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Colorado Wood Pellet Manufacturer Files For Bankruptcy

A Colorado-based company that says it is the largest wood pellet manufacturer in the western United States has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Confluence Energy LLC, which is based in Kremmling in Grand County, said in a Tuesday filing that it owes $14.95 million to between 100 and 199 creditors. The company listed assets of […]

New England Wood Pellet Acquired By Lignetics

New England Wood Pellet LLC of Jaffrey has been acquired by a Colorado-based wood pellet home-heating company. Mitch Lehn, human resources director for Lignetics, Inc., said Thursday that his company has purchased all of New England Wood Pellet’s assets, which includes the flagship location in Jaffrey and four manufacturing plants throughout the Northeastern part of […]

Cross-Country Alaska Airlines Flight Powered By Logging Slash

A project to demonstrate that jets could someday be powered by logging leftovers from Northwest forests gets a culminating test Monday morning. A Boeing 737 is scheduled to take off with fuel tanks filled partly with a wood-based jet fuel. Alaska Airlines fueled a regularly scheduled cross-country flight from Seattle to Washington, DC with a […]

Scientists Advocate For Forest Biomass Over Coal

The state of California, wracked by drought, has 66 million dead trees across its landscape. They’ve been killed by both the drought itself and by voracious bark beetles, and now they’re just sitting there — destined to either decompose, burn in a wildfire, or be incinerated, for safety reasons, by state fire managers before the […]

Lawsuits, Questions, Accusations Embroil Colorado Biomass Plant

It was 4:20 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, and David Graham was adjusting the water flow to the cooling towers at the biomass plant in Gypsum. He thought he saw flames reflected in the windshield of a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck. When he turned, he saw he was right. The conveyor belt that delivers […]

Red Rock Biofuels Closes Door On South Carolina Wood Waste

A biofuels company that has been sizing up South Carolina’s wood waste potential will not build a biofuels operation in the state, according to a statement Tuesday from Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels. “At this time, Red Rock has no active plans for a refinery in South Carolina,” said Jen Kaye, who works for the communications […]

Zeachem Breaks Ground In Oregon

Thanks in part to a $25 million federal grant, Colorado-based biorefiner Zeachem broke ground in early June on a cellulosic ethanol demo plant in eastern Oregon near Boardman. Company officials say the facility will produce 250,000 gallons of ethanol annually, plus ethyl acetate. The plant is using poplar fiber from Greenwood Resources irrigated fiber farms […]

Colorado Moves On Biomass Ventures

Following up on a previous post announcing the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture funding 30 projects in 14 states totaling $57 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Wood-To-Energy and biomass utilization, Colorado initiatives recently received $250,000 each to: Help convert wood collected during wildfire- and pine-beetle mitigation efforts for a prison boiler […]


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