Archive for the ‘Going Green’ Category

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Grass-fed beef: Hard to find but nice if you can get it

Local farmers are few and far between because there is no certified processor for organic beef in the state Grass-fed beef is hard to find in Mississippi because there aren’t many local farmers who produce it and because there is no longer a meat processor in the state who is U.S.D.A. certified to handle organic […] [...]

Triple threat entrepreneur

Seattle transplant’s business…offers low prices, makes a profit and is helping to save the world Mississippi Coffee Company roast master Mark McKee is waiting at his Canton warehouse for thousands of pounds of organically grown coffee beans to get through customs. He is a direct importer of beans from farms in Ethiopia, Brazil, New Guinea, Indonesia, […] [...]

Cruisin’ with propane

Alliance AutoGas touting its alternative fuel option Blossman Gas is something of a pioneer when it comes to promoting liquefied propane as an alternative fuel for vehicles, particularly fleet vehicles. In fact, the company was so far ahead of the game a few decades ago that it ran into difficulties. Mark Denton, vice president of […] [...]

Making sure energy needs are met by 2025

The 25×25 initiative, a nonpartisan alliance funded by the Energy Future Coalition, is a private project aimed at ensuring that 25 percent of the nation’s total energy needs are derived from renewable resources by the year 2025. The initiative is led by a group of agriculture and forestry volunteers, and its vision embraces all forms […] [...]

MDA focus: Residential energy efficiency

Two seminars remain in a three-part series the Mississippi Development Authority is hosting on residential energy efficiency. The first session was March 22 and the remaining seminars are March 29 and April 5. The seminars are open to homeowners, those looking to buy or remodel a home, homebuilders, inspectors and appraisers. The sessions are designed […] [...]

Cheap home smart meters can save money

Hate the electricity bill surprise at the end of the month? For little cost, a home energy monitor can allow you to see your electricity usage in real-time and real dollars. A device called The Energy Detector (TED) boasts a two-second reaction time and can tell you what your bill is going to be long […] [...]

Charging for energy efficiency?

Opponents of cap-and-trade looking to pass the costs down to the ratepayers Opponents of cap-and-trade and similar legislation object to emissions taxes and restrictions because they believe electricity companies will seek to pass the costs on to rate payers. The Mississippi Public Service Commission faces the same concern as it discusses the development of energy […] [...]

$3.2 billion cap proposed

Public Service Commission puts forward a cost ceiling for Mississippi Power’s lignite plant In response to a Mississippi Public Service Commission request for a price cap, Mississippi Power Company (MPC) has proposed a $3.2-billion ceiling for its planned Kemper County clean coal plant, currently estimated to cost $2.4 billion. During the Commission’s week-long hearings in […] [...]

GCGE converting ‘waste heat’ to electricity

Laurel will soon be home to one of only two projects in the nation that will convert “waste heat” to electricity. Robin Dahlheim is vice president of sales for Gulf Coast Green Energy and writer of the grant requesting funds from the Department of Energy’s Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America to pursue the […] [...]

Barbour joins suit against EPA over emissions regulation

by Published: March 28,2010

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On behalf of the State of Mississippi, Gov. Haley Barbour has joined 11 states in opposing an EPA finding that is a precursor to the regulation of greenhouse gases. Barbour’s office calls the ruling a “regulatory scheme” that “would unnecessarily harm the economy of Mississippi and the United States by causing energy costs to increase […] [...]

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