Coalition will fight for Farm Bill programs

The House and Senate agriculture committees are scheduled to deliver a legislative package to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction on Nov. 1, outlining suggestions to cut $23 billion from agriculture programs as part of the 2012 Farm Bill.
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Ontario company to co-locate biomass power, pellets

Huntsville, Ontario, could be the site for a $50 million, co-located, 10-megawatt biomass power plant and 8-metric-ton-per-hour wood pellet plant, if the proper equity partner can be found to move on with development.
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New biomass alliance focuses on wood, miscanthus pellets

The newly-formed Green Energy Farms Alliance will focus on the creation of a diverse solid biofuel portfolio, through the production of woody and miscanthus pellets for European markets.
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UK power plant project may include eco park

A 300-megawatt biomass power plant proposed for Holyhead, Wales, could represent the center of a strategy to build a number of eco parks in the U.K., according to the project's preferred bidder, Lateral Power Ltd.
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Maryland releases RFP for purchase of power from animal waste

In an effort to promote renewable energy, create jobs and reduce Maryland's contribution to agricultural runoff polluting the Chesapeake Bay, the state released a request for proposals for the purchase of power produced from animal waste.
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Sen. Shaheen talks biomass heat in NH

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., visited her home state on Oct. 24 to discuss the importance of biomass heat and how to level the playing field so that it is able to compete with other renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
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Tariff level reduced for large-scale biomass technologies in RHI

The U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change got approval from the European Commission Oct. 26 to launch its Renewable Heat Incentive with a sizeable reduction in the tariff for large biomass technologies.
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Rubber tree chips to fuel Danish power plant

Danish utility Verdo Group has contracted with U.K.-based Africa Renewables Ltd. (AfriRen) for 750,000 metric tons (826,700 tons) of wood chips over five years, produced from unproductive rubber trees in Ghana, West Africa.
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BPA: Use real-world situation to determine biomass CO2 emissions

Biomass Power Association President and CEO Bob Cleaves addressed the U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel at its meeting Oct. 25 to review its recently released Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions.
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NAFO refutes OSU biomass study conclusions

The authors of a study recently published by Oregon State University's College of Forestry says that the production of bioenergy from U.S. West Coast forests would increase carbon dioxide emissions by at least 14 percent over the next 20 years.
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REAP funds 19 anaerobic digester projects

USDA's Rural Energy for American Program will help fund 19 anaerobic digester projects in eight states, the USDA announced Oct. 26. Digesters will be constructed in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Iowa, Florida, Oregon, Ohio and Vermont.
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ABC seeks support for PURPA Plus bill

The American Biogas Council is asking its members to urge their representatives in the U.S. Senate to support a bill allowing states to make their own decisions about incentivizing small renewable energy generation.
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Westervelt holds groundbreaking for Alabama pellet mill

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley spoke at the groundbreaking event Oct. 25 for Westervelt Renewable Energy's new pellet mill in Aliceville, emphasizing the facility's contribution to job growth.
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