July 2009

DOE Reports Shows Renewable Usage Up

According to a report recently released by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, between 2007 and 2008 renewable energy consumption in the U.S. grew by 7%, despite an overall 2% drop in energy consumption due to the economic slowdown and modest conservation efforts. Most of the renewable energy used in 2008 stemmed from biomass and hydroelectric […]

WoodFuels to Build Pellet Plant In Maine

In Maine, up to 35 new, “green” jobs will be avialble at a Portland company that is offering heating alternatives for commercial and institutional facilities. International WoodFuels, in partnership with the business development team at non-profit Maine & Company, announced plans to build a biomass manufacturing facility in Burnham, Me. The facility will be able […]

Colorado Moves On Biomass Ventures

Following up on a previous post announcing the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture funding 30 projects in 14 states totaling $57 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Wood-To-Energy and biomass utilization, Colorado initiatives recently received $250,000 each to: Help convert wood collected during wildfire- and pine-beetle mitigation efforts for a prison boiler […]

Piney Woods Pellets Starts Up

Piney Woods Pellets near Wiggins, Miss. recently started up, aiming to produce 50,000 tons of premium grade wood fuel pellets annually. The $10 million plant covers 12,000 sq. ft. and employs 27. Owned by Osmond Crosby, a third-generation tree farmer from a family long involved in Mississippi and Louisiana forestry and industrial innovation, Piney Woods […]

New UK Plant To Use U.S. Chips

MGT Power Limited has received approval from the British government to proceed with the development of a 295 MW biomass electricity plant, Tees Renewable Energy. The $815m plant will use 2.65 million tons of wood chips per year, which it will source from certified sustainable forestry projects developed by the MGT team and partners in […]

NC Biomass Initiative Wins Award

North Carolina State University Extension Forestry’s NC Woody Biomass Initiative was recently honored as the North Carolina recipient of the 2009 Innovator Award from the Southern Growth Policies Board. The award recognizes initiatives that are improving economic opportunities and the quality of life in Southern regions. NC Woody Biomass is a research-based, educational initiative that […]

EERC Compiles Ethanol Emergency Guide

The Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) has compiled and released the Complete Training Guide for Ethanol Emergency Response, to help prepare ethanol producers, transporters and first responders for an ethanol-related emergency. This training package includes two videos, an instructor’s guide, interactive workshops and seven modules and PowerPoint presentations, each focusing on a specific aspect of […]

Alberta Gasification Power Plant Planned

Chickadee Creek Energy Inc., an Edmonton, Alberta-based company specializing in biomass-energy technologies, and forest products manufacturer Millar Western are proposing the construction of a 24-megawatt biomass-energy facility near Whitecourt, Alberta using gasification technology. Gasification technology produces a synthesis gas that directly fires a gas turbine to generate electricity. The plant would potentially use 272 tons […]

Fiber Preparation for Renewable Fuels

West Salem Machinery announces the completion of a wood fiber preparation system for converting green chips, sawdust and shavings to pellet fuel. The system handles up to 100 green tons per hour of fiber, and includes pre-screening and shredding/milling of material to an approximate 1/2 in. to 3/4 in. minus product size. The system includes […]

USDA Plans Economic Recovery Projects

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Wood-To-Energy and biomass utilization. These 30 projects, funded at $57 million – $49 million for wood-to-energy grants and $8 million for biomass utilization – are located in 14 states, including California. “These projects will promote the development […]


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