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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 […]

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 […]

Burning Trees For Fuel May Soon Qualify For Subsidies In Massachusetts

The Baker administration plans to designate a fuel derived from felling trees and clearing brush in forests as a form of renewable energy, a move that environmental advocates say would increase emissions and counter promises the governor made after President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. The proposed rules, which stem from a […]

Study: Lower Carbon Emissions From Forest Residue-Based Power Generation

The Biomass Power Association recently released a study by two professors demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits by using forest residue-based biomass fuel instead of natural gas in a power generation facility. The study, conducted by Dr. Madhu Khanna, Distinguished Professor in Environmental Economics at the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and Dr. […]

Wood Pellet Fuel Deemed ‘Carbon Neutral’ In U.S. Spending Bill

A week after President Donald Trump vowed to impose new tariffs on Canadian lumber imports to help the U.S. timber industry, lawmakers passed a spending bill that could push U.S. government agencies to promote burning wood pellets to fuel power plants. The budget bill that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday, which makes […]

UK Government Report Positive On Biomass

A report commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that using biomass instead of coal is playing a positive part in decarbonizing the power sector. The findings, by Ricardo Energy & Environment, come in a week where the biomass power sector has had to defend the technology’s reputation as […]

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 […]

Drax To Buy Two Distressed U.S. Pellet Plants

Drax Group PLC is looking to buy two pellet plants in the US that have filed for bankruptcy. The owner of the UK’s largest power plant said it has submitted initial cash offers for the operating assets of Texas Pellets and Louisiana Pellets as part of auction processes to be held on 1 and 2 […]

Wood Industry, NGOs In Historic Alliance Over Biomass Concerns

In a historic link-up, wood-using industries and environmental NGOs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have jointly written to UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark asking him to remove subsidies that currently pay coal-fired power plants to convert to burning biomass, and to commit to a comprehensive review […]

Enviva Unveils Wood Supply Tracking System

Enviva Holdings, wood pellet giant, recently publicly released the first data from its groundbreaking Track & Trace (T&T) program. T&T is a proprietary system that enables Enviva to track every truckload of wood the company procures from the forest back to its source, providing a detailed understanding of the characteristics of the wood the company […]

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