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  • Story and photos by University Affairs staff
  • Published: Nov. 8, 2012
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The University of Missouri hosts the Bond Lecture and Economics of Power Generation Forum 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 15. Illustration by Blake Dinsdale.

Mizzou is plugged in. 

Faculty and students at the University of Missouri engage in energy research, education, service, commercialization and policy development to improve lives in Missouri and around the world.

During the past 20 years, Mizzou has reduced campus energy consumption by 14 percent per square foot and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent per square foot. The university has won national and international awards for innovations in energy management, including an Energy Star CHP Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for significant pollution reduction and energy efficiency.

This fall a wind turbine has been constructed on the MU campus, the MU Power Plant has installed a biomass boiler capable of burning fuel from sustainable Missouri sources such as waste wood and prairie grasses, and Mizzou professor Shibu Jose’s team of researchers has received a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study how biofuel crops such as sorghum and switchgrass can be converted into liquid fuel.

On Nov. 15 Mizzou brings the energy conversation to campus with the Bond Lecture & Economics of Power Generation Forum. Focusing on energy issues affecting the Midwest, the lecture and panel discussion delve into the economics and environmental impact of traditional and emerging sources of energy, the policy and politics surrounding these issues, and why affordable energy is important to Missouri's economy. 

Learn more about what Mizzou is doing to ensure an energy-smart future for Missouri.

Cerry Klein

The University of Missouri 2012 Christopher S. "Kit" Bond Lecture & Economics of Power Generation Forum

The Nov. 15 lecture and forum, moderated by former U.S. Sen. Bond, will feature a talk by 2012 Bond Lecturer Frank Clemente, former director of Pen State's Environmental Policy Center, and a keynote address by Daniel Beck, supervisor of engineering analysis for the Missouri Public Service Commission, followed by a panel discussion with Floyd Gilzow, director of member relations and public affairs for the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA); Cerry Klein, a professor in MU's Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department; and Jared Wilmes, director of MFA Oil Biomass operations. More » 

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Mizzou Advantage Sustainable Energy Initiative

The Sustainable Energy area of Mizzou Advantage addresses energy issues broadly, building on MU’s Research Reactor; MU’s biomass power plant; research in biofuels, biomass and energy efficiency; the College of Engineering; and education programs in nuclear and other kinds of energy. This initiative also examines policy and its implications, business models, environmental impact and the cultural and social consequences of energy uses and production. More »

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The Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium (MEERC)

MEERC, a partnership of energy-efficiency programs at Mizzou, works with regional companies to create education and training opportunities for students and professionals and works with industry and government agencies to advance energy-efficiency technologies. More »

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Chancellor’s Guide to MU Energy Programs and Research

The chancellor’s office provides a directory of energy-related projects and programs Mizzou is undertaking in education, research, service, policy, economics and technology commercialization. More »

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Campus Facilities Department of Energy Management

MU Energy Management develops and uses sustainable and cost-effective sources to serve Mizzou’s energy needs, including biomass, solar and wind power. More »

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Mizzou Engineering: Energy

The College of Engineering shares energy-research news and a directory of faculty specializing in energy. More » 

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Sustainable Energy: MIZZOU Magazine special issue

The university’s alumni magazine takes a look at Mizzou sustainability organizations, alternative-energy research and a greener way of life. More »

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Black, Gold and Green: Mizzou Wire special section

Mizzou Wire reports on energy research, environmental programs and ecologically friendly projects and programs at Mizzou. More »

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The SEC Energy Symposium

The inaugural SEC symposium, “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future,” focuses on strategies for development of economically viable alternative energy sources and showcases SEC universities’ research and innovation in renewable energy. It takes place Feb. 10-12 in Atlanta, Ga. More »

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Last updated: Nov. 9, 2012