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Putting Biomass Power Needs in Perspective
Posted June 26, 2009



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San Jose advances waste-to-biogas facility plans

The city of San Jose, Calif., recently announced it had authorized the city manager to negotiate and execute a memorandum of understanding to develop guidelines and potential lease terms for the development of an organic-waste-to-energy biogas facility.READ MORE

Cavendish completes potato waste-to-biogas plant

North American potato product producer Cavendish Farms has completed construction of an anaerobic digestion facility to generate biogas from potato waste, a project the company believes is a first for the potato industry. Feedstock materials include potato plant residues, starch, spent frying oil and aerobic sludge from the existing wastewater treatment plant.READ MORE

BioEnergy International forms biobased chemical company; partners with U of Florida

BioEnergy International LLC, a privately-held biotech developer and manufacturer of next-generation renewable biochemicals and biofuels, recently announced the formation of Myriant Technologies LLC to incorporate all of its biobased chemicals business and intellectual property. BioEnergy will continue its pursuit of biofuels opportunities, including its 110 million gallon per day ethanol plant in Clearfield, Penn., which is expected to begin operations in January 2010.READ MORE

UT expands switchgrass incentive program

Thirty-eight eastern Tennessee farmers, up 26 from last year, will plant a total of 1,901 acres of switchgrass this year, the second season of the University of Tennessee's switchgrass farmer incentive program. The switchgrass will be used to produce cellulosic ethanol at the state's first demonstration-scale biorefinery in Vonore in Monroe County, expected to be operational late this year.READ MORE

Colorado Springs plant will use coal-biomass blend

Springs Utilities in Colorado Springs, will contract with a biomass management company this fall to deliver woody biomass to its Martin Drake Power Plant. The available wood biomass supply is enough to continuously blend 15 percent biomass with 85 percent coal.READ MORE

Deal delays indirect land-use penalty

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have struck a deal that could change how the U.S. EPA is directed to consider indirect land use change in the proposed rulemaking for the second stage of the renewable fuels standard. This change is now reflected in the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill.READ MORE

NY biomass plant first to achieve FSC standards certification

Curran Renewable Energy LLC in Massena, N.Y., is the first biomass mill in the nation to receive Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program. Chain-of-custody certification guarantees that wood used in Curran Renewable Energy's pellets comes from certified, responsibly managed forestlands and is tracked throughout the supply chain from the forest to the consumer.READ MORE

Beetle-infested wood beneficial to biomass industry

The millions of acres of dead, downed and diseased timber infected by pine beetles in Colorado and the Western U.S. could be put to beneficial use by the biomass industry, and also help with forest fire mitigation and suppression.READ MORE