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Alabama Company Buys Closed Maine Biomass Power Plant

A shuttered, 24-megawatt power plant fueled by wood chips in Penobscot County is expected to come back on line by the end of June, bringing an estimated 300 jobs to the area. An Alabama-based company called 42 Railroad Ave LLC has signed a deal to purchase the biomass power plant in Stacyville, formerly operated by […]

Wood Production Growth Driven By Housing, Green Energy Markets

Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, while trade in wood products decreased slightly, according to new data published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The increase was mainly boosted by the continuous economic growth in Asia, a recovering housing market in North […]

Declining Electricity Prices In The Northeast Hinder Biomass Market

In 2015, New Hampshire set a record for biomass use: 2.6 million tons of low-grade wood was converted to electricity. In 2014, biomass accounted for roughly 22 percent of Maine’s total harvest volume. Depending on local markets, biomass represents between 20-30 percent of the harvest volume in the Northeast, which equates to a significant amount […]

Canfor’s $58 Million Pellet Plants Open In B.C.

Canfor Corp. has officially opened two new pellet plants in British Columbia to produce biofuel from the company’s sawmills. A $58 million joint venture with Pacific Bioenergy Corp., the Chetwynd and Fort St. John pellet plants have a combined annual capacity of 175,000 tons. Grand opening events were held July 19 at both locations. Canfor […]

Coal Needs To Get Cleaner. Can Biomass Help?

While a conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court had blocked implementation of the Clean Power Plan, market forces have still favored green energy and carbon reductions. But does that necessarily spell an end to coal plants? If they are able to meet the more stringent emissions’ tests, some will survive — a development that could also bode […]

12 Canadian Biomass Projects Get Boost From Feds, Province

The Manitoba and Canadian governments are looking to help the prairie province kick coal. The two tiers of government have announced they will provide up to $500,000 in funding for 12 biomass fuel projects across the province. “There are renewable energy resources readily available for use as biomass energy sources,” Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture, Food […]

Ontario’s Atikokan Generating Station Now Operating On Biomass

Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station (GS) is now operating on biomass. Biomass is an emerging fuel source that is recognized as beneficial to climate change mitigation. The station is the largest power plant in North America fueled by 100 percent biomass. “The conversion of Atikokan will ensure a clean, reliable, sustainable and local […]

B.C. Power Plants Fuelled By Sawmill, Logging Waste

Conifex’s $100-million wood-fueled power plant was put on hold two years ago because financing fell through, but it is now back on track. The B.C.-based company expects to be producing power at the Mackenzie site in northern B.C. by the end of September. The plant is among the first of a slate of projects that […]

U.S. Forest Service Seeks Applications For Wood To Energy Projects

As part of the national observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Forest Service today announced that it is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management. Also today, the Forest Service released a Wood Energy Financial App for use by community and business leaders seeking to replace fossil fuel with wood […]

Port Townsend Paper Corp. Drops Biomass Expansion Plans

Port Townsend Paper Corp. has abandoned a much-disputed $54 million project that would have upgraded the mill’s biomass cogeneration plant. Company President Roger Hagan told the Peninsula Daily News on Wednesday that the company’s construction permit will not be extended beyond the 18-month June deadline for the improvements. “It’s not a financially viable project,” said […]

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