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Taking Care of Business
Posted January 15, 2010



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ISO committee to tackle bioenergy

The International Organization for Standardization has announced it will develop ISO 13065, a standard for bioenergy. A new ISO committee, Sustainability for Bioenergy, will meet for the first time in April, according to an ISO press release. The ISO standard is expected, when complete, to help governments meet alternative fuel targets.READ MORE

Conference: Switching from black to green

The paradigm shift in converting a coal power plant to biomass is riddled with permitting hurdles, along with technology and logistics issues. "Going from a black hat to a green hat is hard to do," said Mike Hawkins, president and CEO of Ohio-based Red Hawk Energy LLC, who participated in a panel titled ‘Rightsizing and ‘Right siting' Biomass Power in the Pacific West at the Pacific West Biomass Conference & Expo in Sacramento. The company's 52 megawatt coal plant is transitioning to biomass power and should be fully operational with 100 percent biomass in the second quarter of 2011, he said.READ MORE

Conference: Biomass needs regulatory, government support

Jim Stewart of the California Bioenergy Producers Association relayed a simple message to the 400-plus attendees of Biomass Magazine's Pacific Northwest Biomass Conference & Expo: it's time to begin confronting the real issues involved in developing a constructive statutory and regulatory environment for bioenergy production.READ MORE

Conference: Speakers share supply chain know-how

Lessons learned by feedstock supply company PowerStock in its 12 years of operation can serve as building blocks in developing biomass supply chains anywhere, according to PowerStock CEO Steve Van Mouwerik. He addressed attendees at the Pacific West Biomass Conference & Expo as part of a panel titled Building Reliable Feedstock Collection and Supply Systems. PowerStock harvests and handles about 150,000 tons of biomass feedstock each year, while operating all necessary equipment.READ MORE

Conference: Panel addresses biomass's position, potential

Biomass is the number one renewable energy resource for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, holding a steady 41 percent of energy from renewables, according to Michael DeAngelis, manager of SMUD's Advanced, Renewable & Distributed Generation Technologies Program. "It's clear that renewable energy and biomass are here to stay," DeAngelis said. "Biomass has become a very significant portion of our energy supply in the Sacramento region. We expect it to remain a major portion of our supply." That biomass energy supply consists of primarily wood waste cogeneration, with five landfill and wastewater gas projects, along with utilizing biomethane in the pipeline, which he said is the fastest-growing of all SMUD's renewable energy options.READ MORE

Conference: Biomass shines in the Golden State

Forget gold. The biomass rush is on in California. A major consensus at the Pacific Northwest Biomass Conference & Expo held Jan. 11-13 in Sacramento, Calif., was that strong government support is essential for the biomass industry to reach its peak potential in the Pacific Northwest, and other regions across the U.S. The conference kicked off with special addresses from Sacramento City Council Member Steve Cohn, California Energy Commission Vice Chair & Commissioner James Boyd and USDA Farm Service Agency of California Executive Director Val Dolcini. "We have made sustainability a key goal here in Sacramento and California, and more importantly I think for our local area here in Sacramento, it's also a major source of jobs," Cohn said. According to him, green jobs in the city went up by 36 percent in 2009. "That's remarkable in the midst of the worst recession that we've seen since the Great Depression. In any sector it's impressive-and that was the highest percentage in California," he added.READ MORE