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Green energy striking out in Mississippi

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog

With Major League Baseball’s opening day in full swing Monday, it’s easy to make a parallel with green energy projects in Mississippi, and the scorecard isn’t a pretty one.

Strike one  Twin Creeks Solar

Strike two  KiOr

  • KiOR owes the state $69.3 million from a no-interest loan to build a plant in Columbus designed to turn wood chips into gasoline and diesel fuel. The plant is now in an “idle state.”
    KiOR photo

    FROM TREES TO FUEL: KiOR’s Columbus, Mississippi plant is designed to turn biomass into gasoline and diesel fuel.

    Columbus Light and Water informed the plant’s management that it could no longer handle any more waste water from the facility because of potentially harmful material, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Strike three  Bluefire Renewables

  • Bluefire Renewables’ plan to build a $300 million plant designed to convert cellulose into ethanol in Fulton. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Department of Energy withdrew its $88 million grant for the facility. Construction was scheduled to begin in August, and it was scheduled to open in 2015. The plant was supposed to employ 70 to 80 people, which comes to more than $1 million per job if you’re keeping score at home. That’s not peanuts.
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Steve Wilson is the Mississippi reporter for Watchdog.org. Beginning his career as a sports writer, he has worked for the Mobile Press-Register (Ala.), the LaGrange Daily News (Ga.), Highlands Today (Fla.),McComb Enterprise-Journal (Miss.), the Biloxi Sun Herald(Miss.) and the Vicksburg Post (Miss.) Steve's work has appeared on Fox News, the Huffington Post and the Daily Signal. His bachelor's degree is in journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Alabama. Steve is also a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.