EPA releases proposed update to residential wood heater standards

The U.S. EPA has released its New Source Performance Standards proposal for new woodstoves and heaters, which go into effect in 2015. The proposal will make the next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner.
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Drax, 2 others make UK renewable support list, Eggborough omitted

The U.K. Energy Act became law Dec. 18, when it received royal assent. The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change also made several accompanying announcements, including naming four biomass projects that are likely to receive subsidies.
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Bonds authorized to finance Mississippi pellet port improvements

The Port of Pascagoula is one step closer to building a pellet export facility for the planned Green Circle Bio Energy Inc. pellet plant. County supervisors authorized a bond issue for up to $24 million for construction of the export facility.
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Agenda set for 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BBI International announced this week the agenda for the technical sessions of the 7th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place March 24-26 in Orlando, Fla.
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North American pellet exports to Europe continue increase

Pellet export volumes from North America to Europe continued to rise during the second quarter of 2013, representing steady growth for the past seven quarters, according to data compiled by Wood Resources International LLC.
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FAO: 19 million metric tons of pellets produced in 2012

In its first report including wood pellet production figures, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations briefly discussed the surge in pellets, saying wood pellet production has increased 10 times in the last decade.
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10-year trials show 10-ton yields for miscanthus in Illinois

Illinois researchers reported results from a decade of field trials with miscanthus. The average annual yield of miscanthus grown in seven Illinois locations over a period of eight to 10 years was 10.5 tons per acre.
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Coming into the Country

Superior Pellet Fuels General Manager Chad Schumacher talks about the long and winding road that led to the construction of Alaska's first operating pellet mill.
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Sen. Baucus releases proposal to overhaul energy tax incentives

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has released a discussion draft of legislation that aims to overhaul U.S. energy tax incentives by creating technology-neutral incentives for clean electricity and clean transportation fuels.
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Troubleshooting the Workhorse

Monitor output, amp usage and vibration for indications of needed maintenance on hammermills, the workhorses of the pellet industry.
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FutureMetrics: Northeast pellet heat could spur 1.3 million jobs

According to a new paper from FutureMetrics Inc., if the 6 million rural Northeast U.S. homes utilizing oil or propane for heating converted to pellet fuel, the economic impact would be significant and include the creation of about 1.3 million jobs.
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Blazing New Trails in Pellet Project Development

A close examination of the plants and projects tracked by Pellet Mill Magazine reveals a radical departure in scope is emerging when existing pellet mills are compared to those under construction or in various stages of preconstruction development.
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Viridis Merchants structures its first transaction

Viridis Energy Inc. announced that its recently launched, wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., an aggregation and trading service between buyers and sellers of alternative energy, including wood pellets, structured its first transaction.
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Crop-Based Pellets for Power, Fuel and Ag Heat

Two Missouri companies are looking to pelletize crop residues and energy crops, following very different business models. MFA Oil Biomass is first developing a new energy crop and Enginuity Worldwide started with an engineered pellet.
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German Pellets Texas facility achieves ENplus certification

German Pellets' facility in Woodville, Texas, has received ENplus certification. This certification confirms the high quality of product from the facility that only commenced its operations this summer.
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Getting Green Heat to Main Street

In the Northern Forest region of New Hampshire and the western foothills of Maine, the Northern Forest Center's Model Neighborhood Project is helping residents switch from fuel oil to wood pellet boilers and fostering growth in the pellet industry.
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Viridis Energy reports increased revenue in Q3 results

Viridis Energy Inc. has released its third quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $3 million, up 36 percent compared to third quarter 2012 revenue of $2.2 million. The increase is attributed to market dynamics and the company's Scotia plant.
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IXUS Energy opens biomass training facility

IXUS Energy, a national biomass boiler distribution company, has opened a state-of-the-art training center to help meet demand for quality biomass installers, driven by the introduction of the domestic Renewable Heating Incentive.
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27th Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show

March 9-12, 2014
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Destin, Florida

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

Bioenergy Project Development Seminar

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

Northeast Biomass Heating Expo

April 9-11, 2014
Cumberland County Civic Center
Portland, Maine

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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