January 2016

Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s B.C. Pellet Plant Gears Up

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson, Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster, District of Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick, and representatives from Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. and Tolko Industries gathered in Lavington, BC to celebrate the grand opening of Lavington Pellet Limited Partnership’s wood pellet production plant. Employing both low […]

FedEx, Red Rock Biofuels Officials Visit Oregon

Officials from FedEx and Red Rock Biofuels made a Lakeview visit on Wednesday, Jan. 13, greeted by a barrage of snow. Their purpose was to photograph for FedEx’s Global Annual Citizenship Report, which is how the company measures commitment and progress on environmental sustainability, workplace, community and economic empowerment. Making the trek out to the […]

From Sawdust To Petrol

As world governments mull over global emission targets agreed at last December’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), attention is turning to which new technologies can help them achieve this. Researchers at the University of Leuven say they have part of the answer, having devised a way to convert sawdust into valuable chemicals and […]

12 Canadian Biomass Projects Get Boost From Feds, Province

The Manitoba and Canadian governments are looking to help the prairie province kick coal. The two tiers of government have announced they will provide up to $500,000 in funding for 12 biomass fuel projects across the province. “There are renewable energy resources readily available for use as biomass energy sources,” Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture, Food […]

New York’s Curran Renewable Energy Will Have To Spend $15 Million On Expansion To Receive Grant

A project to be funded with a $3.5 million Regional Economic Development Council grant could bring more than 50 jobs to the area. However, the entrepreneur behind the project says he has to finance and start the new business before he can think about hiring. Pat Curran, president of Seaway Timber Harvesting and Curran Renewable […]

Why Some Wood Pellet Projects Fail To Perform As Expected

This white paper could be called “wood pellet making 101”. It highlights several critical areas in the process of converting wood to wood pellets. Making wood pellets appears to be a simple and straight forward process: Take wood chips or sawdust and dry the material to a specified moisture content, mill to a very small […]

Maine Loggers Seek Legislative Help To Save Biomass Plants

The Professional Logging Contractors Of Maine, a trade group representing the men and women working in Maine’s forests believe the state legislature can and must take action now to save jobs in the state’s struggling rural economy. With biomass power plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro closing in March, loggers are running out of places […]

Biomass Power Could Help California’s Dying Forests

Millions of dead trees in California create a huge risk of wildfire. It’s led Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency that will require utilities, power plants and state agencies to work together. Biomass power plants can create energy from those dead trees. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, biomass plants alone […]

Nevada Experiments With Biochar To Improve Health Of Forests

State land stewards are experimenting with an ancient method to improve the health of Nevada forests and make use of the renewable resource — baking tree trunks and limbs in a slow cooker to turn them into charcoal. The technique is as old as the ages and was commonly used by Nevada pioneers and early […]


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