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June 2018

EPA Issues Proposed RVOs For Biofuel Industry In 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued proposed volume requirements for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard program calling, among other things, for a 30% increase in biogas related fuel. 381 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel are called for the in the proposed rule by 2019. EPA estimates that the majority of this – […]

Wood Biomass Exports Decrease As UK Markets Grow

Overall UK exports of waste wood biomass and panel board feedstock dropped by 50% last year compared to 2016, according to the latest statistics produced by the Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA). The trade body carried out an annual survey of its members which also showed a large increase in the use of waste wood within […]

Massachusetts Sawmill’s Planned Biomass Plant Met With Opposition

A long-planned wood-gasification plant for Roberts Brothers Lumber Co. has drawn fire from dozens of residents around the region, even though the business says it has no firm plans at this time for the project for which it has received hundreds of thousands of federal and state dollars. The project, which the company has described […]

UK Moving Away From Coal, Burning Wood From The U.S.

The 12 cooling towers at the Drax Power Station have dominated the flat North Yorkshire countryside since the plant was built to burn coal from local mines in the ’60s. It’s the largest power plant in the UK, and for years it served as a visible reminder of how essential coal has been for the […]

Wood Pellets Market Expected To Grow At a CAGR Of 15.2% By 2025

Progressive Markets recently published a report titled Global Wood Pellets Market – Size, Trend, Share, Opportunity Analysis, and Forecast, 2014-2025. As per the report, the global wood pellets market is expected to register a CAGR of 15.2% from 2017 to 2025. The report offers an extensive analysis of changing market scenarios, revenue growth, investment opportunities, […]

Drax To Convert Fourth Coal-Fired Plant To Biomass

On June 6 Drax Power Station in Yorkshire, UK, took its fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline as it prepares to convert it to running on sustainable biomass. Drax has already converted half its power stations and ‘associated supply chain infrastructure’ to use sustainable biomass instead of coal. Having already invested £700 million into the […]

Rhode Island Biomass Bill Stalls In General Assembly

A Rhode Island bill that could have cleared the way for biomass power plants won’t move forward this legislative session. Biomass is wood waste that is burned to generate electricity. It’s also considered a renewable resource. The bill would have included biomass in the state’s “net-metering” program, which gives credits to customers for extra power […]

DOE Awards Purdue University Team $1.8 Million Grant To Solve Blockages

A problem facing biorefinery operations is the flow of biomass into and throughout facilities. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of post-harvest agricultural materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and compacts while moving through augers, forcing shutdowns for maintenance. A team led by Purdue University scientists is to receive a $1.8 million […]

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