January 2014

Firewood Sellers Blame Fort Drum Biomass Plant For Timber Shortage

Firewood sellers say they believe a severe timber shortage this winter has been caused partly by loggers supplying wood chips to the Fort Drum biomass facility. But officials at ReEnergy say restrictions on the wood used there shouldn’t affect the firewood supply. ReEnergy LLC’s biomass facility on Fort Drum, which opened in June, does business […]

EPA Considers Rolling Back 2013 Target For Advanced Biofuels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that it would reconsider the 2013 cellulosic ethanol mandate, which requires oil refiners to blend a specific amount of advanced biofuels made from grasses, trees and crop waste into gasoline. The decision to review the mandate was made in light of concerns raised by oil industry groups. […]

Wood Pellets Help Northern Canada Break Its Diesel Habit

Louie Azzolini’s boots crunch over the snow as he trudges to a small shed beside the building where he works. Pulling open a door he reveals what looks like an ordinary heating system, but instead of oil or gas it is fueled by bullet-sized pellets of compressed sawdust. The sight has become increasingly common in […]

USDA-Funded Biofuel Studies Hope To Glean Data, Analysis From Each Other

Two groups funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study turning forest waste into biofuels will cross paths this year, as one group winds down its analysis of western Montana and the other gears up to study the northern Rocky Mountain region. While the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance and the Bioenergy Alliance of the […]

North American Wood Pellet Exports Have Steadily Increased Over Past Two Years

Pellet export volumes from North America to Europe continued to rise during the 2Q/13, representing steady growth for the past seven quarters, according to data compiled by WRI and reported in the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR). In that period of time, volumes exported to Europe have more than doubled, from just over 500,000 […]

Zilkha, Aconex To Build First Black Pellet Plant In Alabama

Aconex, provider of the world’s most widely used construction project management software, is supporting Zilkha Biomass Energy in the design and building of a black pellet fuel plant. With an output capacity of 275,000 metric tons per year, this will be the first full-scale commercial black pellet production facility in the world. The plant is […]

More Renewable Energy For New York State With $40 Million Grant Program

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will increase the state’s reliance on renewable energy with a series of proposals he announced Wednesday during his State of the State address. The state wants to transform schools into solar hubs that will connect entire neighborhoods to alternative energy sources. It will increase the reliance on wood to power […]

Environmental Groups Seek End To EPA Biomass Exemption

Environmental groups in 23 states have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end its three-year exemption of biomass power plant greenhouse gas emissions from Clean Air Act permitting. The exemption also enables biomass plant builders and operators to avoid using the best pollution controls for the smokestack emissions that cause local air pollution […]

Hawaiian Electric Considers Texas Wood Pellets As Fuel

A Texas energy company has started preliminary discussions with Hawaiian Electric Co. to supply compressed wood pellets to the utility. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday Zilkha Biomass Energy signed a “letter of intent” with Hawaiian Electric. But a HECO spokesman described the discussions as preliminary. As with other new fuel sources, extensive testing would be […]

University Of Iowa Plans To Use Threatened Ash Trees To Power Campus

An invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees are threatening a large portion of eastern Iowa. There are about 25 counties and an estimated 60-million ash trees across eastern Iowa threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer. However, researchers in the Iowa City area may have found a way to reuse ash tree wood. They […]


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