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Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute Replacing Coal With Wood

It seems like much of the world is plunging headlong toward renewable energy and away from fossil fuels and the carbon dioxide pollution they create. Ontario has eliminated coal-burning power plants. China is phasing out internal combustion engines for new cars, as are General Motors and Ford. On Wednesday the International Energy Agency reported solar […]

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 […]

$73 Million West Virginia Wood Waste Biofuel Plant Gets Greenlight

The newly formed PPD of WV One will build a $73 million synthetic fuel plant in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. At the plant, PPD of WV One will convert solid waste materials to diesel fuel and biochar, a charcoal used in soil for agriculture. The facility will utilize a clean energy system that produces an […]

Coal No More: Pushing For Biomass Conversion In Canada

Transitioning away from coal. That was the main theme at Day One of this year’s WPAC conference in the nation’s capital. Executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) Gordon Murray said the industry received the confirmation it needed this morning regarding the government’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions and making bioenergy more […]

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 […]

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 […]

NEWBio Project Concludes, Advances Biomass Energy Efforts

The land stretching between New England and the Ohio River is a critical region dominated by agriculture and forests, but also hosts four of the largest metropolises in the nation with rapidly increasing demand for sustainable energy. With countless rural communities suffering decades of decline, the economic, social and ecological potential for biomass energy is […]

Researchers Convert 80 Percent Of Biomass Into High-Value Products

The three main components of non-edible plant matter can now be turned into high-value products in economically favorable yields. Using the concept of an integrated biorefinery, researchers showed how multiple products are created. The streams are similar to those used in a petroleum refinery. With the new approach, non-edible plant matter could become a promising […]

New Hampshire Biomass Industry Gets A Temporary Lifeline

Biomass markets in New England are having a tough time surviving. Low wholesale power prices, combined with flagging incentives for renewable biomass from states in Southern New England, have left biomass plants throughout the region struggling to continue operations. As markets for low-grade wood—both pulpwood and biomass—have declined in the Northeast, remaining low-grade markets have […]

Arizona Utility To Study Inclusion Of Biomass In Its Portfolio

Arizona Public Service on Tuesday was ordered by the Arizona Corporation Commission to research forest bioenergy as part of its portfolio during a hearing in which the commission approved its rate increase. The increase will allow APS to collect an additional $95 million from its customers, an average increase of approximately $6 per month, according […]

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