Announcing the launch of SmartCharge Mississippi

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Waterloo, Ontario: FleetCarma is proud to announce the launch of SmartCharge Mississippi, a new electric vehicle (EV) pilot program in partnership with Mississippi Power (Southern Company). Rose Ann Pegoda, Marketing team leader at Mississippi Power.

Velocys receives FONSI from USDA for planned Mississippi biorefinery; wood waste to drop-in fuels

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Velocys plc announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi. The USDA 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (9003 Program) provides loan guarantees to biorefineries, such as those that Velocys and its partners are developing, which produce advanced biofuels.

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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.

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.

KiOR receives fuel registration from EPA for renewable diesel

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a next-generation renewable fuels company, has been granted Part 79 (Title 40 CFR Part 79) registration for its Renewable Diesel Blendstock 5 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In July, KiOR had received Part 79 registration for its Renewable Gasoline Blendstock 5. he receipt of the Part 79 registrations for our cellulosic gasoline and diesel from EPA coincides perfectly with the start-up of our first production facility in Columbus, Mississippi next month.

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DOE pulls grant funding from BlueFire Renewables cellulosic biofuels plant

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BlueFire Renewables, Inc., a developers of a cellulosic waste facility in Fulton, Mississippi (earlier post) received notice on 23 December that the US Department of Energy (DOE) would no longer provide funding under the company’s DOE grant due to the company’s inability to comply with certain deadlines related to providing certain information to the DOE with respect to future financing arrangements for the Fulton Project.

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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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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. Norfolk Southern has primarily been using a 100% pure Dynamic Fuels renewable diesel at its Meridian, Mississippi rail yard since early January. Dynamic Fuels produces next-generation renewable and synthetic fuels from animal fats and greases.

2012 185

BlueFire Renewables Signs 15-Year Feedstock Supply Contract for Cellulosic Ethanol Facility

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Cellulosic biofuels company BlueFire Renewables, Inc. Under the agreement, CMT will supply BlueFire’s Fulton, Mississippi project with all of the feedstock required to produce approximately 19-million gallons of ethanol per year from locally sourced cellulosic materials such as wood chips, forest residual chips, pre-commercial thinnings and urban wood waste such as construction waste, storm debris, land clearing; or manufactured wood waste from furniture manufacturing.

2010 185

EPA sets 2013 percentages for Renewable Fuel Standard; anticipating adjustments to 2014 volume requirements

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the US fuel supply (a 9.74% blend). Therefore, EPA anticipates that in the 2014 proposed rule it will propose adjustments to the 2014 volume requirements, including the advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel categories.

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KiOR signs second offtake agreement for renewable gasoline and diesel blendstocks

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable oil from biomass ( earlier post ), and Catchlight Energy LLC (CLE), a 50-50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Chevron Corporation and Weyerhaeuser Company focused on providing liquid transportation fuels from sustainable forest-based resources, signed a conditional offtake agreement for CLE to purchase gasoline and diesel fuel blendstocks from KiOR’s first commercial production facility in Columbus, Mississippi.

2011 161

GM Spring Hill to run on 100% solar power by 2022

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The energy will be supplied by a solar farm in Lowndes County, Mississippi, currently under development by Origis Energy. According to the EPA, GM’s choice to use green power helps advance the voluntary market for renewable energy, as well as the development of those sources.

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DOE to Award Up to $16.5M to RD Initiatives for Renewable Hydrocarbon Transportation Fuels Via Pyrolysis and Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production

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million for two major research and development (R&D) initiatives that will support the expansion of renewable transportation fuels production. These reactors have not yet been evaluated for use with renewable feedstocks such as pyrolysis oils. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will invest up to $16.5

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Elevance acquires first North American biorefinery

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Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc., 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.

2011 184

EcoCAR Teams Roll Out Architectures; Plug-in Li-ion Packs and Renewable Energy Common Attributes

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All of the vehicles use a renewable energy source that displaces petroleum consumption. Eight of the EcoCAR teams, including Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Victoria and Virginia Tech chose to design Extended Range Electric Vehicles.

2009 163

Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Awarding C$37.5 Million in Funding for Renewable Energy Projects from Biofuels to Home Generation

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million) to five Alberta-based renewable energy projects including waste to biofuels and energy, concentrating solar power, biogas and home generation. Enerkem is also developing two commercial projects, one in Edmonton, Alberta and the other in Mississippi. Plasco Alberta will build, own, and operate a Plasco Waste Conversion and Renewable Energy Facility in partnership with Red Deer County—where the site will be located.

2010 204

USDA Report Provides Regional Roadmap To Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022; Southeast to Provide ~50% of Advanced Biofuels

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report outlining both the current state of renewable transportation fuels efforts in the US and a plan to develop regional strategies to increase the production, marketing and distribution of biofuels. According to the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA), there are currently 201 ethanol facilities with a capacity to produce 13.5 A USDA Regional Roadmap to Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022.

