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Renovation of historic buildings better for local economy than new construction

Which building is the most “green?” A new, tightly sealed, energy-efficient building using modern building materials, or a historic building that has been rehabilitated? If you consider the energy imbedded in an existing building compared to the energy costs of mining, harvesting, manufacturing, transporting and installing all new materials, a case can be made that historic buildings can trump new ...

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Site selected for oil seed-crushing/biodiesel plant

YAZOO COUNTY — Bio Energy, LLC has secured a site in Yazoo County to build an oil seed-crushing/biodiesel plant. The entity operating this facility will be known as Bio Energy Yazoo. The crushing plant will sell soy meal to the Mississippi and possibly Louisiana poultry industry, and soy oil will be used for the production of biodiesel when market conditions ...

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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 will be installed on the ...

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Natural gas vehicles, like the Toyota Prius, face the chicken-and-egg syndrome

While the push is under way in some states to provide roadside battery-charging for the thousands of electric cars on the highways, another alternative, the natural-gas-powered vehicle, mostly sits idle. Anyone who has watched television in the past decade knows about the Chevy Volt and hybrids like the Ford Fusion or the Toyota Prius. But only Honda sells a natural-gas-powered ...

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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 is proposing a portable two-megawatt ...

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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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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 Fulton Renewable Energy, LLC and, ...

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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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Officials mark startup of first gas-to-electricity project

STARKVILLE — With Mississippi looking to produce more domestic energy from renewable resources, government officials, utility and GE representatives gathered yesterday at the Golden Triangle Regional Landfill in northeastern Mississippi to mark the commercial start-up of the state’s first landfill gas-to-electricity (LFGTE) project that will support the regional grid. Owned by the Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority (GTRSWMA), ...

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Mabus: Biofuel research crucial to U.S. Navy

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University biofuel research can help the Navy achieve national security goals by providing domestic energy from non-fossil fuels, according to Secretary of the Navy and former Mississippi governor Ray Mabus. Mabus addressed the university’s annual biofuels conference to discuss his vision for biofuels assisting with strengthening national security. “We simply buy too many fossil fuels from ...

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