Sue Retka Schill

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July 30, 2014

2014 PFI conference considers market outlook

The pellet market outlook dominated presentations at the Pellet Fuels Institute annual conference held July 28-29 in Orlando, Florida. During the event, several speakers highlighted the expected growth markets around the globe. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

150 federal buildings found to be candidates for pellet boilers

Wood pellet boilers should be considered at all hot-water heated federal facilities where natural gas is unavailable, particularly in northern regions, according to the U.S. General Services Administration. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

BC pellet producers step up to reduce dust explosion hazards

British Columbia pellet producers are facing stepped up safety inspections by WorkSafeBC. Administrator Gord Macatee prepared a review and action plan that outlines plans for an agency restructuring and reviews mitigation of safety hazards from dust. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

Bioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

Protocol Biomass' Ontario pellet mill gets green light

Protocol Biomass Corp.'s proposed pellet mill for Prescott, Ontario, is nearing the final planning stages. With fiber supply, offtake and financing in place, project engineers are finalizing equipment and contractor arrangements. READ MORE

July 07, 2014

World Bank: climate-smart development benefits lives, jobs, GDP

Advanced biofuels and biomass play supporting roles in several scenarios examined in a recent report from the World Bank Group looking at climate-smart development. The report introduces a new holistic modeling framework. READ MORE

July 07, 2014

TimberWest considers pellet facility on Vancouver Island, BC

TimberWest Forest Corp. is considering a $60 million pellet plant at Duke Point in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Planning is in preliminary stages, however, with several steps to go before the project gets final approval. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

CE&P gets $3.1 million tax credit for job creation

California Ethanol & Power LLC in southern California landed a tax credit from the California Competes Tax Credit Committee worth $3.1 million through 2018, if the company successfully meets the milestones in the contract. READ MORE

June 29, 2014

Building Demand Through Community Energy

Oregon promotes wood energy clusters, creating demand to support forest restoration. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

ND inventor reports heightened interest in BIONRG biocoal

Norman Miller, an entrepreneur from Mapleton, N.D., calls himself the father of biocoal. Among his inventions is the Tri-Pack machine that combines coal and biomass with a proprietary additive into a biocoal that can be left as a powder or densified. READ MORE