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Northeastern Biomass Plants Scramble To Change Business Model

In the Northeast, biomass electricity plants are staring at some tough economics. For many standalone wood-fired electricity plants, the cost of fuel (wood chips) and operations exceed what they get paid for the electricity they generate. With natural gas (and thus wholesale electricity) prices expected to remain low—and state-level support for biomass fading—biomass plants are […]

Maine’s Northeast Pellets Suffers Catastrophic Fire

A fire at Northeast Pellets mill in Ashland destroyed all of the 500 tons of bulk pellets stored in two silos. The Fiddlehead Focus reported it was the second catastrophic fire suffered by the plant since it opened in 2006. Chief Don Bouley of the Ashland Fire Department told the paper the cause is under […]

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 […]

Debate Brews Over Maine Biomass Bailout

Maine taxpayers’ support of wood-to-energy facilities around the state has been called both a waste and a lifeline to rural forest economies. With one notable exception, there’s general agreement that Maine lawmakers’ latest support for biomass energy is a subsidy. A report in April panned that latest government support and past efforts for policymakers to […]

T&D Wood Energy Plans Wood Pellet Mill In Maine

A company that plans to turn sawmill residue into wood pellets for heating fuel to be sold throughout New England is poised to establish itself in Sanford. The owners say they plan a 24/7 operation with as many as 25 employees. T & D Wood Energy, made up of the father-and-son team of Dean and […]

Shuttered Maine Mill One Step Closer To Becoming A Biorefinery

The company seeking to build a $240 million biorefinery in East Millinocket has reached a settlement to buy the property, which it expects to close by early June. The buyer, EMEP LLC, said in court filings that it has reached a deal with the property owner, North American Recovery Management, which it expects will close […]

Maine Loggers Say Biomass Company Not Paying Bills

Loggers have cut off deliveries to a Maine biomass electricity generator because the company has stopped paying its bills, the head of an industry association said Tuesday. Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, said loggers who provide wood chips and other biomass fuel haven’t been paid by the company, Stored […]

Emerging Technologies Look To Woody Biomass

Researchers are looking for ways to turn low-grade fiber into a wide variety of products from jet fuel to clothing to building material and more. These technologies could drive improved demand for wood fiber. The emergence of profitable markets for woody biomass continues to be a topic of interest to operators in the wood products […]

Maine Sawmill Aims To Bring New Biomass Plant Online Next Year

Plans to construct a biomass plant on the Robbins Lumber Inc. property are moving forward with work already under way on some portions of the project. The 8.5-megawatt biomass plant, which has a net 7.5-megawatt generating capacity, will burn bark, wood chips and sawdust to power a steam turbine to generate electricity. Waste heat from […]

Maine’s Biomass Bailout Will Mean Jobs, But At A Cost

To keep their share of a $13.4 million bailout over the next two years, two Maine biomass plant operators have promised to keep 87 people employed, according to agreement details disclosed for the first time this week. The bailout, which was sought by the logging industry after several paper mill and biomass plant closures, also […]

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