The funding represented an $88 million investment in the plant. The plant's remaining funds are slated to come from private sources and business partnerships.
This report stems from a
Dec. 23, 2013, SEC filing in which the company states that it received notification that it was losing its funding through the DOE because of its "inability to comply with certain deadlines related to providing certain information to the DOE with respect to (BlueFire Renewables) future financing arrangements for the Fulton Project."
The company plans to appeal.
(Source: BlueFire, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, DOE, 28 Mar., 2014) Contact: BlueFire Renewables, Richard Klann, (949) 588.3767, ext. 411, email@example.com, www.bfreinc.com
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With Solvay's industrial expertise and equity contribution, the recently created Solvay Biomass Energy JV will complete the expansion of New Biomass Energy's plant in Quitman, Miss. The facility, which is owned by BTH Quitman Hickory LLC, is the largest torrefaction facility in North America. The expansion will increase the Quitman plant's production capacity to 250,000 metric tpy by the end of 2014. The torrefied wood pellets will be marketed for electric power production in Europe and Asia.
(Source: New Biomass Energy, 11 Mar., 2014) Contact: New Biomass Energy, BTH Quitman Hickory LLC, Neal Smaler, Pres., http://www.newbiomass.com.http: Solvay, Patrick Verelst, Head of Investor Relations, +32 2 264 1540, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.solvay.com
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The Zilkha Black® Pellet, a drop-in replacement for coal, provides the low-capex option for fully converting coal units, and it has successfully been fired in small, medium, and large scale tests across Europe. For co-firing, our low-dust Black pellets can be mixed directly with coal prior to milling. They can be transported and stored like coal. (Source: Zilkha Biomass Energy, 10 March., 2014) Contact: Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC, , Carole Engelder, PhD, PE, Senior Manager, Technology Marketing, (713) 979-9961,
email@example.com, www.zilkhabiomass.com; Cate Street Capital, John Halle, President & CEO, www.catecapital.com; Thermogen Industries, www.thermogenind.com
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To date, PTUSA has processed thousands of acres of biomass through the commercial demonstration facility for R&D purposes with commercial production plant site development on the near horizon.
(Source: Pellet Technology USA, LLC, 10 Mar., 2014) Contact: Pellet Technology USA, Russ Zeeck, COO, Founder , (402) 614-5798, www.pellettechnologyusa.com
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ASABE is accredited by the American National Standards Institute as the administrator for the U.S. technical advisory group to the ISO committee on solid biofuels, TC 238, which was established in response to growing global trade in the subject commodities. (Source: American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers, March 07, 2014) Contact: ASABE, Kristopher Schock, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asabe.org
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Steam exploded black pellets provide a number of benefits compared to traditional wood pellets. These include improved durability, water-resistance, higher energy content, lower shipping costs, and reduced dust problems compared to other types of bio-based pellets. Due to their properties, these black pellets can be handled in similar manner to fossil coal. This significantly reduces, or even removes, the need for expensive investments in logistics and plant rebuilds. Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC provides biomass solutions to electric utility customers, including conversions of fossil fuel stations, and the supply of a baseload, renewable fuel in the form of the Zilkha Black® Pellet. The Zilkha Black® Pellet is the first advanced pellet in the industry that is commercially available.
Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Our strong technology offering includes entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production. (Source: Zilkha Biomass Energy, PR, 2 Mar., 2014) Contact: Zilkha, Carole Engelder,
Senior Manager, Technology Marketing,
(713) 979- 9961, www.zilkhabiomass.com
; Valmet, Mattias Erixon
Senior Sales Manager, Bio Technology and Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy Business Line, +46 60 16 5727, www.valmet.com
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The funding was awarded through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Energy and Environmental Performance of Biomass-fired Heating Equipment program.
(Source: NYSERDA, Herkimer Telegram, Others, 24 Feb., 2014) Contact: NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, http://www.nyserda.ny.gov
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DRAX, which has partially converted its giant Yorkshire coal-fired power plant to burn biomass, could actually be a net beneficiary of a freeze, as its remaining coal-burning units would earn more than expected. Even so, DRAX claims it should be compensated for "harm" to returns on its biomass-burning unit because it had invested in the conversion in the belief the tax would keep rising and pushing up power prices.
