2015 IBCE commences with updates from association leaders

The 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo kicked off on the morning of April 21, with conversations amongst industry association leadership.
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Egger, Ontario Power Generation land awards at biomass conference

Biomass Magazine and the International Biomass Conference & Expo have announced this year’s recipients of its annual industry awards, which were distributed during a ceremony prior to the April 21 general session.
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Enviva begins trading on NYSE, provides update on pellet projects

On April 29, Enviva Partners LP launched trading of its common units on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "EVA." The initial public offering (IPO) of 10 million common units was priced at $20 per unit.
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Sustane Technologies to produce MSW-derived pellets in Canada

Sustane Technologies Inc. is developing a facility in Chester, Nova Scotia, that will produce waste-derived biomass pellets. The project is expected to break ground this summer and begin operations in mid-2016.
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Astec Industries highlights pellet plant order in investor call

Astec Industries Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting net sales of $288.7 million, up 21 percent from the $238.7 million reported for the same period of 2014. Earnings were $15.1 million, or 65 cents per diluted share.
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U.K. households supportive of renewable energy, biomass

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released an updated edition of its public attitudes tracking survey, reporting that 78 percent of U.K. households said they support the use of renewable energy provide electricity, fuel and heat.
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BERC launches updated community-scale wood heating database

The Biomass Energy Resource Center, a program of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp., has launched a re-tooled web-based database for tracking the advancement of modern wood heating throughout North America.
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USDA grant supports installation of pellet boiler in N.H. school

Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., recently announced the Bethlehem School District has received a $30,000 grant from the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities program that will be used to install a pellet boiler at the Bethlehem Elementary School.
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Census Bureau highlights bioenergy in Earth Day statistics

In honor of Earth Day, the U.S. Census Bureau has released an edition of Profile America Facts and Features that includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment, including those related to bioenergy.
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Oregon bill creates exemptions for some biomass carbon emissions

The Oregon Senate has passed legislation that declares biomass as carbon neutral under some circumstances. It conditionally exempts carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion or decomposition of biomass from regulation under certain pollution laws.
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USDA partners with farmers, ranchers to address climate change

In a speech April 23 at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change.
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ORNL researchers contribute to bioenergy, sustainability report

A multinational report on bioenergy and sustainability released in April concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers contributed to the report.
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U.K. renewable energy targets drive increased U.S. pellet exports

In 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40 percent between 2013 and 2014.
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Intrexon, FuturaGene collaborate on eucalyptus, poplar

Intrexon Corp. and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A., recently announced they have entered into an exclusive collaboration to increase biomass in eucalyptus and poplar trees.
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New map shows clean energy jobs across British Columbia

The Pembina Institute's new interactive B.C. Clean Energy Jobs Map quantifies the number of jobs in the clean energy sector and pinpoints where renewable energy projects are located in the province.
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That's a Wrap

BY Tim Portz

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