December 2016

Wood Pellet Trade Has Doubled Due To Biomass Power Generation

Wood pellets are playing a key role in decarbonizing electric power generation, as the world works to replace fossil fuels. Global trade in pellets has doubled since 2012, with U.S., Canadian, and European producers all playing roles, according to a new study by RISI. European nations, in particular, have invested heavily in pellets for both […]

Maine $13 Million Biomass Bailout To Restart Biomass Plants

Maine regulators on Tuesday approved splitting $13.4 million in subsidies across four biomass facilities, including two shuttered by Covanta in Penobscot and Washington counties. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to accept bids from Stored Solar, a subsidiary of the French energy firm Capergy that bought the Covanta plants, and ReEnergy Holdings. Stored Solar […]

UN Agency Reports Rises In Wood Production And Bioenergy Demand

According to new data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global production of wood products has been increasing for the past six years, while wood trade saw a slight decline. “Our data registers a healthy growth in the global production of wood products and a rapid growth in production and trade of relatively […]

WSU Tri-Cities Grant Will Test Biojet Fuel Market Potential

Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities were awarded a $50,000 grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team has demonstrated a new, water-based process for deconstructing and recovering a waste product from biomass and converting it into jet fuel-range hydrocarbons. It could be certified as jet fuel in the future. […]

Arizona Coal Burning Plant Experiments With Woody Biomass

A group of hardhat-clad utility officials and journalists braced themselves against a bitter December breeze on Friday as they watched a metal chute spill a stream of wood chips onto a conveyor of jet black coal. Churning along at a rate of 1,000 tons per hour, the coal was headed up to the giant silos […]

Oregon Opinion: Climate Change Strategy Needs Forest Biomass

Citizens and policymakers should be wary whenever science is pointedly but selectively invoked to support a political agenda. A recent example is John Talberth’s Nov. 3 guest opinion opposing the “carbon neutrality” of forest biomass energy. His commentary neither clarifies the realities of forest biomass in Oregon nor does it consider the benefits of using […]

Minnesota Businessmen Spearhead Arkansas Pellet Plant Project

Economic activity starting in Borderland can’t always be seen, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. A group of Wagner Construction businessmen are playing a large role in a $230 million project taking place more than 1,100 miles away. Representatives of Voyageur Capital LLC, the investment wing of Wagner Construction, along with business partners Tom […]


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