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MSU-developed grass being studied as renewable energy source

STARKVILLE — A variety of grass developed at Mississippi State University is getting its moment in the sun as a biofuel ingredient, thanks to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement. Freedom giant miscanthus, developed by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher Brian Baldwin and his colleagues, was selected as the crop of choice for one of two new ...

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MTA program managing biomass/renewable energy council

RIDGELAND — The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council (MBREC) is now under the management of the Strategic Biomass Solutions (SBS), a program of the Mississippi Technology Alliance. MBREC will be housed alongside SBS in Ridgeland. “MBREC is on the move to bigger and better things,” said John Mabry Jr., president of MBREC. “We recognize that Mississippi has an abundant ...

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CNBC: KiOR 'bleeding cash'

Update: Today (Jan. 27) KiOR announced that it has closed a $75 million four-year term loan with a lender group comprised of an affiliate of Vinod Khosla and two Canadian corporations owned by certain pension fund clients of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo). KiOR is listed along with Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Sears Holdings and Rite Aid as companies that “are expected ...

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Scientists study cottonwood trees for biofuel

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 development may help accelerate domestication ...

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Feds assess sites for renewable energy potential

Determining the potential of former landfills, brownfields and Superfund sites around the country to host solar panels and other renewable energy projects is the focus of a new assessment federal researchers announced Friday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado plan to spend the next year to 18 months assessing 26 sites. The sites ...

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Enviva to supply biomass for power plants in Virginia

WASHINGTON — Enviva LP, a manufacturer of processed biomass fuel in the United States and Europe that operates two wood pellet facilities in Mississippi, has signed a contract with Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Virginia Power to supply biomass to two power facilities in Southeast Virginia. In April, Dominion announced plans to convert three 63-megawatt coal burning peaking plants to 50-megawatt continuous ...

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Biomass experts realize fossil fuels still king of the hill

Biomass advocates agree that the United States will continue to depend on fossil fuels for bulk power but would like to see those fuels to be further offset and supplemented by alternate sources of energy. It was with that premise that the Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council held its 10th-annual conference at Biloxi’s Beau Rivage casino where it celebrated ...

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KiOR signs construction contract for Columbus plant

COLUMBUS — KBR of Houston, Texas, has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by KiOR Inc. to build a first-of-its-kind biomass-to-renewable crude facility to be located in Columbus. Terms were not disclosed. KiOR’s facility is designed to process approximately 500 tons per day of wood biomass and produce over 11 million gallons of fuel per year. KBR ...

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Clean energy company visits Port Gibson again

PORT GIBSON — National Clean Fuels’ affiliate, the Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy, conducted a third successful scoping visit to Port Gibson where the two companies are working together to build a biomass-to-electricity (BTE) plant. During the trip, Center president Norris McDonald met with representatives from South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) and Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association (SWEPA)—two ...

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Profit-sharing agreement signed for biomass plant

HOUSTON, Texas — National Clean Fuels announced today that the company signed a profit participation agreement with the Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy (The Center). The two organizations are working together closely to build a biomass-to-electricity (BTE) plant in Port Gibson, Miss. According to the agreement, National Clean Fuels will provide the Center with monthly project support payments in ...

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