The company plans to convert three or four of its six units to burn biomass wood pellets, making them eligible for attractive subsidies, because the carbon tax and other green measures are expected to make burning coal increasingly uneconomic. (Source: DRAX, Telegraph, 19 Feb., 2014) Contact: Drax, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
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In addition to helping with costs, Renewable Heat NY will facilitate workforce training and manufacturer support for field testing, equipment certification and early stage product development.
(Source: Renewable Heat NY, Office of the Gov. of NY, Feb. 2014) Contact: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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According to Eurostat, for the period of January to November 2013, EU's pellet imports surged by 36 percent and hit €1,52 billion in value. In the same period, EU pellet imports from the US grew by no more than 65 percent and by 54 percent from Canada.
The UK is the largest EU pellet importer with an overall 31,2 percent from the total EU demand. UK imports rose to 3.16 million tons of pellets, 2,82 million tons of which came from N. America.
The figures may, however, change in 2014, with RWE-Innogy's closure of its power plant at Tilbury, which burned 1.3 million tpy of pellets. On the other hand, Drax aims to become a predominantly biomass generator by 2016. (Source: Forest Business Network, IHB, 19 Feb., 2014)
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There are presently 287,065 hectares of oil-palm plantations in the Siak region, and 20 palm oil factories producing 928,323 tons of oil-palm bunches annually.
South Korea has experienced an increase in pellet consumption, with 2013 figures estimated at 500,000 tons, compared to 174,000 tons in 2012. (Source: Global Logix, Nisnis.com, Jakarta Post, 24 Jan., 2014) Contact: No contact information is readily available for Global Logix.
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The Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board praised the Governor's support for thermal biomass, especially wood pellets.
The industry also is getting attention at the federal level.
In September, five members of the U.S. House of Representative co-sponsored H.R. 2715 -- the BTU Act of 2013 -- which would amend the Internal Revenue Code to include biomass heating systems in a tax credit program for energy-efficient buildings and property. The proposed legislation is currently being reviewed by the
House Ways and Means Committee.
(Source: Office of the Governor, Post Star, 11 Jan., 2014)
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Zilkha estimates that HECO could save 30 percent or more on its fuel costs by switching to wood pellets from fuel oil for electric power generation.
As with other new fuel sources, extensive testing would be needed before HECO could sign a contract to buy the fuel pellets.
(Source: HECO, Zilkha, Honolulu Star, Maui News, 5 Jan., 2014) Contact: Zilkha Biomass Energy, John Holmes, CEO, (713) 979-9961, www.zilkha.com; HECO, www.heco.com
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Viridis Merchants has secured approximately 30,000 tons of wood pellets from a southeast U.S. producer, representing approximately 30 percent of the manufacturer's capacity, to be delivered over the next 12 months to customers in Europe. Viridis Merchants is serving as a principal in the trade, providing value-add services such as logistics and marketing to the producer.
The first shipment has left port and is headed to the residential market in Europe. This transaction will generate approximately $8 million in annual revenue for Viridis, which will be realized after each recurring monthly shipment, and will be immediately additive to earnings.
(Source: Viridis Energy Inc., Dec. 31, 20130 Contact: Viridis Energy,
Christopher Robertson, CEO, (604) 739-9973, www.viridisenergy.ca
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In September 2013, Ontario Power Generation conducted a successful test burn using 100 percent advanced biomass, which was the first of its kind in the world.
OPG also has a coal-to-biomass conversion underway at the Atikokan generating station. It will use biomass fuel in the form of wood pellets. (Source: Gov't. of Ontario, PR, Pulp & Paper Canada, 17 Dec., 2013)
Contact: Ontario Power Generation,(416) 592-4319, www.opg.com
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The Port of Tyne is already a key link in the wood pellet supply chain for a number of major electric power generating stations. The bulk of the fuel comes from North America. The Port has invested £23 million in the specialized equipment and facilities required to store and handle wood pellets and has handled 1.6 million tonnes of pellets since 2010.
(Source: Port of Tyne, Shields Gazette, 17 Dec., 2013) Contact: Port of Tyne, Andrew Moffat, CEO, +44 191 455 2671, www.portoftyne.co.uk
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The majority of the increased shipments came from the Southern U.S followed by British Columbia. With additional capacity in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, Canadian pellet exports could expand significantly. To date, Canada's share of the total exports from North America accounted for 38 percent in the 2Q/13 -- down from 62 percent just two years ago.
