibles with fossil fuels to produce steam or heat water or any other heat transfer medium through indirect means may be allowed emission rates up to .30 grains per standard dry cubic foot.

The amount of sulfur dioxide emissions from fuel burning shall not exceed 4.8 pounds per million BTU heat input. The maximum sulfur dioxide from any fuel-burning unit whose generation capacity is less than 250 million BTU per hours 2.4 pounds per million BTU heat input.
Air Emissions Operating Permit Regulations for the Purposes of Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act (Mississippi) Mississippi Climate Policies
Environmental Regulations
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
State/Province The Air Emissions Operating Permit Regulations for the Purpose of Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act make the state Title V permitting program (Permit Regulations for the Construction and/or Operation of Air Emissions Equipment) consistent with the federal requirements by including the EPA’s Green House Gas Emission standards. Green House Gasses are: Carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride. These shall not be subject to regulation unless, as of July 1, 2011 the Green House Gas emissions are at a stationary source emitting or potentially emitting 100,000 tons per year of co2 equivalent emissions (calculated by multiplying the mass amount of emissions, for each of the 6 Green House Gasses, by the gas's associated global warming potential found in table A-1 to Subpart A of 40 CFR part 98- Global Warming Potentials). Prior to July 21, 2014 the mass of the carbon dioxide shall not include carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the combustion or decomposition of non-fossilized and biodegradable organic material originating from plants, animals, or microorganisms.
Antidegration Implementation Methods Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province This environmental regulation is an addition to the Water Quality Criteria for Intrastate, Interstate, and Coastal Water regulations. It separates Mississippi's water into 3 tiers. Tier 1 waters are those waters in which the existing water quality does not support designated uses. Tier 2 waters are those waters in which the water quality meets or exceeds the mandatory minimum levels to support the Clean Water Act (CWA) goal of propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife, and recreation in and on such waters. Tier 3 waters are those high quality waters that constitute Outstanding National Resource Waters (ONRWs). Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will decide which tier applies to state water based on provided information. All existing uses must be maintained and protected in all water of the State regardless of whether they are considered a Tier 1,2, or 3 water. All waters in Mississippi are considered to be tier 2 waters unless otherwise noted. The methods that the State will use to implement the antidegredation policy include the following components: A determination of the impact of the discharge upon state waters, alternative analysis, socio-economic issues, a preliminary State antidegredation decision, public review/input, and a final State decision. A report regarding compliance with the antidegredation policy shall be conducted for all or new expanding wastewater discharges into Mississippi surface waters that require an NPDES permit. This Notice of Intent (NOI) to discharge will be reviewed by the MDEQ. The applicant must provide the following in their NOI application: Alternative Analysis, Socio-Economic Impacts Analysis.
Climate Action Plan (Mississippi) Mississippi Climate Policies No Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province Currently, the State of Mississippi does not have a climate action plan in place or in progress.
Community Development Block Grant/Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (United States) United States Grant Program
Loan Program
Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
Federal Community Development Block Grant/Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (CDBG/EDIF) provides public infrastructure financing to help communities grow jobs, enable new business startups and expansions for existing businesses. State programs help achieve the national objective of CDBG by funding projects in which at least 51 percent of the new jobs created are made available to low and moderate income individuals. The maximum amounts awarded under the program are $1 million for new businesses locating to the state and $500,000 for existing businesses expanding in the state.
Dam Safety Regulation (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Coal with CCS
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
State/Province The purpose of the Dam Safety Regulation is to ensure that all dams constructed in the state of Mississippi are permitted and thus do not potentially harm wildlife, water supplies and property. Any person or entity proposing to construct, enlarge, repair, or alter a dam or reservoir must obtain written permission from the Permit Board prior to commencement of any site work related to the project. The Permit Board may require any information necessary to evaluate a proposal. Any person intending to acquire the right to store or use water from a reservoir formed by a dam shall submit an application for a surface water use permit to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in accordance with Mississippi Code Annotated, Sections 51-3-5 and 51-3-7, and the regulations of the Commission promulgated thereunder. Within 30 days after completion of a dam, the owner shall submit 1 complete set of as-built plans and specifications to the board. The submittal shall include a letter by the professional engineer responsible for the project.

