Governor, energy experts to meet on MSU campus

October 2, 2012 10:13:40 AM



Gov. Phil Bryant, along with energy-industry leaders will convene on the campus of Mississippi State University Wednesday for "Powering Mississippi in the 21st Century," a program examining the state's energy future. 


The program will be held in the Foster Ballroom inside MSU's Colvard Student Union and is free to the public. An open panel discussion is scheduled from 1-3:30 p.m. and is sponsored by The Mississippi Energy Institute and Mississippi Development Authority. 


Some of the energy-industry leaders accompanying Bryant include: Bob Balzar, vice president for energy efficiency, TVA; Richard Mills, CEO, Tellus Operating Group; Stephen Johnston, president, Itron Cellular Solutions; and Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO, Entergy Mississippi.  


Both MSU and local high school students will have a question-and-answer session at the conclusion of the event.  


The Southern States Energy Board named Bryant chairman earlier this week, making his opinions and ideas especially relevant. This board promotes energy-based economic development, innovation, programs and policies. 


"Our state has vital contributions to make in finding solutions to the world's growing energy needs," MSU President Mark Keenum said. "Helping meet those needs is a vital part of our land-grant mission of research and service."