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February 2012

Coskata Ethanol Plant Reports Pre-Commercial Success

Coskata, Inc. announced it has achieved two years of successful operation at its cellulosic ethanol semi-commercial facility in Madison, Pa. The facility has amassed over 15,000 run hours of operation and successfully converted wood biomass and municipal solid waste into fuel-grade ethanol. “The data and operating experience cultivated at this pre-commercial scale facility has conclusively […]

Ameresco Starts Up Biomass Power Plant

Following a series of performance tests, Ameresco, Inc. has received its Final Acceptance Certificate from the U.S. Dept. of Energy Savannah River Operations Office for the now operational DOE Savannah River Site (SRS) Biomass Cogeneration Facility (BCF) installed under the $795 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) awarded to Ameresco in 2009. The 20 MW […]

Tribal Clean Energy Projects Awarded $6.5 Million By DOE

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthening partnerships with Tribal Nations and supporting tribal energy development, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that 19 clean energy projects are to receive more than $6.5 million. These competitively selected projects will allow Native American Tribes to advance clean energy within their communities by assessing […]

ConocoPhillips, Enviva Form ECo Biomass

Enviva LP has partnered equally with ConocoPhillips to create a new company, ECo Biomass Technologies, which will bring torrefied biomass fuels to market. The company’s initial facility, scheduled to be operational in 2013, will produce wood pellets that will be sold under agreements with major utilities. The torrefaction process involves superheating biomass to create a […]

First Auditing Agencies and Labs Accredited To PFI Standards Program

The Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) and the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) recently marked the first critical step in the roll out of the new densified biomass fuel standard for North America through the accreditation of ten auditing agencies and two laboratories to the PFI Standards Program. Under the supervision of ALSC, the program’s accreditation […]

USDA Announces Funding For Two New Renewable Energy Programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the availability of funds for Fiscal Year 2012 for two key programs to encourage the use of renewable biomass and production of advanced biofuels. About $25 million will be made available through each program. “President Obama has laid out a new era for American energy, an economy fueled by […]

Low Natural Gas Prices Undercut Minnesota’s Biomass Projects

Natural gas prices have hit rock-bottom in Minnesota, undercutting the state’s taxpayer-supported efforts to promote statewide biomass energy projects. Minnesota has invested more than $11 million in taxpayer and utility funds to advance technologies that burn biomass for heat and electric generation or convert it to a synthetic gas, but it’s now getting difficult for […]

Global Demand For Torrefied Biomass On The Rise

Torrefied biomass is on the brink of becoming a viable feedstock for utility-scale electricity generators, potentially displacing coal as well as some conventional untreated biomass and wood pellets. A new report by Hawkins Wright forecasts that favorable renewable energy policies in Europe, North America and Asia would result in global demand of more than 70 […]

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