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September 17, 2014

Florida cellulosic ethanol plant upgraded, coming back online

BY Holly JessenThe Indian River BioEnergy Center, a cellulosic ethanol production center near Vero Beach, Florida, has completed a major turnaround, including technology upgrades, and the facility is now being brought back online. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

EPA extends Clean Power Plan comment period

BY Anna SimetThe U.S. EPA has extended the comment period on its proposed Clean Power Plan for an additional month and a half. The deadline to submit comments is now set for Dec. 1. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Enviva to develop 3 new pellet plants

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva LP is pursuing the development of three new wood pellet plants, including two in North Carolina, which were recently announced by state officials. A location for the third project has not been finalized. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on energy tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate is once again addressing energy tax incentives. On Sept. 17, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing, titled "Reforming America's Outdated Energy Tax Code," to discuss possible paths forward to reform U.S. energy tax code. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Dane County landfill expansion to increase savings and production

BY Katie FletcherA landfill in Dane County, Wisconsin, is expanding its landfill gas-to-energy project. Once complete, the operation is expected to have an annual capacity of approximately 6 MW. Construction is expected to be complete in December. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Massachusetts adds thermal provision to state APS

BY Erin VoegeleIn August, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation that adds renewable thermal energy as a component of the state's alternative portfolio standard (APS). The measure is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

ElectraTherm technology generates power from wood waste

BY ElectraTherm ElectraTherm has commissioned its second Green Machine at an integrated wood products mill in Wallowa, Oregon. Together, the two machines operate off the waste heat of a biomass boiler to generate emission-free electricity. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Opinion: Scientific Endorsement of Biomass’s Carbon Benefits

BY Bob Cleaves Last month, the Journal of Forestry published a scientific, peer-reviewed study confirming the virtues of biomass as an energy source, and an important element for forestry health and atmospheric carbon management. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Opinion: All Markets Great and Small

BY Tim PortzThe fourth quarter issue of Pellet Mill Magazine offers news and feature reports on industry efforts expanding on all fronts, domestic and international. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Procter & Gamble biomass CHP project moving forward

BY Anna SimetA $230 million combined-heat-and-power biomass project under construction in Albany, Georgia, is progressing, it's most recent milestone being approval of a deal with the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

MIPS funds 5 poultry manure-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program has approved research projects worth $4.7 million to 18 teams, including five projects worth $1.9 million that aim to convert poultry manure into energy. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Lufthansa conducts European flight using sugar-based biofuel

BY Lufthansa On Sept. 15, Lufthansa flight LH 190 from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel was operated using a 10 percent blend of the new biofuel component farnesan, a sugar-based fuel developed jointly by Total and Amyris. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

BlueFire Renewables pursues new avenues of revenue for projects

BY Katie FletcherBlueFire Renewables Inc. recently filed a quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission noting the company is seeking financing for its proposed Fulton, Mississippi, project from Chinese entities. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Chempolis, NRL partner to produce cellulosic ethanol, chemicals

BY Chempolis Ltd. Chempolis Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with India-based Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that could result in the development of a cellulosic biorefinery that produces ethanol, furfural and acetic acid. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Opinion: Wood Pellet Quality Schemes

BY Chris WibergUnderstanding the similarities and primary differences of various pellet quality schemes for certification: DINplus, ENplus, CANplus and the Pellet Fuel Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

In Depth: Pellet Heat for the Pink Building

BY Sue Retka SchillAn Alaskan boiler retrofit illustrates the potential for biomass heating in other federal buildings. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

$24.3 million AD project planned for WWTP in Duluth, Minnesota

BY Katie FletcherThe Western Lake Superior Sanitary District in Duluth, Minnesota, is planning a $24.3 million upgrade to its existing anaerobic digestion facility. The project will be implemented in three phases over the next 5 years, beginning in 2015. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

Herty adds hammer mills, broadens scope of testing opportunities

BY Herty Advanced Materials Development Center The addition of two wood grinding hammer mills to the pilot testing facility at Georgia Southern University's Herty Advanced Materials Development Center will allow for efficient testing of high moisture content materials for pellet feedstock. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

In Depth: Q&A: Many Hats for Hedrick

BY Katie FletcherThe Pellet Fuel Institute’s executive director, Jennifer Hedrick, shares insights on her many roles, as well as the challenges and prospects ahead for the pellet industry. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

Opinion: Positive Horizons for US Pellets Around the Globe

BY Seth GintherLooking ahead, we see industrial wood pellets playing a large role in mitigating climate change both here at home and around the world. The U.S. stands ready to continue to provide a steady, sustainable supply to meet this growing demand. READ MORE

September 14, 2014

In Depth: The Path Ahead

BY Sue Retka SchillPFI conference speakers project cautious optimism. READ MORE

September 13, 2014

In Depth: Pellet Heat Amore

BY Lennart LjungblomItalian love affair with high-style pellet appliances drives pellet sales. READ MORE

September 13, 2014

In Depth: Microwave Technology Aids Moisture, Density Measurements

BY Paul JadotIndustrial inline and at-line methods measure core and surface moisture of wood pellets. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

Letters highlight importance of RFS to cellulosic investments

BY Erin VoegeleAs the industry continues to wait for the U.S. EPA to hand down the final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS), political figures and members of the biofuel industry continue to advocate for maintaining a strong RFS program. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

N.C. power sector asks for delay in swine waste REPS requirement

BY Erin VoegeleA group of energy suppliers in North Carolina recently filed a joint motion with the N.C. Utilities Commission asking that a provision of the state's renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio related to energy from swine waste be delayed. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

3-D imaging techniques may improve understanding of feedstock

BY PLOS ONE Comparison of 3D TEM imaging techniques reveals never-seen-before details of plant cell walls, according to a study published Sept. 10 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by researchers from University of California, Berkeley. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

In Depth: Investing Upstream

BY Tim PortzUK’s Drax Group pushes to bring two production facilities and a pellet terminal online in 2015. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

In Depth: How Pellets Compare to Fossil Fuels in Carbon Intensity and Cost

BY Puneet DwivediWhy doesn't the United States use wood pellets instead of coal and natural gas for electricity generation? READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Fuels America call stresses the importance of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 11, Fuels America hosted a conference call to stress the importance of maintaining a strong renewable fuel standard. The group also plans to publish a new advertisement highlighting achievements made by cellulosic biofuel producers. READ MORE