May 2013

St. Joe Co., Green Circle Propose AN Railway-Served Pellet Plant In Florida

The St. Joe Co. announced yesterday it signed a letter of intent with Green Circle Bio Energy Inc. to jointly encourage economic development opportunities in northwest Florida, including the potential to make the Port of Port St. Joe operational. Green Circle is interested in leasing a site from St. Joe along the AN Railway to […]

Xcel Taps Biomass Of Dead Colorado Forests

Xcel Energy hopes to put some of the state’s beetle-infested forests to use through the generation of electricity. The company, which provides electricity to much of the Front Range and parts of the San Luis Valley, will seek proposals for a two-megawatt demonstration project that creates power through the gasification of forest biomass. “Xcel Energy […]

Federal Effort To Boost Maine’s Wood Pellet Industry Sees Strong Returns

As the sun sets on an $11.4 million federal effort to boost Maine’s wood pellet industry, early returns seem to indicate that the investment was a sound one. The money helps drive Maine toward a stronger sustainable forestry economy and reduced dependence on foreign oil, according to one expert. The U.S. Department of Forestry spent […]

Mississippi Port Approves $1.5M Dredging Project To Pave Way For Wood Pellet Export Facility

Port of Pascagoula commissioners this morning approved a $1.5 million dredging project to prepare a Bayou Casotte berth for a specialized wood pellet exporting facility. The board awarded the $1.47 million contract to C. F. Bean LLC for the dredging, testing, transporting and disposing of about 45,000 cubic yards of silts around Terminals E and […]

Georgia Power Enters Into 20-Year Agreement To Add Biomass Energy

U.S.-based energy company Georgia Power has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rollcast Energy to boost its biomass power capacity by 53.5MW. Under the agreement, Georgia will procure the biomass power from Rollcast’s Piedmont Green Power plant, located in Barnesville in the U.S. state of Georgia. The owner of the plant will […]

North Dakota Iron Plant Uses Biomass Fuel

A new iron plant has been given the go ahead, using green technology the facility is expected to produce 100,000 metric tons of iron nuggets per year. Located in Jamestown, North Dakota, Carbontec Energy Corporation has developed a process that uses the waste from sugar beets, wood chips and other biomass to make pig iron […]

Rentech Drops Woody Jet Fuel For Wood Pellets

The California energy company that once touted made-in-Northern Ontario green jet fuel now wants to make wood pellets. Los Angeles-based Rentech has drastically changed the scope of its project in Northern Ontario as it announced, May 2, it is switching gears by acquiring a shuttered Weyerhaeser fiber board mill in Wawa and and the Atikokan […]

Altavista Power Plant Fires Up Once Again On Biomass

Small chunks of wood streamed onto a mountain of wood chips nearly 100 feet high, towering over workers making final adjustments at Dominion’s just-reopened Altavista Power Station last Friday as the plant fired up its boilers for the first time in about 2½ years. The plant — reconfigured to burn biomass, or waste wood products, […]

North American Wood Pellet Exports Reached New Record Of 3.2 Million Tons In 2012

The wood pellet export industry in North America has grown exponentially in a relatively short period of time. The export value has increased from an estimated 40 million dollars in 2004 to almost 400 million dollars in 2012. This fairly new trade development is the result of Europe’s quest to reduce its dependence on fossil […]

Wood For Energy Use In Schools, Hospitals, and Other Facilities Growing

The State of Institutional Woody Biomass Facilities in the United States, a report just released by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, is available at This report, based on research by Katie Premo, Endowment intern, and Kate MacFarland, USDA Forest Service (USFS) staff, fills the gap and points to the growth in use […]


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