August 2012

Duke Energy Confirms Negotiations For ReVenture Biomass Project

Duke Energy says its Progress Energy Carolinas subsidiary is negotiating to buy renewable-energy certificates from a proposed biomass plant at ReVenture Park northwest of Charlotte. Emily Felts, Duke’s manager of renewable strategy and compliance, filed testimony with the N.C. Utilities Commission on Friday. The testimony seeks to rebut complaints from critics that the company is […]

Biojet Project Takes Off In Missoula

Re-energize Montana’s wood products industry while “greening” America’s airline industry. Reduce dependence on foreign oil while improving the health of forests. On paper, the potential benefits of turning forest wood waste into jet fuel look almost too good to be true. But this isn’t just pie-in-the-sky science fiction. It could soon become pine-in-the-sky reality. “Can […]

California Powers Up Plan For Waste-To-Watts

Wood scraps, animal manure, household garbage and other wastes may soon fuel a sweeping “clean energy” initiative in California, if the collective vision of several state agencies comes to pass. This week, the state announced its 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan, which promotes an array of organic materials as a large and untapped fuel source for […]

Oregon Wins Lands Grant For Wood Energy Cluster

Gov. John Kitzhaber recently announced that Oregon won the nation’s first-ever grant to support a wood-energy cluster, a pilot project that will be developed with the U.S. Forest Service. The $168,000 Forest Service grant will support a pilot project focused on developing biomass energy projects that will use waste from forest-thinning efforts to provide heat […]

New Mexico Power Plant Could Use Forest Biomass As Energy Source

News that a power generation plant is planned in Otero County that could use a mixture of forest debris, manure and sewage sludge as its fuel source pumped up the enthusiasm of Ruidoso Forestry Committee members. In June, the Air Force selected New Generation Biomass LLC, based in Chicago, to develop a renewable energy project […]

Aviation Biofuel Is A US$100 Billion Plus Business Opportunity

With jet fuel demand set to rise by 1600% by 2050 and key customers from KLM, Virgin Atlantic and the US Navy actively pursuing alternatives, the stage is set for innovative biotech and fuel companies to grab the alternative aviation fuel market. Just a few weeks ago, the DOD committed first phase funding of five […]

New York Businesses Energized By Green Initiatives, Biomass

Upstate New York is leading the way in the biomass industry, and local businesses are tapping in. Old Forge Properties, including Enchanted Forest/Water Safari and Water’s Edge Inn and Conference Center, recently announced a biomass heating project and anticipates receiving a grant to cover 75% of the $2.2 million endeavor, President and CEO Tim Noonan […]

Quinaults Get Grant For Biomass Energy Project

The Quinault Indian Nation has been selected to receive a $205,000 U.S. Forest Service Woody Biomass Project Utilization Grant for engineering and design work on a proposed biomass heating project for new and existing tribal facilities in Taholah. Fawn Sharp, Quinault Nation President, said the grant is a step forward “in our ongoing program to […]

SOU To Study Building A Biomass Cogeneration Plant

Southern Oregon University officials say a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the feasibility of a 1.2-megawatt woody-biomass cogeneration plant on the campus may lead to the real deal. Such a power plant could meet 100% of SOU’s electrical needs as well as 70% of its heating demand, they said. “SOU […]

Enviva Breaks Ground On Virginia Wood Pellet Plant

The 10-year, sometimes controversial development of the Turner Tract Industrial Park paid off recently. With a shovel in hand, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and other officials dug up the first ceremonial scoops of dirt to build Enviva Pellets Southampton. “Thanks for your vision,” Bolling told Southampton County officials, who developed the Rose Valley Road industrial […]


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