First pellet producer qualifies for PFI standards program

New Hampshire-based New England Wood Pellet has qualified for the Pellet Fuels Institute's pellet fuel standards program, making it the first manufacturer to do so. NEWP operates three manufacturing plants in New Hampshire and New York.
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Pellet stoves make huge gains in market share

In 1999, pellet stoves only had an 11 percent share of the stove market. Nine years later in 2008, they had a nearly 43 percent market share.
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Confluence Energy acquisition nearly doubles pellet capacity

Kremmling, Colo.-based Confluence Energy has acquired certain assets of Rocky Mountain Pellet in Walden, Colo., a transaction that will nearly double the company's current capacity of 100,000 tons.
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ABP makes investments in port pellet terminals to support Drax

Associated British Ports has announced that it has signed a 15-year contract with Drax Power Ltd., operating subsidiary of Drax Group Plc, which will see terminal investments of up to GBP 100 million to handle wood pellet shipments at three ports.
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Biomass Secure Power secures location for La. pellet plant

Biomass Power Louisiana, a subsidiary of Biomass Secure Power Inc., secured a six-month option to lease a site where it is proposing to build a new pellet plant. The plant is a four-phase project set to be completed over several years.
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Rep. Tonko to deliver Northeast Biomass Heating Expo keynote

The 2013 Northeast Biomass Heating Expo kicks off this week in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. This year's annual event will feature a keynote address from Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. on April 4, the first day of the expo.
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ARS researcher studies home heating with switchgrass pellets

Studies by a USDA scientist have provided a complete cost-benefit breakdown of using switchgrass pellets, which are potentially a cheaper source of energy, instead of fuel oil to heat homes and businesses in the Northeast.
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Consultation on UK biomass rail charge ends

The U.K. Office of Rail Regulation's consultation period on implementing a freight-specific biomass charge has ended, and the Rail Freight Group is urging the ORR not to proceed with proposals to increase charges paid for rail transport of biomass.
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UK DECC publishes heat strategy, provides RHI scheme update

The U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change has published its heat strategy and provided an update of the renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme. The residential RHI scheme is expected to be up and running next spring.
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DONG Energy, AVA form biomass district heat agreement

DONG Energy and AffaldVarme Aarhus (AVA) have agreed on a new biomass-based heat agreement for the period until 2030. It will mean that Unit 3 of the Studstrup power station in Aarhus will have to be converted for firing with wood pellets.
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New tours added to International Biomass Conference & Expo

The updated agenda for the sixth annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 8-10, 2013 in Minneapolis is now available online.
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Biomass Magazine to reveal plant construction data at April event

Detailed information about 27 new biomass facilities recently completed or currently under construction will be presented by Biomass Magazine at the International Biomass Conference & Expo to be held in Minneapolis April 8-10.
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BNEF report highlights findings of Bioenergy Leadership Forum

In early March, Bloomberg New Energy Finance published a report outlining its Bioenergy Leadership Forum, which was held in October. The report includes information on the first- and second-generation biofuels, biochemicals, biopower and pellets.
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Millinocket Regional Hospital commissions biomass boiler

Local and state officials joined officials from the Millinocket Regional Hospital in late February to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the commission of their wood pellet-powered steam boiler.
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April 8-10, 2013
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Fuel Ethanol
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June 10-13, 2013
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

September 10-12, 2013
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

Algae Biomass Summit

September 30-3, 2013
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Florida



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