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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 […]

Irish Company Seeking Approval For U.S. Wood Pellet Facility

Bord na Móna, an Irish energy company, will soon seek government approval for plans to invest €60 million in building a wood pellet factory in the US, according to the Irish Times. It was announced in September 2016 that the state owned company wanted to build a pellet plant in Georgia that would turn willow […]

Nineteen Nations Say They’ll Use More Bioenergy To Slow Climate Change

China and 18 other nations representing half the world’s population said on Thursday they planned to increase the use of wood and other plant matter from sustainable sources to generate energy as part of efforts to limit climate change. The group would work out collective targets for increasing the use of what they called sustainable […]

Can Co-Firing Biomass With Coal Help Meet International Climate Goals?

While he’s not personally present, President Trump is getting the cold shoulder at the climate meeting in Bonn, Germany because of his insistence on the wider use of coal-fired electricity. But one such idea that is getting floated there is the co-firing of biomass with coal to potentially increase efficiencies and to reduce CO2 emissions. […]

UBC Receives New Equipment For Wood Pellet Research

The wood pellet research laboratory (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia is getting a boost of $250,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The funding is part of a larger grant of $1.8 million to a larger group of UBC researchers to further support the development of the UBC’s biorefining research and innovation […]

PG&E Makes Offer To Buy Power From California Bioenergy Plant

The North Fork bioenergy plant has just cleared another hurdle toward getting the project up and running. They have now been offered a power purchase agreement from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). North Fork Community Power, LLC, is a joint venture between Phoenix Energy and the North Fork Community Development Council that will own and […]

University Of Minnesota: Renewable Biomass Coal On The Horizon

Coal fueled the Industrial Revolution, but it took eons to form. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth has introduced what might be called “instant coal”: an energy-dense biofuel made from wood and agricultural waste in the Natural Resources Research Institute’s (NRRI) Renewable Energy Lab. The new biofuel’s vital statistics compares […]

Drax Sells UK-Based Wood Pellet Distribution Business

Power giant Drax has agreed to sell its wood pellet distribution business, Billington Bioenergy (BBE), to Aggregated Micro Power Holdings, an AIM-listed energy company specializing in the sale of wood fuels and the developing of distributed energy assets. Drax said the consideration for the transaction was £2m (€2.24m), comprised of £1.6m of shares in AMPH […]

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