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U.S. EIA Forecasts Increase In Biomass Electricity Generation Capacity

The August edition of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook has been published, revealing forecasts on renewables consumption in the U.S. Biomass generating capacity for the electric power sector is expected to hit 7,363 megawatts by the end of 2018, up from 7,313 megawatts in the previous year. The projected figure for […]

WSU Research Focuses On Lignin-To-Fuel

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin—a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid—to create affordable biofuels and bioproducts. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has granted Zhang, an associate professor in WSU’s Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering […]

Ridgeland Pellet Company Launches South Carolina Manufacturing Plant

Ridgeland Pellet Company plans to launch new manufacturing operations in Ridgeland, South Carolina. The company’s $8.1 million investment is projected to create 27 new jobs over the next five years in Jasper County. A manufacturer of wood pellets used in home heating fuel, alternative industrial energy and equine bedding, Ridgeland Pellet Company will purchase an […]

Drax Announces Siemens Turbine Upgrades At UK Plant

In a bid to improve the efficiency of its biomass generating units Drax has signed a £40 million ($44.9 million) contract with Siemens for turbine upgrades. Drax operates the UK’s biggest power station, near Selby in Yorkshire. As part of a massive decarbonization project, Drax is converting the facility and its associated supply chain infrastructure […]

New Hampshire Governor’s Veto Of Biomass Bill Devastates Forest Industry

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed Senate Bill 365 last month, a critical bill for six New Hampshire biomass plants that provide a market for our local forest landowners to sustainably manage their lands. It has only been a few weeks and already our state’s $1.4 billion forest economy is reeling from his decision. Since his veto, […]

Red Rock Biofuels Facility Breaks Ground In Oregon

Remember in the iconic “Back To The Future” films when Doc Brown placed garbage in the time machine’s engine to fuel it? From science-fiction to science-fact, a similar process will soon become reality fueling aircraft nationwide once the Red Rock Biofuels renewable energy plant is built. On Wednesday, members of Red Rock Biofuels, political dignitaries, […]

Zilkha Biomass Scuttles Plan To Build $90 Million Arkansas Pellet Plant

Zilkha Biomass LLC of Houston has scuttled its plan to build a $90 million wood pellet mill in Monticello. Zilkha reached a deal four years ago to build a facility that would support 52 new jobs. After a recent meeting with Zilkha’s legal counsel, the Monticello Economic Development Commission said the energy company will not […]

Report: Biorefineries Have Minimal Effects On Wood Products, Feedstocks

A new report from researchers from IIASA, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has shown that more biorefineries, which produce bio-based fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks. The products from biorefineries can be used to replace some […]

North American Pellet Prices Trend Upward For Canada, Down For U.S.

The U.S. and Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices increased in early 2018, driven mainly by higher demand for pellets in Europe and Asia, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The pellet feedstock price indices for North America, launched by WRI in 2013, have trended upward in Canada during most of 2017 and early […]

New Hampshire Loggers Hit Hard By Veto Of Biomass Subsidies

Eric Cole was at home on Poverty Lane making dinner earlier this month when his phone rang. One of his customers was calling with bad news: A new $390,000 logging skidder that Cole, a heavy equipment salesman, had just delivered would have to be returned. The customer, an Upper Valley logger whom Cole declined to […]

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