U.K. wood fuel supplier map available

In partnership with the U.K.'s Carbon Trust, the Forestry Commission's Biomass Energy Centre has released a new and improved fuel supplier database.
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BTEC elects new board members, names Seymour executive director

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council elected new members to the board of directors and named Joseph Seymour as executive director.
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Ontario biomass plant conversion in final regulatory stage

Ontario Power Generation's biomass repowering project in Atikokan, Ontario, has entered the last part of the regulatory approval process: a 30-day public comment on the Ontario Ministry of Environment's review of its Certificate of Approval.
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Enviva announces development of Virginia pellet mill

Just months after announcing development of a new pellet mill in North Carolina, Enviva LP announced another new facility, this time for Courtland, Va.
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RWE npower's 750-MW biomass power plant fires up

Within the next two weeks, RWE npower's Tilbury, England, coal plant will be commissioned as a dedicated biomass power plant with an astonishing output of about 750 megawatts.
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U.K.'s RHI open for applications

After a delay in implementation and a reduction to large biomass power tariff levels, the U.K.'s Renewable Heat Incentive is open for applications as of Nov. 28.
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Berlin, N.H., incentivizes residential pellet heat

Through the Model Neighborhood Project, as many as 40 homeowners in Berlin, N.H., will receive subsidies to switch from heating oil systems to advanced wood pellet boilers in the next two years.
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Heating the Midwest details goals

Biomass thermal has great potential in the Midwest, and stakeholders representing various industries across the board are collaborating to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
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ConocoPhillips, Enviva to build torrefied wood pellet plant

Global energy giant ConocoPhillips has partnered with U.S. wood pellet manufacturer Enviva LP to build a torrefied wood pellet plant under the company name Eco Biomass Technologies.
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Maine port expands to handle woody biomass exports

The Port of Eastport in Maine is on the cusp of completing an expansion that will cater to woody biomass demand in Europe.
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U.K.'s DECC RO banding gives pellets advantage over coal

Under the U.K.s new Renewable Obligations program released in October, pellets are set to gain an advantage over coal of more than $15 per gigajoule.
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USDA announces bioenergy project funding

Deputy Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development Doug O'Brien announced Nov. 17 that USDA is funding a series of projects to convert biomass to energy through USDA's Rural Energy for America program.
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BTEC webinar examines biomass heat in the U.S. West

Three panelists discussed the potential, challenges and developments of biomass heat in the West during a Nov. 10 Biomass Thermal Energy Council webinar titled "Regional Developments of Biomass Energy-Western Region."
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Experts discuss biomass's place in the U.S. power industry

The U.S. electricity industry includes about 300 gigawatts of coal-fired power, generated from large-scale power plants with electric capacities of anywhere from 200 to 4,000 megawatts. Most of these plants can easily use biomass to some degree.
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Vilsack announces renewable energy funding recipients

USDA has selected 67 projects for funding that focus on helping rural agricultural producers reduce energy consumption and costs; use renewable energy technologies in their operation; and/or conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects.
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Study confirms biogenic emissions result in no net carbon release

A new study found that energy produced from forest biomass merely returns recently absorbed carbon to the atmosphere, and essentially results in no net release of carbon, provided overall forest inventories are stable or increasing.
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Producer enrollment begins in January for PFI Standards Program

The American Lumber Standard Committee, the new accreditation body for the Pellet Fuels Institute's Standards Program, expects to begin the producer enrollment process for the program in January.
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Biomass Secure Power names torrefied pellet plant site

Biomass Secure Power Inc. has named the location of its previously announced torrefied wood pellet plant, a 30-acre site at Cowichan Lake on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
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SE conference kicks off on a high note: pellets

"It's pretty obvious to see why pellets are in the Southeast," said Mike Williams, director of strategy and planning for The Westervelt Co., showing a wood resource map of the region to attendees of the Southeast Biomass Conference & Trade Show.
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