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September 2014

Canfor To Build Two Wood Pellet Plants In B.C.

Canfor Corp. plans to construct pellet plants at its Chetwynd and Fort St. John sawmill sites in British Columbia. The pellet plants will be built and operated in partnership with Pacific Bioenergy Corp., a Vancouver-based pellet producer. The two plants will have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tons of wood pellets that will […]

California Biomass Firms Sue Federal Government For $22 Million

Two California biomass facilities that use agricultural waste to generate electricity claim the federal government owes them about $22 million. The plaintiffs — Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass and Merced Power — claim the U.S. Treasury Department is wrongly withholding funds from an economic stimulus program that helps pay for renewable energy projects. Each company invested more […]

Nebraska Forest Service Hopes Grants Stoke Use Of Wood As Fuel

The Nebraska Forest Service says it is offering up to $200,000 to assist business, charities and governments with converting their buildings to heating systems capable of burning wood. “The grants will help cover the upfront costs of installing wood-fueled energy systems,” said Adam Smith, who heads the forest products utilization effort at the forest service. […]

Ontario’s Atikokan Generating Station Now Operating On Biomass

Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station (GS) is now operating on biomass. Biomass is an emerging fuel source that is recognized as beneficial to climate change mitigation. The station is the largest power plant in North America fueled by 100 percent biomass. “The conversion of Atikokan will ensure a clean, reliable, sustainable and local […]

Enviva Invests $214 Million In Two North Carolina Pellet Plants

Biomass producer Enviva LP said it will invest $214.2 million into two new pellet manufacturing plants in North Carolina, creating 160 jobs by 2017. The startups will be located in Richmond and Sampson counties. The company has additional operations in North Carolina, Mississippi and Virginia, and is headquartered in Bethesda, MD. Governor Pat McCrory and […]

Forest Products Laboratory Joins $5.8 Million Federal Biomass Research

Humboldt State University (HSU), along with 15 regional partners including the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), has received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct innovative biomass research. The grant is part of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, a collaborative effort between the Department of Energy and the Department of […]

Global Wood Pellet Demand To Reach 50 Million Tons By 2024

Global wood pellet demand is rapidly expanding as consumers, businesses and regulators look for alternatives to fossil fuels. Globally, wood pellet demand is projected to grow from an estimated 23 million tons in 2014 to 50 million tons in 2024. These and other key findings were released today in a new study by RISI, the […]

Hawaii’s Only Coal-Fired Power Plant Being Asked To Add Biomass To Mix

The only coal-fired power plant in Hawaii, which is the single largest generating plant on Oahu, is under financial stress because there is no financial reserve, according to the Hawaiian Electric Co.’s new energy plan released this week. Hawaiian Electric is also asking AES Hawaii to convert some of the energy being produced at the […]

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