February 2014

New Arizona Wood Pellet Mill Opens

A wood pellet mill is now in operation at the old Smith Moulding plant west of Snowflake, according to Tracy Wilson, one of three partners in the venture. Wilson, along with partners Allen Kauffman and Dan Holderman, bought the pellet-making equipment from the owners of the now defunct Precision Pellet business last December. The small […]

University Of Missouri Biomass Power Plant Embraces New Technologies

At the University of Missouri Power Plant, change is the norm. Every morning, the cost of purchasing renewable energy from other states changes. The amount of energy the university needs to purchase changes, too, based on on-site energy production outlooks for the day. Output from the solar panels and wind turbine on campus also changes […]

Alaska Residents Trying To Revive Biomass Power Plant Project

Business and community leaders in Tok, Alaska are trying to revive a plan to cut the area’s high energy costs by generating electricity with biomass. A year ago, Tok was on track to become the first community in Alaska to generate its electricity using biomass. Officials with Alaska Power and Telephone had proposed to harvest […]

Wood Pellets As Alternate Heat Source Saves Canadian Greenhouse Operation

When Bill and Terri Lynn Robbins received a three-month oil bill of about $13,500 during their first growing season after taking over their greenhouse operation in Deer Lake, they immediately thought they had made a career mistake. About two years later, and after investing in wood pellet furnaces as alternate heat sources, nothing could be […]

U.K. Committing ‘Industrial Vandalism’ By Rejecting Biomass Plan

The U.K.’s rejection of proposals to convert a plant producing almost 4 percent of the nation’s power to biomass from coal is an act of “industrial vandalism” that will cut jobs and threaten energy security, a labor union said. The government in December selected 10 of 16 projects that may be eligible to receive guaranteed […]

Northwest Wood-To-Biofuel Conference To Be Held In Washington

The Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels + Co Products Conference intends to unite the emerging wood-to-biofuel industry in the Pacific Northwest. Set for April 28-30, 2014, at the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in Seattle, this conference comes two years after the USDA invested $80 million to facilitate the development of a sustainable wood to biofuels […]

Big Island Biomass Plant Is Delinquent On More Than $35 Million In Bills

A Big Island project to generate electricity from eucalyptus trees and other plant matter is delinquent on millions of dollars in bills, its creditors say. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. filed a lien against the Hu Honua Bioenergy in Hilo Circuit Court late last month claiming the company owes it more than $35 million. Subcontractor American […]

Herty Advanced Materials Development Center Announces New Mobile Pellet Mill

The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center today announced the addition of a new mobile pellet development unit (MPDU), a versatile pellet system designed for rapid screening of feedstocks and processing conditions. As a research tool the MPDU is designed to be more versatile and cost-effective than full-scale systems. It can be rapidly reconfigured to assess […]

Colorado Finally Seeing The Results Of Wood Waste-To-Energy

For most of the last decade, Coloradans have been talking about how to make good use of their mountain forests, dying and gray. Something is finally happening. In Gypsum, 140 miles west of Denver, a biomass mill began operations in December, burning wood to create 10 megawatts of round-the-clock electricity. In Colorado Springs, the city […]

Connecticut Selects Two Large Biomass Projects For Long-Term Contracts

The Connecticut state energy department locked in long-term contracts Friday with two of the largest wood-burning biomass plants in New England, a move it says will save ratepayers $15 million and diversify the region’s sources of renewable power. But instead of buying power from the two plants, the state’s two electric companies are only purchasing […]


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