October 2013

USDA Offers $181 Million To Help Build Advanced Biofuel Refineries

The U.S. government on Monday announced $181 million in loan guarantees to build commercial-size refineries making advanced biofuels or to retrofit existing biorefineries to produce the cleaner-burning renewable fuels. Since 2008, the Agriculture Department has provided $684 million through the Biorefinery Assistance Program to support projects in eight states. Applications for the latest round of […]

FAME Approves $25 Million Loan For Maine Wood Pellet Mill

The Finance Authority of Maine’s Board of Directors voted 8-5 to approve a $25 million bond on Thursday to build New England’s first torrefied wood pellet mill in Millinocket’s Katahdin Avenue industrial park. The key to Cate Street Capital’s proposal is a $35 million torrefied wood machine that according to FAME’s analysis will employ as […]

Wood Biomass Power Could Light 16,000 Virginia Homes

Some Virginia homes holiday lights this year could be powered by wood chips. NOVEC, which has 160,000 customers in six northern Virginia counties, will open its very first power plant next month in Halifax County in southern Virginia. It what’s known as a biomass power plant. The electricity will be generated by the burning of […]

Cleaner Than Coal? Wood Power Makes A Comeback

In the midst of black spruce and jack pine stands in northwestern Ontario’s Crown forests, a global trend has come home to roost. Atikokan Generating Station ceased burning coal last year to prepare for its new fuel: locally sourced wood pellets. Canada already sends wood pellets abroad for power generation, but it is now leveraging […]

American Wood Fibers Achieves Qualification Under PFI Standards Program

American Wood Fibers, Inc. (AWF), a leading producer of wood pellet fuel and the largest manufacturer of wood shavings and wood flour products in the U.S, announced that the company has earned industry qualification under the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) “Pellet Fuels Standards Program”. AWF is the first company to qualify both hardwood and softwood […]

State Approves Contract To Bring Biomass Energy To Eastern Kentucky

Kentucky regulators have approved a contract between an Eastern Kentucky utility and a proposed biomass plant, despite concerns from the state Attorney General and a consumer group. The biomass energy will replace a small part of the capacity from the coal-fired Big Sandy power plant, which is scheduled to be shut down by 2016. The […]

USIPA Study: Wood Pellet Fuel Has Low Carbon Impact

The use of woody biomass for power generation, while giving off carbon and green house gas emissions, still produces significant carbon savings with long-term environmental benefits. Those conclusions, embodied in the report released today may still not satisfy biofuel skeptics, since it was prepared for the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association and other members of the […]

Orono Company Converts Former Maine Air Force Base Facility To Biomass

Officials at the former Loring Air Force Base are hoping that a biomass conversion at one building at the facility will lead to significant savings and reduce the base’s carbon footprint. Orono-based Pelletco converted the Non-Commissioned Officer’s club, known as Club 42, from oil to biomass by installing a HeatPod in the building, which is […]

BlueFire Renewables Will Make Wood Pellets And Ethanol At Its Mississippi Facility

BlueFire Renewables, Inc., a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm has integrated a synergistic wood pellet production plant to its facility in Fulton, Mississippi. The reconfigured design will be a 9 million gallon per year ethanol plant integrated with a 400,000 ton per year wood pellet plant. The pellets will be sold […]

$25 Million Wood Pellet Export Facility Going Ahead In North Carolina

The Council of State signed off Tuesday on a deal approved last week to build a $25 million export facility at the Port of Morehead City. About 150 jobs would be created with the construction of the wood pellet export facility in Carteret County. Wood pellets are an increasingly popular source of renewable energy in […]


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