CRIBE grants support Northern Ontario biomass research, projects

Northern Ontario's Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy granted $467,000 to Confederation College to build a learning and research facility and is providing funding to Atikokan Renewable Fuels to test wood pellet additives.
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Feedback sought on wood pellet delivery, transport recommendation

The Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group is inviting comments on newly-released bulk pellet delivery and transportation recommendations, up until Oct. 1. NEBTWG and a group of other stakeholders began work on the recommendations in early 2012.
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DOER announces renewable portfolio standard Class II suspension

This week, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Secretary Rick Sullivan directed officials from the Department of Energy Resources to begin a moratorium on the qualification of woody biomass units for the Massachusetts RPS Class II program.
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California issues 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan

California has released its 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan, which is designed to accelerate clean energy development, job creation, and protection of public health and safety. The plan was developed by state agencies and outside experts.
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FutureMetrics analyzes wood pellet project risks

In order to illustrate advanced modeling techniques for identifying and quantifying risks associated with wood pellet manufacturing projects, FutureMetrics Inc. released an overview of a risk analysis authored by company President William Strauss.
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Mass. publishes final RPS woody biomass regulations

More than two years after the process began, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has published its final regulation pertaining to the eligibility of woody biomass energy for its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) Class I regulations.
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U.S.-India collaboration awarded funding for energy crop work

A U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center grant will enable University of Missouri agroforestry researchers conduct a five-year testing program on crops suitable for marginal land, including switchgrass, sorghum and some trees.
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USDA announces REAP funding, 5 biomass projects benefit

On Aug. 14 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 106 projects have been awarded funding under the USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program, including five biomass-related projects.
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Report explores role of wood pellets, biomass cofiring in Canada

A report by Wood Pellet Association of Canada shows there is significant opportunity for the Canadian wood pellet industry to participate from the ground floor if Canada's power industry evolves away from coal, but there are some hurdles to overcome.
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Southern Oregon University explores possibility of biomass system

A $250,000 grant from the USDA to Southern Oregon University could lead to a 1.2 MW woody biomass cogeneration system on the university campus. The grant will pay for a feedstock feasibility study and analysis of other factors.
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