USIPA Exporting Pellet Conference kicks off in Florida

The 3rd Annual U.S. Industrial Pellet Association Exporting Pellets Conference opened Oct. 28 in Miami with a blend of optimism and measured pragmatism. The morning session featured a European utility roundtable discussion.
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Pellet CEOs speak candidly about opportunities, growing pains

Bullish industry optimism was punctuated by hints of an industry confronting its inevitable growing pains during the final panel of the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association's 3rd Annual Exporting Pellets Conference, held Oct. 27-29 in Miami.
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Panel discusses wood biomass sustainability, coming regulations

Nigel Burdett of Drax Power kicked off a panel discussion at the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association's 3rd annual Exporting Pellets Conference by commenting on the role of sustainability in the transition from coal to wood pellets.
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GCRE acquires Bayou Wood Pellets, plans expansion

Gulf Coast Renewable Energy has announced the acquisition of West Monroe, La.-based Bayou Wood Pellets LLC. The company is also making investments to expand the facility's production capacity, and plans to develop three additional pellet plants.
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FAME Board approves loan guarantee for torrefied pellet plant

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) Board recently approved a $25 million loan guarantee to support a proposed torrefied wood pellet project in Millinocket, Maine. The project is under development by Thermogen Industries.
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BlueFire Renewables adds pellet production to Miss. facility

BlueFire Renewables Inc. has integrated a synergistic wood pellet production plant to its facility in Fulton, Miss. The reconfigured design will be a 9 million gallon per year ethanol plant integrated with a 400,000 ton per year wood pellet plant.
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N.C. approves agreement for pellet export facility

The North Carolina Council of State has approved a deal that expands the Ports' profile in the highly competitive wood pellet industry. The North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors approved the same agreement last week.
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Europeans tour Southeast forests, discuss pellet supply chains

Meeting the sustainability requirements of the growing market for pellet exports to Europe was the focus of a workshop held in Savannah, Ga., Oct. 23-24. It was organized by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and the International Energy Agency.
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Vermont, Upper Austria partner to promote biomass heating

The leaders of the state of Vermont and the state of Upper Austria have signed an agreement to collaborate on the promotion of biomass heating. The agreement was announced at the annual Renewable Energy Vermont conference in Burlington, Vt.
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Report summarizes impact of Dutch Energy Accord on cofiring

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network by Netherlands government discusses the implications of the Dutch Energy Accord on pellets and biomass power.
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NRC announces bioenergy research initiative

On Oct. 9, the National Research Council of Canada announced the launch of a new research program that aims to help industry capitalize on the market opportunities offered the production of energy from biomass.
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Biomass organizations write support letter for bioenergy programs

A group of 30 biomass companies and organizations recently wrote to four congressmen supporting mandatory funding for Farm Bill Energy Title programs. The letter highlighted the economic benefits those programs can bring to rural areas.
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Fire does little damage to MFA Oil Biomass pellet facility in Mo.

MFA Oil Biomass LLC's pellet production and storage facility was closed on Sunday, Oct. 13, when neighbors noticed smoke and called the fire department. While the final report is not complete, lightning is the suspected cause of the fire.
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National Bioenergy Day spurs 25 events in U.S., Canada

Oct. 17 marks the first-ever National Bioenergy Day, which is being celebrated by trade associations, schools and universities in 13 U.S. states and one Canadian providence. The celebration features 25 events to demonstrate the benefits of bioenergy.
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Deja vu in Miami

BY Tim Portz

Industry Events

International Biomass Conference & Expo

March 24-26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Pellet Supply Chain Summit

March 24-24, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

5th AEBIOM Bioenergy Conference

May 12-14, 2014
Renaissance Brussels Hotel
Brussels, Belgium

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 9-12, 2014
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota



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