New papers examine coal, wood pellet cofiring at US power plants

If the U.S. wants to begin replacing coal with wood pellets at power plants, the government must provide incentives similar to the ones that solar and wind currently receive, according to University of Georgia researchers.
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Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

On Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development.
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Drax appoints new chief executive

Drax Group plc recently announced that Will Gardiner will be appointed as group chief executive, effective Jan. 1. His appointment follows Dorothy Thompson’s decision to step down from the position at the end of the year.
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DONG Energy to change name to Orsted

DONG Energy, a Danish energy company heavily involved in renewables, is changing its name to Orsted. DONG stands for Danish Oil and Natural Gas and no longer accurately reflects who the company is. The name change is effective Nov. 6.
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Studies show corn stover provides a business opportunity

Trestle Energy LLC has announced that two new studies show that generating energy from corn stover can fuel a billion-dollar business opportunity for the farm economy by replacing coal in power plants.
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Pinnacle Renewable Energy CEO wins award

Rob McCurdy, CEO of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., the longest-established wood pellet producer in Western Canada, is this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Pacific winner.
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Webinar highlights transportable biomass conversion facilities

Transportable biomass conversion facilities and the economics of using forest harvest residues to produce biochar, briquettes, and torrefied wood is the topic of a Sept. 27 webinar hosted by the Waste to Wisdom research project.
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