High Hazard Dams are classified by dams in which failure may cause loss of life, serious damage to residential, industrial, or commercial buildings; or damage to, or disruption of, important public utilities or transportation facilities such as major highways or railroads. Dams that are proposed for construction in established or proposed residential, commercial, or industrial areas will be given a High Hazard classification. Most projects carried out for energy generation will be high hazard.

A surface water permit may also be required for any person to impound and store water behind a dam. Any changes to the dam must be immediately reported to the MDEQ. The owner shall perform a visual inspection every 60 days and after every major rainfall event over the watershed.
Forestry Policies (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations Yes Biomass/Biogas State/Province Mississippi's forests are managed by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The Commission issued in 2010 its Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Forest Resource Strategy document:

http://www.mfc.ms.gov/pdf/Forest_Assessment/MS_Assessment_Resource_Strategy_2010.pdf

The Mississippi Development Authority offers information with regard to forest biomass resources in Mississippi:

http://www.mississippi.org/energy/clean-energy/biomass/

The State has significant potential to develop biomass energy from forest resources. The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council is organized to provide information about biomass resources and to serve as a forum for building partnerships and promoting biomass incentives in the state:

http://www.ms-biomass.org/
Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Sales Tax Incentive
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
State/Province The Hazardous Waste Management Regulations follow the EPA's definitions and guidelines for the most part, which are listed in 40 CFR parts 260-282. In addition to these federal regulations the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality requires that each generator of greater than 220 pounds of hazardous waste in any month during the previous calendar year shall report, by March 1, to the department the type and amount of waste generated during the preceding calendar year. Also, each transporter of hazardous waste shall report annually by march 1 of each calendar year. These regulations also outline the limits to where a hazardous waste management facility can be placed physically.
Hazardous and Nonhazardous Solid Waste Applicant Disclosure Regulations (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The purpose of the Hazardous and Nonhazardous Solid Waste Applicant Disclosure Regulations is to help maintain accountability and track data on the hazardous and nonhazardous waste sites in Mississippi. This regulation requires that every applicant (other than a public agency) for issuance, reissuance or transfer of a permit for the treatment, processing, storage, or disposal of nonhazardous solid waste at a commercial solid waste management facility or hazardous waste at a commercial hazardous waste management facility disclose all information requested by the Permit Board. They must disclose information about their business, their environmental history, their plans for the facility, what waste they will generate and their mitigation plans.
Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Compact (Multiple States) Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Mississippi
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia
Wyoming
Environmental Regulations Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
State/Province The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission assists member states efficiently maximize oil and natural gas resources through sound regulatory practices while protecting the nation's health, safety and the environment.

The Commission serves as the collective voice of member governors on oil and gas issues and advocates states' rights to govern petroleum resources within their borders.

The Commission formed the Geological CO2 Sequestration Task Force, which examines the technical, policy and regulatory issues related to safe and effective storage of CO2 in the subsurface (depleted oil and natural gas fields, saline formations and coal beds).

The Commission also funds research on hydraulic fracking, reusing water used in extracting oil and gas, and makes recommendations on national energy policies and statutes for individual states.

