May 2017

USFS Awards Grants To Expand Wood Energy, Wood Products Markets

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced over $8.3 million to substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. Federal funds will leverage almost $37 million in matching funds from 36 business, university, nonprofit, and tribal partners in 19 states for a total investment of over $45 million. The public-private partnerships leveraged […]

Biofuels Firm Considers Buying Tolko Site In B.C.

When the Tolko Industries mill in Merritt shut down in December, Mike Heron took a long look at the community that had just lost more than 200 jobs and saw an opportunity. “It happened when I came here around Christmastime. I had a chance to learn about Tolko unfortunately having to close it’s doors, at […]

Renewable Energy Industries Employ 8 Million+

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors More than 8 million are employed in renewable energy industries worldwide, and that number rises to 9.8 million if large-scale hydropower projects are included, according to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017. Officials with IRENA note the figures show […]

T&D Wood Energy Plans Wood Pellet Mill In Maine

A company that plans to turn sawmill residue into wood pellets for heating fuel to be sold throughout New England is poised to establish itself in Sanford. The owners say they plan a 24/7 operation with as many as 25 employees. T & D Wood Energy, made up of the father-and-son team of Dean and […]

Study: Lower Carbon Emissions From Forest Residue-Based Power Generation

The Biomass Power Association recently released a study by two professors demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits by using forest residue-based biomass fuel instead of natural gas in a power generation facility. The study, conducted by Dr. Madhu Khanna, Distinguished Professor in Environmental Economics at the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and Dr. […]

Shuttered Maine Mill One Step Closer To Becoming A Biorefinery

The company seeking to build a $240 million biorefinery in East Millinocket has reached a settlement to buy the property, which it expects to close by early June. The buyer, EMEP LLC, said in court filings that it has reached a deal with the property owner, North American Recovery Management, which it expects will close […]

California’s PG&E Turns Dead Trees Into Renewable Energy

In response to California’s ongoing tree mortality crisis and increased wildfire threat, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is working with local communities and power generators to dispose of dead tree debris and turn it into renewable energy. PG&E is operating sorting and chipping yards in eight counties hard hit by tree mortality to prepare the […]

Wood Pellet Fuel Deemed ‘Carbon Neutral’ In U.S. Spending Bill

A week after President Donald Trump vowed to impose new tariffs on Canadian lumber imports to help the U.S. timber industry, lawmakers passed a spending bill that could push U.S. government agencies to promote burning wood pellets to fuel power plants. The budget bill that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday, which makes […]

North American Wood Pellet Producers Eye Asia’s Energy Market

Asian countries are showing a strong interest in consuming more wood pellets in order to replace coal in their power grids and to shift away from nuclear power, according to an industry expert speaking at the Argus Biomass 2017 conference. Giving a presentation entitled ‘A statistical review of the consumption of biomass for heat and […]


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