Colleges Win $725K Grant -- Aims to Cut Energy Usage [Corrected 07/ 27/12]

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Colleges Win $725K Grant -- Aims to Cut Energy Usage [Corrected 07/ 27/12]


West, Phil, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


OXFORD - Three of the state's top universities will share in a $725,000 Department of Energy grant to develop efficiency programs in an effort to cut energy consumption 20 percent by 2020.

The University of Mississippi was the first stop Wednesday for state and Tennessee Valley Authority representatives to announce the grants, which will be split between Ole Miss, Mississippi State and the Mississippi University for Women.

TVA will add $150,000 to the program over three years.

It will benefit us and the universities because it will lower their use of energy, lower their electric bill, said Davis Sparks, Mississippi energy efficiency manager for TVA.

It will help us meet the future needs of energy by lowering the demand we will have in the future.

Energy-saving ideas developed at the three universities will be passed on to all nine schools governed by the Institutions of Higher Learning, said Karen Bishop, director of the Mississippi Development Authority's Energy and Natural Resources Division.

We're specifically focusing on our nine universities in creating a road map for energy efficiency for those universities to use to begin to understand not only their energy usage now but how they can decrease usage and increase efficiency in the future, Bishop said. …

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