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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 […]

Burning Question: Is Woody Biomass The 21st Century Fuel?

For hundreds of millennia, humans have depended on wood as a basic but reliable source of fuel. Today efforts to grow that dependence in the face of an evolving energy landscape are widespread. But they’re also contentious. The debate over biomass, an umbrella term that encompasses a range of organic materials used for energy, rests […]

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 […]

Arizona Utility To Study Inclusion Of Biomass In Its Portfolio

Arizona Public Service on Tuesday was ordered by the Arizona Corporation Commission to research forest bioenergy as part of its portfolio during a hearing in which the commission approved its rate increase. The increase will allow APS to collect an additional $95 million from its customers, an average increase of approximately $6 per month, according […]

New York Complex To Be Heated By $3 Million Biomass System

Before long, the Ray Brook State Office Complex will be heated by wood-pellet power. Construction has begun on a biomass boiler heating loop that will use that fuel to keep warm the headquarters of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 5, Adirondack Park Agency and State Police Troop B. The $3 million renewable energy […]

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 […]

How Cold Alaskan Communities Eat And Heat With Biomass

Alaska’s Southeast Island School District operates four bioenergy-heated greenhouses in Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Naukati Bay, and Coffman Cove. Each greenhouse provides fresh produce to the school cafeteria and surrounding communities, jobs for district students, and an opportunity for teachers to bring textbooks to life. Success stories like this form the basis of the Biomass-Heated Greenhouse […]

Pinnacle Renewable Energy Purchases 50th Pellet Mill From ANDRITZ

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors Pinnacle Renewable Energy recently purchased its 50th pellet mill from ANDRITZ Feed & Biofuel, and Pinnacle officials visited ANDRITZ’s Muncy, Pa. manufacturing facility on June 20 to see the new bio-fuel pellet mill—a Sprout 26LM II—being manufactured. ANDRITZ reports its pellet mills produce more than 50% of all biofuel pellets worldwide. […]

Enviva Will Continue Commitment In Florida

Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, announced that it is extending its contracts with the Panama City Port Authority, the Bay Line Railroad, LLC and SSA Gulf, Inc. through 2023. This commitment to the port and the Panama City region supports operations at the company’s Cottondale facility, which has a production capacity of […]

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