2010 185

KiOR and Catchlight Energy sign feedstock supply agreement

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable oil from biomass, and Catchlight Energy LLC (CLE), a 50-50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Chevron Corporation and Weyerhaeuser Company focused on providing liquid transportation fuels from sustainable forest-based resources, have signed a feedstock supply agreement. KiOR, Inc.,

2011 170

Velocys reports ENVIA’s GTL plant has reached 200 barrels/day milestone; confirms site for first US biorefinery

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Finished, saleable products (premium renewable waxes, diesel and naphtha) are meeting customer product specifications and sales are being made to product offtakers. Earlier this month, signed a site option agreement with Adams County in the State of Mississippi for its first US biorefinery to be located in Natchez, Mississippi.

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

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a developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable oil from biomass, has received a term sheet for a loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program supporting a more than $1-billion biofuels project. KiOR’s project under the DOE loan guarantee program will consist of four biorefineries that will contribute approximately 250 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel to the Renewable Fuel Standard. KiOR, Inc.,

2011 214

GM makes its largest green energy purchase to date; 50 MW wind deal

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General Motors has made its largest renewable energy procurement to date, purchasing enough wind power to equal the electricity needs of 16 of its US facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River. When the contract begins in the first half of 2018, 6% of GM’s global energy use will be powered by renewable energy.

2016 185

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. In addition to its use of alternative vehicles, UPS uses millions of gallons of lower carbon footprint renewable diesel and renewable natural gas (RNG) in its fleet each year. UPS will add 200 new series hybrid electric delivery trucks to the company’s growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

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KiOR produced 172K gallons of cellulosic gasoline and diesel in July and August; 357,532 gallons so far this year

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Cellulosic gasoline and diesel company KiOR reported that in July and August, its Columbus, Mississippi facility produced 172,398 gallons of fuel, bringing the 2013 production total from the facility to 357,532 gallons through 31 August. At the beginning of August, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

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ENVIA suspends operations at Oklahoma City GTL plant

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The Velocys Board fully supports the ENVIA Board’s decision given the likely capital requirements of the plant and believes that Velocys’ capital is better invested in progressing its Mississippi Biorefinery and UK waste-to-jet projects, which have the potential to generate significant value for shareholders. The successful manufacture of fuels that have generated RIN credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), another key commercial validation of the Velocys technology.

KiOR ships first cellulosic diesel

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable rude oil from biomass ( earlier post ), has begun initial shipments of cellulosic diesel from its plant in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR’s facility uses pine wood chips previously feeding a shut down paper mill at Columbus to produce the renewable oil, which is processed into gasoline and diesel blendstocks. KiOR, Inc.,

2013 196

DOE awards $10.6M to ROGUE to engineer energycane, Miscanthus to produce oil for biodiesel, biojet fuel

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The new research project Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) kicked off on 25 February with a team meeting held in conjunction with the 2018 Genomic Sciences Program Annual Principal Investigator Meeting in Tysons, Virginia. Energycane will be evaluated at Florida and Mississippi, and Miscanthus will be tested at Illinois.

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Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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Tennessee and Mississippi, Ryder has now expanded its NGV offering into 16 states and two Canadian provinces. service locations where Ryder has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels to offer renewable natural gas, the cleanest fuel available today. Ryder System announced that Postal Fleet Services has signed a full-service agreement for 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting mail delivery operations in Orlando, Fla., Lafayette, La., Jackson, Miss.,

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KiOR begins shipment of cellulosic gasoline

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developer of a catalytic pyrolysis process to produce renewable crude oil from biomass ( earlier post ), has achieved several key operational milestones at its commercial-scale cellulosic gasoline and diesel production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. KiOR, Inc.,

2013 184

Cellulosic fuels company KiOR reveals “substantial doubts” about its viability; funding needed by 1 April

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In its Form 10-K (annual report) filed with the SEC on 17 March, cellulosic renewable fuels company KiOR said it has “ substantial doubts about [its] ability to continue as a going concern ”. In the hydrotreating unit, the renewable crude oil undergoes a reaction with hydrogen to remove residual oxygen and render a true hydrocarbon liquid product which can be fractionated into gasoline, jet fuel and diesel with common distillation technology.

2014 196

New electric truck company Chanje emerges from stealth; first model out this year

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Chanje will subsequently work with large fleet customers to provide renewable energy and charging capabilities as a turnkey service. Chanje’s goal is to support organizations as they transition to energy systems that are secure, stable, local, renewable and efficient. This will be in the form of a microgrid depot solution that is expected to include four components: renewable energy; charging infrastructure; energy storage; and grid services.

