February 2013

Company Confirms Plans For $120 Million Maine Wood Pellet Plant

A subsidiary of Cate Street Capital released a statement Friday morning confirming reports that it has plans to construct a multimillion-dollar wood pellet plant near the Port of Eastport marine cargo terminal. Thermogen Industries indicated in the release that it signed a letter of intent with the port authority’s board on Feb. 19. The plan […]

Drax Confident Of Making Biomass Power Transition Objectives

British power generator, Drax Group, is confident that it will meet its objective of generating half of its power plant from biomass, despite new coal levies threatening short-term profits. The Yorkshire, England-based plant is on track to see half of its generating capacity coming from wood pellets, replacing its previous coal-based power. In April Drax […]

New Mexico Renewable Energy Bill Includes Biomass Advances

State legislation that could make it more attractive to produce electricity from biomass, such as forest slash from tree thinning projects, cleared its first committee last week. Senate Bill 204 would amend New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Act by allowing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to be issued for electricity produced from thermal energy derived from biomass […]

Plum Creek Finalizes Supply Agreement With Drax

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., today announced it has finalized a long-term fiber supply agreement with Drax, a leading power company in the United Kingdom that is transforming itself into a predominantly biomass-fueled power generator. Plum Creek will deliver up to 770,000 tons annually of sustainably-managed wood fiber to two U.S. pellet manufacturing locations during […]

Northern Maine Hospital Gets Biomass Boiler

A northern Maine hospital has a new biomass boiler that will offset the need for 100,000 gallons of heating oil per year. An open house to show off the new boiler at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent is scheduled for Monday. The new boiler utilizing local trees and other dead vegetation will help […]

Wood Pellet Exports From North America To Europe Up Over 70% In 3Q/12

Pellet exports from the two primary pellet-producing regions on the North American continent, the US South and British Columbia, continued to increase in the 3Q/12 and reached a new record of 860,000 tons. Shipments in the 3Q/12 were over 70% higher than the same quarter in 2011, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review, […]

New Guide Promotes Alternative Fuel Use By Forest Products Industry

Alternative fuel use by the wood products industry could reduce the industry’s dependence on fossil fuels and decrease its emissions. A new resource guide created by the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), the Penn State College of Engineering, and the Mid-Atlantic Clean Energy Applications Center (MACEAC) promotes the use of one such alternative fuel: combined […]

Mississippi Company Makes Third Bulk Shipment Of Torrefied Wood Pellets To Europe

New Biomass Energy LLC announced its third transatlantic bulk shipment of torrefied wood pellets to Europe to be used as fuel in coal-fired power plants. The shipment consisted of over 4,000 tons of torrefied wood pellets produced at New Biomass Energy’s plant in Quitman, Mississippi. “We see our shipments of thousands of tons during this […]

North American Wood Pellet Exports Continue Rapid Growth

Rapid expansion of wood pellet production in both the southern U.S. and British Columbia has dramatically increased pellet exports from North America to Europe the past year, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the third quarter of 2012, total shipments were up 70% year-over-year to a record high of 860,000 tons. The […]


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