NY Public Service Commission expands, strengthens RPS

The New York Public Service Commission has strengthened the state's renewable portfolio standard by modifying and expanding some provisions of the policy, which was established in 2004 and calls for 30 percent renewable electricity by 2015.
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Conference panel examines biomass emissions mitigation

Industry experts will discuss some emissions reduction solutions and strategies during the panel Forest To Facility: Biomass Emissions Quantification, at BBI International's Pacific Northwest Biomass Conference & Trade Show on Jan. 10-12 in Seattle.
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NREL: Clean energy policies for renewables need time

An NREL project aimed at quantifying the connection between state/local polices and clean energy has given a preview of a report due out in December. Early conclusions indicate that time is required for renewable initiatives to work.
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Maine conversion projects get ARRA funds

Four biomass conversion projects in Maine's Aroostook County have received a total of $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, contributing significantly to renewable goals set for the northern part of the state.
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Renewable proponents discuss mid-term election results

The mid-term elections resulted in a major turnover of members for the upcoming 112th Congress. In light of possible agenda changes, the American Council on Renewable Energy hosted a webinar, to discuss the outlook for the renewable energy sector.
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FirstEnergy conversion plans change to shut-down

FirstEnergy has decided to shut down its R.E. Burger plant in Shadyside, Ohio, instead of repower it with biomass. The company says that market prices for electricity have drastically fallen and expected market prices don't support a repowered plant.
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Idaho biomass project scores PPA approval

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved a power purchase agreement between Idaho Power Co. and a proposed biomass cogeneration plant, after determining what rate the project was eligible for per the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act.
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Element Markets acquires Huckabay Ridge AD facility

Element Markets LLC, a privately held alternative energy development and environmental commodities marketing company, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary EM Biogas, LLC has acquired the Huckabay Ridge Anaerobic Digestion Facility.
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Industry Events

Pacific West Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

January 10-12, 2011
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

May 2-5, 2011
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 27-30, 2011
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana



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