In the US South, pellet export volumes in the 2Q/13 increased 16 percent from the previous quarter to just over 700,000 tons. In the second half of 2013, pellet trade data will also reflect additional shipments from US Gulf Coast ports in Texas and Alabama, where new plants have begun commercial operations. (Source: Wood Fiber Review, Dec. 12, 2013)
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On Dec. 9, Drax opened its new purpose-built biomass transport facilities boasting improved rail lines linking the power station to port sites in Hull, Immingham and the Tyne, the ports into which most of the wood will be imported from abroad.
Taken alongside the Government's decision to fund a detailed engineering study for the construction of a separate, "clean coal" power station, the DRAX announcements mark the beginning of a complete overhaul of Western Europe's largest power station.
(Source: DRAX, Yorkshire Post, 10 Dec., 2013)
Contact: DRAX, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
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The seven articles that remain in the first month of the campaign will focus on topics ranging from feed-in tariffs and certificates for difference to how wood pellet project developers can demonstrate their feedstock supply is sourced from a sustainable wood basin.
Suzanne Hearn, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, commented on the ideas behind this new project. "Since we launched our Forest2Fuel product line in 2007, we have had the opportunity to speak to wood pellet project developers at various stages of project development. Regardless of where these projects were in the development cycle, common questions and themes emerged. With this in mind, we set out to provide information about the wood supply chain that industry participants will find helpful as they develop and execute their projects."
The first four weeks of the campaign will feature content based on the UK energy policy initiatives that are driving the market for industrial wood pellets manufactured in the US South. Months two and three will focus on the nuances of the wood supply chain, particularly in the US South, and how to use supply agreements to minimize feedstock costs.
In addition to the articles on the F2M Market Watch blog, eBooks and white papers will also be available. The information campaign will conclude in mid-February.
Forest2Market provides solutions to complex supply chain challenges faced by those involved in wood bioenergy projects. In all stages of project development, Forest2Fuel customers use the company's services to ensure project success, locate green and brown field development sites, plan feedstock procurement strategies, manage feedstock risk over time and ensure long-term operational efficiencies.
Forest2Market provides market pricing data as well as wood and fiber supply chain expertise to customers in the forest, wood and paper products, recycled paper & packaging and bioenergy industries. (Source: Forest2Market, 19 Nov., 2013) Contact: Forest2Market, Suzanne Hearn, VP Marketing and Sales, (980) 233-4010 or (541) 302-8010, www.forest2market.com
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Uni Viridas is a special purpose entity of Unit Investment N.V.,established for this specific project. The plant is scheduled to be operational in 2015. Financial details have not been disclosed.
The turnkey delivery will include a boiler island, a turbine and buildings as
well as installation and construction works. The boiler can utilize wide range
of fuels such as forest residues with high combustion efficiency and low NOx and
CO2 emissions. The plant's output will be distributed to the local grid and
the heat will be utilized in a wood pellet factory, other industrial facilities
and nearby greenhouses. (Source: Metso, PR, 11 Nov., 2013) Contact: Metso,
Jorma Lehtoviita, VP, Heat and Power, Pulp, Paper and Power, +358 400 623 079, www.metso.com
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Approximately three dozen pellet producers , including Energy Corp., Appling County Pellets LLC, Lingetics of Idahoe, Indexk Ladysmith Biofuel Center, enviva, New England Wood Pellet LLC, and others received payments under this funding round. (Source: USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program) Contact: USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, www.rurdev.usda.gov
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In October 2012, Ukraine launched its first pilot project for solid biofuel -- pellets-from-straw -- production, and this year to build 10 additional biofuel plants. Wood pellets will be produced from straw purchased from local farmers.
To further boost its biofuel production, Ukraine also aims to create a pilot bio-energy village, which will serve as a hub for the sector, and to export biogas to other member countries of the European Union. (Source: PR-GB.com, 21 Oct., 2013)
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Georgia Biomass, exports to Italy, Germany and Denmark.
