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Entergy, Arbor Day Foundation to Provide 10,000 Free Trees for Energy Conservation

New Orleans, La. – Entergy Corporation is teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide 10,000 free trees to Entergy residential customers in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and New Orleans. The effort is part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s pilot Energy-Saving Trees program aimed at helping conserve energy through strategic tree planting.
Entergy customers can reserve their free trees at Entergy.com/arborday starting today. In return for the free trees, customers must agree to plant them in a location that will reduce their energy consumption and care for them. Click here to watch a video of how to sign up!
“Entergy applauds the efforts of the Arbor Day Foundation to link energy efficiency, environmental stewardship and new technology embodied in the Energy Saving Trees program. We are excited at the prospect of helping our customers reduce their energy consumption while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions through tree planting,” says Brent Dorsey, Director, Corporate Environmental Programs.
To help customers choose the most strategic location to plant their tree, the Energy-Saving Trees program provides customers with access to an online tool. The tool allows customers to map their house, select a tree with energy-saving potential, view the
best energy-saving locations to plant and receive an estimate of the annual savings they will receive as the tree grows. The 2- to 4-foot-tall trees will then be delivered directly to the customer to plant this fall in the designated location.
"The Arbor Day Foundation is excited to launch this new partnership with Entergy to provide 10,000 trees to Entergy customers in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The new Energy-Saving Trees online program helps people reduce their energy bills through planting the right trees in the right place in their yards, and Entergy's commitment to helping their customers by providing the trees at no cost demonstrates Entergy's long-term commitment to energy conservation."
Along with energy savings, the Energy-Saving Trees provide community benefits including air quality improvements, stormwater reduction and carbon sequestration.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants
with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.

Grenada Stamping Expanding Operations in Grenada, Miss.

Contact: Tammy Craft, Public Relations 601.359.6556
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Project to Create 50 New Jobs

Grenada, Miss. (September 22, 2011) – Officials from Grenada Stamping and Assembly, supplier of parts to the appliance, automotive, HVAC/R and off-highway markets, have announced the company is expanding its operations in Grenada, Miss., to accommodate the rapid growth of its solar panel-related stamping business. The project represents a company investment of $500,000 and will create 50 new jobs.

Since January 2010, Grenada Stamping and Assembly has created over 90 new jobs; this latest expansion brings the total number of workers at the Grenada Stamping complex to 231.

“In recent years, Grenada Stamping and Assembly has expanded its Grenada operations a number of times and has grown its workforce significantly,” said Leland Speed, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). “The company is truly a valued member of Mississippi’s business community, and I am grateful company officials have continued to invest in their Grenada operations and create jobs for area workers. I am pleased that MDA was once again able to provide assistance to help the company grow.”

To help facilitate the expansion, MDA provided assistance through the Momentum Mississippi Incentives program for upgrades to a county-owned building occupied by Grenada Stamping and Assembly. Grenada County provided assistance for upgrades to the building, as well.

“Grenada County’s business climate and the availability of a qualified workforce help our business create added value that is passed on to our customers. It is that value that has accelerated our growth in the past year and the reason we are able to create 50 new jobs in the community,” said Gary Houston, Grenada Stamping and Assembly general manager. “Our company appreciates the unwavering support of MDA, the Grenada Economic Development District and the Grenada County Board of Supervisors.”

A subsidiary of Ice Industries, which is headquartered in Sylvania, Ohio, Grenada Stamping and Assembly has a broad menu of capabilities, including the ability to blank, form, weld and assemble a variety of materials of various strengths and thicknesses. In addition to being a supplier to Electrolux® in Canada, the company provides parts to Ford Motor Company in Argentina, First Solar Panels in Canada, Copeland in Northern Ireland, Belgium, Thailand and China and Toyota Boshoku in Indiana. The company’s Grenada operations are housed in a 300,000-square-foot main plant and a recently-renovated 40,000-square-foot facility. For more information, please visit http://www.iceindustries.com/grenada-stamping.html.


Mississippi incentives attract wood-to-sugar biorefiner

By Luke Geiver | September 20, 2011

HCL CleanTech will use $100 million worth of incentives provided by the state of Mississippi to build roughly $1 billion worth of renewable sugar facilities. The company is currently located in Oxford, N.C., but according to Eran Baniel, general manager and vice president of business development for HCL CleanTech, the company has devoted considerable time and resources to analyze the opportunities available in the “wood basket” of the Southeast U.S. Although the company did pursue locating its future facilities in other states, Baniel also said that none of the offers were as good as Mississippi. “It is not easy for a small startup to convince people that in five years it will be a big industrial company,” he said, or “to convince them that other large industries will follow just because we chose to be in one of those states.” Baniel added that fortunately, Gov. Haley Barbour had a vision, and Mississippi “will enjoy the fruits of it.”

The $100 million provided from Mississippi will be used to assist in the construction of the company’s first commercial large-scale facilities, located in Natchez, Booneville and Hattiesburg. Additional tax credits will help the company pay for the additional financing and the new employees required at all of the facilities, Baniel said. The company also has plans to build a demonstration-scale size plant in Grenada, as a measure to derisk the scale-up process “to make sure the economy of scale works for us and not against us,” Baniel explained, and also to ensure the investors aligned with HCL CleanTech that the technology can perform at commercial level.

The HCL CleanTech process is based on a hydrochloric acid-driven hydrolysis process that converts lignin into renewable sugars, which can be used as feedstock for cellulosic biofuels and biobased products. The first step of the process involves sizing and drying the biomass, followed by the next step, HCL Hydrolysis at low temperatures. Two separate streams follow the hydrolysis process, a hydrolyzate stream and a lignin stream. Using a proprietary acid recovery step, the HCL acid is separated from the hydrolyzate and recycled, and the remaining product is sent to a fermentation step. From the lignin stream, a lignin recovery step is performed resulting in enough lignin solids to power a facility along with other tall oils.

The use of hydrochloric acids to create fermentable sugars was initially tested by the Germans during WWII, the company said, adding that the HCL CleanTech process is more advanced.

In June, the U.S. DOE awarded the company a $9 million grant to continue advancing the process.

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