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GreenTech Auto shutters its doors, closes Mississippi factory

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GreenTech Automotive opened a plant in Mississippi in 2014, first saying it would manufacture a small, two-seat electric vehicle called the MyCar there. The harsh reality of high costs and the inexorable heft of the auto industry have claimed another electric-car startup. It later struck a deal with Chinese automaker JAC Motors to develop an. China neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) plug-in cars Startups GreenTech Automotive

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Alabama, Mississippi to assess oil sands resources in their states

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Alabama and Mississippi are forming a partnership to further study the oil sands resources in the two states, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced on Saturday while speaking to the Southern States Energy Board.

Argonne National Laboratory and Mississippi State University partner on next-gen energy storage

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The US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Mississippi State University (MSU) are collaborating to develop new technologies that address next-generation energy storage challenges. This collaboration will include joint research to build next-generation batteries for the electric grid that meet the challenges caused by tornadoes, hurricanes and other weather events. New discoveries could enhance the load-balancing capabilities of the grid in the Southeast region.

Toyota begins Corolla production in Mississippi

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Toyota opened Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi (TMMMS), the company’s new $800-million plant outside of Tupelo that assembles the Corolla. TMMMS, Toyota’s fourteenth North American plant, has the annual capacity to produce 150,000 vehicles. The Nikkei notes that the launch of the new factory means that Toyota is now supplying the North American market for the mainstay model almost entirely with locally made vehicles.

Sinopec purchasing 50% of Chesapeake Energy leasehold in Mississippi Lime unconventional play for $1.02B

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Chesapeake in the Mississippi Lime. Chesapeake is the largest leaseholder in the Mississippi Lime (which is in Kansas and Oklahoma) with ~ 2 million net acres.

Enerkem Plans $250M Biomass and Waste-to-Biofuels Project in Mississippi

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the developer of a thermochemical (gasification and catalytic synthesis) process to produce synthetic fuels from biomass and waste ( earlier post ) plans to build and operate a second-generation biofuels production facility located in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Plans call for the plant to be built, owned and operated by Enerkem Mississippi Biofuels, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enerkem. Enerkem Inc.,

Mississippi Approves $75M Loan to Catalytic Pyrolysis Startup KiOR for Biomass to Renewable Oil Plant

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KiOR, developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable oil from biomass, will receive a $75-million state-backed loan from Mississippi to bring the first three of its full-scale production facilities to the state. The first site will be built in Columbus, Mississippi and could open by the end of 2011. Clarion Ledger.

Bill Clinton to attend launch of new electric car

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GreenTech Automotive is to officially unveil its MyCar electric car in Mississippi today as the firm begins production. The new two seat ‘NEV’ (Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle) and is expected to have a top speed of no more than 45mph in Europe, less, in its native US, where laws will restrict it to 25-35mph. A launch [.]. Green credentials electric car USA

Biomass to sugars and lignin company announces new name, new CEO, $30M in funding and a $75M deal with Mississippi to build plants in state

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Virdia, formerly HCL CleanTech, a developer of cellulosic sugars, announced a number of major company milestones, including a new brand and CEO, its latest funding round, and a $75-million deal with the Mississippi Development Authority to build manufacturing plants in the state. The company also announces that it recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Development Authority to build manufacturing facilities in the biomass-rich state.

GreenTech Unveils 4 Fuel Efficient Prototypes, Seeking Investors for Mississippi Production Plant

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GreenTech, a small startup company with old ties to Brilliance China Automotive, recently unveiled 4 fuel efficient prototype vehicles that they hope to build at a production plant in Mississippi. In order to begin production, GreenTech is searching for $2 billion in investments to begin construction of a plant on 1,500 acres of land in

Toyota To Finish Construction of Mississippi Plant, First U.S. Made Prius Hybrid to Run Off the Line by 2011

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Toyota has decided to go forward and finish off the small details at its newly built plant in Tupelo, Mississippi. Work on the plant began back in 2006, but the company halted completion last December due to a dwindling economy and potential financial issues. The outside of the manufacturing facility is complete, though it lacks any car

UPS updates 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric step vans with smaller genset engine for better fuel economy

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The trucks will be deployed in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio and Texas later this year. UPS announced an update to 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric delivery trucks that improve fuel economy as part of the company’s broader Rolling Laboratory approach.

