Chip Energy breaks ground on prototype pellet plant

Goodfield, Ill.-based Chip Energy broke ground on a 100-ton-per-day biomass recycling and pelletizing plant that can condense a variety of feedstock sources. The plant configuration is designed to serve the power and cellulosic biofuels industries.
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Green Circle Bio Energy to locate pellet plant in Miss.

Officials from Green Circle Bio Energy have announced the company is locating an energy wood pellet manufacturing facility in the George County Industrial Park. The 500,000 ton per facility is expected to be operational in 2015.
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PFI conference keynote calls for forest industry collaboration

Collaboration was the key message delivered by Carlton Owen, president and CEO of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, during his keynote address at the Pellet Fuels Institute annual conference in Asheville, N.C.
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North American wood pellet exports up 50 percent

Pellet exports from the two primary pellet-producing regions on the North American continent, the U.S. South and British Columbia, showed no signs of slowing in early 2013, with the rate of growth likely to accelerate in the second half of the year.
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PFI conference: Continued growth expected in pellet market

The outlook for growth in the fuel pellet market is still positive, although it has been tempered some from earlier overly-optimistic projections, attendees at the annual Pellet Fuels Institute conference learned.
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ecoFUELS plans pellet facility for Portsmouth, Va., port

A new wood pellet port storage facility is being planned at the deepwater Portsmouth Marine Terminal in Portsmouth, Va. The developer, ecoFUELS Pellet Storage LLC is conducting a nonbinding offering for capacity.
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Ekman & Co. to market pellets for Viridis Energy subsidiary

Viridis Energy Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company, Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Ekman & Co AB. Under the agreement, Ekman will market the company's entire wood pellet production.
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Pellet industry addresses carbon monoxide issue in storage spaces

The U.S. pellet industry is learning from its European counterparts as well as conducting research here in response to the deaths of two individuals in Europe from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with offgassing of stored pellets.
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Court vacates EPA Deferral Rule for biogenic GHG emissions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled in the case Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. EPA that EPA provided insufficient legal justification to defer greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation of biogenic emissions.
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Biomass industry reacts to Tailoring Rule decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has thrown out the U.S. EPA's three-year deferment of biogenic emissions from the Greenhouse Gas Tailoring rule, just over one year before it expires.
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Drax outlines continued progress in financial statement

The Drax Group plc has released financial results for the first half of 2013, reporting that increasing carbon costs have resulted in an EBTDA lower than same period of 2012. The company also elaborated on progress made in its biomass conversion.
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GAIN report highlights Canadian pellet industry

An annual biofuels report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the rapidly expanding Canadian pellet industry, noting the nation was home 42 pellet plants in 2012.
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Nova Scotia proposes biomass reporting regulations

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has proposed new regulations that would require organizations that burn wood or wood byproducts to generate 250 kW or more of heat or electricity to register with the province.
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GIB funds whisky distillery's oil-to-wood pellet switch

Tomatin Distillery, a producer and blender of Scotch whisky located near Inverness, Scotland, is switching out its oil-fired boiler with a wood pellet boiler system that will replace 80 percent of its current heat load.
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Largest Biomass Freight Car unveiled in UK

Lloyd's Register Rail, Drax and WH Davis unveiled the largest biomass freight car at the National Railway Museum in York, U.K. The car features a capacity 30 percent larger than traditional railcars and can transport 71.6 metric tons of biomass.
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Alaska DNR accepting bids for timber sale

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry is accepting bids for a 25-year timber sale on state land near Tok. The sale will reduce fire hazards and could support the state's renewable energy goals.
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House version of BTU Act introduced

Rep. Mike Michaud, R-Maine, has introduced the House version of the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013. The bill provides incentives to install residential, commercial and industrial biomass heating systems.
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Senate approves McCarthy's nomination to lead the EPA

The U.S. Senate has voted to approve Gina McCarthy's nomination to lead the U.S. EPA by a vote of 59 to 40. President Obama nominated McCarthy as the EPA administrator in March.
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UK DECC publishes tariff levels for residential RHI program

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has published tariff levels for the version of the Renewable Heat Incentive program aimed at households. A similar program has been operational in the U.K.'s non-domestic sector since November 2011.
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White paper highlights economic benefits of biomass thermal bill

A recent white paper published by FutureMetrics and prepared by William Strauss, chief economist of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, investigates the positive economic impacts of the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013.
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