April 2014

Wood Pellet Exports From North America To Europe Have Doubled In 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 […]

Biomass Energy Has Replaced Coal In Ontario

Coal is no longer being used to generate electricity in the Canadian province, which is now utilizing alternative energy sources to produce power in place of coal. Advanced biomass has been selected as the clean energy alternative. The Thunder Bay Generation Station was the last place in Ontario to burn coal for power. The 300-megawatt […]

U.S. Forest Service Seeks Applications For Wood To Energy Projects

As part of the national observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Forest Service today announced that it is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management. Also today, the Forest Service released a Wood Energy Financial App for use by community and business leaders seeking to replace fossil fuel with wood […]

Phoenix Energy Signs Agreement For California’s First Forest Biomass Gasification Plant

Phoenix Energy announced it has signed agreements to build and operate a biomass gasification plant near Lake Tahoe, California. The 2-megawatt plant will utilize forest biomass from Placer County’s fire threat reduction activities to make electricity, heat and biochar – a solid carbon byproduct that is used as a soil conditioner and filter media. The […]

Maine Pellet Plant To Undergo $7 Million Upgrade, Add Jobs

A local pellet mill will add 18 new jobs as part of a $7 million upgrade aided by state economic development initiatives, officials said Wednesday. The improvements are described as “major work” on the Corinth Pellets Manufacturing LLC facility, which has been in business since 2007. The jobs will be added over the next two […]

Forestry Faculty Members Help Missouri University’s Power Plant Go Green

With wood chips and a little help from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, a new process at the MU Power Plant could shrink the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by almost 50 percent by 2018. The 100 percent biomass-fueled boiler at MU’s power plant went on line last summer and is the newest […]

Woody Biomass Pilot Program Cleans Up Colorado Springs’ Energy Production

When you think of renewable energy, solar and wind are likely the first to come to mind. But, at the Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs, wood chips are being turned to fuel, and they say it’s one of the most reliable forms of green power. Fort Carson has partnered with Colorado Springs Utilities […]

Wood Damaged By Ice Storm Fuels Power Plant In South Carolina

Nearly 21,000 tons of timber and woody debris damaged by the February ice storms in South Carolina has been burned as renewable energy at the Savannah River bioenergy plant, run by Ameresco in Aiken, SC. Ameresco, Inc. used the wood at its biomass cogeneration facility located at the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site […]

Environmental Group’s Report Under Fire After Citing Maine Biomass Plant As ‘Dirty’

In the wake of a report publicly released April 2 about biomass-burning power generators, some are criticizing the report and others are defending the use of biofuels as a comparatively “clean” and sustainable technology. The report from the Partnership for Policy Integrity examines emissions from biomass-burning power generators and criticizes government policies that promote the […]

Port Townsend Paper Corp. Drops Biomass Expansion Plans

Port Townsend Paper Corp. has abandoned a much-disputed $54 million project that would have upgraded the mill’s biomass cogeneration plant. Company President Roger Hagan told the Peninsula Daily News on Wednesday that the company’s construction permit will not be extended beyond the 18-month June deadline for the improvements. “It’s not a financially viable project,” said […]


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