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PHEV Day 160 - Thursday, 19 March 2009 - Spring'ing Up to Jackson, Mississippi - 45th State Capital to be Visited by the "Spirit"

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Then, on to the Mississippi Craft Center. for possible opportunity charge and linking up with hosting Mississippi Mensans. EVer from sunny & bright and EVer so green Mississippi, "Spirit of DC" and EVJerry (202) 486-5450Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - Soon the "Spirit" will moveth EVJerry to Jackson, MS, on Hwy 49 for a photo op session at the 45th State Capital to be visited.

BP selects Technip for the Thunder Horse South Expansion project in the ultra-deep Gulf of Mexico

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At a water depth of approximately 1,900 meters (6,234 feet), the current field development is located in Mississippi Canyon Blocks 778 and 822, in the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico environment. BP Exploration & Production Inc. awarded Technip a lump sum project for the design, engineering, fabrication, installation and pre-commissioning of the new production pipeline systems on the south side of the Thunder Horse production drilling quarters unit.

TARC rolls out six new Proterra battery-electric buses; fleet total of 15

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With the six new buses, TARC’s all-electric fleet is the second largest of its kind in the country, and the largest east of the Mississippi.

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

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The work began in 1999 when other researchers with International Paper Company used pollen collected from three Chinese sweetgum trees in a test plantation in Mississippi to pollinate selected American sweetgums. Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round.

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PHEV Day 159 - Wednesday, 19 March 2009. In Mississippi - 45th State and the STATE Where Toyota Will Do Prius Productions, Hopefully Prius PHEVs

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Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, EVnthusiasts, One & All - This Wednesday afternoon, after a late night's lodging with Cousin Ben Asher in Gulfport, the "Spirit" is taking an opportunity charge at the Orange Grove Branch Library in Harrison County, Mississippi, thanks to Children/Youth Service Librarian, Ms Lorianne Hawkins l.hawkins@harrison.lib.ms.us. Being in Mississippi also means the State where Toyota will do Prius productions, and hopefully, Prius PHEVs.

Toyota investing $1B in new TNGA plant in Mexico, realigning North American manufacturing; expansion in Guangzhou

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The new facility in Mexico and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc. Substantial year-over-year increases in production volume at Toyota’s plants in Indiana, Mississippi, Texas, Canada, and Baja California, Mexico.

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Students’ biodiesel electric car takes first place

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There were celebrations all around Mississippi State University after its students scooped first place in the 2010 EcoCar: The NeXt Challenge finals in San Diego, California. Tags: Biofuels Electric cars Green cars Latest news A123Systems biodiesel biodiesel electric car EcoCar EcoCar challenge electric car range extended vehicle Mississippi State University Penn State University Virginia Tech

Enerkem raises C$59M in latest financing round; Valero Energy joins, Waste Management increases investment

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It comes on the heels of US$130 million in financial support from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Energy (DOE) for a plant in Pontotoc, Mississippi, expected to break ground later this year. Waste to biofuels and chemicals company Enerkem announced the closing of C$59 million (US$60 million) in financing. As part of this financing, Valero Energy Corp.

US DOE awards KiOR loan guarantee supporting a more than $1B biofuels project; drop-in fuels from wood biomass

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The first two plants are expected to be in Mississippi, with additional sites planned in Georgia and Texas. This project is designed to complement an earlier Mississippi agreement, which requires KiOR to build three plants in Mississippi before 2015. The first plant under that agreement (and the company’s first commercial unit overall) will be located in Columbus, MS and funded by the proceeds of a $75-million loan from the State of Mississippi. KiOR, Inc.,

EIA: rail, truck and barge crude oil deliveries to US refineries increasing

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The increase in barge receipts may partially be explained by crude oil being transferred to barges from rail cars for the final leg of some journeys to refineries, particularly on the East Coast and along the Mississippi River, EIA said.

ICCT study finds state EV incentives playing a significant role in driving sales

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On the other hand, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Wyoming are examples of states offering nearly no benefits to electric vehicle owners, and have nearly no EV sales.

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Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas.

Ohio State earns EcoCar honours

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Mississippi State University scooped third place with another extended range vehicle fuelled by B20 bio-diesel. Congratulations are due to the university students from Ohio State University, who earned top marks at the 2009 finals of the EcoCar: The NeXt Challenge Competition. Their design of an extended range electric vehicle took first place out of 17 universities in the US and Canada that competed in the first milestone of this three-year competition.

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Shell adds 3rd major discovery to the Norphlet play in the Gulf of Mexico; total potential now above 700M barrels oil equivalent

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The Rydberg well is located 75 miles (120 kilometers) offshore in the Mississippi Canyon Block 525 in 7,479 feet (2,280 meters) of water. Shell announced its third major discovery in the Norphlet play in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico with the successful Rydberg exploration well.

