More than 66 percent of the petroleum consumed in the U.S. is imported, making the U.S. dependent upon foreign countries for much of our energy supply. To reduce dependence on foreign oil, Mississippi is aggressively promoting oil conservation and the use of alternative, domestic fuels for everyday fuel consumption.
The Energy & Natural Resources Division advocates for the use of the following alternative fuels, which are recognized by the Energy Policy Act:
The Energy & Natural Resources Division has adopted a three-part strategy to increase the number of local government fleets choosing to adopt alternative fuel vehicles:
Advancing alternative fuel vehicles as a viable choice for fleet operators
Developing public interest in and acceptance of alternative fuels
Strengthening local coalitions
For more information on alternative fuels, contact Energy and Natural Resources at 601.359.3449.
Biomass offers significant opportunities for Mississippi’s future. In July 2008, Forbes ranked Mississippi as one of the top five states for potential biomass energy. The state has the capability to produce sufficient feed stock for building and sustaining markets for energy, fuel and other products. The wood products industry – more than eight million dry tons per year – is the principal source of biomass in the state and is used to make paper, wood products, and mulch. It is also used as a fuel to generate steam and electricity. Research is ongoing to determine the most efficient use for biomass produced from municipal solid waste systems, corn grain, soybeans, poultry litter, and used grease.