USIPA conference opens with blend of optimism and caution

The fourth annual Exporting Pellets Conference, hosted and produced the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, opened with a blend of reported progress and urged caution.
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USIPA conference wraps with impassioned producer panel

The final panel at USIPAs Exporting Pellets conference featured producers frustrated but resigned to the fact that they will have to continue efforts to prove that their industry is sustainable.
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Enviva to develop 3 new pellet plants

Enviva LP is pursuing the development of three new wood pellet plants, including two in North Carolina, which were recently announced by state officials. A location for the third project has not been finalized.
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Canfor to add pellet production to 2 sawmill sites in Canada

Canfor Corp. plans to collocate a pellet plant at each of the company's sawmill sites at Chetwynd and Fort St. John in Vancouver, British Columbia. The two facilities combined will have a capacity of 175,000 metric tons of pellets per year.
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The Earth Partners acquire South Dakota pellet plant

Land restoration and bioenergy development company The Earth Partners LP has acquired Deadwood Biofuels, a 71,000-ton wood pellet plant in Deadwood, South Dakota. The company plans to develop additional pellet projects in other regions of the U.S.
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Forest Energy Corp. qualifies for PFI Standards Program

The Pellet Fuels Institute has announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Forest Energy Corp. into the PFI Standards Program, a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel.
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Andritz rolls out OEM option wireless heat sensor for pelletizers

Andritz Inc. and SST Wireless Inc. announced that the companies are collaborating to produce a customized version of SST's wireless heat sensor technology for deployment on Andritz's wood pelletizers as an OEM option.
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Montana school moving from fuel oil to wood pellets

Eight years after its elementary became the one of the first schools in the state to use biomass as heating fuel, Troy Public Schools is in the process of converting its high school to wood pellets.
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IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections

The International Renewable Energy Agency has published a new report predicting a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world's energy mix. It includes forecasts for power, thermal and liquid fuels production.
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USDA announces REAP funding for bioenergy projects

On Sept. 18, the USDA announced it is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program. Bioenergy projects were among those selected to receive funding.
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BlueFire Renewables pursues new avenues of revenue for projects

BlueFire Renewables Inc. recently filed a quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission noting the company is seeking financing for its proposed Fulton, Mississippi, project from Chinese entities.
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ESF faculty member contributes to biogenic carbon report

Robert W. Malmsheimer, a professor at the State College of New York, was part of the Society of American Foresters team that provided policy makers with a summary of the existing science regarding forest bioenergy and "carbon debts."
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Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany

Vecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass.
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EIA: Bioenergy capacity continues to increase

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, indicating total in-service bioenergy capacity equaled 13,431.4 MW as of the close of July, up from 13,368.4 MW at the close of June.
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