March 2014

Wallowa Resources Slashes Energy Costs With Biomass, Recognized For Leadership

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) announced that Wallowa Resources has become the newest participant in the Biomass Green Heat Registered Site program, a BTEC initiative to acknowledge sites with biomass heating systems across the United States. In 2012, Wallowa Resources from Enterprise, Oregon, installed two pellet boilers that meet 85% of their heating needs […]

EPA Begins To Address Biomass Emissions In Permits Following Court Decision

The Environmental Appeals Board partially remanded an air pollution permit for a waste-to-energy facility in Puerto Rico after it failed to account for greenhouse gas emissions from biomass. The Energy Answers Arecibo LLC permit is one of the first to address emissions from biomass in the wake of a 2013 federal appeals court decision vacating […]

Burning Wood Pellets Better For The Environment Than Typical Fossil Fuels

European power plants are generating less greenhouse gases through the burning of wood pellets, which were studied by researchers at the University of Georgia, instead of fossil fuels. Puneet Dwivedi, an assistant professor of sustainability at the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources has done research on these wood pellets. Dwivedi said wood […]

Six New Wood Biomass Projects Projected For Alaska

The Alaska Energy Authority has 14 biomass boiler projects on its to-do list this year, six of which will share $20 million from the state, AEA biomass project manager Devany Plentovich said. At the state Board of Forestry meeting Wednesday, Plentovich gave a presentation on the growth of biomass energy use in Alaska and new […]

Cate Street Capital Changes ‘Whole Nature’ Of Maine Pellet Plant Proposal

Cate Street Capital has changed the “whole nature” of its proposal to build New England’s first torrefied wood facility at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill, leaving unclear the status of the $25 million state bond backing the project, officials said Thursday. Cate Street Capital’s plans now call for replacing the $70 million microwave […]

The Problems And Promises Of Biomass In Colorado

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 […]

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Permit For Port Townsend Biomass Expansion

The state Supreme Court denied an appeal by environmental group PT AirWatchers and other groups Thursday, upholding a lower court’s ruling that granted a permit for the expansion of the Port Townsend Paper Corp. biomass cogeneration plant. “We hold that the state Department of Ecology and the Pollutions Control Hearings Board correctly concluded that greenhouse […]

Cool Planet Breaks Ground On Louisiana Biomass Fuel Plant

Cool Planet Energy Systems will begin construction soon on its alternative fuel production facility at the Port of Alexandria. Company officials and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal were in town Wednesday for a ground-breaking ceremony for the plant — Cool Planet’s first commercial production facility. Cool Planet’s technology converts biomass such as wood products into high-octane […]


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