The Ash Content Blog

March 30, 2015

Apologies to Bob Sourek

BY Tim PortzExecutive Editor Tim Portz recounts his experiences at the Small Log Conference and offers an apology to Bob Sourek and the team at Bear Mountain Forest Products for not including them on a slide about pellet production capacity in the American West. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Good For Ed Billington

BY Tim PortzExecutive Editor offers a congratulations to Ed Billington on the recent sale of his pellet distribution business to Drax and offers some thoughts on what it says about Drax and pellet business in general. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Our Biggest Threat

BY Tim PortzA recent article in National Geographic outlines a troubling trend that may be the renewable sector's biggest long term challenge. READ MORE

February 17, 2015

There You Go Again

BY Tim PortzBiomass Magazine Executive Editor examines the latest in a growing string of mainstream media stories that fail to properly frame up the realities of how bioenergy is deployed in practice. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Stories Untold

BY Tim PortzExecutive Editor Tim Portz talks about what it means when story sources are reluctant to talk "on the record". Conversations about pellets as absorbents are loosening up, while folks remain tight lipped about their opinions on big box customers. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Conference Thoughts/Dutch Update

BY Tim PortzExecutive Editor Tim Portz previews a handful of the International Biomass Conference & Expo's most compelling pellet panels and offers a short update on the ongoing debate in the Netherlands about pellet imports. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

This Just In

BY Tim Portz

December 16, 2014

Your Manias Become Science

BY Tim PortzExecutive Editor Tim Portz reacts to the way in which science, and scientific study are handled and mishandled by both mainstream and trade media. READ MORE

November 28, 2014

Nether Netherlands

BY Tim PortzIn this installment of Ash Content I preview an article I'm writing on the developing market opportunity for wood pellets in the Netherlands. The opportunity is a good one, but will the Dutch smother it with overwrought sustainability requirements? READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Live from Vancouver

BY Tim PortzThis installment of Ash Content finds me in Vancouver attending the Wood Pellet Association of Canada 2014 Conference. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Requiem for Mary Rosenthal

BY Tim PortzI offer a personal remembrance for one of the biomass industry's own, Mary Rosenthal, upon hearing the news of her passing. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

What I Learned from Danny Fortson

BY Tim PortzIn June I joined another journalist in Louisiana and Mississippi to look closely at the emerging pellet industry. His recently published story proves how difficult it can be to tell this story accurately and in the broader global energy context. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

Miami Advice

BY Tim PortzExecutive Editor Tim Portz's candid assessment of the hottest topics at this year's U.S. Industrial Pellet Association Exporting Pellets Conference. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Left Out of the Energiewende?

BY Tim PortzBiomass continues to get marginalized in most conversations in the mainstream press about renewable energy. Thoughts on 2015. See you in Miami. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

Industry Pulse Strong and Steady

BY Tim PortzAs the Pellet Mill Magazine team closes out its 2014 print year, they find a strong industry getting stronger as markets continue to grow and new markets continue to emerge. READ MORE

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