September 2013

F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Using Sawmill Leftovers To Power Homes

After years of raising money, securing a buyer, and months of construction F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber’s cogeneration plant is running. The plant will be providing up to 2.5-megawatts of power to the Flathead Electric Co-op for 20-years. That boils down enough to power between 1,800 and 2,500 homes. Plant Manager Bryan O’Connor said the […]

Pellet Fuels Institute Announces Agreement With USDA, Industry Groups

The Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) on Wednesday joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and three additional biomass groups in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signifying a commitment by the federal government and industry to jointly grow and promote the wood to energy sector. The Biomass Thermal Energy Council, the Biomass Power Association and […]

Florida City May Try To Buy Gainesville Biomass Plant

The Gainesville City Commission will not agree to the contract changes the biomass plant owner sought in order to ease the possible sale of the power station to another electric company. Instead, commissioners have started weighing the expected benefits and risks of the city owning the plant in advance of making a potential offer to […]

USDA Awards Funds To Promote Development Of Rural Wood-To-Energy Projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a partnership agreement to expand wood energy use, which will help improve the safety and health of our nation’s forests. The new partnership includes USDA, the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the Pellet Fuels Institute. He also announced more than […]

Ashton Stewart Capital Completes Deal For The Acquisition Of Bayou Wood Pellets

Ashton Stewart Capital, LLC (“ASC”) has announced the closing of the private offering of a combination of debt and equity for Gulf Coast Renewable Energy, LLC, a newly formed entity, for the acquisition of Bayou Wood Pellets, LLC (“BWP”), a manufacturer of white wood pellets located in West Monroe, LA. The debt facility and the […]

North American Wood Pellet Exports Reached New Record In First Month Of 2013

North American wood pellet exports reached a new record of over one million tons in first month of this year. There has been a steady growth in shipments from both the US and Canada the past few years, mainly as a result of the continued increase in demand for pellets in the United Kingdom. Pellet […]

Wisconsin Power Plant To Run On State’s Biomass

At the newest power plant in Wisconsin, fuel will come from close to home. Unlike coal, which is brought in by train from Wyoming and Appalachia, biomass will be culled from the sawmills and forests of northern Wisconsin. Most of the waste wood that will supply the $268 million We Energies and Domtar power plant […]

European Wood Pellet Consumption Expected To Triple By 2020

The European Union recently published its annual biofuels report for 2013 with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. The report reveals that the EU is the world’s largest wood pellets market, with a consumption of about 14.3 MMT of pellets in 2012. Driven by the EC mandates and Member State incentives, the […]


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