The Commission also has several associate states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In addition, it has international affiliations with the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon.
Mississippi Loan Guaranty Program (Mississippi) Mississippi Bond Program
Loan Program
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Non-Profit The Mississippi Loan Guaranty Program, administered by the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation ("MBFC"), enables small businesses to obtain term financing through the use of loan guarantees. The MBFC maximum guarantee is 75% of the bank's loss in the event of a default or $375,000, whichever is less. Loans may have a maturity of up to 20 years, with the interest rates established by the lender.
Mississippi Public Utility Act (Mississippi) Mississippi Industry Recruitment/Support
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Mississippi Public Utility Act is relevant to any project that plans to generate energy. It requires that a utility must first obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) before commencing construction of a new electric generating facility. Public or private utilities must file a petition for a CPCN requesting the authority to acquire, construct, maintain, and operate an electric generating facility. The Mississippi PSC utilizes a process that provides for interested parties' intervention, allows appropriate periods for discovery and submittal of both interveners' direct testimony and the applicant’s rebuttal testimony, and concludes with public hearing at the PSC to determine the merits of the petition. Upon completion of this process, the Mississippi PSC will issue a ruling on the utility’s request for a CPCN.
Mississippi Regulations For the Prevention of Air Pollution Emergency Episodes (Mississippi) Mississippi Climate Policies
Environmental Regulations
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province The purpose of the Mississippi Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution Emergency Episodes is to prevent the excessive buildup of air pollutants during air pollution episodes, thus preventing the occurrence of an emergency due to the effects of these pollutants of the health of people. The Director of the Mississippi Department of Natural Resources can announce an air pollution alert when they determine that the accumulation of air pollutants in any place is putting people's health at risk. Any person responsible for the operation of a source of air contaminant which emits .25 tons per day or more of air contaminants, for which standards have been adopted, must prepare emission control action programs. These programs must be consistent with good industrial practice and safe operating procedures, for reducing the emission of air contaminants into the outdoor atmosphere during periods of an air pollution alert, air pollution warning, and air pollution emergency. Emission control action programs must be written and describe the plan in detail; these plans must be available to the commission upon request.
Mississippi Regulations for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province This regulation applies to any stationary source or modification to which 40 CFR 52.21 applied as of the date of adoption of this regulation, but for which the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board had not issued a permit pursuant to 40 CFR 52.21 by that date.
Nonhazardous Solid Waste Management Regulations & Criteria (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The purpose of the Nonhazardous Solid Waste Management Regulations and Criteria is to establish a minimum State Criteria under the Mississippi Solid Waste Law for all solid waste management facilities. These minimum State Criteria ensure the protection of human health and the environment. In order to operate a solid waste management facility either a permit or a certificate of coverage must be obtained from the Permit Board.

Excluded from this regulation are wastes subject to Part C of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (Underground Injection Wells). Solid wastes contained within mining overburden that is returned to the mine site. Wastes associated with the exploration or production of crude oil or natural has, except where those wastes are disposed or processed in a commercial oil field exploration and production waste disposal facility (storage, treatment, recovery, processing disposal or acceptance of oil field exploration and production waste from more than 1 generator or for a fee).

When a waste management facility is contained within the location of an industrial property on which the wastes are generated (electric power generation) the site does not need to adhere to siting requirements outlined in paragraphs P through U and W through Y of the siting section (section III) of this regulation. In regards to siting waste management facilities s the technologies must be aware of Airports, Floodplains, Wetlands, Fault Areas, Seismic Impact Zones, Unstable Areas, Hydrocarbon Wells and Water Wells, Public Water Supplies, Surface Water, Air Quality, Endangered or Threatened Species, Historical and Archaeological Areas and Local Government Regulations/Solid Waste Management Plans.

The owner of a solid waste site must keep daily records of the waste input. They are also responsible for the submission of an annual report to the MDEQ each year on or before February 28th.

Specific permits are required for landfills, rubbish sites, waste management facilities, transfers, processing facilities, and composting facilities. Many of the potential energy projects may want to apply for exclusion for rubbish disposals activities from MDEQ.

Under these regulations Coal with Carbon Storage Operations that would submit proposals for beneficial use of gasification ash or other solid wastes from the proposed facilities would require a case by case review by the MDEQ to verify that the proposed use of these wastes would not pose an unacceptable human health risk or cause ground water or surface water contamination in concentrations above MDEQ standards or criteria.


