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September 2017

Coal No More: Pushing For Biomass Conversion In Canada

Transitioning away from coal. That was the main theme at Day One of this year’s WPAC conference in the nation’s capital. Executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) Gordon Murray said the industry received the confirmation it needed this morning regarding the government’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions and making bioenergy more […]

UGA Study: U.S. Biomass Electricity Possible But Costly

If the U.S. wants to start using wood pellets to produce energy, either the government or power customers will have to pay an extra cost, a new University of Georgia study has found. Right now, “it’s just not economically feasible to use wood pellets in energy production,” said Bin Mei, associate professor of forest resource […]

Burning Question: Is Woody Biomass The 21st Century Fuel?

For hundreds of millennia, humans have depended on wood as a basic but reliable source of fuel. Today efforts to grow that dependence in the face of an evolving energy landscape are widespread. But they’re also contentious. The debate over biomass, an umbrella term that encompasses a range of organic materials used for energy, rests […]

Retirement System To Make $26M Loan To Arkansas Wood Pellet Company

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System will make a short-term loan of up to $26 million to Highland LLC, which operates a wood pellet manufacturing plant in the Pine Bluff industrial park near White Hall, the system’s board of trustees has decided. In July 2016, the system’s trustees authorized an investment of up to $25 million […]

Enviva Opposition Continues As Work Begins On North Carolina Plant

Engineers have completed the early erosion control and site grading measures for the new Enviva plant being built north of Dobbins Heights, according to interim County Manager Bryan Land. In his monthly report to the Richmond County Board of Commissioners last week, Land said he met with representatives from Enviva two weeks ago to discuss […]

NEWBio Project Concludes, Advances Biomass Energy Efforts

The land stretching between New England and the Ohio River is a critical region dominated by agriculture and forests, but also hosts four of the largest metropolises in the nation with rapidly increasing demand for sustainable energy. With countless rural communities suffering decades of decline, the economic, social and ecological potential for biomass energy is […]

Researchers Convert 80 Percent Of Biomass Into High-Value Products

The three main components of non-edible plant matter can now be turned into high-value products in economically favorable yields. Using the concept of an integrated biorefinery, researchers showed how multiple products are created. The streams are similar to those used in a petroleum refinery. With the new approach, non-edible plant matter could become a promising […]

Maine’s Northeast Pellets Suffers Catastrophic Fire

A fire at Northeast Pellets mill in Ashland destroyed all of the 500 tons of bulk pellets stored in two silos. The Fiddlehead Focus reported it was the second catastrophic fire suffered by the plant since it opened in 2006. Chief Don Bouley of the Ashland Fire Department told the paper the cause is under […]

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