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Arizona Utility Looking At Biomass Power Generation

After boosting its solar power generation and adding wind-energy projects in recent years, Tucson Electric Power Co. is looking at biomass generation from burning wood or other organic matter. TEP said Friday that it is seeking information about forest biomass generation systems that could generate power for customers while improving the health of Arizona forests. […]

UK Moving Away From Coal, Burning Wood From The U.S.

The 12 cooling towers at the Drax Power Station have dominated the flat North Yorkshire countryside since the plant was built to burn coal from local mines in the ’60s. It’s the largest power plant in the UK, and for years it served as a visible reminder of how essential coal has been for the […]

Rhode Island Biomass Bill Stalls In General Assembly

A Rhode Island bill that could have cleared the way for biomass power plants won’t move forward this legislative session. Biomass is wood waste that is burned to generate electricity. It’s also considered a renewable resource. The bill would have included biomass in the state’s “net-metering” program, which gives credits to customers for extra power […]

U.S. Pellet Exports Boom As Europe Tries To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Worse than coal. Exploits a carbon loophole. Creates a carbon deficit. No, we are not talking about drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Rather, these are a few of the complaints critics level against burning wood pellets in place of coal to reduce Europe’s carbon footprint. You might assume that exporting a […]

Massachusetts Includes Wood Biomass In Alternative Energy Standards

The state’s Department of Energy Resources has filed its proposed final version of guidelines that will allow the burning of tree material, as well as other technologies, to qualify for financial incentives as renewable energy sources. The final draft regulations, which were filed on Friday, provide subsidies for “woody biomass” — in other words, the […]

Can Co-Firing Biomass With Coal Help Meet International Climate Goals?

While he’s not personally present, President Trump is getting the cold shoulder at the climate meeting in Bonn, Germany because of his insistence on the wider use of coal-fired electricity. But one such idea that is getting floated there is the co-firing of biomass with coal to potentially increase efficiencies and to reduce CO2 emissions. […]

Update: Battle Over Massachusetts Biomass Subsidies

It’s a local, plentiful energy source, but environmentalists argue that biomass — wood chips or pellets — can’t be considered clean energy and shouldn’t be subsidized by the state as such. More than 70 people gathered at Holyoke Community College on Monday for the state’s last public hearing on plans to designate the burning of […]

Senate Leans Toward Labeling Biomass Power Plants As Carbon Neutral

Pushback rises on burning wood fiber in electric generating plants, as scientists and environmentalists question whether it is, indeed, carbon neutral. A U.S. Senate committee is leaning toward labeling wood-fired power plants as carbon neutral. Panel manufacturers have complained in the past such actions would raise the cost of raw materials for wood products companies. […]

Officials Question Wood Pellet Boilers Planned For Massachusetts Schools

With two West County elementary schools preparing to install grant-funded wood pellet boilers, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ conference room was packed Tuesday night with town officials, health board members, selectmen, energy industry representatives and environmentalists seeking answers. In particular, they wanted to know about how large-scale systems affect air quality and what regulations […]

U.S. Wood To Heat Homes In Paris

Paris plans to import thousands of tons of wood per year from the United States as part of plans to use more renewable energy in its urban heating systems, city authorities said on Thursday. Paris urban heating company CPCU – which provides heat and hot water for more than a quarter of Parisians – plans […]

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