Specific permits are required for landfills, rubbish sites, waste management facilities, transfers, processing facilities, composting facilities. Many of the potential energy projects may want to apply for exclusion for rubbish disposals activities from MDEQ.

Under these regulations Coal with Carbon Storage Operations that would submit proposals for beneficial use of gasification ash or other solid wastes from the proposed facilities would require a case by case review by the MDEQ to verify that the proposed use of these wastes would not pose an unacceptable human health risk or cause ground water or surface water contamination in concentrations above MDEQ standards or criteria.
Permit Regulations for the Construtcion and,or Operation of Air Emissions Equipment (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province The Permit Board will issue two types of air pollution control permits, a permit to construct air emissions equipment and a State Permit to Operate such equipment. A State Permit to Operate is required for all emitting sources applicable to energy production. All applications must be submitted on the form supplied by the Permit Board.

It is only necessary to apply for a permit if you are not meeting the standards outlined in the Air Emission Regulations for the Prevention, Abatement, and Control of Air Contaminants regulations. Applicants for all permits to construct or operate, or to renew a State Permit to Operate, must specify the air emission rate for each expected air pollutant subject to regulation under the Federal Clean Air Act.

The information needed for a permit to construct and state permit to operate a new stationary source is: 2 complete sets of site drawings, construction drawings, design calculations and specifications, Upon request by the Permit Board any additional information necessary to evaluate the design adequacy of the new stationary source, the Permit Board may enquire the applicant to predict the impact of emissions on air quality.

The applicant must adhere to all Air Quality Standards and receive permission from Permit Board to begin operations. The granting of a Permit does not relieve the source of the responsibility to comply with other applicable Regulations or Law. The State Permit to Operate expires after 5 years; renewal must be applied for in no less than 180 days of issuance. Every stationary source with actual emissions of air contaminants in excess of .25 tons per day must have a Commission-approved emissions reduction schedule.

