Enviva opens 500,000-metric ton pellet plant in N.C.

Along with North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory and several other local and state officials, on May 21, wood pellet manufacturer Enviva LP celebrated the official opening of its recently completed production facility.
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Viridis completes private placement, prepares to startup plant

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Viridis Energy Inc. has announced it closed the second, and final, tranche of its $5 million non-brokered private placement and is preparing to begin operations at its Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd. plant.
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USDA announces payments to pellet, biogas producers

The USDA has announced $14 million in payments to 162 advanced biofuel producers in 38 states under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. The program awards payments to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuel produced.
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Green Investment Bank to fund small-scale biomass boilers

Equitix-managed fund, Energy Saving Investments, in which the UK Green Investment Bank is a cornerstone investor, is investing ($7.4 million) to replace inefficient heating systems in public and private community facilities with biomass boilers
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DECC proposes new tariff levels for Renewable Heat Incentive

DECC is consulting on increasing the tariff levels for heat generated by ground source heat pumps, large biomass and solar thermal kit accredited under the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.
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FCC Environment harvests first crop of biomass fuel

FCC Environment harvested its first crop of miscanthus grass grown on its former landfill and quarry sites in Darrington, West Yorkshire and Calverton in the U.K. The grass is grown on a 30 hectare (74.1 acre) site two hours north of London.
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Moniz confirmed as secretary of energy

The Senate has unanimously confirmed Ernest Moniz as the Secretary of Energy by a vote of 96 to 0. Moniz was nominated by President Obama in March. He will replace former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who announced his resignation on Feb. 1.
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SCFC releases guidelines for bioenergy feedstock harvests

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has released guidelines for the harvest of woody biomass used to generate energy that aim to protect water quality, plant and animal diversity, soil nutrition and quality, and productivity.
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European Space Agency plans biomass satellite

The European Space Association announced it will begin monitoring the amount of biomass and carbon stored in the world's forests via satellite. ESA intends to use the satellite project as an way to provide long-term monitoring of forest lands.
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House Ag Committee approves Farm Bill

The House Committee on Agriculture has approved its version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 1947, by a vote of 36 to 10. The bill, titled the Federal Agricultural and Reform and Risk Management Act, includes nearly $40 billion in spending cuts.
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Senate Ag Committee approves Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry has voted to approve a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
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EIA releases consumption, price data for wood and waste biomass

On May 3, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published a set of annual statistics that include state-level estimates of consumption, prices and expenditures for woody biomass and waste biomass. The latest release includes data from 2011.
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Report addresses bioenergy development in western U.S.

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities Inc. has released a report that assesses how community-scale wood-fueled facilities could address forest health issue and losses from wildfires. The analysis was completed by Dovetail Partners.
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Natural Resources Canada awards funding to biomass projects

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced the government's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative is providing funding to 55 innovative energy projects, including several that address biomass power and thermal, biobased chemicals and biofuels.
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