The company's pellet production facility manufactures 750,000 tpy of wood pellets. (Source: RWE, Bioenergy News, 18 Oct., 2013) Contact: RWE Innogy, Dr Hans Bunting, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com; Georgia Biomass, (912) 721-6105, www.gabiomass.com
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BlueFire was established to deploy the Arkenol patented and proven Concentrated Acid Hydrolysis Technology Process for the profitable conversion of cellulosic waste materials to renewable fuel sources. The company has demonstrated production of Biofuels from urban trash, rice and wheat straws, wood waste and other agricultural residues.
The Company received a Grant totaling $88 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in December of 2009. (Source: BlueFire, PR, 3 Oct., 2013) Contact: BlueFire, Richard Klann, (949)588.3767, ext. 411, email@example.com, www.bfreinc.com
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The 70-ft high plant is being constructed from recycled shipping containers on a 70 by 104 footprint. The company says the design increases the plant's efficiency. The plant is expected to be operational during the third quarter of this year.
(Source: Chip Energy, Sept., 2013) Contact: Chip Energy, Paul Weaver, President, (309) 965-2005, www.chipenergy.com
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Plum Creek is one of the largest and most geographically diverse private landowners in the U.S. with approximately 6.3 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the U.S. and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. (Source: Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., 19 Sept., 2013) Contact: Plum Creek Timber Co., John Hobbs, (800) 858-5347, www.plumcreek.com; Enova Energy Group, (404) 881-5441, http://enovaenergygroup.com
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Consumption has also grown rapidly, from 4.606 million metric tons in 2006, to 14.3 million metric tons in 2012. In 2013, the EU is expected to consume 16 million metric tons of wood pellets, with 17.1 million metric tons of consumption projected in 2014.
The plant is being built from recycled shipping containers configured in a vertical fashion, which results in a footprint spanning only 70 feet by 104 feet, but reaches 70 high. Paul Weaver, president of Chip Energy, said the design will increase the efficiency of the facility. (Source: Chip Energy, Biomass Mag., 20 Aug., 2013) Contact: Chip Energy, Paul Weaver, Pres., (309) 965-2005, www.chipenergy.com
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AMCREF, the new production facility, which was formerly the Dixie Pellets plant, is 'the world's first full-scale Zilkha black pellet plant'. Zilkha acquired the factory in 2010 after Dixie Pellets ceased operations at the location.
A plant retrofit is underway, with operations slated to begin in 2014 when the plant will generate renewable electricity for 50,000 homes per year. (Source: Zilkha Biomass Energy, PR, Bioenergy News, 15 Aug., 2013) Contact: Zilkha Biomass Energy, (713) 979-9961, www.zilkha.com
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The USDA rural development loans will pass through Singing River Electric Power Association. The county secured a $1 million loan with no interest and a $283,000 loan with 1 percent interest. They are both five-year notes. The facility is expected to be operational by spring 2015.
Green Circle is wholly owned by the JCE Group, a privately owned international investment company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. (Source: Green Circle Bio Energy, Gulf Live, Aug. 5, 2013) Contact: Green Circle Bio Energy, Morton Neraas, CEO, (850) 557-7357, www.greencirclebio.com
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Under the terms of the agreement, Ekman will serve as Scotia's exclusive worldwide agent to market its entire wood pellet production. The agreement covers an initial period of 24 months and an aggregate projected wood pellet production of up to 240,000 metric tons.
Viridis acquired Scotia, one of Canada's largest wood pellet manufacturer, in 2012. Scotia's production is expected to be re-booted before month end after extensive refurbishing. (Source: Viridis Energy, 24 July, 2013) Contact: Viridis Energy, Christopher Robertson, CEO, (604) 739-9973, www.viridisenergy.ca
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The EBF product has the same heat value as bituminous coal from the eastern U.S. (12,000+ BTUs), it exhibits a much greater heat value than wood pellets and unlike wood pellets, it is hydrophobic. The EBF product contains negligible amounts of sulfur and non-detectable levels of mercury, arsenic, and lead which are toxic elements in coal. EBF is also, by most standards, at or near carbon neutral.
With a commercial facility presently under construction, export of EBF is expected to begin first quarter 2014.