The following emissions units are excluded from the requirement for a permit to construct provided the unit is not a new major stationary source, major source of hazardous air pollutants: Coal of residual oil-fired combustion devices or groups of devices with a total rated input capacity of less than 2,000,000 BTU/hr, distillate oil or combination distillate and gas-fired units or groups of units with a total rated input capacity less than 10,000,000 BTU/hr and natural gas fired devices or groups of devices with all individual rated input capacities of less than 10,000,000 BTU/hr and a total rated input capacity less than 25,000,000 BTU/hr. Equipment used exclusively for oil and gas field production, gathering, storing and transmission. Petroleum products storage facilities with no individual storage tank greater than 19,800 gallons and total storage capacity less than 55,000 gallons. Surface coal mining operations for which a permit has been issued by the Permit Board or by the Federal Office of Surface Mining. Dedicated fuel stations with total storage capacity less than 55,000 gallons and no individual tank greater than 19,800 gallons. Initial field testing of oil and gas wells, after proper notification to the Commission provided such tests will not produce 100 tons per year or more of any pollutant.
Property Tax Fee-In-Lieu (Mississippi) Mississippi Property Tax Incentive Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Property Tax Fee-In-Lieu allows for new or expansion projects in the state that have a private capital investment in excess of $100,000,000, a negotiated fee can be set that is paid in place of the standard property tax levy. This incentive is provided to encourage development with local communities and must be agreed to by the local board of supervisors and municipal authorities prior to being awarded. This negotiated fee may be awarded for up to 10 years, but cannot be less than one third of the property tax levy, including the property taxes assessed for school districts.
Public Service Commission Authorization to Utilize an Alternative Method of Cost Recovery for Certain Base Load Generation (Mississippi) Mississippi Green Power Purchasing
Industry Recruitment/Support
Performance-Based Incentive
Public Benefits Fund
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
Nuclear
State/Province The Senate Bill 2793 authorizes the Public Service Commission (PSC) to utilize an alternative cost recovery for certain base load generation. The PSC is authorized to include in an electric utility's rates certain pre-construction, construction work in progress, operating and other costs incurred in connection with certain new base load generating facilities. This legislation promotes the expansion of electric generation through a diversity of fuel sources, including nuclear, coal with CCS and other reliable fuel sources (natural gas, biofuels). This legislation is in recognition of technological advances in nuclear, coal and other technologies, which reduce the emission of regulated toxins. It was also enacted in order to take advantage of the financial and other incentives afforded by the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 for the construction of certain electric generating facilities. The PSC is authorized to contract for up to $350,000 for professional audit services associated with a given nuclear generating facility.
Qualifying RPS State Export Markets (Mississippi) Mississippi Renewables Portfolio Standards and Goals Yes Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Natural Gas
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province This entry lists the states with Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies that accept generation located in Mississippi as eligible sources towards their RPS targets or goals. For specific information with regard to eligible technologies or other restrictions which may vary by state, see the RPS policy entries for the individual states, shown below in the Authority listings. Typically energy must be delivered to an in-state utility or Load Serving Entity, and often only a portion of compliance targets may be met by out-of-state generation. In addition to geographic and energy delivery requirements, ownership, registry, and other requirements may apply, such as resource eligibility, generator vintage and capacity limitations, as well as limits on Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) vintage. The listing applies to RPS Main Tiers only, and excludes solar or distributed generation that may require interconnection only within the RPS state. This assessment is based on energy delivery requirements and reasonable transmission availability. Acceptance of unbundled RECs varies. There may be additional sales opportunities in RPS states outside the Eastern Interconnection. REC prices in markets with voluntary goals (North Dakota, South Dakota) may be lower.
Rules and Regulations Governing Geophysical, Seismic or Other Type Exploration on State-Owned Lands Other Than State-Owned Marine Waters (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Coal with CCS
Natural Gas
State/Province The Rules and Regulations Governing Geophysical, seismic or Other Type Exploration on State-Owned Lands Other than State-Owned Marine Waters is applicable to the Natural Gas Sector and the Coal with CCS Sector. This law is implemented under the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority (MMEIA). This law requires that any person or company must receive a permit from the MMEIA before beginning their exploration. It also requires that any geophysical exploration on lands that are under special protection must be permitted by the agency governing the proposed lands.

The Rules and Regulations Governing Leasing for Production or Extraction of Oil, Gas and Other Minerals From Onshore State-Owned Lands is applicable to the natural gas sector. This law delegates the power to lease, for mineral extraction, state owned lands to the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority. This law gives the MMEIA the power to place state-owned lands leases up for public bid, and typically will award the land to the highest bidder, or to negotiate noncompetitive lease agreements. The MMEIA will act in the interest of the State, and all leases will be in permitted in coordination with existing regulations and policies.

During field operations the following rules apply unless the executive director grants special permission to the company. Explosive chargers larger than 20 pounds and/or multiple charges in total excess of 20 pounds shall not be used. Within 10-25 feet of the surface only charges of 1 pound or less may be used. No charges allowed above 10 feet. 25-40 Feet may use a charge of 1-2 pounds. 40-60 Feet may use a charge of 2-5 pounds. 60-70 feet may use a charge of 5-20 pounds. All drilling operations must be performed under the supervision of a driller licensed by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. During operations in water, piping shall be removed below the mud line and will not be left protruding above the water. Upon completion of geophysical exploration all pipe shall be removed to a depth of at least 6 feet below the surface of the ground or water bottom. All materials used in operations shall have the name of the company or person conducting the survey, and pipe shall be completely removed upon completion. No explosives discharged within 1,000 feet of any boat (without notice to move the boat) or within 500 feet of any dredged channel, or within 300 feet of any dock, pier, causeway or other structure. Any and all damage caused by the geophysical exploration shall be repaired within 3 months of completion of field operations. Any physical modification to the surface shall be remedied upon completion of the work. Geophysical exploration for mineral resources shall be conducted so that those activities do not: Unreasonably interfere with or endanger operations under any lease, cause damage or harm to aquatic life, cause pollution, create hazardous or unsafe conditions, unreasonably interfere with or harm other uses of the area, or disturb cultural resources. Geophysical crews shall have the following items in their possession and available for inspection at the permittee's field office: A copy of the seismic permit including conditions, a copy of these rules and regulations, a detailed map showing the survey line locations and shot points.

