Updated: BCAP final rule will be published Oct. 27

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack mistakenly announced yesterday that the Biomass Crop Assistance Program final rule would be published in the Federal Register today. The rule will be on public display today and will be published on Oct. 27.
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NEBTWG wants biomass thermal in biofuels strategy

The USDA’s National Biofuels Strategy should focus just as much on heating oil as it does on transportation fuels, according to Charlie Niebling, an organizer and member of the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group.
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BTEC webinar to explore residential biomass heat

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council will host an educational webinar on Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. EST, a free event focused on the benefits and challenges of residential biomass heating. The webinar marks the second in a series of five being held by BTEC.
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BPA: Proposed rule endangers forests, bioenergy goals

The Biomass Power Association submitted comments contesting a proposed ruling by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on biomass, on the grounds that it will severely handicap the state’s ability to meet its renewable energy goals.
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Conference panel addresses supply chain aspects

Getting it Right: Designing a Sustainable Biomass Supply Chain, a discussion panel at the Southeast Biomass Conference & Trade Show in Atlanta, promises to delve into supply chain issues and logistics, using existing projects as reference points.
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Dukes team up for AD pilot project in NC

Duke University and Duke Energy have teamed up to develop a pilot anaerobic digestion project at a hog farm in North Carolina that could serve as a model for other hog operations looking for ways to manage waste and generate their own power.
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Oregon farmers begin first biomass sorghum harvest

A grower-owned energy cooperative in Oregon has begun harvesting its first crop of high-biomass sorghum, a purpose-grown energy crop that will be used for electricity production. Agri Energy Producers Association will harvest about 1,500 acres.
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First Argus-indexed biomass deal concluded

RWE and U.S.-based commodity management firm Gavilon have concluded the first physical supply contract to be priced against Argus’ European industrial wood pellet index. The one-year deal was brokered by Geneva-based Starsupply Commodity Brokers.
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Industry Events

Southeast Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

November 2-4, 2010
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Pacific West Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

January 10-12, 2011
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

May 2-5, 2011
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 27-30, 2011
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana



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