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Letter Urges EPA To Process RINs For Biomass And Biogas Electricity

A press release from the American Biogas Council announced that a letter, signed and approved by 111 separate firms from the biomass and biogas industry, requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler include renewable electricity into the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In 2007, Congress approved the RFS participation of using […]

New Hampshire Logging Industry Rallies Against Governor’s Biomass Veto

Rallying Thursday, supporters of New Hampshire’s biomass industry made one message clear: the crunch is on. Plant operators, loggers, mayors and politicians have railed against Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a subsidy for biomass plants since it was issued June 19. But with days left before lawmakers convene Sept. 13 to reconsider vetoed bills, advocates […]

New Hampshire Governor’s Veto Of Biomass Bill Devastates Forest Industry

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed Senate Bill 365 last month, a critical bill for six New Hampshire biomass plants that provide a market for our local forest landowners to sustainably manage their lands. It has only been a few weeks and already our state’s $1.4 billion forest economy is reeling from his decision. Since his veto, […]

New Hampshire Loggers Hit Hard By Veto Of Biomass Subsidies

Eric Cole was at home on Poverty Lane making dinner earlier this month when his phone rang. One of his customers was calling with bad news: A new $390,000 logging skidder that Cole, a heavy equipment salesman, had just delivered would have to be returned. The customer, an Upper Valley logger whom Cole declined to […]

New England Biomass Faces New Challenges As Connecticut Changes RPS

Connecticut recently released its long-awaited Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which contains bad news (though expected) for biomass in New England. There’s only one biomass plant in Connecticut: the 37.5 MW Plainfield Renewable Energy facility that opened in 2013. However, due to the interconnected nature of New England’s electricity grid, biomass plants across the region that participate […]

EPA Chief Signals Push To Declare Wood Energy Carbon-Neutral

During his New Hampshire visit Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt signaled plans for new federal energy policies that could bolster a struggling regional industry – biomass. In a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu, Pruitt suggests the agency plans to add biomass, including wood and other plant-based fuels, to its “‘all of the above’ […]

Biomass Markets: Who Will Buy Northeast’s Low-Grade Wood?

Van Webb, a logger and farmer from Sunapee, harvested from a mostly white pine lot on a 57-acre property in Unity, N.H., in 2016. Many of the pine trees he harvested were low-grade — meaning the logs could not be sawed into boards at a sawmill. Instead, he sent the wood to the biomass plant […]

Researchers: Wood Pellets Beat Fossil Fuels In Reducing Emissions

Using wood pellets for home heating fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than half over fossil fuels and natural gas, according to new research from the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. “Wood pellet heat is a new and growing heating alternative in the U.S. and has been proposed as […]

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 […]

UNH Study: Wood Pellet Heating Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Using wood pellets for home heating fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than half over fossil fuels and natural gas, according to new research from the N.H. Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire. John Gunn, research assistant professor of forest management and researcher with station, and colleagues with the Spatial Informatics […]

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