April 2013

USDA Extends Agreement To Promote Renewable Fuels In The Aviation Industry

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is extending for five years its agreement to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other partners to help develop a viable biofuel for the aviation industry. The Secretary signed the agreement with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Advanced Biofuels Summit at Gaylord National Harbor […]

Pellet Manufacturers Face Increasing Competition From OSB Mills

A resurgence in OSB demand in the US, prompted by an earlier- and stronger-than-expected housing recovery, will mean stiffer competition for pulpwood, putting pellet manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage. The number of new housing starts in the US has staged a spectacular comeback since September of 2012. The average number of housing starts (annualized) from […]

German Company To Open World’s Largest Wood Pellet Plant In Louisiana

The world’s largest wood pellet plant is coming to one of the smallest towns in Central Louisiana. German Pellets GmbH will begin work immediately on a $300 million plant in Urania that is expected to employ about 80 people directly and support more than 400 indirect jobs, officials with the company and Central Louisiana Economic […]

EcoGen To Construct Three Biomass Plants Totaling 180MW In Florida

U.S.-based energy company U.S. EcoGen is set to construct three biomass plants in the state of Florida with a total capacity of 180MW. The three biomass facilities are planned in Okeechobee, Clay, and Martin Counties. The company expects that the power produced from these plants will cater to the energy requirements of 30,000 to 50,000 […]

Demand For Wood Pellets In Europe A Boon In Southeast U.S.

The Port of Wilmington may reap the benefits of environmental regulations in Europe that have spurred a huge increase in demand for forest byproducts from the southeastern United States. Wood pellets, often used in wood-burning stoves, are taking the place of coal in many European power plants with the aim of reducing their carbon footprint. […]

Wisconsin Biomass Plant On Track To Begin Running In Late 2013

More than 400 people have helped build the $250 million biomass power plant that now towers over Business Highway 51 and the Wisconsin River, and their months of hard work have the project on schedule to begin generating power late this year. When the facility opens, a parade of 50 to 75 semitrucks every weekday […]

Mississippi Port Plans Wood Pellet Export Facility

The growth of wood pellet manufacturing means a big opportunity for the Port of Pascagoula. Plans are in the works for a $30 million port improvement to accommodate future wood pellet exports. The State of Mississippi will provide about one-third of the financing for this economic development project, built at the port’s Bayou Cassotte facilities. […]

Pellet Fuels Institute Announces First Mill To Qualify In Its Standards Program

The Pellet Fuels Institute announced last week that New England Wood Pellet, LLC has officially qualified under the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) pellet fuel standards program. New England Wood Pellet, LLC (NEWP) is the first pellet manufacturer that can display the PFI Quality Mark on their bags, indicating that they are producing pellets that are […]

New Portable Biomass Power Plant Draws Visitors To Virginia Tech Campus

Thirty visitors from as far away as New York and Guatemala recently journeyed to the Thomas M. Brooks Forest Products Center in February to see demonstrations of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials’ new portable biomass power plant. About the size of a Mini Cooper turned upright, the biomass power system generates electricity by burning wood […]


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