Katie Fletcher

Katie Fletcher is originally from Courtenay, N.D., and moved to Grand Forks to pursue a communication and political science degree at the University of North Dakota. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in May 2014, Fletcher began working for BBI International as a staff writer for Ethanol Producer Magazine, Biomass Magazine and Pellet Mill Magazine.

Latest Posts by Katie Fletcher

January 29, 2015

Louisiana solid waste to expand biogas-to-fuel operation capacity

Louisiana's St. Landry Parish Solid Waste District anticipates completion of expansion to its landfill-gas-to-fuel operation in October. The decision to add capacity coincides with a fuel purchase contract that the district recently received. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Vencor acquires bio-coal purchase order, anticipates expansion

Vencor International Inc. recently announced an agreement to acquire the exclusive rights to torrefaction equipment and technology from Torretherm Inc. The company has also announced a purchase order from Vega Biofuels Inc. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Zilkha closes on last land purchase for Arkansas pellet plant

Zilkha Biomass Energy has closed on the purchase of the last parcel of land to be acquired for its proposed 450,000 metric-ton-per-year pellet plant in Monticello, Arkansas. The 80.99 acres were purchased from a university for $80,500. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Hu Honua resumes construction of biomass power plant

Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC announced last month that it would resume onsite operations before the close of 2014 on its 30-MW biomass power facility. These operations include final site preparation, delivery of specialized equipment and other activities. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Vista pilot waste-to-energy project nears completion

Vista International Technologies recently announced that its pilot waste-to-energy (WTE) project is nearly complete. The company's patented thermal gasifier technology uses a low-temperature gasification process. READ MORE

January 16, 2015

Reports show impact of strong dollar, oil prices on pellet sector

Over the past week, FutureMetrics LLC has published two research papers by company President William Strauss that illustrate the impacts of the strengthening dollar and falling crude oil prices on the pellet industry. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Comment period open for Utah proposed seasonal wood burn ban

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has opened a 40-day comment period on for a proposed seasonal wood burn ban amendment that would prohibit seven counties from solid-fuel burning in all solid-fuel burning devices from Nov. 1 to March 15. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

Maine Woods Biomass Exports proposes Prospect wood chip project

A phytosanitation heat-treatment operation for processing wood chips is proposed for construction in Prospect, Maine, by Searsport-based Maine Woods Biomass Exports LLC. Construction of the $20 million project is expected to begin this year. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

WRAP publishes report on 2013 UK AD sector and output markets

Last month WRAP published a survey on the U.K. anaerobic digestion (AD) industry. Key findings revealed a 34 percent increase in the total number of operational AD plants between 2012 and 2013, up from 87 to 117 plants. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

Deutschland’s Sleeping Giant

Although Germany’s pellet supply and demand has steadily increased over the years, recent factors have impacted growth. READ MORE