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Midwest Energy Emissions (MEEC)

Participants
Richard MacPherson President and Chief Executive Officer
Gerry Sweeney ROTH Capital
John Nobile Taglich Brothers
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Operator

Good day and welcome to the ME2C Environmental First Quarter 2021 Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions] This conference is being recorded today, May 17, 2021 and the earnings press release accompanying this conference call was issued before today’s call. On today’s call is ME2C’s President and CEO, Richard MacPherson.

Before we get started, I will read the disclaimer about forward-looking statements. This conference call may contain in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements within the meanings of the federal securities laws regarding ME2C’s Environmental.

about underlying goals, that assumptions than facts. statements or future are include historical and performance and statements plans, strategies, objectives, events different Forward-looking other statements

anticipate, identified expressions, that current similar these forward-looking expectations on and statements. cause changes Investors words means statements forward-looking actual subject cause words in to materially Forward-looking These involve the will exclusive but by materially not actual and identifying are could that expect, intend, are generally such statements management’s as those of differ believe, are from differ made. uncertainties uncertainty results to statements Matters statements plan, and are risks, results based using circumstances. forward-looking the to in of cautioned coal gain may from are and other major change factor loss significant significant demands, change supply supply among major capital personnel, any our customer, the disruption the operations environmental capacity of experience the change of might regarding general materials, conditions include, plant a power units, in factors, disruption electrical utilities in power of in of changes regulations, availability any and customer’s in our economic of a significant key in demand, of or fluctuations customer’s and loss management regions company. litigation to the where statements that

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Richard MacPherson

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Operator

Please question Thank from you. first [Operator Sweeney Our ROTH with Gerry proceed. is Instructions] Capital.

Gerry Sweeney

Good my Thanks taking afternoon, questions. for Rick.

Richard MacPherson

Gerry. Sure,

Gerry Sweeney

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Richard MacPherson

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Gerry Sweeney

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Richard MacPherson

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Gerry Sweeney

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Richard MacPherson

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Gerry Sweeney

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Richard MacPherson

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Richard MacPherson

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Gerry Sweeney

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Richard MacPherson

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Gerry Sweeney

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Richard MacPherson

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Gerry Sweeney

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Gerry Sweeney

it. taking Thanks for questions. Got it, right. I my appreciate

Richard MacPherson

Sure.

Operator

[Operator from Brothers. Instructions] Taglich proceed. Our Nobile is John with next Please question

John Nobile

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Richard MacPherson

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John Nobile

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Richard MacPherson

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John Nobile

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Richard MacPherson

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John Nobile

I have. you my taking questions. all That’s for Great. Thank

Richard MacPherson

John. you, Thank

Operator

reached back -answer call over the end to Mr. have to question-and for I session. We the of turn would his the Rick like closing MacPherson remarks.

Richard MacPherson

Thank listening and Thanks you, for operator folks. in today. much very

expect very quarter-over-quarter. clean to revenue the sheet. is balance continue a As good going nicely the hand, have are that to regards we continue The much to to to can I a increasing expected, expected on main up with positive in up-listing things off we cash very started as note, first increase fashion from are developing in good with the see we quarter, you exchange. on an earnings,

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I thank Cheers. look back will quarter. forward reporting So with at to say next and the you of again end that,

Operator

for you. your This concludes you today’s Thank call. Thank participation.