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August 2017

Biofuel From Forests Lightens Jetliner Carbon Footprint

Alaska Airlines made history recently, flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from the remains of logging and thinning in sustainably managed forests. Aviation biofuel is made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that are left after the harvesting of managed forests. The renewable, clean jet fuel […]

New Hampshire Biomass Industry Gets A Temporary Lifeline

Biomass markets in New England are having a tough time surviving. Low wholesale power prices, combined with flagging incentives for renewable biomass from states in Southern New England, have left biomass plants throughout the region struggling to continue operations. As markets for low-grade wood—both pulpwood and biomass—have declined in the Northeast, remaining low-grade markets have […]

Arizona Utility To Study Inclusion Of Biomass In Its Portfolio

Arizona Public Service on Tuesday was ordered by the Arizona Corporation Commission to research forest bioenergy as part of its portfolio during a hearing in which the commission approved its rate increase. The increase will allow APS to collect an additional $95 million from its customers, an average increase of approximately $6 per month, according […]

New York Complex To Be Heated By $3 Million Biomass System

Before long, the Ray Brook State Office Complex will be heated by wood-pellet power. Construction has begun on a biomass boiler heating loop that will use that fuel to keep warm the headquarters of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 5, Adirondack Park Agency and State Police Troop B. The $3 million renewable energy […]

Hawaii Biomass Plant Back On Track To Open In 2018

Hu Honua Bioenergy, the biomass power plant currently under construction on the Big Island, is back on schedule following the approval of its new power-purchase agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Co. by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. A company official told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the power plant near Pepeekeo is expected to be completed by […]

Update: Battle Over Massachusetts Biomass Subsidies

It’s a local, plentiful energy source, but environmentalists argue that biomass — wood chips or pellets — can’t be considered clean energy and shouldn’t be subsidized by the state as such. More than 70 people gathered at Holyoke Community College on Monday for the state’s last public hearing on plans to designate the burning of […]

Burning Trees For Fuel May Soon Qualify For Subsidies In Massachusetts

The Baker administration plans to designate a fuel derived from felling trees and clearing brush in forests as a form of renewable energy, a move that environmental advocates say would increase emissions and counter promises the governor made after President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. The proposed rules, which stem from a […]

How Cold Alaskan Communities Eat And Heat With Biomass

Alaska’s Southeast Island School District operates four bioenergy-heated greenhouses in Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Naukati Bay, and Coffman Cove. Each greenhouse provides fresh produce to the school cafeteria and surrounding communities, jobs for district students, and an opportunity for teachers to bring textbooks to life. Success stories like this form the basis of the Biomass-Heated Greenhouse […]

Bioenergy Production Could Play A Part In Reducing Forest Fires

Bioenergy can play a role in reducing the risk of forest fires, according to a video recently published on the European Forest Institute’s website. Across the world, forest fires devastate large areas of forest every year. In 2017, the tragic trend has been seen in forest fires in France, the USA and Portugal. In its […]

Fiber Costs For North American Pellet Plants Trending Downward

The fiber costs for pellet plants in North America have trended downward the past year with the U.S. and Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices reaching their lowest levels in over four years in the 2Q/17. With the feedstock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry and forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell […]

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