November 2013

Santee Cooper Dedicates Woody Biomass Plants In South Carolina

EDF Renewable Energy and Santee Cooper today dedicated the Pinelands Biomass project which consists of two nominal 17.8 MW generating facilities located in Allendale and Dorchester counties in South Carolina. The Dorchester facility achieved commercial operation on Nov. 1. Allendale followed on Nov. 19. The two projects interconnect to Santee Cooper’s transmission system adjacent to […]

$275 Million Woody Biomass Plant Set To Open In New Hampshire

A New Hampshire woody biomass power plant, developed to the tune of $275 million, is scheduled to begin generating electricity by the middle of next month. The Burgess BioPower plant is designed to produce 75 megawatts of electricity per year, equivalent to the amount of power used by about 75,000 homes. Cate Street Capital, developer […]

New York Biomass Energy Alliance Offers Assessment Calculator For Woody Biomass Projects

The New York Biomass Energy Alliance (NYBEA) today announced the completion and availability of an assessment tool to analyze the localized impacts of proposed woody biomass energy projects. The calculator is intended to help community leaders, planners, and developers “quickly and realistically” clarify potential project impacts and payback for their specific communities. NYBEA developed the […]

Ontario’s Thunder Bay Generating Station To Burn Biomass

The Thunder Bay Generating Station will be converted from burning coal to burning advanced biomass as a fuel for creating electricity. In an announcement made in Thunder Bay Friday, local MPPs Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro said the plant will become the first advanced biomass station in the world that was formerly used as a […]

B.C.’s Fort St. James Biomass Project On Track With Financing

One of four wood-fired power plants approved in 2011 under a BC Hydro program to use mountain pine beetle killed timber in British Columbia’s interior has lined up construction financing, aiming to deliver electricity onto the provincial grid by the summer of 2016. Fort St. James Green Energy LP, a partnership between Dalkia Canada Inc., […]

Forests Could Face Threat From Biomass Power ‘Gold Rush’

Britain’s new generation of biomass power stations will have to source millions of tons of wood from thousands of miles away if they are to operate near to their full capacity, raising questions about the claims made for the sustainability of the new technology. Ministers believe biomass technology could provide as much as 11% of […]

We Energies Wisconsin Biomass Power Plant Goes Online

Developers of a new biomass power plant near Wausau say their facility is now officially in production mode. We Energies announced that the operation, which sits on the site of Domtar Corporation’s Rothschild paper mill, went online Friday after testing and commissioning activities were successfully completed. The utility says wood, waste wood and sawdust are […]

Power Plants Burning Wood With Coal To Cut Carbon Emissions

Even as the Environmental Protection Agency considers requiring existing coal-fired power plants to cut their carbon dioxide output, some utilities have started to use a decidedly low-tech additive that accomplishes that goal: wood. Ranging in size from sawdust to chunks as big as soup cans, waste wood from paper mills, furniture factories and logging operations […]

USDA Grant Aims To Convert Beetle-Killed Trees Into Biofuel

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it has awarded nearly $10 million to an academic, industry, and government consortium led by Colorado State University to study the major challenges limiting the use of insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. The award was made by USDA’s National Institute […]

Massachusetts Governor Announces $32.5 Million Biomass Energy And Winter-Heating Initiative

Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan chose the warm confines of the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor’s Center that is heated by a state-of-the-art biomass system to announce a $32.5 million Patrick Administration renewable energy initiative on Friday. The seven programs being funded continue the governor’s strong commitment to clean energy systems that create jobs, […]


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