The permittee must report all environmental damages within 30 days of completion or expiration of a permit. All information regarding mineral exploration on State lands shall be disclosed to the State, through MMEIA, upon request.
Rules and Regulations Governing Leasing for Production or Extraction of Oil, Gas and Other Minerals From Onshore State-Owned Lands (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Natural Gas State/Province The Rules and Regulations Governing Leasing for Production or Extraction of Oil, Gas and Other Minerals From Onshore State-Owned Lands is applicable to the natural gas sector. This law delegates the power to lease, for mineral extraction, state owned lands to the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority. This law gives the MMEIA the power to place state-owned lands leases up for public bid, and typically will award the land to the highest bidder, or to negotiate noncompetitive lease agreements. The MMEIA will act in the interest of the State, and all leases will be in permitted in coordination with existing regulations and policies.
Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Program (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Training/Technical Assistance
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Program establishes the Small Business Compliance Advisory Panel as a reference for small business which need to comply with the Federal Clean Air Act.
Small Enterprise Development Finance Program (Mississippi) Mississippi Corporate Tax Incentive
Loan Program
Sales Tax Incentive
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Non-Profit The Mississippi Small Enterprise Development Finance Program (SED) enables the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation (MBFC) to make loans to qualified private companies that will increase employment and investment in the State. The State of Mississippi issues general obligation bonds as the source of funding under the SED Program. The bonds are issued on a composite basis. The costs of issuance are prorated to each company participating in the issue; allowing companies to obtain tax exempt financing that would otherwise be unavailable due to prohibitive costs. This program provides tax-exempt financing for small projects; and gives banks in the State; which meet MBFC criteria; an opportunity to issue letters of credit to support these efforts. The combination of lower than market interest rates and a fixed term make this program an attractive alternative for projects requiring loans of $4 million or less. Sales tax exemptions are granted for this type of public financing. Other tax incentives; such as those through the Mississippi Rural Economic Development Assistance Program (RED). Ad valorem exemptions may be granted if approved by the appropriate city and county.
South Mississippi Electric Power Association Smart Grid Project (Mississippi) Mississippi Interconnection Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Utility South Mississippi Electric Power Association’s (SMEPA) smart grid project involves the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and covers the Generation and Transmission (G&T) Cooperative and five of its member distribution cooperatives: Coast Electric Power Association; Magnolia Electric Power Association; Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association; Southern Pine Electric Power Association; and Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association. AMI enables two-way communication between SMEPA and its member cooperatives’ substation meters and between the member cooperatives and their customers’ meters for more detailed electric usage information as well as improved outage detection. Automated meter reading enables the SMEPA collaborative to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs. Additionally; three of the member cooperatives (Magnolia; Southwest; and Pearl River Valley) are implementing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to enable improved reliability through increased visibility of distribution substations and circuits. In total 225,779 smart meters will be deployed throughout the territory of the five participating cooperatives.
Southeast Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Compact (Multiple States) Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Mississippi
Tennessee
Virginia
Environmental Regulations Yes Nuclear State/Province The Southeast Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Compact is administered by the Compact Commission. The Compact provides for rotating responsibility for the region's low-level radioactive waste, and the Commission can set rules for waste disposal in the region.
Southern States Energy Compact (Multiple States) Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Puerto Rico
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
United States Virgin Islands
Virginia
West Virginia
Industry Recruitment/Support
Environmental Regulations
Yes Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Biomass/Biogas
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
State/Province The Southern States Energy Compact provides for the proper employment and conservation of energy, and for the employment of energy-related facilities, materials, and products, within the context of a responsible regard for the environment, among the Southeastern states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Southern States Energy Board is responsible for administering the Compact and may adopt bylaws, rules, and regulations in conjunction with state agencies. The Board also encourages the development, conservation, and responsible use of energy and energy-related facilities, installations, and products as part of a balanced economy and a healthy environment.
Strategic Biomass Solutions (Mississippi) Mississippi Industry Recruitment/Support
Training/Technical Assistance
Yes Biomass/Biogas Non-Profit The Strategic Biomass Solutions (SBS) was formed by the Mississippi Technology Alliance in June 2009. The purpose of the SBS is to provide assistance to existing and potential companies, investors and economic developers in the renewable energy sector. It offers companies strategic guidance for making their technology investor ready and connects companies to early stage private capital and available tax incentives. SBS assists economic developers and companies in determining the economic feasibility of next generation bio-refineries. SBS is managed by the Mississippi Technology Alliance, a non-profit organization with the mission to drive innovation based economic development for the State of Mississippi.