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Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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Southern Company: Mississippi Power. Southern Company: Mississippi Power. Southern Company and its electric-generating traditional operating companies—Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power—have been and will continue to be leaders in the advancement and promotion of the electric transportation market.

DOE: California had highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population in US in 2015: 4.68 PEVs/1,000 people

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Mississippi had the lowest concentration of PEVs, but all 50 states and the District of Columbia had at least some PEVs. In 2015, only five states had more than two plug-in vehicles (PEVs) registered per 1,000 people, according to figures compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

13 governors send letter to automakers encouraging natural gas vehicle development

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The states participating in the letter with Colorado and Oklahoma are: Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that he and 12 other governors sent a letter to the CEOs of 19 auto companies encouraging them to manufacture vehicles that use natural gas. This letter is part of a multi-state agreement initiated last fall by Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Gov.

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Dynamic Fuels and Mansfield to supply Norfolk Southern with renewable diesel; first fleet user of renewable diesel in US

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Norfolk Southern has primarily been using a 100% pure Dynamic Fuels renewable diesel at its Meridian, Mississippi rail yard since early January. Dynamic Fuels, LLC and Mansfield Oil Company have signed an agreement to supply renewable diesel to Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the US’ largest transporters of coal and industrial products. Dynamic Fuels, a 50/50 venture owned by Tyson Foods, Inc.

Elevance acquires first North American biorefinery

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which is commercializing olefin metathesis technology ( earlier post ), has acquired the Delta BioFuels facility in Adams County, Mississippi. The Mississippi Development Authority worked with company and local officials to help facilitate the project. Through the Mississippi Industry Incentive Financing Revolving Fund, MDA provided assistance for upgrades at the Natchez/Adams County Port, as well as a $25 million loan to the company. Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc.,

Nikola Motor unveils prototype Class 8 fuel cell range-extended electric truck, plans for H2 fueling network

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In addition to Ryder System’s national coverage, Thompson Machinery, a Caterpillar dealer and an early investor in Nikola Motor Company, will also offer sales and service in Tennessee and Mississippi.

EPRI calculates technically recoverable US riverine hydrokinetic potential at 3% of annual electricity demand

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The results show that the Lower Mississippi region contributes almost half (47.9%) of the technically recoverable resource estimate; Alaska 17.1%, the Pacific Northwest region 9.2%, and, the Ohio region 5.7%.

CoolPlanet BioFuels claims conversion yield of 4K gallons gasoline per acre biomass

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The giant miscanthus was developed at the University of Mississippi and provided from a high yield plot by Repreve Renewables. CoolPlanet BioFuels, a start-up developing technology to convert low-grade biomass into high-grade fuels including gasoline, and carbon that can be sequestered ( earlier post ), claims it has achieved a conversion yield of 4,000 gallons gasoline/acre biomass in pilot testing using giant miscanthus, an advanced bioenergy crop.

University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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15 Universities and Laboratories: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Colorado School of Mines; Colorado State University; Iowa State University; Michigan State University; Mississippi State University; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Purdue University; The Ohio State University; University of Colorado-Boulder; University of Dayton Research Institute; University of Kentucky; University of Michigan; and Vanderbilt University.

Oil Spill Containment Attempt Fails

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The slick, which has already come ashore on the Chandeleur Islands off southeast Louisiana, is projected to curl west in the next three days, threatening not only the Mississippi River Delta but also miles of Louisiana coastline to the west of the river. “I wouldn’t say it has failed yet,” said Doug Suttles, the operating officer for exploration and production for BP, the company that was leasing the oil rig when it exploded April 20.

KiOR and Catchlight Energy sign feedstock supply agreement

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Under the agreement, Catchlight Energy will supply forestry-based feedstocks required by KiOR’s first commercial renewable fuel production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR, Inc.,

UPS adding 200 more series hybrid delivery trucks

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will be deployed beginning in January 2017 starting in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, and, possibly in other states as well. UPS will add 200 new series hybrid electric delivery trucks to the company’s growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

$112.5M awarded to research consortia studying effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf of Mexico

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Lead Institution: University of Mississippi. Member Institutions: University of Southern Mississippi, University of Georgia, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Temple University, Oregon State University, Pennsylvania State University, Columbia University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Texas at Austin, J.

DOI: latest Gulf of Mexico oil & gas lease sales garner $872M in high bids

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million acres on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the latest oil and gas lease sales for federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico garnered $872,143,771 million in high bids on 329 tracts covering 1,707,358 acres.