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Time to Get Serious About Biomass Power
Posted August 27, 2010



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Energy grasses focus of Ceres Field Day

Energy industry executives joined investors and policymakers near Houston Aug. 26 to take a firsthand look at energy grasses and research developments that are expected to push bioenergy to the forefront of renewable power and transportation fuels.READ MORE

Advanced Trailer awarded U.S. patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent for the Advanced Trailer, a product of APT Advanced Trailer & Equipment LP in Abilene, Texas. The Advanced Trailer is a semi-trailer that has a drying system that can dry, store and transport peanuts and other agricultural products.READ MORE

Enviva signs supply agreement with Electrabel

Enviva LP, a manufacturer of wood pellets and processed biomass in the United States and Europe, announced Aug. 24 the signing of a long-term wood pellet supply contract with Electrabel, a subsidiary of GDF Suez Group, one of the largest utilities in the world.READ MORE

BPA outlines MACT negatives in submitted comment

If approved as is, the U.S. EPA's proposed Maximum Achievable Control Technology rules would drastically and unfairly increase emissions standards for biomass facilities across the country and could cause many plants to shut down, according to Bob Cleaves, CEO and president of the Biomass Power Association.READ MORE

Southeast biomass conference panel to explore emission liabilities, solutions

Meeting current and looming emissions and air quality control requirements-on both state and federal levels-may prove to be a daunting challenge. The Southeast Biomass Conference & Expo being held Nov. 2-4 in Atlanta will cover the issues facing biomass electricity generation plants and projects in the Southeast and provide solutions to overcome them.READ MORE

Manitoba proposed rules encourage biomass power

New regulations proposed by the Manitoba government aim to improve air quality in the province while encouraging the use of natural biomass materials as fuel.READ MORE

Manomet comments illustrate polar viewpoints

The Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences' biomass study should either be thrown out or expanded upon because its parameters are much too narrow to be useful in the real world, according to a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) submitted as a public comment on the study. Its writer, consulting forester Mike Leonard, goes on to outline major flaws in the study including the fact that it doesn't take into account much of the waste wood the proposed biomass power facilities in the state would use.READ MORE

Wisconsin county advances digester project

The ball is finally rolling for a community dairy manure digester project in Dane County, Wis., that is the first of its kind in the state and has been in the works for more than five years.READ MORE