Pellet boilers now classified as conventional heating source

Wood pellet boilers are now classified as a conventional, primary heating source, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and consequently will now qualify for Federal Housing Authority Funding.
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Bingaman introduces Clean Energy Standard

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., has introduced legislation for a national Clean Energy Standard that would require large utilities to begin selling a certain portion of their electricity from clean energy sources beginning in 2015.
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Biomass Energy Lab tests giant king grass pellets

The Biomass Energy Lab in Conyers, Ga., has begun testing biomass samples for the Pellet Fuels Institute's Densified Biomass Fuel Standards Program, and Viaspace Inc. was one of the first clients to use the lab's services.
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Biomass harvesting guidelines for Southeast U.S. released

The Forest Guild has released its report, "Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Southeast," identifying how expanding markets for forest bioenergy can enhance forests, while meeting the social and economic needs of society.
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Fire damages Tilbury biomass power plant

Less than two months after being commissioned, the world's largest wood pellet-fired power plant has endured a catastrophic fire. The extent of the damage has yet to be determined.
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Biomass intern program offers unique opportunity

The Summer Biomass Internship Program, a collaboration among three upstate New York organizations, will give undergraduate and graduate students a chance to work in the biomass industry.
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Viridis Energy purchases Nova Scotia pellet mill

Viridis Energy is bringing a pellet mill back online in Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, increasing the mill's export shipment volumes from 6,000 metric tons of wood pellets to 25,000 metric tons.
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Berlin, N.H., pellet boiler subsidy program extended indefinitely

A pellet boiler subsidy program designed to help 40 homeowners in Berlin, N.H., reduce heating costs through wood pellet-based heat has been extended indefinitely. It was slated to expire this month.
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Furnace system could boost pellet industry in U.S.

Advanced Bio Heat Co. expects its wood pellet-fired forced-air furnace to bolster the U.S. wood pellet industry by creating a requirement for stocking inventory during the summer.
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