BCAP on the chopping block again

Just months after the BCAP narrowly escaped defunding with the failure of the proposed federal omnibus spending bill, the biomass industry is gearing up for another battle, as an amendment to the new spending bill eliminates funding for the program.
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Pellet manufacturer buys Virginia port terminal

Pellet manufacturer Enviva LP will be able to expand its shipping capacity with the acquisition of a port terminal in Chesapeake, Va. The location is suitable for the export of wood pellets and will be the shipment point for its proposed N.C. plant.
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Two California biomass plants fined for emissions violations

After completing a joint investigation, the U.S. EPA and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District ordered two California biomass power plants to pay civil penalties of $835,000 to resolve alleged Clean Air Act and district rule violations.
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Report: Few states ready to tap wood heat potential

The Alliance for Green Heat has released a report that is aimed at state officials and finds that while the use of wood for heat in many states is rapidly increasing, most states do little or nothing to promote and manage it.
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Heating the Midwest Summit exceeds expectations

February's Heating the Midwest Summit was a success and drew resounding support for developing a vision similar to the Heating the Northeast Renewable Biomass effort, which envisions sourcing 25 percent of residential heating from renewables by 2025.
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Biomass holding company expands pellet capacity

Under the umbrella of new holding company Biomaxx Inc., Rochester, N.Y.-based private equity firm DeltaPoint Capital Management LLC has tripled its capacity for wood pellet production with its most recent purchase of four pellet plants.
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Dominion to repower coal plant with biomass

Dominion Virginia Power is planning to reopen an off-line coal-fired power plant in Altavista, Va., and repower it with biomass.The plant has been in cold reserve storage rather than retired, and could be brought back on-line with just a little work.
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Report: Promise and limits of biomass energy in the Northeast

Forest biomass could replace as much as one quarter of the liquid fossil fuel now being used for industrial and commercial heating in the Northeastern United States, according to a report released Feb. 17 by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
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Wisconsin biomass power plant gets draft air permits

We Energies has received draft air permits for its 50-megawatt cogeneration plant in Rothschild, Wis. Following the issuance of the draft permits from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is a 30-day public comment period and hearing.
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Oregon governor announces biomass grant program

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has unveiled the Oregon Forest Products Energy Project, a program that will help fund biomass cogeneration projects at existing forest product companies within the state, and be used to produce a project development guide.
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