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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 […]

EPA Issues Proposed RVOs For Biofuel Industry In 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued proposed volume requirements for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard program calling, among other things, for a 30% increase in biogas related fuel. 381 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel are called for the in the proposed rule by 2019. EPA estimates that the majority of this – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Will Changes In UK Renewable Energy Incentives Affect Wood Pellet Demand?

Hard on the heels of a Eurostat report that listed the United Kingdom as in danger of not meeting its renewable energy targets by 2020, the UK government announced it would stop issuing Climate Change Levy Exemption Certificates (LEC) beginning August 1, 2015. Alasdair Cameron, senior economics campaigner with Friends of the Earth, likened the […]

Drax Publishes Biomass Supply Data To Address Sustainability Concerns

Energy giant Drax has sought to alleviate concerns about the environmental impact of its ambitious plans to shift from coal to biomass power, publishing comprehensive new sustainability data alongside its annual report last week. The company last week confirmed that pre-tax profits rose last year to £166m, as the company continued work on “Europe’s largest […]

Merritt Green Energy Announces New B.C. Woody Biomass Power Plant

Merritt is to be the site of a new 40 megawatt, biomass-fired power plant for BC Hydro. Merritt Green Energy Limited Partnership announced Friday that it has closed on its financing for the Merritt Green Energy Project, a $235 million investment. An Environmental Appeal Board document indicates the plant will be built “on land at […]

Connecticut Selects Two Large Biomass Projects For Long-Term Contracts

The Connecticut state energy department locked in long-term contracts Friday with two of the largest wood-burning biomass plants in New England, a move it says will save ratepayers $15 million and diversify the region’s sources of renewable power. But instead of buying power from the two plants, the state’s two electric companies are only purchasing […]

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