GNT to purchase, upgrade Scotia Atlantic Biomass facility

Great Northern Timber Group has signed a tentative agreement to purchase the Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plant, pending due diligence and court approval, said Thor Olesen, CEO of GNT. The facility is expected to restart operations later this year.
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Macquarie completes acquisition of GIB

A consortium led by Macquarie, an Australian-based bank, has completed the acquisition of the U.K. Green Investment Bank Ltd. from the British government for £2.3 billion ($2.96 billion). GIB will now operate under the name Green Investment Group.
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EIA: 500,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in May

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced domestic sales of densified biomass fuel reached 80,000 tons in May, averaging $142.99 per ton, while exports for April reached 350,000 tons, averaging $135.12 per ton.
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Tooke sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service

Tony Tooke was sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Sept. 1. Tooke replaced former Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, who announced his retirement in August.
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Report shows reduced carbon intensity of UK grid

In the U.K., the latest Electric Insights report, produced by researchers at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Drax, found that renewables accounted for 25 percent of Britain’s electricity during the second quarter.
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Trump nominates Northey to serve as USDA under secretary

President Donald Trump has announced his nominations for three USDA posts, including the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as under secretary for farm production and conservation.
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Report: Japanese imports of pellets, biomass expected to increase

Japan recently filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, noting the country imported a record 347,000 metric tons of wood pellets last year for thermal power generation.
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Arizona studying bioenergy for wildfire management

The Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered Arizona Public Service to evaluate forest bioenergy as part of its resource portfolio. The Arizona Corporation Commission will host its first workshop on the topic of forest bioenergy on Oct. 19.
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Tidwell to retire, Tooke named as new Forest Service chief

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1. He has served at the post since June 2009. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tony Tooke will take over as chief following Tidwell’s retirement.
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FutureMetrics publishes analysis of Japanese pellet market

FutureMetrics has published a new white paper on the Japanese industrial wood pellet market. The report predicts most of demand growth for industrial wood pellets after 2019 will come from Japan and South Korea.
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DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication.
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BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

Following Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia.
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Metsä Group starts up bioproduct mill in Finland

Metsä Group’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, came into operation as planned on Aug. 15. The facility will produce several products, including pulp, biogas and biofuel pellets from sludge.
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Industry Events

Christianson PLLP Biofuels Financial Conference

September 27-28, 2017
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2018 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 16-18, 2018
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

June 11-13, 2018
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 11-13, 2018
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska



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