Production begins at largest wood pellet plant in Northeast U.S.

New England Wood Pellet LLC celebrated the grand opening of its Deposit, N.Y., wood pellet manufacturing plant on June 9. At 85,000 tons of pellets, the plant will produce enough renewable energy annually to heat 25,000 homes and businesses.
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BTEC webinar explores biomass heating environments in Europe

U.S. biomass incentives do little for heating applications, unlike many European countries that extensively use wood for heat or are implementing strategies to increase that use. To point out those programs, the BTEC held a webinar June 15.
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Biomass Secure Power building pellet plant in BC

Biomass Secure Power has announced official plans for its first torrefied wood pellet plant to be located in British Columbia, Canada. The plant will produce 500,000 metric tons of white wood pellets per year.
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Forest Service awards $3 million for renewable energy projects

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of nearly $3 million in grants to 17 small businesses and community groups to develop wood-to-energy projects that require engineering services and will help expand regional economies and create new jobs.
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PFI conference to include standards education component

This year's Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Conference will revisit the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and will include for the first time an educational session dedicated to the organization's new wood pellet standards.
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Symposium will address residential wood and pellet heat

The Alliance for Green Heat is holding a free public symposium in Washington D.C. July 13 at the U.S. Forest Service's Yates Training Room to address residential wood and pellet heating.
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EPA releases timeline for MACT reconsideration

Although it had already announced in February that it would allow a reconsideration period for certain aspects of the MACT rules, the EPA on June 24 released for the first time a deadline for that reconsideration of October.
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BTEC webinar delves into biomass project financing

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council held a free webinar on June 29 titled Biomass Thermal Finance: Options, Steps and Resources for Biomass Project Development and featured three presenters with experience in financing biomass projects.
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