Inside May 2011


Ethanol Producers Embrace Biomass Power and Thermal

BY Holly Jessen With an eye toward both energy costs and environmental concerns, ethanol producers are embarking on innovative energy projects. READ MORE

CHP: Cutting It at Sawmills

BY Anna AustinA cogeneration plant can make a world of difference when paired with a struggling saw mill, but several things must be in place for a project to pan out economically. READ MORE

District Energy on Campus

BY Anna AustinBiomass district heating and cooling could save most college campuses lots of money and it fits well with green initiatives, but these projects require rigorous planning and up-front capital costs are high. READ MORE

Energy Center

BY Lisa GibsonA necessary upgrade to a centuries-old district heating system in Montpelier, Vt., represents an opportunity for a cleaner technology and an expanded distribution system. READ MORE

Big Biomass

BY Lisa GibsonEuropean energy provider Dalkia recently commissioned the largest biomass combined-heat-and-power plant in France. Its co-location with a paper mill provides a number of beneficial exchanges between the two operations. READ MORE

Groundbreaking Impact

Ineos Bio has begun construction on a commercial-scale biorefinery. What does it mean for the industry? READ MORE

A Stamp of Approval

BY Erin VoegeleUSDA’s BioPreferred voluntary labeling program provides consumers with a clear way to distinguish biobased products from those derived from petroleum READ MORE

Contract Compatibility

BY Bryan SimsHow long-term feedstock and off-take agreements are negotiated, and the role they play in project development READ MORE


Renewable Energy Certificates and Renewable Portfolio Standards

BY Jonathan Dettmann, Andrew Ritten and Angela Snavely To participate in the Renewable Energy Certificate market, one must be able to navigate differing state standards and to adjust to still-evolving state, regional and federal initiatives. READ MORE

Missouri’s Cogeneration Powers Biomass Production

BY Christopher Chung Just 10 years after Thomas Edison introduced the first energy recycling program to the U.S. in 1882, the University of Missouri-Columbia began operating a combined-heat-and-power plant—much like Edison’s at Pearl Street Station. READ MORE

Safety Solutions Tailored to Biogas Plants

BY Johannes Steiglechner and Volker Schulz While the complexity of biogas plants tends to be underestimated, operators have sole responsibility for ensuring the safety and health of employees and the general public. READ MORE

Industry News

Development Deterrent

BY Anna AustinWashington County biomass moratorium quashes project. READ MORE

Pellet Projects

BY Lisa GibsonDevelopers plan to build two pellet mills in Virginia. READ MORE

Breaking Away

BY Anna AustinThe University of Montana is making biomass energy happen. READ MORE

Connecting the Dots

BY Anna AustinWisconsin network connects people to grassland bioenergy info and resources. READ MORE

Survey Says …

BY Anna AustinUSDA’s first national on-farm renewable energy survey finds 121 farms with 140 on-site digesters. READ MORE

Power on Wheels

BY Anna AustinMontana researcher develops a mobile biomass gasifier. READ MORE

A Biomass Marathon

BY Lisa GibsonProtocol Biomass has a proposal that could serve as a model for shuttered pulp and paper mills. READ MORE

Cooperating for Biomass

BY Lisa GibsonSawmills on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska formed a co-op and plan to build a pellet and biobrick mill. READ MORE

Sustainability in Europe

BY Lisa GibsonThe EC is revisiting its biomass sustainability criteria after changes in the international policy context on biomass. READ MORE

Genetic Engineering Hang-Up

BY Lisa GibsonLawsuit highlights a barrier to biotechnology advancements in the U.S. READ MORE


BY Lisa GibsonDixon Environmental launches free online tool to simplify compliance with EPA rules. READ MORE

Beating Up on Biomass

BY Lisa GibsonOpposition groups in Massachusetts petition for a three-year moratorium on biomass power. READ MORE


A Potential Indicator

Hiring practices reveal a lot about the industry READ MORE

A Field of Promise

BY Erin VoegeleViaspace reports independent test results of Giant King Grass evaluation READ MORE

Supplying Affordability

BY Bryan SimsWhy access to biomass and their sugar content don’t have to cost a fortune READ MORE

Advanced Biofuel Pays Off

BY Erin VoegeleUSDA announces producer payments READ MORE

Rubber Goes Renewable

BY Erin VoegeleSpecialty chemicals company looks to Gevo to supply biobased inputs READ MORE

Striving for More

BY Bryan SimsWhy sustainability isn’t a moving target for Waste Management READ MORE

An Equation for Growth

High energy prices plus an improved investment outlook could equal a time for true growth READ MORE

Twice a Charm

BY Bryan SimsHow LS9 is making progress bringing its renewable chemicals to market READ MORE

Evaluating Diesel Alternatives

BY Erin VoegeleNeste Oil profiles diesel regenerative, releases renewable diesel test results READ MORE

For the ‘New Black,’ Think Biodegradable

There’s a reason bioplastic companies tout this specific quality READ MORE

Economic Evaluations

BY Erin VoegeleChemical Market Associates and Intratec Solutions develop market analysis tool READ MORE

Licensed to Catalyze

BY Bryan SimsElevance broadens technology portfolio with XiMo’s catalysts READ MORE

Entry Point

BY Bryan SimsA new line of bioplastic readies to hit the market READ MORE

A Startup’s Dream Come True

For future producers and technology developers, there’s a new must-know program READ MORE

Don’t Forget the Filter

Membrane filtration technology is finding a home in the biorefining industry READ MORE