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2012 Mississippi Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Report

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The staff of Strategic Biomass Solutions would like to thank multiple contributors for providing information to include in this report. We are particularly indebted to the staff of the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC) at Mississippi State University for producing visual representations of the spatial distribution of Mississippi's forest resources, as well as the distribution of grants via various government programs. Additionally, we would like to thank the staff of the Mississippi Development Authority's Energy and Natural Resources Division (MDA-ENRD) for information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) activity in Mississippi. We are also thankful to the Mississippi office of United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (USDA-RD), which provided information detailing the activities associated with the department's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). 333333339933 333333339933 We also thank the Mississippi Energy Institute (MEI) and the Mississippi Biomass Renewable Energy Council (MBREC) for supporting the Strategic Biomass Solutions program. Input from the 25x'25 initiative's Southeast Coordinator was invaluable in compiling the policy section of this report. Finally, special thanks go to the companies, entrepreneurs, investors, economic developers and other stakeholders who provided quotes and information regarding various projects within the Magnolia State. 2012 pi Renewable Energy gy Efficiency Report he Status of Renewable Energy ciency in the State of Mississippi 0

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