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Maine Governor Will Oppose Borrowing Aimed At Helping Biomass Industry

Governor Paul LePage told lawmakers he opposes a pair of bills that would have taxpayers fund a $45 million subsidy to help Maine’s floundering biomass industry. In a rare appearance before the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee, LePage said the Legislature should focus instead on ways of creating industries that bring greater value from the state’s […]

Enviva To Buy South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant, Build Mississippi Port

A company that makes wood pellets and sells them to power plants overseas says it’s forming a new joint venture with an insurance company to buy a plant in South Carolina and build a port in Mississippi. Enviva Holdings of Bethesda, Maryland, recently announced the deal with the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. The joint […]

UK Lands $1.6 Million Grant For Rural Biomass Power Generation Partnership

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) has received a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop an innovative partnership in Hazard, Kentucky, that could serve as a model for future energy projects in rural Eastern Kentucky communities. The project, which is titled Gasification Combined Heat and Power from […]

Massachusetts Includes Wood Biomass In Alternative Energy Standards

The state’s Department of Energy Resources has filed its proposed final version of guidelines that will allow the burning of tree material, as well as other technologies, to qualify for financial incentives as renewable energy sources. The final draft regulations, which were filed on Friday, provide subsidies for “woody biomass” — in other words, the […]

Arizona Regulators Explore Ramping Up Use Of Forest Biomass For Power

Should utility customers pay a surcharge for bioenergy that helps utilize trees thinned from Arizona’s overstocked forests? That was one possibility discussed last week at a first-ever workshop on forest bioenergy hosted by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Representatives from some of the state’s largest utilities, businesses, nonprofits, the Forest Service, and state and local governments […]

Wood Pellet Prices, Supply Stable In Maine

Six years ago, Travis Sirois decided that with three of his children in college and unable to help him split firewood and put it in the cellar for the winter, it was time to do something different. “I asked around, and I was hearing great things at the time about pellet stoves,” the Caribou resident […]

Meridian Waste Solutions Plans For Minnesota Biomass Processing Facility

Solid waste services company Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. continued a flurry of recent activity with the announcement that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Attis Innovations (formerly Meridian Innovations), has initiated commercialization plans for its first biomass processing facility in Minnesota. Attis will immediately begin feedstock evaluation and assess potential locations for commercial scale operations. In the past […]

Northeastern Biomass Plants Scramble To Change Business Model

In the Northeast, biomass electricity plants are staring at some tough economics. For many standalone wood-fired electricity plants, the cost of fuel (wood chips) and operations exceed what they get paid for the electricity they generate. With natural gas (and thus wholesale electricity) prices expected to remain low—and state-level support for biomass fading—biomass plants are […]

Drax’s Louisiana Biomass Facility Begins Wood Pellet Production

Drax Biomass Inc. (DBI) began start up production this week at its newest facility, LaSalle BioEnergy in Urania, Louisiana. “This is a very exciting moment, we have a dedicated and motivated work force that after months of upgrades, retrofits, and training is ready to produce,” said Pete Madden, President and CEO of Drax Biomass. “We […]

UNH Study: Wood Pellet Heating Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Using wood pellets for home heating fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than half over fossil fuels and natural gas, according to new research from the N.H. Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. John Gunn, research assistant professor of forest management and researcher with station, and colleagues with the Spatial Informatics […]

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