PFI Standards Program qualifies New York, Maine pellet plants

The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two new pellet fuels manufacturers to the PFI Standards Program, including Lignetics’ Strong, Maine, facility and New York-based Instantheat Wood Pellets.
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Company plans pellet plant in Brazil

Brazil’s Secretary of Economic Development, Science and Technology formally announced that company Butiá Indústria e Comércio de Pellets Ltda’s plans to construct a 36,000-ton wood pellet plant in the municipality of Butiá, Brazil.
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Spencer Group reaches milestone on Port of Tyne pellet project

Three major silos have been erected as the centerpiece of large-scale wood pellet facilities at the Port of Tyne. The project is well on the way to completion, with the facilities due to be fully operational later this year.
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2017 Heating the Midwest Conference to colocate with IBCE

Heating the Midwest has announced it will colocate its 6th annual 2017 conference and expo with the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The HTM event will be held April 10.
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Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. The nomination, which is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump’s final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-2011.
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Ecostrat releases white paper on biomass supply chain analytics

Ecostrat Inc. recently released a white paper providing evidence for why industry developers and lenders should stay up to speed with the latest developments in biomass supply chain research and analytics.
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BETO publishes new strategic plan

In January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S.
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EPA defers action on petitions regarding biomass, WtE

The U.S. EPA has published a notice of final action on petitions for reconsideration and petitions for administrative stay regarding emissions guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions and compliance times for electric utility generating units.
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White paper offers Trump a strategy to benefit coal, wood pellets

FutureMetrics released a white paper this month providing a strategy for how the Trump administration can help save the coal industry while boosting the industrial pellet industry with policy that supports the cofiring of wood pellets with coal.
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Emerson awarded contract to help convert Lynemouth to biomass

EPH Lynemouth Power has awarded Emerson a contract to help convert the 44-year-old coal-fired Lynemouth Power Station to a new biomass-fueled power plant. Emerson is responsible for helping the project come online within budget and on time.
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2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 analyzes environmental effects

The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1 has been jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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European researcher aims to generate more value from biomass

Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to fund his work on lignin valorization.
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Senators question Pruitt on biofuels, RFS

On Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed.
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Forest Fuels opens new wood pellet depot in Liverpool

The ready availability of wood pellets for biomass boilers in the North West of England has been boosted with the arrival of Forest Fuels to its new facility in Liverpool.
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Industry Events

2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 10-12, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop

April 10-10, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Heating the Midwest

April 10-10, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Emerging Biomass Feedstocks Forum

April 10-10, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 19-21, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

June 19-21, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota



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