Biomass power map shows increased project development activity

Biomass Power & Thermal's Spring 2011 U.S. Biomass Power Map contains more projects under development and in construction than the previous map released in the fall of 2010.
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Dominion plans three biomass conversions

Dominion Virginia Power has announced intentions to repower three of its coal-fired power plants with biomass. The identical power plants are located in Altavista, Hopewell and Southampton County, Va., and have all been operating since 1992.
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Biomass project earns Storey employee of the year title

Years of extensive work on a 2-megawatt biomass combined-heat-and-power plant project have earned Placer County, Calif., project manager Brett Storey the District 3 County Employee of the Year title.
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UNL researchers optimize sweet sorghum for bioenergy feedstock

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have made impressive strides in their work to optimize sweet sorghum for use as a bioenergy feedstock. At least two hybrid strains of the crop will be entering the market next year.
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EPA solicits applications for RE-Powering America's Land

The U.S. EPA is soliciting applications from states, tribes, regional governments and communities that are interested in the development of renewable energy on current and formerly contaminated properties.
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EPA hears biomass proponents

Bob Cleaves, president and CEO of the BPA, urged the U.S. EPA during a public hearing April 5 to move expeditiously in its analysis of the carbon impacts of biomass-based energy, as delays will cause regulatory uncertainty and economic harm.
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Twins Cities a model for urban wood waste utilization

Plenty of growth potential remains to increase urban wood debris usage across the United States, one recent federally funded study noted. Each year an estimated 16 million green tons or more of wood is removed from urban lands.
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MACT finalization should allay some biomass developers' fears

Now that the EPA's MACT rules have been finalized, developers should have an increased level of certainty with respect to the emission standards that new projects will be required to comply, which may result in an uptick in new project development.
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