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North American Wood Pellet Producers Eye Asia’s Energy Market

Asian countries are showing a strong interest in consuming more wood pellets in order to replace coal in their power grids and to shift away from nuclear power, according to an industry expert speaking at the Argus Biomass 2017 conference. Giving a presentation entitled ‘A statistical review of the consumption of biomass for heat and […]

National Forest Foundation Grant: Sierra Institute To Build Heat, Power Plant

The National Forest Foundation on Wednesday announced the winner of the 2016/2017 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. This unique competition provides awards for the best entrepreneurial approaches that help to solve one or more of the challenges facing America’s 193-million-acre National Forest system. Sponsor Dr. Craig R. Barrett, former chairman and CEO of Intel and […]

Report Ignites Debate Over Biomass As Climate Change Solution

A new report from Chatham House has reignited debate over biomass as a carbon-neutral form of energy. The report, Woody biomass for power and heat: impacts on the global climate, argues that biomass emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels because wood is less energy-dense. Biomass’s claim to carbon neutrality rests […]

Maine Sawmill Aims To Bring New Biomass Plant Online Next Year

Plans to construct a biomass plant on the Robbins Lumber Inc. property are moving forward with work already under way on some portions of the project. The 8.5-megawatt biomass plant, which has a net 7.5-megawatt generating capacity, will burn bark, wood chips and sawdust to power a steam turbine to generate electricity. Waste heat from […]

2017 Wood Pellet Outlook: Out Of The Woods?

The global wood pellet market has endured a challenging 2016. Acute oversupply in both industrial and heating sectors, combined with relatively warm temperatures and overrunning maintenance issues at Drax have pressured operating rates and led to a record drop in prices. While certain players have taken steps to rebalance the market, fundamentals remain weak moving […]

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 […]

State Grants Awarded To Vermont Wood Pellet Projects

Some Vermont schools and housing groups have received a total of more than $900,000 in state grant money to develop cleaner, renewable biomass heat. The Rutland Herald reports the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund on Monday handed out money to 16 projects to support wood pellet infrastructure. Wood pellets are a heating fuel used instead […]

Wood Heating Systems Gain Favor In Cold Northern U.S.

With the touch of a finger on an iPod-style screen, Eric Besenfelder can monitor and troubleshoot the shiny, wood-pellet furnace that heats Athens Elementary School in the Hudson Valley. Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens is housed in a […]

California Awards $2.6 Million To Sierra Institute For Biomass Project

The California Energy Commission is awarding $2.6 million to the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment to build a small biomass plant between Feather River College and the county’s health and human services building in Quincy. “I was thrilled,” said Jonathan Kusel, executive director of the Sierra Institute. Kusel has been working on building a […]

Massachusetts Governor Announces $32.5 Million Biomass Energy And Winter-Heating Initiative

Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan chose the warm confines of the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor’s Center that is heated by a state-of-the-art biomass system to announce a $32.5 million Patrick Administration renewable energy initiative on Friday. The seven programs being funded continue the governor’s strong commitment to clean energy systems that create jobs, […]

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