Mississippi Biomass & Renewable
Energy Council e-Newsletter

The Voice of Sustainable Industries in Mississippi
October, 2012- Vol 1, Issue 4
Message from John Mabry, President of the Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council

Welcome to another Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council newsletter. I want to thank you for taking the time to read our publications.


We have had a lot of interesting things happening since our last newsletter.  The conference we held in conjunction with Mississippi State University was a great success. We have also exhibited at other conferences and the interest shown in the council and the State of Mississippi has been enthusiastic! The Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, held an energy conference October 4, 2012, where he presented his Energy Roadmap.  He was very positive on the position that Mississippi stands in the energy sector of the nation.  Among the resources available for use in the Magnolia State is biomass, which is described as "abundant" in the roadmap report.  Presently, biomass, solar and other renewables play an important role in Mississippi's energy profile, providing roughly 5 percent of the state's total energy.


Thanks for your help in making MBREC the association that it is and we look forward to your continued involvement.


Please put on your calendar next months' quarterly meeting November 8.  We will have another informative presentation and a "show me" trip for you!


John Mabry
President, MBREC


Governor Bryant Releases Energy PlanGOV
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recently stated that the natural resources of the Magnolia State, including renewable energy and biomass, position Mississippi as a leader in the energy economy.  Click here to read more.
North Mississippi Town Installs Solar Panels on Water Well
The town of Vardaman is taking advantage of solar energy in order to assist in everyday operations. Click here to read more.
Event NewsMeeting
The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council will hold a quarterly meeting at the Energy Institute on the Campus of Mississippi State University November 8. Click  here for more information.
South Carolina Utilities Express Commitment to Renewable Energy
Duke Energy, SCE&G and Santee Cooper have all expressed a commitment to the utilization of renewable energy as part of their overall portfolio.  Click here for more information.
Bunge-Ergon Suspends Ethanol Production
Citing reduced profits from higher corn prices, Bunge-Ergon has made the decision to suspend ethanol production at their Vicksburg, Mississippi, facility in November.  A spokesman for Ergon stated that the organization will reassess market conditions in 2013 and determine whether resuming operations is feasible.  Click here to read more.
Are you interested in joining the state's oldest member-driven organization dedicated to providing a voice for sustainable industry?  MBREC membership provides you with the opportunity to network with other interested renewable energy stakeholders, as well as take part in renewable energy education and outreach events.  To learn more, contact Joseph Linton.
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      

For more information about joining MBREC, visit www.ms-biomass.org or contact Joseph Linton at 601-960-3623 or jlinton@mta.ms.  
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