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April 2017

$750 Million Offer Approved For Gainesville Renewable Energy Center

The Gainesville City Commission is moving forward with buying out the controversial biomass plant as a way to exit a multi-billion dollar contract. Commissioners voted 5-2 Wednesday for its utility’s general manager, Ed Bielarski, to draft a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) offering $750 million to buyout the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, which is commonly […]

Oregon State University: Biomass Enterprise Economic Model

The Biomass Enterprise Economic Model is designed to help users rapidly evaluate and appropriately scale biomass utilization enterprises. Users can explore how woody biomass input volumes and the salable products mix influences capital establishment costs, annual operating costs, and annual revenue. The model is pre-loaded with cost and pricing data that automatically scales to the […]

National Forest Foundation Grant: Sierra Institute To Build Heat, Power Plant

The National Forest Foundation on Wednesday announced the winner of the 2016/2017 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. This unique competition provides awards for the best entrepreneurial approaches that help to solve one or more of the challenges facing America’s 193-million-acre National Forest system. Sponsor Dr. Craig R. Barrett, former chairman and CEO of Intel and […]

Plug Pulled On New Hampshire Biomass Plant

State and local leaders are expressing concern that Indeck Energy will idle electric generation at its biomass plant at month’s end, but company representatives say the decision to mothball the facility was driven solely by the weak wholesale market and the low reimbursement rates under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard law. Rich Killion, a spokesman […]

Minnesota Logging Industry Fights To Keep Biomass Projects Going

The biomass boilers in Virginia and Hibbing, known together as the Laurentian Energy Authority, have been running for 10 years now. And the contract to keep them going is for a total of 20 years. Xcel Energy was granted the ability to store more nuclear waste at their Prairie Island facility, and in exchange, was […]

Drax Biomass To Acquire Louisiana Wood Pellet Company

Drax Biomass—the wood pellet manufacturing company that operates two huge white pellet storage domes at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, as well as two other pellet production facilities in the area—has been selected as the winning bidder for the acquisition of Louisiana Pellets out of bankruptcy. The Urania-based company filed for Chapter 11 in […]

Maine Biomass Firm Settles With Loggers, Defers Subsidy Payments

Stored Solar, the biomass generator scheduled to receive state subsidies at its plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro over the next two years, has settled with loggers who claimed they were not being paid. The company also told state regulators it would like to rework its share of a two-year subsidy agreement to defer the […]

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