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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 […]

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 […]

California City And Waste Hauler Propose Biomass Facility

Napa, California city council and the city’s waste hauler, Napa Recycling and Waste Services, have proposed two biomass facilities that diverts wood waste from landfill, a report from the Napa Valley Register says. The pair of plants will use gasification to generate power from the wood waste. The biomass plant would be located at the […]

Biomass Partnerships Provide Benefits To Arizona County

Residents of Navajo County get energy they can depend on, increased livestock forage and better hunting opportunities thanks to a partnership project that converts unwanted invasive plants into fuel for Arizona families. The Arizona Conservation Partnership Program organizes the removal of patches of pine and juniper on federal, state, county and private lands. The project […]

Biomass Plant Awarded 5-Year Contract With Southern California Edison

The biomass energy plant outside Chinese Camp has been awarded a five-year contract from Southern California Edison to burn wood from forest management operations and high fire hazard zones to produce 18 megawatts of electricity per hour, or 432 megawatts a day, private owners of the plant said this week. Terms of the deal, which […]

Why Biomass Remains A Challenge, Even In Timber-Rich Georgia

A new biomass plant under construction in Georgia highlights the challenging economics of the technology, even in a state so rich in forestry waste it exports it to other countries. The 50 MW Albany Green plant – the largest renewable energy project in the state so far – is a unique collaboration among Georgia Power, […]

Maine Loggers Say Biomass Company Not Paying Bills

Loggers have cut off deliveries to a Maine biomass electricity generator because the company has stopped paying its bills, the head of an industry association said Tuesday. Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, said loggers who provide wood chips and other biomass fuel haven’t been paid by the company, Stored […]

Wood-Fired Electricity Sparks Ambitious Plans, Controversy In Oregon

By year’s end, Portland General Electric will fire up its 550-megawatt power plant in Boardman for a daylong test burn, feeding 8,000 tons of pulverized, roasted wood into its boilers instead of the usual diet of coal. The exercise is meant to gauge whether the aging fossil fuel plant could reliably generate electricity using renewable […]

Declining Electricity Prices In The Northeast Hinder Biomass Market

In 2015, New Hampshire set a record for biomass use: 2.6 million tons of low-grade wood was converted to electricity. In 2014, biomass accounted for roughly 22 percent of Maine’s total harvest volume. Depending on local markets, biomass represents between 20-30 percent of the harvest volume in the Northeast, which equates to a significant amount […]

Congress Confirms Biomass Should Help Fight Climate Change

In a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation, the Senate just passed a far-ranging energy bill. Critics have quickly homed in on a unanimously adopted amendment recognizing the renewability and carbon benefits of biomass energy derived from wood and plant material. That designation puts biomass in the same category as wind, solar, and other renewables in […]

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