Surface Coal Mining Regulations (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Coal with CCS State/Province The Surface Coal Mining Regulations are a combination of permitting requirements and environmental regulations that limit how, where and when coal can be mined. It protects lands that are under special regulation due to their nature, and applies only to state lands. When applied to Coal with Carbon Capture and Storage projects the rules that would apply to a normal coal-mining project still apply. In addition to these measures, a CCS plant would need to adhere to all waste disposal requirements, water usage requirements, and all other regulatory measures.
Most importantly this set of regulations requires that a  State of Mississippi surface mining and reclamation permit be obtained from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Permit Board. In addition a state coal exploration license must be obtained from the MDEQ.  The requirements for receiving a surface mining and reclamation permit include various mitigation plans, vegetation plans, community impact plans and many other statements.
In addition to obtaining these permits and adhering to environmental regulations, permitted must adhere to Appendix A (Revegetation Success standards), which are outlined in a separate document, listed as authority 2.
Surface Water and Groundwater Use and Protection (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The purpose of the Surface and Groundwater Use and Protection is to ensure that Mississippi's public resource of water is safe and used properly. It requires that any person must obtain a permit from the Permit Board before initiating drilling of a groundwater well or placing a surface water intake. It gives the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality DEQ the authority to revoke permits if the state deems that a water source is in danger and establishes this fact. Permits last for 10 years and must be reapplied for before 6 months of expiration. Any surface water diversion requires a permit, unless previously discussed with the Permit Board. Within 30 days of drilling completion date the permittee must submit data to the MDEQ. New power generating facilities must use the lowest quality water source that is economically, environmentally, and technologically feasible; high quality groundwater may be used only for potable purposes. For any development requiring withdrawal of groundwater a permit is required and a notice of intent would be required for any project that may have a wastewater treatment facility that would require certification.
The Development Infrastructure Grant Program (Mississippi) Mississippi Grant Program Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Development Infrastructure Grant Program (DIP) is a grant program that is available to fund publicly owned infrastructure, including electricity generation and distribution. Funding from this program can be used by municipalities and counties to assist with the location or expansion of businesses. Usage of the funds must be directly related to the construction, renovation, or expansion of industry. The maximum grant per project is $150,000.
Underground Storage Tank Regulations (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
State/Province The Underground Storage Tank Regulations is relevant to all energy projects that will require the use and building of pipelines, underground storage of any sorts, and/or electrical equipment. The term Underground Storage Tank (UST) does not include any pipe facility (including gathering lines) regulated under: The Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 (49. U.S.C. App. 1971), The Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act of 1979 (49 U.S.C. App. 2001), an intrastate pipeline facility regulated under state laws comparable to this these. These are a comprehensive set of siting, permitting, and environmental regulations which set limitations on where UST can be placed, and how they must be maintained and by whom.
Underground Storage Tank Regulations for the Certification of Persons Who Install, Alter, and Remove Underground Storage Tanks (Mississippi) Mississippi Siting and Permitting
Training/Technical Assistance
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
State/Province The Underground Storage Tank Regulations for the Certification of Persons who Install, Alter, and Remove Underground Storage Tanks applies to any project that will install, alter or remove underground storage tank systems in Mississippi. These regulations mandates that no person may install, alter, or remove underground storage tank systems in this state unless that person holds current certification from the Department of Environmental Quality. This certified individual should install, alter and remove underground storage tanks according the Underground Storage Tank Technical Regulations. This regulation will require any new energy projects, with an Underground Storage Tank involved, to either obtain certification or hire someone with certification.
Wastewater Regulations for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits, Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permits, State Permits, Water Quality Based Effluent Limitations and Water Quality Certification (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Coal with CCS
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
State/Province The Wastewater Regulations for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits, Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permits, State Permits, Water Quality Based Effluent Limitations and Water Quality Certification are a series of environmental regulations, permit requirements and standards that are applicable to any new energy generation development project, given that there is some waste associated with the development. Most of the regulations and permits required are very close, if not exactly the same, in language to the Federal Clean Water Act. The water quality standards established in the Clean Water Act are directly applicable to the Wastewater Regulations for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits, Underground Injection Control (UIC) Permits, State Permits, Water Quality Based Effluent Limitations and Water Quality Certification.

