2013 Governor’s Energy Summit

Summit Spotlight: Dr. David Dismukes

During the 2013 Governor’s Energy Summit, Dr. David Dismukes, an economist with the Acadian Consulting Group of Baton Rouge, La., presented preliminary results from a study commissioned by the Mississippi Energy Institute to identify specific industrial opportunities related to the recent boom in U.S. natural gas production. He concluded that the state is well positioned to participate in the re-emerging U.S. chemical manufacturing industry. Read more at Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Below you will find video of his full presentation and his powerpoint presentation.

Summit Spotlight: Mississippi University Leaders

Pictured L to R: Dr. Hank Bounds, MS Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Rodney Bennett (USM,) Dr. Dan Jones (Ole Miss) and Dr. Mark Keenum (MSU.)

Pictured L to R: Dr. Hank Bounds, MS Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Rodney Bennett (USM,) Dr. Dan Jones (Ole Miss) and Dr. Mark Keenum (MSU.)

A panel moderated by Dr. Hank Bounds, Mississippi Commissioner of Higher Education, and consisting of Dr. Rodney Bennett, President of the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi and Dr. Mark Keenum, President of Mississippi State University, discussed energy as fuel for university growth. During the discussion, the University leaders discussed what their institutions are doing to encourage students to pursue careers in the energy and manufacturing sectors. See the entire discussion below:

Summit Spotlight: Dan DiMicco

Dan DiMicco is Executive Chairman of Nucor Corporation. Mr. DiMicco was appointed to the United States Manufacturing Council in 2008 by then-U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and served on the board until 2011. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Duke Energy Corporation, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the World Steel Association, where he is a member of the Executive Committee.

We were honored to have Mr. DiMicco speak on energy’s role in U.S. manufacturing at this year’s Governor’s Energy Summit. Below you will find his video of his full presentation and his powerpoint presentation.

Summit Spotlight: Dr. Frank Clemente

Dr. Clemente is a Professor Emeritus of Social Science and Policy at Penn State and former Director of the University’s Environmental Policy Center. Dr. Clemente’s research specialization is the socioeconomic impact of energy policy- especially issues relating to electricity generation, reliability and cost. We were very honored to have Dr. Clemente speak on coal’s role in meeting global energy needs at our 2013 Governor’s Energy Summit. Below you will find short interviews, the full video of Dr. Clemente’s presentation and the link to download his powerpoint presentation.

Powerpoint Presentation:

Short Interiew with Dr. Clemente:

Short Interview with MEI President Patrick Sullivan following Mr. Clemente’s Presentation:

Full Length Speech:

Governor’s Energy Summit Draws Over 800 Attendees

With more than 800 lawmakers, business and state leaders in attendance, the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Governor Phil Bryant, energy industry leaders and experts and the state’s research universities’ presidents spoke of Mississippi’s potential to be a real player in the energy segment of the United States. (Read more at the Clarion Ledger.)

“You have a chance to be a remarkable leader in the country in the next 10 to 20 years. You are the right size state to break out,” said Gingrich. “You are small enough you can actually do things. You are big enough you can actually aggregate resources and talent and people.”

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Earlier that morning, David Dismukes, a Louisiana State University professor hired by the Mississippi Energy Institute to look at opportunities that might arise from the U.S. boom in natural gas production, kicked things off by presenting the preliminary results of his analysis. He concluded that Mississippi should pitch itself as a home for chemical manufacturing companies that might want to get away from areas clogged by tens of billions in construction in the refining and chemical sectors. (Read more at Bloomberg BusinessWeek.)

Following Mr. Dismukes was Dr. Frank Clemente, Professor Emeritus from Penn State University. He led a discussion on coal’s role in the energy sector and how the attempts to eliminate it entirely from the global energy mix are unrealistic. Later on, Gingrich reiterated the importance of coal by commenting on the state’s lignite coal plant in Kemper County by saying it may be the most important single experiment in developing electricity in the world today.

Nucor’s Dan DiMicco then took the stage to discuss how the excess of natural gas needs to be utilized to further strengthen the recently revitalized manufacturing industry.

Prior to Gingrich’s keynote address was a panel composed of the Presidents from the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and Southern Mississippi University. Talk of universities’ roles in preparing students for careers in energy took place.

Mississippi currently ranks number two globally for energy policy and is first in its tier when energy policy is considered along with proven oil and gas reserves. The Mississippi Development Authority predicts $500 million in energy investments next year.

Energy is certainly a topic worthy of discussion in the state and the Mississippi Energy Institute was thrilled with the enthusiastic turnout at this year’s summit.

Register for Our Governor’s Energy Summit!

There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided. The only requirement is your online registration. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Governor’s Energy Summit!


        • 8:00 a.m. – Registration
        • 9:00 a.m. – Welcome
            Patrick Sullivan, President, Mississippi Energy Institute
            Sid Salter*, Chief Communications Officer and Director of Public Affairs, Mississippi State University
        • 9:05 a.m. – “Energy – The Road Ahead for Mississippi”
            Governor Phil Bryant
        • 9:30 a.m. – “Leveraging Energy for Industrial Development – A Summary of MEI’s Analysis”
            Dr. David Dismukes, Consulting Economist, Acadian Consulting Group
        • 10:00 a.m. – “Coal’s Role in Meeting Global Energy Needs”
            Dr. Frank Clemente, Professor Emeritus, Penn State University
        • 10:45 a.m. – “Energy’s Role in U.S. Manufacturing”
            Dan DiMicco, Executive Chairman, Nucor Corporation
        • 11:15 a.m. – “Energy as Fuel for University Growth- A Research and Commercialization Conversation with Mississippi University Leaders”
            Dr. Rodney Bennett, President, University of Southern Mississippi
            Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor, University of Mississippi
            Dr. Mark Keenum, President, Mississippi State University
            Dr. Carolyn Meyers, President, Jackson State University
          • Moderated by Dr. Hank Bounds, MS Commissioner of Higher Education
        • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch
        • 12:30 p.m. – Keynote Address “Smart Energy Today for Strength, Security and Sustainability Tomorrow”
            The Honorable Newt Gingrich, Host of CNN’s Crossfire; Distinguished World Leader, Powerful Visionary & Political Vanguard; 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate; Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1995-1999)
*Summit Moderator