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March 24, 2017

Opinion: Expanding Wood Heat in New England

BY Bill Bell Last year’s closure of a number of Maine’s paper mills and biomass electric facilities has given rise to a number of initiatives designed to stem, and then reverse the tide. These initiatives are now being placed on the table. Which will succeed? READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Researchers find new way to typify cellulose, advance bioproducts

BY Washington State University Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of bioproducts. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

EPA: 15.9 million D3 RINS generated in February

BY Sue Retka SchillU.S. EPA data shows D3 RINs generation for cellulosic biofuel totaled 15.9 million RINs in February, compared with 459,000 reported for January. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Bioenergy supports rural jobs, minimizes wildfires

BY Joyce El Kouarti, U.S. Forest Service The U.S. Forest Service is working to expand renewable wood energy markets by providing technical assistance and grants to public and private sector partners through its Woody Biomass Utilization program. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

In Depth: Sustaining Maine’s Legacy

BY Anna SimetEfforts to reinvigorate the state’s biomass industry—including two fiber export projects in development—are focused on saving and generating jobs while boosting Maine’s economy. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Constellation, Procter & Gamble biomass plant nearing completion

BY Anna SimetA 50-MW, combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant under construction in Albany, Georgia, for the past two years is undergoing steam tests and is expected to come online this summer. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

In Depth: The Imports Cometh

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect its own investments. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

NYSERDA: NY food waste diversion could net $22 million yearly

BY NYSERDA “Benefit-Cost Analysis of Potential Food Waste Diversion,” analyzes potential benefits of requiring large food waste generators outside of New York City, located within 50 miles of a food waste management facility, to divert waste from landfills. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

In Depth: US Forest Product Exports to Asia

BY Stan Parton From the April issue of Biomass Magazine, this data-packed report from Forest2Market suggests existing North American infrastructure can light the way for biomass exporters. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

2017-'18 RVOs assumed intact as regulatory freeze deadline passes

BY Ron KotrbaMarch 21 represented the end of the 60-day freeze period on new regulations pending review, implemented by the incoming U.S. administration Jan. 20. While EPA has been radio silent, stakeholders welcome implementation of RVOs finalized last November. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

DBC launches North American forest sector study

BY The Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation The Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation has launched an extensive research study on the North American forest sector, with specific focus on small forest owners. READ MORE

March 21, 2017

Paper examines small-scale, pellet-fueled CHP potential in US

BY Anna SimetSmall-scale, pellet-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) has the potential to become a major part of the distributed generation smart grid of the future, according to a new paper by FutureMetrics. READ MORE

March 20, 2017

WPAC invites Canadian pellet producers to join safety committee

BY WPAC Safety Committee The Wood Pellet Association of Canada Board of Directors has appointed the Safety Committee to manage the safety objectives of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. The Safety Committee works in close cooperation with the BC Forest Safety Council. READ MORE

March 20, 2017

NASA study confirms biofuels reduce jet engine pollution

BY NASA Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

IKEA fires up fifth biogas fuel cell

BY Anna SimetSwedish ome furnishing retailer IKEA has finished installing its fifth biogas-powered fuel cell system among its fleet of California stores, the company announced March 16. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

Fortum moves forward with Lithuania waste-to-energy CHP plant

BY Anna SimetFortum has announced that a joint venture project to build a waste-to-energy, combined-heat-and-power, plant in Lithuania is moving forward and construction is planned for the fall. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

Mass. pellet, wood stove change out program values automation

BY John AckerlyMassachusetts has developed the first wood stove change out program in the country that recognizes the value of automated stoves and stoves that disclose their verified efficiency to consumers. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

EBRD study: Biomass could aid energy challenges in Turkey, Egypt

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development The combined biomass of Turkey and Egypt could generate enough electricity to supply 700,000 homes and renewable fuels to replace more than 2 million metric tons of oil each year. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Xebec announces biogas upgrading breakthrough

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc. has announced a breakthrough in its fast-cycle pressure swing adsorption technology for upgrading biogas to renewable natural gas. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Illinois Sen. sees central Illinois as bioprocessing world leader

BY Office of Sen. Chapin Rose As a catalyst to help Illinois compete for up to 20,000 jobs in bioprocessing, State Sen. Chapin Rose hosted the state’s top economic and agriculture leaders on a tour of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab at the University of Illinois. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Opinion: Expanded Use of Modern Wood Heating and Improving Air Quality

BY Adam Sherman Increasingly, modern wood heating is recognized as an effective strategy for reducing fossil fuel use, while stimulating local economies and creating markets for low-grade wood. Yet, there remains apprehension from state policy and rule makers. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Opinion: A West Coast Rebound

BY Tim PortzUnfortunately, the wet and cold conditions that delivered good, or by some accounts, even great, years in the U.S. West weren’t experienced all across North America, particularly in the Northeast, which experienced another soft winter. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Company aims to make cellulosic ethanol at under $1 per gallon

BY Ethanol Producer Magazine After announcing plans to purchase an aspirant cellulosic ethanol plant in Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus has released a bold cost-of-production estimate and supportive research on the economics of its cellulose-to-sugar conversion process. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

In Depth: How Trump Could Save Coal with Wood Pellets

BY William Strauss Cofiring pellets at coal-fired power stations would help achieve the new administration’s job-creating goals, as well as other positive impacts. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Opinion: Pellet Specification & Method Comparisons

BY Chris Wiberg While the PFI and ISO standards seem very similar in many ways, it is important to note the often subtle differences in the specifications and the referenced test methods, as PFI and ISO are not always comparable. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

In Depth: A Mixed Bag

BY Tim PortzAs the 2016-’17 heating season winds down, producers across the country once again confirm that, in the pellet business, Old Man Winter determines the haves and the have nots. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

Q1 2017: 50% of U.S. South pellet plants used mill, forest waste

BY Wood Resources International Wood pellet manufacturers in both the US and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fiber costs and take advantage of less utilized fiber sources, according to analysis by Wood Resources International. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

Scientists harness solar power to produce hydrogen from biomass

BY University of Cambridge A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It’s using natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass. READ MORE

March 13, 2017

Opinion: Biomass Heating Recognition in Oil Dependent Northeast

BY Charlie Niebling Despite challenging market conditions, across the northeast U.S., making heat with biomass energy technologies continues to grow in attention, and gain interest and support among elected officials and policymakers. READ MORE

March 13, 2017

In Depth: Green Heat in the Great White North

BY Ron KotrbaStakeholders discuss how to build out the domestic wood pellet heat market in Canada. READ MORE

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