Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

Ex-attorney sentenced for biodiesel scam

by Associated Press Published: September 3,2010

Tags: biodiesel, courts, energy, law, law enforcement, renewable energy

ABERDEEN — A disbarred Tennessee attorney gets a 26-month sentence for defrauding a federal biofuels subsidy program. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal says 67-year-old H. Max Speight was sentenced yesterday in federal court. Speight and William T. “Tommy” Tacker II of Okolona were partners in Biodiesel of Mississippi Inc., which built a soybean biodiesel refinery […] [...]

Enerkem breaks ground on waste-to-fuel plant

by Wally Northway Published: September 2,2010

Tags: energy, groundbreaking, manufacturing, renewable energy

EDMONTON — Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels company, has broken ground for its municipal waste-to-biofuels facility with its partners, the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta. Enerkem is looking to build a similar facility in Mississippi. Enerkem’s advanced biofuels plant, which will be located in Edmonton, Alberta, is the world’s first industrial-scale biofuels project […] [...]

Tacker to appeal recent fraud conviction

by Associated Press Published: August 30,2010

Tags: biofuel, courts, energy, fraud, renewable energy

BOONEVILLE — William T. “Tommy” Tacker, who was sentenced to 60 months in prison in July for defrauding the government out of $2.8 million in bioenergy subsidy money for a plant in Mississippi, has appealed his conviction. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that court records show Tacker filed the appeal last week with the […] [...]

Educators: Don’t sell out schools for biofuels

by Wally Northway Published: August 27,2010

Tags: biofuel, biomass, education, energy, environment, Legislature, renewable energy, state budget

JACKSON — The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) has sent a message to legislators — don’t sacrifice schools to land the biomass-to-crude oil venture announced yesterday. Legislators will debate an incentive package for the project during a special session of the Legislature today. Kevin Gilbert, the president of the 8,000-member MAE, is urging legislators to […] [...]

Biofuels company to build three plants in state

by Associated Press Published: August 27,2010

Tags: biofuels, biomass, construction, energy, renewable energy

JACKSON — A company that will produce a crude oil substitute from biomass plans to build its first three facilities in Mississippi. Gov. Haley Barbour announced details yesterday of the project proposed by Texas-based KiOR. KiOR president and CEO Fred Cannon says his company will become first to commercially produce biofuel through the catalytic conversion […] [...]

TVA sets new agenda for future power generation

by Wally Northway Published: August 23,2010

Tags: energy, environment, renewable energy, utilities

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board of directors has adopted a renewed vision for TVA’s future, focusing on cleaner air and greater energy efficiency and eventually replacing some of its older coal-fired generation units with low-carbon or carbon-free sources such as nuclear power. CEO Tom Kilgore told board members, “TVA’s vision to […] [...]

BlueFire launches re-branding campaign

by Wally Northway Published: August 18,2010

Tags: biofuels, branding, energy, environment, renewable energy

FULTON — BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. has changed its name to BlueFire Renewables Inc. to more clearly illustrate the company’s capabilities in renewable energy. BlueFire Renewables will continue to trade as BFRE.OB. BlueFire can produce a vast array of other biofuels, including biodiesel, biojet fuel, drop-in directs and more. As such, the name change and […] [...]

TVA adjusts Generation Partners program

by Wally Northway Published: July 14,2010

Tags: energy, renewable energy, utilities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has resumed enrollments in its Generation Partners pilot program for renewable electricity projects of up to one megawatt in generation capacity to help encourage the development of solar, wind and other non-traditional electricity sources. Under the new plan announced yesterday to address the unexpectedly fast growth in […] [...]

DOE approves BlueFire Ethanol’s application

by Wally Northway Published: July 8,2010

Tags: energy, Ethanol, renewable energy

FULTON — BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has determined that BlueFire Ethanol has met the requirements necessary for Phase I of the application process and that the company has been invited to continue on to Phase II for the financing of its Fulton project. The loan guarantee pursuant to […] [...]

Energy projects get REAP funds from USDA

by Wally Northway Published: July 8,2010

Tags: agriculture, energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager has announced the selection of eight recipients for grants to implement renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures in Mississippi. Funds are being provided through the Rural Energy for America (REAP) grant program, a 2008 Farm Bill initiative. In all, USDA announced $213,800 in grants to […] [...]

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