Biomass association leaders discuss triumphs, troubles

Leaders of seven bioenergy trade associations participated in the International Biomass Conference & Expo's State of the Industry general session on March 25 in Orlando, Fla.
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Exhibitors report positive outlook, serious interest at IBCE

More than 1,100 attendees at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., March 24-26 came from 41 counties, 48 states and eight Canadian provinces to learn more about the growing biomass-to-energy sector.
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Ackerly, Abengoa recognized for contributions to biomass industry

John Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat, was presented with the Excellence in Bioenergy award at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo, while Abengoa Bioenergy was recognized with the Groundbreaker of the Year award.
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Global pellet market to reach $9 billion by 2020

The global market for pellets is expected to double in the next seven years, growing from a $4 billion market to $9 billion, Michele Rebiere with Viridis Energy Inc. told attendees at the Pellet Supply Chain Summit, March 24.
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Geechee Energy announces Georgia pellet project

South Carolina-based Geechee Energy LLC has announced plans to build a 360,000-metric-ton-per-year pellet plant near Millen, Ga. The proposed Ogeechee River Pellet Mill project is scheduled to break ground later this year.
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Corinth Wood Pellets takes on expansion project

Corinth Wood Pellets in Corinth, Maine, is investing $7 million in a planned expansion project. Operating since 2007, the 70,000-ton-per-year plant was sold in December to the E.J. Carrier Inc., a trucking and forest products company,
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ASABE announces international standards project for biomass fuels

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced that the international community has approved a new International Organization for Standardization project to develop a standard for thermally treated and densified biomass.
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Pellet Technology USA, ICM enter joint development agreement

Pellet Technology USA has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) joint development agreement with ICM Inc. that will see it become the exclusive contractor for PTUSA in the United States and abroad.
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New Harris Poll finds public perception of biomass held steady

A recently released Harris Poll addresses public perception of a variety of energy technologies, including biomass energy. The results show that many U.S. adults are unfamiliar with biomass energy and its benefits.
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Thermogen switches technology to Zilkha

Thermogen Industries, an entity of Cate Street Capital that is developing a pellet manufacturing facility in Millinocket, Maine, has switched technology providers and will now employ Zilkha Biomass Energy's steam-exploded Zilkha Black Pellet process.
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EurObserv'ER annual report highlights EU bioenergy sector

EurObserv'ER has released the 2013 edition of its annual renewable energy report, which determined that final energy consumption from renewable resources, including biofuels and biomass, increased significantly in 2012.
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USDA highlights $33 million in rural business investments

A recently released USDA report tells the story of more than $33 million in investments to support rural businesses, infrastructure and housing in 2013. A new interactive website map also features funding information.
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EIA: Increase of wood in home heating most notable in Northeast

Wood as a main heating source in homes has gained popularity in many areas of the country in recent years, but the increase is most notable in the Northeast. Nationwide, about 2.5 million households use wood as the main source of heat.
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Valmet-supplied gasification plant inaugurated in Sweden

The Valmet Corp.-supplied gasification plant at GoBiGas (Gothenburg Biomass Gasification Project) was inaugurated on March 12 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The plant will produce gas by gasifying forest residues and wood pellets.
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Rentech announces possible IPO, pellet progress and sale of PDU

Rentech Inc. has released 2013 financial results, reporting progress with the development of its Canadian pellet plants. The company has also announced an agreement to sell its alternative energy technology assets.
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Pellet producers offer insight on 'shortage'

Pellet retailers and consumers in some Northeast and Midwest locations have learned a lesson this heating season, as many have run out of pellets and are facing difficulties securing additional supplies.
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Minn. bills to incentivize biofuel, biochemicals, biomass thermal

Legislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create a capital equipment loan program renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, and production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal energy.
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Study: Rural economies to benefit from bioenergy

According to a new paper authored by two University of Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from the bioeconomy, which refers to the production of a wide range of goods and services from plant, animal and forest-based material.
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Solvay launches production of torrefied biomass

Solvay has launched the production of torrefied biomass at an industrial scale in the United States. The business will be run by the recently created Solvay Biomass Energy joint venture between Solvay and U.S. company New Biomass Energy.
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USDA awards advanced biofuel payments to pellet, biogas producers

On March 6, USDA Rural Development announced nearly $60 million in payments to 195 biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established by the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill.
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Wood pellet boiler research to commence at SUNY

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority awarded the State University of New York Canton a $163,000 to research the efficiency of automatic-feeding, wood pellet boilers.
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FutureMetrics suggests 4.3 million homes ripe for pellet heat

A new white paper from FutureMetrics LLC makes the case for pellet heat, concluding that not only will buying local for pellet heat lower consumer heat and hot water energy bills, but keep the money in the local economy and create jobs.
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Industry Events

Northeast Biomass Heating Expo

April 9-11, 2014
Cumberland County Civic Center
Portland, Maine

Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo

April 30-1, 2014
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
Green Bay, Wisconsin

5th AEBIOM Bioenergy Conference

May 12-14, 2014
Renaissance Brussels Hotel
Brussels, Belgium

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 9-12, 2014
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

WASTECON®

August 26-28, 2014
Gaylord Texan
Dallas, Texas

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota



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