(Source: EnviraCarbon, Inc., Polution OnLine, 28 July, 2013) Contact: EnviraCarbon Inc., (423) 246-2222, http://www.enviracarbon.com
Tags Woody Biomass news, Coal news, EnviraCarbon news,
Because EBF allows biomass to take on the physical characteristics of coal it can be directly used by coal-burning or biomass fired power plants and industrial facilities without modifications or retrofitting to existing boiler systems. EBF also has the same heat value as bituminous coal from the Eastern U.S. (12,000-plus Btus). It also exhibits a greater heat value than wood pellets and, unlike wood pellets, it is hydrophobic. The EBF product contains negligible amounts of sulfur and non-detectable levels of mercury, arsenic, and lead and, by most standards, is at or near carbon neutral, according to ECI.
ECI facilities use only certified sustainable biomass and/or waste wood as feedstock and require a relatively small footprint while producing large quantities of EBF, says the company. With a commercial facility presently under construction, export of EBF is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014.
ECI describes itself as
a diverse group of companies focused on the development of clean energy technologies for the manufacturing of innovative biofuel products used for combustion by utilities to create renewable electricity and a wide range of activated carbon products including enviraPAC Hg -- a group of biomass-derived powdered activated carbons used to capture mercury from coal flue gas. (Source: EnviraCarbon, Construction & Demolition Recycling, 12 July, 2013) Contact: EnviraCarbon Inc., (423) 246-2222, http://www.enviracarbon.com
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The company a review of the ground conditions on the site, and changes in government guidance on how it financially supports the use of heat and power for dedicated biomass energy plants were key to its jumping ship.
Real Ventures currently has planning consent for similar projects in the UK.(Source: Isle of Wight Radio, July 9, 2013) Contact: Real Ventures, Ray Tucker CEO , +44 1425 463 216, www.realventures.co.uk
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According to the article, many European utilities say the approach is environmentally sound because newly planted trees can recapture the carbon released in the burning of wood pellets. However, environment groups say that carbon is released far more rapidly than what saplings can absorb. Moreover, a 100 year old forest needs about a century to regrow to the original size.
In 2012, Europe imported more than 1.7 million tons of pellets from the US. According to the US International Trade Commission, this market was 'virtually non-existent' in 2000. (Source: International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, June 10, 2013) Contact: International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, +41 22 917 84 92, www.ictsd.org
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Perhaps most tantalizing for the future of biomass is the potential for producing liquid transportation biofuels from woody biomass rather than from corn. Today it is no longer a question of whether we can do this profitably but rather it's a question of how profitably it can be accomplished relative to the cost of fossil fuels. Not a small problem, but one whose solution remains within reach.
The full report, Woody Biomass: Powered by Oregon can be viewed HERE. (Source: Oregon Forest Resources Institue, June 4, 2013) Contact: Oregon Forests, Dave Kvamme,
Director of communications, www.oregonforests.org
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In 2011, 77 per cent of all renewable energy inputs came from burning biomass and, according to the government's 2012 Bioenergy Strategy, up to 11 percent of all the UK's energy could come from burning biomass by 2020. This would be almost three-quarters of the UK's entire renewable energy target. The figure includes biofuels such as soya and palm oil that are linked to large-scale deforestation and land grabbing. However, the largest share is to come from burning wood, both in purpose-built new power stations and in coal power stations that are being fully or partly converted to wood pellets.
"If the true purpose of the government's renewable energy strategy was to reduce carbon emissions and promote more sustainable types of energy then their priorities would seem senseless. Energy companies have announced plans to build or convert power stations which altogether would burn 81 million tpy of wood. The UK's total wood production (for all purposes) is only 10 million tonnes annually. Planning consent has been granted for five coal power stations to partly or fully convert to wood. Those power stations alone will burn almost five times the UK's annual wood production every year. "Not surprisingly then, the UK Bioenergy Strategy confirms that 80 percent of biomass is expected to be imported. Most imports so far are from British Columbia and the southern US, two regions where highly bio-diverse and carbon-rich forests are being clear-cut at an ever faster rate. US campaigners have proven that the pellets come from whole trees, not just residues as companies like to claim. And one scientific study after another confirms that burning trees for electricity results in vast carbon emissions which cannot possibly be absorbed by new trees for decades or centuries, if ever. Meanwhile in the UK, figures commissioned by the last government showed that 1.75 million life years could be lost in 2020 as a result of bioenergy expansion -- or rather due to just one of the dozens of different pollutants released from burning biomass.
"So how did electricity from biomass come to take center stage in the government's renewables policy when it is clearly disastrous for the climate, for forests and for people's health? The answer is lobbying -- primarily by the Big Six energy companies and Drax. All of the coal-to-biomass conversions are for power stations which would otherwise have to close under EU legislation because they breach sulphur dioxide rules.
