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Posted January 23, 2009



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Helius Energy biomass CHP project moves forward

United Kingdom-based Helius Energy PLC has received planning approval from the Moray Council for the installation of a 7.2-megawatt biomass-fired combined heat and power plant at The Combination of Rothes Distillers in Morayshire, Scotland.READ MORE

Wisconsin hospital, brewery partner in CHP project

Gundersen Lutheran Health Systems is partnering with City Brewing Co. LLC in La Crosse, Wis., to generate electricity from biogas. Work on the $3 million combined heat and power project at the brewing facility began Jan. 21. The electricity generated will be fed into the power grid to offset the hospital's power purchases.READ MORE

Minnesotans to tour Swedish biomass operations

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota and the Scandinavian Cleantech Export Association will lead a delegation from Minnesota to Sweden in March for the SCE Green Energy Tour 2009, which will showcase the country's renewable energy technologies.READ MORE

Dudek, Catalyx Nanotech to build landfill facilities

Dudek, a California-based environmental and engineering consulting firm, is teaming up with nanotechnology application developer Catalyx Nanotech Inc. to build facilities at landfills in southern California that will sequester carbon and convert methane gas into green hydrogen and nanomaterials.READ MORE

Ontario, OPG accepting biomass use proposals

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has issued a request for expressions of interest on how to turn available wood from its Crown forests into new investments and jobs. Ontario Power Generation has also issued a request for expressions of interest from potential suppliers of biomass-related fuel and transportation services to determine the viability of replacing coal with biomass at existing coal-fired generating stations.READ MORE

Massachusetts dairy farmers form AGreen Energy

A consortium of six dairy farmers in Massachusetts have joined forces to create AGreen Energy, which will provide manure to power small-scale anaerobic digesters on participating farms to generate biogas that can be converted to electricity and sold to the public utility grid.READ MORE

BBI to host biomass conference in April

BBI International's 2009 International Biomass Conference & Expo will be held in Portland, Ore., on April 28-30. The conference will feature 90 speakers and six feedstock-oriented tracks, or focused topic areas. On Jan. 19, BBI unveiled its new Biomass Conference & Expo Web site and logo.READ MORE

Renewable energy offices will help expedite projects

Just prior to leaving office, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne authorized the Bureau of Land Management to establish renewable energy coordination offices to expedite the permitting of biomass, wind, solar and geothermal projects, along with needed electrical transmission facilities, on bureau-managed lands.READ MORE