New Website, New Look, New Focus
Biomass Magazine is now Biomass Power & Thermal. This is an opportunity for the editors of this publication to delve even more into biomass-based electricity and heat, while the biofuels and biobased chemical industries will be covered in BBI International’s new publication Biorefining.
The idea behind separating biomass heat and power from fuel and chemicals is that the technologies, rules and regulations, legislative agendas and supporting organizations are so different that they deserve their own publications.
To kick off the name change, we redesigned our website and you’ll also notice some design changes in the October magazine, which is the first Biomass Power & Thermal issue.
In addition to working on the new website, the editors at Biomass Power & Thermal have wrapped up the 2010 Fall Biomass Power Map that will be mailed out with the November issue.
The fall map includes 139 plants that are operating, idle or under construction or conversion and 41 proposed plants or conversions from fossil fuels to biomass. This compares with 129 plants operating, idle and under construction on the spring map and 26 proposed plants, so there has definitely been some activity in the biomass power industry this year.
Based on the calls that I made to developers of the proposed plants, a couple of them were having trouble coming up with funding, and others are still in the permitting phase or are being stalled by protesters. I hope these issues get resolved so we can change their status from proposed to under construction on our next map.
Although it’s a time-consuming process to make all these calls, it is always interesting to talk to people who are on the front lines of the biomass power industry, and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide us with information for the map.