April 2015

Regulations Could Hamper Montana Biomass Project

Libby is the top choice for a company looking to build a $46 million plant that would use new technology to turn forest debris into 5 million gallons of liquid fuel per year, but there’s a catch. Federal regulations governing the tax credits that would make the operation economically feasible specifically exclude national forest lands […]

Biofuels Bill Big Win For Minnesota Timber Industry

A group of timber, agriculture and environmental experts have all agreed that the Legislature’s advanced biofuel incentive program bill is a significant step forward and will make Minnesota one of the best places in the world to practice and produce biofuels technology. Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, is chief author of the bill that made […]

Oregon Senate Votes To Define Biomass As ‘Carbon-Neutral’

The Oregon State Senate has approved a bill to declare biomass “carbon neutral.” Senate Bill (SB) 752 was sponsored by Sen. Tim Knopp and Sen. Chris Edwards, who is also chair of the Senate Environment and National Resources Committee, and passed the Oregon Senate in a unanimous vote. SB 752 mirrors a rule previously enacted […]

Washington Company Will Design Wood Biomass Generator

A Yakima nonprofit that employs the disabled will receive nearly $100,000 in grant money to design a biomass boiler, and both forest managers and local employers stand to benefit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a Wood Innovations grant to Yakima Specialties, one of two Washington state projects selected to share funding from a wood-related […]

Could Biomass Electricity Become Carbon-Negative?

A new study completed at UC Berkeley suggests that if biomass electricity production is combined with carbon capture and sequestration, it could lead to a carbon-negative energy source. But what exactly would that mean for the environment and the future of clean energy? Currently, generating electricity from biomass (urban waste and sustainably sourced forest and […]

Brrr, It’s Cold There

Written By: Jessica Johnson By now you should have the April issue of Wood Bioenergy in your hands, which highlights ReEnergy Holdings facility in Ashland, Me. You’ll read the story of who I dubbed the fabulous four, a four man restart and management team that took a lot of nearly nothing and made it into […]

California Biomass Gasification Plant Receives Grant

From: Wood Bioenergy Staff Biomass gasification recently received a boost when a joint venture between Phoenix Energy and North Fork (California) Community Development Council was awarded a $4.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission to aid in constructing one of the first forest-sourced biomass gasification plants and researching forest biomass utilization. Phoenix Energy operates […]

USDA Awards Funds To Expand, Accelerate Wood Energy Markets

Today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of over $9 million to expand and accelerate wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners, resulting in a total investment of $31 million in 23 states. “Working with our partners, the Forest Service is promoting deployment […]

California Farmers Back Bill To Subsidize Biomass Plants

Local farmers are adding their support to legislation that would divert revenue from California’s cap-and-trade program to biomass plants that generate power by burning agricultural and urban green waste. Last month the Kern County Farm Bureau co-hosted a meeting in Delano to raise awareness of Assembly Bill 590 and help an industry the group called […]

Wood Heating Systems Gain Favor In Cold Northern U.S.

With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny, wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in the Hudson Valley. Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens is housed in a […]


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