World Energy Council ranks U.S. No. 12 in energy sustainability

The World Energy Council recently published its Energy Sustainability Index, which shows that most countries are still far from achieving fully sustainable energy systems. The U.S. ranked 27 in energy security, and 12 overall.
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Ontario sawmill to build pellet plant

Resolute Forest Products has announced plans to build a $10 million wood pellet plant at its sawmill in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The company has secured a 10-year agreement with Ontario Power Generation to supply 45,000 metric tons of pellets annually.
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Canadian pellet producer reports improved margins

Viridis Energy Inc. recently released its third quarter financial results, reporting a gross profit of $367,000 for the three months ended Sept. 30, a significant improvement over the gross profit of $186,000 reported the preceding quarter.
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Colo. stewardship contracts to produce biomass for pellets, power

The U.S. Forest Service has announced two stewardship contracts worth a combined $13.4 million to improve the health of subalpine and mountain forests affected by mountain pine beetle in the Medicine Bow-Routt and White River national forests.
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European, Indian governments team for biomass initiative

The European Commission and Indian government have partnered for a research and development initiative that will focus on finding solutions for existing challenges and needs in biotechnological research activities involving biomass production.
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Minn. pellet plant equipment to be sold at auction

The former Deer River, Minn.-based BioPellet Plant will liquidate its assets at auction on Nov. 29. The plant equipment is capable of producing 80 tons of wood pellets per day. Maas Companies Inc. will handle the auction.
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USDA announces payments to pellet, biogas producers

On Nov. 16 the USDA announced more than $15.7 million in payments to 189 companies under USDA Rural Development's Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels.
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REA responds to anti-biomass power report

The Renewable Energy Association has responded to a report published by RSPB, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace that claims biomass power is more polluting than coal-fired power. The REA response points out flaws in the carbon accounting method.
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Enviva's borrowing announcement shows banking industry confidence

Enviva LP has announced it closed on a $120 million senior secured credit facility that will help complete the construction of two 500,000 metric ton pellet mills, and expand the company's deep-water port terminal in Virginia to 100,000 metric tons.
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ACORE webinar features biofuel policy update

The American Council on Renewable Energy hosted a webinar on Nov. 14 focused on biofuel policy. The seminar, titled "Beyond the Talking Points: The Truth About Biofuels," addressed many issues, including tax credits and the renewable fuel standard.
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Ag Energy Coalition joins groups calling for Farm Bill passage

The Agriculture Energy Coalition has joined 235 farming, livestock, rural development, nutrition, conservation and renewable energy organizations in sending a letter to Congress, asking for the passage of a new, five-year Farm Bill.
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Report: Europe to remain biomass power leader

A new report by ecoprog GmbH says that while China, India and the U.S. will experience the most biomass power growth over the next five years, Europe will continue to possess the largest market and higher investments due to stricter standards.
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IEA Energy Outlook: Global energy map is changing

The International Energy Agency has released a report that shows the global energy map is changing significantly. By 2020, IEA's, "World Energy Outlook 2012," indicates, that the U.S. will become the largest oil producer in the world.
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USDA grant supports expansion of biomass heating market

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University was recently awarded a grant from the USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program to support research to expand the U.S. biomass home heating market.
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Biomass, biofuels industries react to election results

Barack Obama has been elected to a second term as president of the U.S., prompting optimistic reactions from biomass and biofuels industries, even with the divided status of Congress remaining unchanged.
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Report: High potential for power plant conversion, cofiring in UK

U.K.-based business advisory firm Deloitte LLP has published an analysis that determines the biomass industry could contribute more than the 21 percent renewable energy by 2020 projected by the U.K. government.
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Scientists propose new ILUC analysis method

A recent research paper proposes the use of a new method to calculate land use change, referred to as baseline time accounting. The paper was authored by Jesper Kloverpris of Novozymes and Steffen Mueller from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
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