Mississippi is fortunate to possess a diverse portfolio of energy resources. We also have a diverse portfolio of energy projects in development. One of those is the Enerkem plant in Pontotoc, MS.
Enerkem is planning a biorefinery on a regional landfill. They plan to convert 300 tons of solid waste a day into ethanol, amounting to 10,000,000 gallons of ethanol per year.
This project is helping to remove barriers to commercialization of fuel and power production from municipal solid waste, including yard and food wastes. With the Halloween holiday upon us, technology developed by Enerkem can transform millions of pounds of pumpkins (approximately 1.4 billion) from seasonal decorations to viable sources of biofuels.
Plans were recently announced to construct a wood pellet plant in George County, Miss. European electric power utilities demand wood pellets and with our abundance of forest products, Mississippi will help meet that demand. Two existing wood pellet mills are in Wiggins and Aberdeen. Set to employ around 30, the George County plant will bring a $25 million investment and is significant in the way it shows European countries taking advantage of Mississippi’s manufacturing capabilities and abundance of resources.
Did You Know… Electricity costs in Europe are about 2.5 times higher than electricity costs in the southeast U.S.?
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has set a goal of reducing the Navy’s dependence on fossil fuels by half by 2020. Read the article here.