September 2012

Biggest English Polluter Spends $1 Billion To Burn Wood

More than two centuries after coal power helped forge the world’s first industrial economy, Britain is going back to burning wood. Drax Group Plc (DRX) will spend $1 billion to turn the U.K.’s biggest coal-fired plant into western Europe’s largest clean-energy producer. The utility plans to convert one of the site’s six units to burn […]

Enova Energy Group Announces Wood Pellet Projects

Enova Energy Group, LLC, a vertically integrated developer and asset owner of renewable energy projects, has announced that it will build three wood pellet projects in Georgia and South Carolina beginning in Q1 2012. Enova has created a subsidiary, Enova Wood Pellet Group, LLC, which has a dedicated management team solely focused on the wood […]

Biomass Suppliers Sought For Nova Scotia Plant

Nova Scotia Power recently released a formal request for expressions of interest in supplying biomass and related services for its plant currently under construction in Port Hawkesbury. The process launched will include the purchase of approximately 500,000 tons of biomass fuel for Nova Scotia Power’s 60 MW biomass plant, expected to be operational in the […]

B.C. Port Authority Approves Terminal For Wood Pellet Exports

A B.C. company’s plan to make wood pellets the fuel of choice for more customers in Europe and Asia has been given a boost by regulatory approval for a $42 million terminal project in Prince Rupert. The Prince Rupert Port Authority announced it has approved the Westview Terminal Redevelopment Project, which will include docks and […]

Massachusetts Grants Air Permit For Biofuel Plant

A state agency has issued a ruling in favor of a proposed wood-burning power plant in Springfield, Mass., drawing criticism from environmental groups and other opponents. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Ken Kimmell granted Palmer Renewable Energy an air permit, saying the biomass facility was in compliance with air pollution standards. Several environmental organizations […]

Northwest Researchers Look To Turn Waste Wood Into Jet Fuel

A hotel ballroom full of engineers, chemists and economists hope they can cobble together a new industry for Montana’s remaining loggers. “There are a lot of biofuel companies involved in corn making ethanol,” said Michael Wolcott, a Washington State University engineering professor and member of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance. “We want to transfer that […]

Port Talbot Biomass Energy Plant Faces Wait On Pellets Bid

The company behind plans for a huge biomass power station fuelled by wood chips will have to wait to find out if they can burn wood pellets as well. Prenergy Power was given permission five years ago to build the £400m plant in Port Talbot but building work has yet to start. Neath Port Talbot […]

Orient Green To Expand Biomass Power Generation In India

Orient Green Power is planning to add over 45MW of biomass power plant generation capacity in India by March 2013. The firm, which has over 325MW of wind farms, intends to secure a portion of its biomass by raising energy plantations in its wind farms. With the proposed plans, the total biomass plant capacity will […]

Biomass Projects Can Utilize Colorado Bark Beetle Affected Timber

The future of forest health and preventing wildfire among dead trees affected by the bark-beetle epidemic are causing officials to join forces in brainstorming possible solutions. Rich Dziomba, director of nonprofit organization Blue Knight Group, has a vision of off-setting the dead trees from the epidemic with biomass projects that would create sustainable energy. “In […]

Volvo Successfully Field Tests Biofuel Made From Pulp Industry Waste

Successful field tests of vehicles powered by a biofuel derived from the black liquor wastes produced at a pulp mill have been conducted by Volvo Trucks. The company said that ten of its specially adapted trucks have been operating on Swedish roads since last autumn. According to Volvo Trucks – a part of Volvo AB […]


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