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June 26, 2014

In Depth: Changing Consumer Habits

BY Carla Harper Pellet producers consider new strategies to avoid perceived shortages and level demand surges. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: The Beauty of Local Wood Heat

BY Maura Adams The pace of change is really picking up when it comes to use and acceptance of wood pellets and chips for heat in the Northeast. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

In Depth: Tucker RNG: Little Machine, Big Impact

BY Maureen Essen, Caroline Morris and Nate Anderson Public and private collaboration has resulted in a unique and highly efficient distributed-scale fast pyrolysis system. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: EPA, White House Signal Support for Biomass

BY Bob Cleaves On June 2, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled the Obama administration’s highly anticipated Section 111(d) carbon emission reduction rules for existing power plants. The Biomass Power Association was watching this announcement carefully. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: Buy Local, It’s Cheaper

BY Tim PortzBiomass was the earliest source of light and heat, warming and illuminating small bands of ancient humans. Today, it continues to excel as an energy source in smaller applications. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

BY Anna SimetThough the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Vega Biofuels lands large bio-coal order from European company

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Vega Biofuels Inc. has entered into an agreement with Austrian-based ECEM Salzburg Energy and Environment Consulting GmbH to sell 50,000 tons of bio-coal each year for the next five years. The deal will generate approximately $57 million in revenue. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

EIA: U.S. added 15.6 MW of bioenergy capacity in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the June issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, indicating that the U.S. added 15.6 MW of bioenergy capacity in April. The additions include capacity from landfill gas and waste biomass. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Neste oil announces off-take agreement with U.S. algae producer

BY Neste Oil Neste Oil and Renewable Algal Energy have signed a contingent commercial algae oil off-take agreement. Algae oil is one of the alternatives being researched by Neste Oil for use as a feedstock for producing NEXBTL renewable diesel. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

In Depth: The Advance Of The Austrian Pellet Boilers

BY Chris HansonEuropeans describe the challenges of introducing technology to North America. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Cemtrex to acquire bioenergy technology company

BY Katie Fletcher Cemtrex Inc. recently entered into a letter of intent to purchase all the assets of a foreign wastewater treatment and bioenergy plant technology company with approximately $14 million in annual sales for 2013. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Stora Enso acquires U.S.-based biotechnology company

BY Stora Enso Stora Enso has acquired 100 percent of the shares of Virdia, a developer of extraction and separation technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into refined sugars and lignin. The upfront debt-free transaction value is about $33 million. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Opinion: Biomass: America's 21st Century Energy Solution

BY Seth Ginther The EPA draft rules on cutting carbon emissions rightly recognize that the world is changing and we need to find sustainable alternative energy. Biomass will have a strong role to play. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

May RIN data shows increased biofuel production

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May. While overall RIN generation reached nearly 1.48 billion for month, up from nearly 1.45 billion in April, no cellulosic RINs were generated in May. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

RusForest announces long-term contract for pellet sales

BY RusForest AB RusForest AB, a Swedish forestry company with operations in Russia, has signed a long-term contract for pellet sales from its pellet mill in Arkhangelsk. The contract is for 60,000 tons of pellets, a majority of the company's annual production. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

In Depth: 'State of Green' Embraces Pellet Power

BY Lennart Ljungblom Denmark's district heat systems are expected to use 100 percent biomass by 2035. What is the prospect that Denmark will join the UK in turning to the United States to fill its growing demand for biomass-based power and heat? READ MORE

June 22, 2014

In Depth: Spark Detection: Plant’s First Line Of Defense

BY Jeffrey C. Nichols Understanding the best application of infrared and heat detection sensors is important for effective control systems. READ MORE

June 21, 2014

Opinion: Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Biomass

BY Rob Davis We must all do our part to ensure that forests are managed in a sustainable manner and that policies are in place that do not cause this renewable resource to diminish or to be wasted. READ MORE