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Mississippi Biomass & Renewable
Energy Council e-Newsletter

The Voice of Sustainable Industries in Mississippi
August, 2012- Vol 1, Issue 3
Message from Brent Brasher, Chair of the MBREC Board of Directors
Earlier this year, I was humbly honored to be asked and it is my pleasure to serve as chairman of the Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council for 2012.  We face exciting times and opportunities not only in our organization, but also in our industry.  With a desired vision to carry our organization to a new level, we entered in a management contract for day-to-day activities with the Mississippi Technology Alliance.  This partnership will allow our members additional value to their membership.

We have a diverse group of members - from individuals to large companies, biomass to bio-based to renewable energy.  As we go through transgressions of our industry, it is the board's focus that our organization is represented by such stakeholders and that we are adapting to the rapid changes in the collective markets that represent our membership.  If you are not a member, we welcome you to join our organization.  The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council is your voice!

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Brent Brasher
Chair, MBREC Board of Directors
Mississippi Economic Development Chief Touts Renewable Energy Potential
Brent Christensen, the recently named head of the Mississippi Development Authority, touted the Magnolia State's potential for energy, including bioenergy, in his first public address since assuming the role.  Click here to read more.
KiOR Manufacturing Plant Update
Shares of KiOR Inc. advanced August 14 after the renewable fuels company said its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Miss., will start operations in September.  Click here to read more.
Secretary of Agriculture Touts Bio-Based Products
During a recent tour of Ford Motor Company's Research and Innovation Center, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack praised the use of bio-based products to replace petrochemical products.  Click here to learn more.
Army Kicks off $7 Billion Renewable Energy Procurement
In light of the recent formation of a Renewable Energy Partnership between the Defense and Interior Departments, the U.S. Army has kicked off a procurement to buy as much as $7 billion worth of renewable energy from plants located on its bases.  Click here to read more.
Event News
The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council is serving as a sponsoring organization for the 2012 Southern Section Air & Waste Management Association annual meeting, held September 11-14 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Click here for more information.
MBREC Officers
John Mabry          Randy Rousseau          Lydia Allison          Kevin Mitchell          Terrence Spears
 President                    Vice President                       Treasurer                     Secretary                         Assistant Secretary
MBREC Board of Directors
Brent Brasher (Chair)          Kelly Blackwood (Vice-Chair)          Tamme Bufkin
Kengro Corporation                 Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP           Renewable Fiber Resources, LLC
Todd French                       John Kasbaum                              John Logan        
Mississippi State University       Kior Inc.                                         Eagle Green Energy Inc.

Jeffrey Rupp                       Robert Thompson                          Frank Yang
Mississippi State University         Mississippi Polymer Institute                     Stion      

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