August 2009

Northwest Renewable to Build Wood Biomass Plant

Vancouver-based company Northwest Renewables, LLC plans to build a $72.5 million wood biomass electricity plant at Longview’s Mint Farm Industrial Park (Washington). Since 2006 the company had been planning to construct an ethanol plant, but has opted for biomass instead. It is estimated that the project will employ around 400 workers for construction and around […]

USDA Awards $4.2M for Wood Bio Projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $4.2 million in grants to 17 small businesses and community groups to develop innovative uses for woody biomass from hazardous fuel reduction projects on the national forests. Uses of this woody biomass include renewable energy and new products that could be developed, which is consistent with the […]

Pellet Maker Acquires Norbord Land

New England Wood Pellet LLC (NEWP) officials have announced the acquisition of Norbord’s Deposit, NY  property and plans to build a new 100,000 ton-per-year state-of-the-art wood pellet manufacturing facility on the site, where Norbord is operating a medium-density fiberboard plant until the sale closes in early November. NEWP currently owns plants in Jaffrey, NH and […]

Ark. Pellet Plant to Break Ground Aug. 13

The city of Camden and Phoenix Renewable Energy LLC of Hot Springs are scheduled to break ground Thursday on a $110 million wood pellet plant. The plant is expected to hire about 40 workers and employ 30 truck drivers eventually. The biomass-fuel power plant and pellet manufacturing plant will be located on a 44-acre site, […]

Oregon Biomass Projects Moving

A new biomass electricity plant is being proposed for central Oregon, and an older, existing biomass electricity generating plant in eastern Oregon may soon gain new life in two recent developments in this forest-rich state. Biogreen Sustainable Energy Co. is looking to build a new 20 MW plant in La Pine in central Oregon, and […]

Oregon Gov. Vetoes Energy Bill

Oregon Gov. Kulongoski recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed existing biomass, hydropower and municipal solid waste facilities built before 1995 to qualify for the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The standard dictates that 25%  of all retail electricity sales in Oregon must come from renewables by 2025. Proponents of the bill argued that it […]

ETEC Announces Texas Wood Bio Plant

The East Texas Electric Cooperative (ETEC) announced last week a contract was finalized with North American Procurement Co. (NAPCO) to develop a wood-fueled biomass plant in Woodville, Tex. The plant will have the capability of producing 50 megawatts of power. ETEC has licensed NAPCO, locally owned and operated in Woodville, as the sole provider of […]

Biomass Crop Program Now Open

Officials with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced that biomass conversion facilities can begin signing up to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) that provides financial assistance to producers who deliver eligible material to qualified biomass conversion facilities. The FSA will provide financial assistance to collect, harvest, store […]

UF Team Receives Key Research Grant

A University of Florida research team recently received one of only seven 2009 Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy grants from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The group is using $643,000 to study a newly discovered gene that may be the key to producing fuel ethanol more efficiently from trees. Research will look at fundamental biological […]


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