ACORE develops unified biomass definition

The American Council on Renewable Energy assembled a Biomass Definition Subcommittee that has crafted a unified biomass definition, which its members will pitch to senators and representatives during the first week of November.
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BTEC webinar examines biomass heat in the Northeast

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council held a webinar Oct. 19 titled "Regional Focus on Biomass Energy: the Northeast." The webinar is one of three exploring regional development of biomass heating in different regions of the U.S.
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UK releases long-awaited renewables support proposals

The U.K. DECC released its proposal for Renewables Obligation banding levels from 2013 to 2017 on Oct. 20, leaving a few biomass technologies at current levels, but proposing to add more, such as enhanced cofiring and biomass conversion.
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Enviva to supply wood chips for coal plant conversions

Wood pellet manufacturer Enviva LP has made a deal with Dominion Virginia Power to supply two of its proposed biomass plants with wood chips.
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Canadian company to debut new biomass boiler technology

Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based Firebox Energy Systems Ltd. has announced plans to build a 30-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant on the designated lands of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Reserve #133 near Glenevis, Alberta.
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Maine pellet mill will overcome northeast exporting barriers

Once completed and operational, a 300,000-ton wood pellet mill near Portland, Maine, will export its product to European customers through one of only two deepwater ports in the Northeast U.S.
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Finnish cheese plant converting to biomass power

Valio Ltd has awarded Metso-Wartsila Power a contract to install and commission a biomass boiler system at its Lapinlahti, Finland, cheese plant. It will generate the steam and heat needed for the cheese plant's operations.
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Chicago business incubator to use brewery waste in AD system

The Plant, a Chicago-based vertical farm and food business incubator, received $1.5 million in state funding for an anaerobic digester that will consume brewery waste.
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EPA to revise Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rule

The U.S. EPA has announced it will propose revisions to its Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rule, following a strong push from industries, including biomass, concerned with its current constraints.
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EPA finds potential for CHP in wastewater treatment plants

A study conducted by the Combined Heat and Power Partnership, a voluntary program initiated by the U.S. EPA, found potential for increased combined heat and power systems at U.S. wastewater treatment facilities.
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Virginia biomass project receives $90 million

The Northern Virginia Power Cooperative has received a $90 million loan from the USDA Rural Utilities Service to help build a biomass power plant near South Boston in southern Virginia.
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