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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 […]

Biofuels: From Wood To Wing?

The northwest United States has an abundance of forest residuals – underbrush and slash– left over from harvesting and forest restoration treatments, as well as mill and urban wood waste. All of these feedstocks are forms of woody biomass. This abundance of woody biomass creates considerable potential for wood-based bioenergy development in the region, particularly […]

Wood Pellet Fuel Deemed ‘Carbon Neutral’ In U.S. Spending Bill

A week after President Donald Trump vowed to impose new tariffs on Canadian lumber imports to help the U.S. timber industry, lawmakers passed a spending bill that could push U.S. government agencies to promote burning wood pellets to fuel power plants. The budget bill that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday, which makes […]

Oregon State University: Biomass Enterprise Economic Model

The Biomass Enterprise Economic Model is designed to help users rapidly evaluate and appropriately scale biomass utilization enterprises. Users can explore how woody biomass input volumes and the salable products mix influences capital establishment costs, annual operating costs, and annual revenue. The model is pre-loaded with cost and pricing data that automatically scales to the […]

Alaska Wood Energy Conference Coming April 11-12

Registration is open for the Alaska Wood Energy Conference, which will meet April 11-12 in Ketchikan. Conference organizer Karen Petersen of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service said the biennial conference will focus on how wood energy can help Alaska with its energy challenges. Conference topics will include biomass harvesting and production, Canadian […]

Survey Shows Support For Biomass Power Facilities

A recent MyMotherLode informal poll asked “Do You Support Opening And Expanding Local Biomass (wood & organic debris burning) Facilities?” The majority, 79 percent, said yes while only 11 percent said they don’t know with another 10 percent against it. The Pacific Ultrapower Chinese Station (PUCS) near Chinese Camp was closed in November for a […]

UK Government Report Positive On Biomass

A report commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that using biomass instead of coal is playing a positive part in decarbonizing the power sector. The findings, by Ricardo Energy & Environment, come in a week where the biomass power sector has had to defend the technology’s reputation as […]

Report Ignites Debate Over Biomass As Climate Change Solution

A new report from Chatham House has reignited debate over biomass as a carbon-neutral form of energy. The report, Woody biomass for power and heat: impacts on the global climate, argues that biomass emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels because wood is less energy-dense. Biomass’s claim to carbon neutrality rests […]

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 […]

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