Posts Tagged ‘sustainable energy’

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 […] [...]

State awards county grant for KiOR site work

NATCHEZ — Adams County has received $3.9 million in grants from the state for work on a levee and new water system on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR’s Natchez alternative fuel production facility. The Natchez Democrat reports the county initially had sought to borrow the money to partially finance […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Company files with FERC to study river turbines

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — A company continues to study the feasibility of putting power-generating turbines in the Mississippi River. Free Flow Power, a Boston-based company, has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a hydropower project near Concordia Parish, La. Daniel Lissner with Free Flow […] [...]

Town installing solar panels at water well

VAEDAMAN — The town of Vardaman is installing solar panels at one of its three water wells. WCBI-TV reports Norman Griffin of Blue Spectra Solar is providing a 50,000-watt system that will produce about 90,000 kilowatts of electricity a year. Mayor James Casey says Vardaman uses 84,000 kilowatts each year. Casey says the solar panels […] [...]

Energy Center head, Glen Steele, retiring after 33 years at MSU

STARKVILLE — The director of Mississippi State University’s Sustainable Energy Research Center is retiring. That position is just one of many that Glen Steele has held in 33 years at the university. He says that finding new energy sources and ways to be more efficient with energy have been lifelong interests for him. He says […] [...]

City pushing abandoned plant site for solar panel farm

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus has asked the federal government to consider a solar panel farm at the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Environmental Protect Agency has agreed to study the site to determine what kind and whether a renewable energy facility can be built on the property. The city […] [...]

Scientists study cottonwood trees for biofuel

by MBJ Staff Published: November 10,2011

Tags: biofuel, biomass, education, energy, fuels, GREEN ENERGY, higher education, sustainable energy

STARKVILLE — In a quest to identify economically and agriculturally sustainable biofuels to reduce dependence on foreign energy suppliers, U.S. scientists and engineers constantly are identifying methods of converting biomass into biofuel products. This year, Mississippi State University researchers announced a breakthrough in understanding how cottonwood trees begin to produce seasonal flower buds. This critical […] [...]

Chinese utility financing BlueFire’s biorefinery

FULTON — BlueFire Renewables Inc. has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Huadian Engineering Co., LTD., to finance its integrated power plant and biorefinery in Fulton in Northeast Mississippi and up to five additional plants in the United States. Under the MOU, Huadian will invest equity by purchasing an interest in BlueFire […] [...]

Lightfoot strikes investment agreement with GE

by MBJ Staff Published: October 26,2011

Tags: energy, gas, liquified natural gas, natural gas, sustainable energy

PASCAGOULA — Lightfoot Capital Partners, LP, has teamed up with GE Energy Financial Services to make a strategic investment in the liquefied natural gas market. Lightfoot Capital will make a direct investment and own a 48 percent interest in Arc LNG Holdings, LLC, which will own a 20 percent interest in Gulf LNG Energy’s terminal […] [...]

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