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January 2011

Florida Biomass Plant Gains Backing

A proposal to build a 100-megawatt wood-burning biomass plant in Gainesville, Fla., looks like it might finally become a reality after Gov. Charlie Christ and a panel of his cabinet backed the deal and a judge recommended approval of air permits for the project. American Renewables, the company hoping to build the plant, and Gainesville […]

Local Governments Tighten Noise Laws

More local governments are tightening their noise laws to appease residents fed up with the din produced by lawn mowers, leaf blowers and weed wackers. But some who monitor the regulations say that Chevy Chase Village’s revamped code imposes restrictions on homeowners typically reserved for the most iron-fisted of neighborhood associations. The village now prohibits […]

NH. Boosts Pellet Heating Incentive

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission recently announced improvements to the state’s biomass boiler rebate program, increasing the scope of heating systems eligible for a 30% tax rebate under the program. “We’re lucky to live in a heavily forested state in a green region. We have access to a mountain of sustainably harvested, clean biomass […]

USDA Awards Over $400m to Biofuel Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced over $400 million in grants and loan guarantees for bio-energy initiatives, spread across five major projects and many smaller ones. The biggest news was the USDA’s announcement of $405 million in loan guarantees for cellulosic ethanol plants, under its Biorefinery Assistance Program. Coskata Inc. is set to receive a […]

Gainesville, Rayonier Initiate Fuel Supply Relationship

The Gainesville Renewable Energy Center has initiated a fuel supply relationship with Rayonier, an international forest products company, to supply logging residue, precommercial thinnings and other clean, renewable wood fuel for the proposed 100-megawatt biomass plant in Gainesville, Fla. “We look forward to working with Rayonier,” said Josh Levine, project manager for the GREC project. […]

Allegheny Wood Products to Start Pellet Company

A lumber company in Preston County is branching out into a new industry and creating new jobs. Allegheny Wood Products has started a second company, Appalachian Wood Pellets, to produce wood pellets used as heating fuel in residential pellet stoves. John Crites II is president of both, even though Appalachian Wood Pellets is a separate […]

EPA Rule Jeopardizes Renewable Energy Projects, Jobs, Goals

A newly released economic impact study finds that the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule” jeopardizes over 130 renewable energy projects, between 11,000 and 26,000 green jobs, and $18 billion in capital investment across the country. The risk of reduced capacity also could prevent as many as […]

Donation Drives Bioenergy Research at Univ. of Idaho

A $25,000 donation from Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill and his company, APT Advanced Trailer and Equipment LP, to the University of Idaho has funded research focused on converting woody biomass to energy. The gift has allowed the university to install a pilot-scale pyrolysis unit at its steam plant. Pyrolysis is a type of incineration that uses almost no oxygen. When […]

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