PFI speakers tackle advice for communicating with legislators

"Politics is based on relationships." Dave Devendorf, of legal firm Holland & Knight, confidently made the assertion to a group of about 85 people at the Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Conference July 24-26 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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Pellet plant optimization and efficiency are multifaceted

Pellet plant efficiency and optimization can hinge on a multitude of factors, not the least of which being raw material variances and the use of proper machinery. Two speakers addressed this topic at the PFI Annual Conference in Florida.
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UPDATED: Vilsack announces new BCAP project areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the addition of six states and four new projects under the USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Project areas will be set aside in California, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Kansas and Oklahoma.
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Pellet export market is in for a 'wild ride'

The pellet export market is in for a wild ride in the next 10 years and Harold Arnold, president and CEO of Georgia-based Fram Renewable Fuels LLC, recommends industry stakeholders hold on to their hats.
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BPA president addresses DOE Biomass 2011 Conference

Biomass Power Association President and CEO Bob Cleave's message to attendees at the DOE's Biomass 2011 Conference was that U.S. energy policy and tax policy must account for all kinds of energy and provide similar incentives for all.
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Biomass: No silver bullet, but represents key energy role

The EERC's Biomass '11: Renewable Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Conference welcomed over 250 attendees from 28 states, Washington, D.C., and 11 foreign countries, to discuss bioenergy trends, opportunities, economics and technological developments.
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ND ethanol plant installing demo-scale anaerobic digester

Hankinson Renewable Energy LLC, a 120 MMgy ethanol plant in Hankinson, N.D., is in the process of starting up an anaerobic digester to produce 54 million Btu (MMBtu) of biogas a year, according to David Rein of Rein & Associates.
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BC government funds biomass, biogas projects

The British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines and Minister for Renewable Housing's Innovative Clean Energy fund has selected 12 renewable energy projects that will receive a total of $8 million in funding.
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