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Massachusetts Sawmill’s Planned Biomass Plant Met With Opposition

A long-planned wood-gasification plant for Roberts Brothers Lumber Co. has drawn fire from dozens of residents around the region, even though the business says it has no firm plans at this time for the project for which it has received hundreds of thousands of federal and state dollars. The project, which the company has described […]

Torrefaction Plant Gets Green Light In Oregon

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors Officials with the U.S. Endownment for Forestry and Communities have announced construction of a new biomass torrefaction plant in John Day, Ore. The $15 million plant is designed to produce 100,000 tons/year. The Endowment has committed to pay half the cost, with negotiations ongoing to find financing for the other half. […]

New England Biomass Faces New Challenges As Connecticut Changes RPS

Connecticut recently released its long-awaited Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which contains bad news (though expected) for biomass in New England. There’s only one biomass plant in Connecticut: the 37.5 MW Plainfield Renewable Energy facility that opened in 2013. However, due to the interconnected nature of New England’s electricity grid, biomass plants across the region that participate […]

North Carolina County Renews Duke Energy Agreement

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors Continuing to maintain renewable power sources, Duke Energy and Craven County Wood Energy (CCWE) have renewed a long-term power agreement to purchase 100% of the electricity produced by the 50 MW biomass-powered plant in New Bern, NC. The facility uses mainly wood waste and poultry (turkey farm) waste to generate electricity. […]

Biomass Markets: Who Will Buy Northeast’s Low-Grade Wood?

Van Webb, a logger and farmer from Sunapee, harvested from a mostly white pine lot on a 57-acre property in Unity, N.H., in 2016. Many of the pine trees he harvested were low-grade — meaning the logs could not be sawed into boards at a sawmill. Instead, he sent the wood to the biomass plant […]

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 […]

‘Huge’ Biomass Power Plant On The Way For Ontario First Nation

Whitesand First Nation will soon be home to an industrial park that will support clean energy generation, replacing the current need for diesel, and create jobs. The first tenants of the industrial park, known as the Bio-Economy Centre, will be community-owned and operated Sagatay Cogeneration LP and Sagatay Wood Pellets LP. “It will create jobs […]

B.C. University Developing $33 Million Biomass Plant

Simon Fraser University is set to start construction on a new biomass plant that will power the university and adjacent urban community while drastically reducing emissions. SFU, along with SFU Community Trust, which oversees the development of UniverCity, has partnered with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc. to develop a $33 million neighborhood energy utility project called […]

Controversy Simmers Over North Carolina Wood Pellet Plant

A biomass fuel plant that processes tree scraps into wood pellets has some North Carolinians concerned about its potential environmental and health impacts. Maryland-based Enviva will soon open its fourth wood pellet plant in the southern part of the state. The new plant will be just outside the small town of Dobbins Heights, where roughly […]

Burning Question: Is Woody Biomass The 21st Century Fuel?

For hundreds of millennia, humans have depended on wood as a basic but reliable source of fuel. Today efforts to grow that dependence in the face of an evolving energy landscape are widespread. But they’re also contentious. The debate over biomass, an umbrella term that encompasses a range of organic materials used for energy, rests […]

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