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BlueFire signs ethanol agreement with TBF

FULTON — BlueFire Renewables Inc. has announced an off-take agreement with Tenaska BioFuels, LLC (TBF) for the purchase and sale of all ethanol produced at BlueFire’s planned cellulosic ethanol facility in Fulton in Northeast Mississippi. “This off-take agreement is a significant step forward for BlueFire. It provides immediate revenue once our plant is on-line. Also, it will move BlueFire closer ...

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MDA awards last of renewable energy grants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) recently announced 11 grants in the second round of awards under the Market Transformation and Technology Deployment: Renewable Energy Projects grant program. The program, a part of the State Energy Program (SEP) funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), was designed to offer grants to projects that deploy ...

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Ex-attorney sentenced for biodiesel scam

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 but went bankrupt in 2006. ...

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Enerkem breaks ground on waste-to-fuel plant

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 to use municipal solid waste ...

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Tacker to appeal recent fraud conviction

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 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Educators: Don't sell out schools for biofuels

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 exercise caution when developing packages ...

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Biofuels company to build three plants in state

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 technology. The plants will be ...

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TVA sets new agenda for future power generation

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 lead our nation toward a ...

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BlueFire launches re-branding campaign

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 re-branding as a renewable energy ...

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TVA adjusts Generation Partners program

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 the pilot project, TVA will: ...

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