Posts Tagged ‘biofuel’

County takes out USDA loan to buy lans for wood pellet plant

LUCEDALE — George County supervisors have signed off on $1.3 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to pay for land where a new wood pellet plant will go. The Mississippi Press reports that the USDA rural development loans will be used to purchase the property that will expand the George County Industrial Park. Green […] [...]

Leaders looking for new business at ex-Rentech site to avoid tax hit

NATCHEZ — Economic development leaders in Adams County hope an anticipated loss of $135,000 in property taxes from the former Rentech site will be offset by attracting new industry. The Natchez Democrat reports the county’s acquisition of the property is expected to close Aug. 12. Adams County is borrowing $9 million to buy the former […] [...]

Company, using MSU technology, plan biocrude production facility

Mississippi State University has granted a commercialization license to a Jackson-based company for a technology developed and owned by the university. The technology extracts oil from microorganisms. Bio Energy Spectrum Solutions, LLC, received the exclusive right to commercialize MSU’s patented technology involving extracting biocrude from oleaginous microorganisms, which are found in wastewater treatment facilities. The […] [...]

KiOR plant achieves three production milestones

COLUMBUS — KiOR Inc. reports that its commercial scale cellulosic gasoline and diesel production facility in Columbus has achieved several key operational milestones. The facility’s Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking, or BFCC, unit has completed its first uninterrupted 30-day run. Also, the facility made its first shipment of cellulosic gasoline on June 28, which represented the […] [...]

Senator: Is federal bioenergy program undercutting foresters?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning whether a U.S. Department of Agriculture bio-based marketing program amounts to a bias against traditional forest products and whether such policies are fair. Cochran broached the topic at a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2014 budget request for the USDA. The USDA BioPreferred […] [...]

Biotech group sends letter to Cochran urging mandatory funding

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A group of Mississippi biotechnology companies and state associations have written Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), urging him to support mandatory funding for renewable energy programs in a new Farm Bill. Elevance Renewable Sciences of Natchez and DuPont Corporation, which has operations in Pass Christian and Pascagoula, sent the letter along with supporters […] [...]

KiOR makes first shipment, reports loss

COLUMBUS — Texas-based KiOR Inc. has reached a milestone with the first shipments of cellulostic diesel from its biofuels production facility in Lowndes County. KiOR president and CEO Fred Cannon says in a statement that the company will focus on achieving “steady state operations” in Columbus. He says KiOR expects to produce between 3 million […] [...]

Plant yet to come out of ground; company maintains commitment

by Associated Press Published: March 11,2013

Tags: alternative fuel, biofuel, energy, environment, Ethanol, fuel, green, manufacture, plany, REFINERY, sustainablility

PONTOTOC — Four years after announcing plans for an ethanol plant in Pontotoc, a Canadian company has yet to begin construction. Enerkem Inc., of Montreal, remains committed to building the for Enerkem Mississippi Biofuels plant, spokeswoman Annie Pare tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. It’s planned as a $100 million project with 70 employees, with […] [...]

Officials: Plans for biofuels plant dormant, not dead

by Associated Press Published: March 1,2013

Tags: alternative fuel, aslternative energy, biofuel, fuel, green, manufacture, plan, REFINERY, sustainable

FULTON — Although far behind schedule, Mississippi officials say plans for BlueFire Renewables Inc.’s biofuels plant aren’t dead, just dormant. Greg Deakle, Itawamba County Development Council executive director, told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal work on the Fulton plant has gone on indefinite hiatus while BlueFire focuses on other projects, most notably the construction of […] [...]

Former investors sue over fraudulent biodiesel company

by Associated Press Published: February 27,2013

Tags: bench, biodiesel, biofuel, court, energy, fraud, iinvestment, investor, judge, justice, law, legal, sustainable energy

PONTOTOC — Two former investors in a biodiesel operation in north Mississippi have sued a Tennessee partner alleging they were duped into getting involved in a scam that defrauded a federal subsidy program. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports W. Tommy Tacker II and Janey Tyner, both of Martin, Tenn., are seeking compensatory and punitive […] [...]

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