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August 2016

Wood Pellet Production Inching Toward Chesapeake Bay Watershed

A growing industry that’s harvesting woody biomass from forests for energy generation could gain a toehold soon in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Like virtually every other form of energy, it’s also generating intense debate about its environmental impact. Biomass from trees is already used to generate a small amount of power in the United States; […]

Wood Energy: Southern Forests Take World Stage At Biomass Conference

Southern U.S. forests are uniquely positioned to be a part of the solution to the world’s ever-increasing need for renewable energy, and international policymakers are beginning to recognize it. It’s precisely that reason why I traveled to Montpellier, France, last month to represent the Southern Group of State Foresters at an international discussion around the […]

Declining Electricity Prices In The Northeast Hinder Biomass Market

In 2015, New Hampshire set a record for biomass use: 2.6 million tons of low-grade wood was converted to electricity. In 2014, biomass accounted for roughly 22 percent of Maine’s total harvest volume. Depending on local markets, biomass represents between 20-30 percent of the harvest volume in the Northeast, which equates to a significant amount […]

B.C.’s Kwadacha First Nation Step Closer To Building Biomass Facility

The Kwadacha First Nation is a step closer to replacing diesel generators that power its reserve with a biomass facility. The isolated nation, located on the north side of Williston Reservoir, received a $250,000 grant to build a bioenergy facility from Northern Development Initiative Trust. The plant would provide around 145 kilowatts of energy for […]

South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant A Possibility

Laurens County remains a potential site for an energy source production company that cuts trees in the U.S., and makes and ships wood pellets to be burned for energy in Europe, after County Council declined to take an action that could have made it less profitable for the company to locate here. Wood pellet production […]

Biomass Could Help Put Coal Back On Top In Midwest

Last year, Gov. Mike Pence rejected President Obama’s Clean Power Plan because it would force the closure of countless coal-fired power plants across the state. Despite this effort, mounting pressure to reduce carbon emissions has resulted in the loss of hundreds of local coal industry jobs this year alone. Indiana is home to a 300-year […]

B.C. City’s Biomass Energy Plan Moves Forward

Nelson Hydro will hold an open house in the early fall to update the public on the progress of its plans to heat selected public buildings in Nelson using heat created by burning lumber mill waste. Fiona Galbraith, a local consultant for Nelson Hydro, says the project at full capacity would use only 15 percent […]

From Roadmap To Biomass Study, Maine Forest Industry Forges Ahead

Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin are continuing their efforts to seek federal assistance to help Maine deal with the loss of jobs and markets in the forest industry. In response to the congressional delegation’s request for assistance and a preliminary tour of Maine in March, Secretary Penny Pritzker of the […]

Officials Question Wood Pellet Boilers Planned For Massachusetts Schools

With two West County elementary schools preparing to install grant-funded wood pellet boilers, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ conference room was packed Tuesday night with town officials, health board members, selectmen, energy industry representatives and environmentalists seeking answers. In particular, they wanted to know about how large-scale systems affect air quality and what regulations […]

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