2017 195

BioJet forms strategic alliance with Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT); envisioning up to $1B in joint projects over 10 years

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CERT members collectively own and manage more than 30% of the coal west of the Mississippi; 40% of domestic uranium; and 10% of known national oil and gas reserves in the United States. BioJet International is a supply chain integrator in renewable jet fuel and related co-products which include green diesel for the aviation and related commercial transportation sectors.

2012 196

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

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With Valero joining Waste Management as a strategic investor, Enerkem becomes one of the very few renewable products companies that is aligned with industry leaders from both upstream and downstream parts of the business. 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.

2011 196

BIOX and World Energy JV to acquire & operate 90M USG biodiesel plant in Houston; 3rd-largest biodiesel plant in NA

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It is a large scale asset that is well positioned to supply biodiesel for compliance with the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard in the US market. World Energy is an advanced biofuels supplier based in Boston with more than 200 million gallons (600,000 metric tons) of production capacity in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas and more than 16 million gallons of biofuels storage servicing major markets in North America and beyond.

2016 150

NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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University of Southern Mississippi. Emergent Polymer Sensing Technologies for Gulf Coast Water Quality Monitoring This collaboration between Mississippi and Alabama develops advanced polymer-based sensing technologies to detect pollutants in Gulf Coast aquatic ecosystems. Collaborative Research and Education on Synergized Transformational Solar Chemical Looping and Photo-Ultrasonic Renewable Biomass Refinery.

2016 150

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

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Although the practically recoverable resource is an unknown fraction of the technically recoverable resource, the assessment shows that hydrokinetic generation could be an important renewable energy option for the United States. 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%.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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Earth Energy Renewables, LLC. Mississippi State University. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass and waste resources.

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US Geothermal Power Could Top 10 Gigawatts, New Industry Report Says

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Mississippi. The number of states with geothermal projects under development also increased, from 12 to 14 over the past six months, with the addition of two oil-field co-production projects in Louisiana and Mississippi. It also appears that some projects seeking final construction permits are having difficulty acquiring them because of the tremendous demands being placed on federal, state, and local agencies by a wave of renewable energy project applications.

2009 207

Ryder 1st commercial fleet provider to surpass 100M natural gas vehicle miles

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Beverage container recycler, UBCR, LLC also announced that it will renew its natural gas vehicle lease with Ryder for its entire truck fleet, becoming the first Ryder customer to transition from first generation NGVs to the latest available technology. Ryder System, Inc. announced that its fleet of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has surpassed 100 million miles of operations, making it the first commercial fleet outsourcing provider to reach this milestone.

2016 150

DOE announces EcoCAR 2; focus on electric drive technology

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Student designs will consider the well-to-wheel (WTW) impact of fuel use and select renewable fuels such as hydrogen, E85 (85% ethanol), or B20 (20% biodiesel). Mississippi State University (Starkville, Mississippi). EcoCar 2 Malibu. Click to enlarge.

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LiveFuels Starts Operations at Pilot Algal Biofuels Facility

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a developer of renewable algae-based biofuels, started pilot operations at the company’s test facility in Brownsville, TX. Consisting of 45 acres of open saltwater ponds, the facility will be used for research on optimizing algal productivity and increasing the rates of conversion of biomass into renewable oils. These species are then collected and processed into renewable oils and many other valuable co-products. LiveFuels, Inc.,

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KiOR seeks to double cellulosic fuels production at Columbus plant; $50M in from Khosla for Columbus II

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is pursuing plans to double production capacity at its Columbus, Mississippi, facility through construction of a second facility incorporating KiOR’s commercially proven technology. In parallel with the Columbus II project, we plan to accelerate our efforts to refine the design, based on the newest technology improvements, of our next standard scale commercial production facility, currently planned for groundbreaking in the second half of 2014 in Natchez, Mississippi.

Agrisoma expanding partnership with Univ. of Florida on biojet fuel in US; Carinata seed

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The research project will operate under the oversight of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the Florida-based Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata ( SPARC ). Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) to advance the supply of biojet fuel in the United States.

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ARPA-E to award $22M to 18 projects to accelerate production of macroalgae for energy and other uses; MARINER

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Finally, the team seeks to demonstrate a prototype harvester that could be adapted to renewable power sources. Specifically, Trophic's approach will use renewable energy to passively lift nutrients from deep ocean water to crops at the ocean surface, mimicking the natural upwelling that occurs in the world’s most productive marine ecosystems. University of Southern Mississippi – Hattiesburg, MS. University of Southern Mississippi – Hattiesburg, MS.

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KiOR halts cellulosic fuels production at Columbus in Q1 to optimize production; need for R&D to boost yield and cut costs

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In a conference call on Friday, KiOR President and CEO Fred Cannon said that the company will halt production of cellulosic gasoline, diesel and fuel oil at its plant in Columbus, Mississippi in order to implement a number of optimization projects it identified as necessary—based on its experience in 2013—to optimize production to enhance yield, throughput and operability and to minimize cost.