This regulation requires that any person, company, or corporation must obtain an Underground Injection Control permit before beginning any underground injection activities. A copy of the UIC permit must be provided to the MDEQ.

A National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit must be obtained in order to discharge any regulated pollutants into water. These permits allow discharge into state waters but must comply with MDEQ's Antidegredation Policy and Submit an Antidegredation Report as part of the application or reapplication process. A copy of the NPDES must be provided to the MDEQ before usage of the system begins.

Any development, which may result in any discharge into the waters of the United States, must provide a certification from MDEQ stating that the discharge will comply with the Federal Clean Water Act. The appropriate materials must be submitted by applicants and will be reviewed by the Permit Board before issuance of the certificate.

Importantly, water, gas and other materials injected into a well to facilitate production of oil or gas, or fluids derived in association with oil or gas production and disposal thereof in a well where authorized by the State Supervisor of the Oil and Gas board are exempt from this regulation. This effectively exempts natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing from the regulation.

Importantly, water, gas and other materials injected into a well to facilitate production of oil or gas, or fluids derived in association with oil or gas production and disposal therof in a well where authorized by the State Supervisor of the Oil and Gas board are exempt from this regulation. This effectively exempts natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing from the regulation.
Water Quality Criteria for Intrastate, Interstate, and Coastal Water (Mississippi) Mississippi Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
Yes Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
State/Province The Water Quality Criteria for Intrastate, Interstate, and Coastal Water were created to embody both state and federal law. State law mandates the protection of public health and welfare and the present use of waters for public water supplies, propagation of fish and aquatic life and wildlife, recreational purposes, and agricultural, industrial, and other legitimate uses. The Federal Clean Water Act requires states to adopt water quality standards. The water quality standards for Mississippi's water are separated into 4 major components: designated uses, narrative "free forms", numeric criteria, and antidegredation provisions. Water quality criteria can include general narrative statements (narrative criteria) and specific numerical concentrations that are calculated to protect aquatic life and human health (numeric criteria). During each triennial review, the criteria are adjusted as needed to reflect changes in law and science. Designated uses are those uses specified in water quality standards for each water body or segment whether or not they are being attained. They take into consideration the use and value of water for public water supplies, protection and propagation of aquatic life, recreation in and on the water (such as swimming and boating), and protection of consumers of fish and shellfish. Mississippi waters are classified into the following uses: Public Water Supply, Shellfish Harvesting, Recreation, Fish and Wildlife, Ephemeral.