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February 2017

Fifth Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo Will Be Held April 11-12, 2018

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors Organizers have announced that the fifth Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo will be held Wednesday-Thursday, April 11-12, 2018, and once again in the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo again immediately precedes the Panel & Engineered Lumber International […]

California’s Rentech Pulls Plug On Wawa Pellet Plant

A California company is entertaining buyers for its Wawa pellet mill as it begins shuttering the operation this month. Rentech announced Feb. 21 that its Wawa pellet mill is being indefinitely idled while the company conducts a “strategic review” of that facility and the company’s entire direction. The company said chronic “equipment and operational issues” […]

Ontario Power Generation Expands Opportunities For Wood Pellet Producers

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada is proud that one of its members – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) – operates the Thunder Bay Generating Station, which is the only plant worldwide that has been converted from coal firing to employ advanced wood pellets as the sole primary fuel. OPG is seeking to expand its experience […]

$185 Million Biofuel Plant Will Mean ‘Major Changes’ For Canadian Town

Botwood is one step closer to an economic boost that the mayor hopes could bring financial stability to the central Newfoundland town and neighboring communities for decades to come. The Newfoundland and Labrador government has signed an agreement in principle with NewGreen Technologies for a proposed $185-million biofuel plant to be built in Botwood. “It’s […]

Alabama Company Buys Closed Maine Biomass Power Plant

A shuttered, 24-megawatt power plant fueled by wood chips in Penobscot County is expected to come back on line by the end of June, bringing an estimated 300 jobs to the area. An Alabama-based company called 42 Railroad Ave LLC has signed a deal to purchase the biomass power plant in Stacyville, formerly operated by […]

DOE Announces Funding For Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biopower Projects

Just before 2016 came to a close, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and initiative is titled “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower,” and it represents new investment in a […]

Maine Sawmill Aims To Bring New Biomass Plant Online Next Year

Plans to construct a biomass plant on the Robbins Lumber Inc. property are moving forward with work already under way on some portions of the project. The 8.5-megawatt biomass plant, which has a net 7.5-megawatt generating capacity, will burn bark, wood chips and sawdust to power a steam turbine to generate electricity. Waste heat from […]

Canada’s Moose Cree First Nation Sowing Seeds For Wood Pellet Plant

The Moose Cree First Nation is looking seriously at getting into manufacturing as its next big development project. The First Nation’s economic development department is about to begin work on a feasibility study for either constructing or purchasing an existing facility to make wood pellets. Wood pellets are typically used by wood-burning furnaces – which […]

Wood Industry, NGOs In Historic Alliance Over Biomass Concerns

In a historic link-up, wood-using industries and environmental NGOs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have jointly written to UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark asking him to remove subsidies that currently pay coal-fired power plants to convert to burning biomass, and to commit to a comprehensive review […]

California’s Mariposa Biomass Project Makes Progress

The Mariposa Biomass Project (MBP) has achieved several milestones toward its goal of building a 2 Megawatt biomass facility in the town of Mariposa. On September 6, 2016, the Mariposa Biomass Project, with the Mariposa County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) submitted a Phase 1 application to the California Energy Commission for a $5 million EPIC […]

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