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Arizona Utility Looking At Biomass Power Generation

After boosting its solar power generation and adding wind-energy projects in recent years, Tucson Electric Power Co. is looking at biomass generation from burning wood or other organic matter. TEP said Friday that it is seeking information about forest biomass generation systems that could generate power for customers while improving the health of Arizona forests. […]

Rhode Island Biomass Bill Stalls In General Assembly

A Rhode Island bill that could have cleared the way for biomass power plants won’t move forward this legislative session. Biomass is wood waste that is burned to generate electricity. It’s also considered a renewable resource. The bill would have included biomass in the state’s “net-metering” program, which gives credits to customers for extra power […]

Pinnacle To Redevelop B.C. Particleboard Facility To Produce Pellets

Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. says it’s moving forward with plans to redevelop an existing Smithers, B.C., particleboard facility to produce wood pellets. The company is redeveloping the site under the Smithers Pellet Limited Partnership, in which it owns a 70 percent interest and West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. owns the rest. Pinnacle says the facility […]

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 […]

Wood-Fired Electricity Sparks Ambitious Plans, Controversy In Oregon

By year’s end, Portland General Electric will fire up its 550-megawatt power plant in Boardman for a daylong test burn, feeding 8,000 tons of pulverized, roasted wood into its boilers instead of the usual diet of coal. The exercise is meant to gauge whether the aging fossil fuel plant could reliably generate electricity using renewable […]

Nevada Experiments With Biochar To Improve Health Of Forests

State land stewards are experimenting with an ancient method to improve the health of Nevada forests and make use of the renewable resource — baking tree trunks and limbs in a slow cooker to turn them into charcoal. The technique is as old as the ages and was commonly used by Nevada pioneers and early […]

Renewable Biofuel Crop Attractive To Washington Economy

Trees and technology are making the road to renewable resources more promising with each growing season. At the first poplar-for-bioenergy harvest recently in Stanwood, a harvester with a specialized header cut and chipped trees in a single pass. “It’s a much different cropping system for harvesting these trees than a timber harvest,” said Patricia Townsend, […]

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