"To keep those power stations open, energy companies have demanded and received guarantees of long-term subsidies for burning biomass paid under the Renewables Obligation , as well as other investment support. This includes loans by the Green Investment Bank, which are informed by government priorities. Their first big loan went to Drax, and secretary of state Vince Cable has praised their vital role in stopping Drax from shutting down. Thanks to the Green Bank, Drax can keep burning vast amounts of coal as well as imported wood for years or decades to come.
"Documents received by Biofuelwatch through a Freedom of Information request illustrate the degree of collusion between Drax and the government. Drax was satisfied with government guarantees of long-term support for biomass conversion well before the crucial subsidy rules were proposed to parliament.
Without breaking big energy companies' hold over government policy, even its renewable energy strategy will continue to make climate change, deforestation and air pollution ever worse." (Source: Biofuel Watch, Blog, 7 June, 2013) Contact: Biofuel Watch, www.biofuelwatch.org.uk
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Port St. Joe officials say that in order for Green Circle to take it's place at the port, a massive dredging effort needs to happen. "We certainly have a big task ahead of us, first of all the permitting. There's a lot of work to be done in that, probably at least a year."
The project is estimated to cost $20-25 million, which is in addition to the $2 million.
Port officials say once the dredging is completed and business starts to flow, the Army Corp. of Engineers will commit to maintenance dredging, as they do with all federal and functional channels. (Source: City of Port St. Joe,WMBB, May 2, 2013) Contact: Circle Green Bio Energy, (850) 557-7357, www.greencirclebio.com
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The silo, which has a capacity of 3,000 cubic meters and will be capable of storing up to 1,800 tonnes of wood pellets,
is part of a system that will handle a million tpy of biomass imported from the US and Canada by sea to Hull in the form of wood pellets created from forestry residues.
The work is part of an investment of £100m in the Humber Ports, related to a 15-year contract between port operator ABP, and Drax Power, to handle biomass shipments destined for Drax power stations. It is expected to become operational in October (Source: Drax, Yorkshire Post, May 30, 2013) Contact: Drax, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; The Spencer Group, +44 (0) 113 815 0015, www.thespencergroup.co.uk
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Viridis, whose production capacity is just under 200,000 tpy, is the North America's only pellet producer with manufacturing and distribution capabilities on both the east and west coast. (Source: Viridis, NewNet, 17 May, 2013) Contact: Viridis Energy, Christopher Robertson, CEO, (604) 739-9973, www.viridisenergy.ca
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Both public and private sector organizations can apply for funding to support the switch from conventional to biomass boilers, which according to the GIB can help properties save up to 30 per cent on their energy bills. The boilers will be fueled by sustainably sourced wood pellets and could save around 150,000 tonnes of CO2 over the 20-year lifetime of the investment.
Non-domestic energy efficiency has been one of the £3 billion GIB's investment priority areas since it was established in November last year. (Source: Business Green, 20 May, 2013) Contact: Green Investment Bank, +44 (0) 330 123 3070, http://www.greeninvestmentbank.com
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The high-tech controller is being provided on all future Herz pellet and chip boilers up to 300 kW supplied by Rural Energy, from the end of April. T-Control means the system can also be remotely monitored. (Source: Rural Energy, H&VNews, April 24, 2013) Contact: Rural Energy, http://www.rural-energy.eu; Myriad CEG, www.myriadceg.com
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The North American wood pellet export industry has grown exponentially in a relatively short period of time. The export value has increased from an estimated $40 million in 2004 to almost $400 million in 2012.
Woody biomass and wood pellets have attracted both increased attention and investments in a number of European countries. With limited domestic wood raw-material sources, the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and others have increasingly relied on the importation of industrial wood pellets to reduce coal consumption at some of their power utilities. The relatively high costs for wood pellets in Europe have resulted in increased interest in importing pellets from British Columbia and the U.S. southern states where wood raw-material costs are lower than in Europe. A record volume of 3.2 million tons of pellets was exported from North America to Europe in 2012, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review www.woodprices.com. From the US South, shipments were up over hundred percent compared to 2011, while Canadian exports increased 25 percent year-over-year.
The expansion of pellet production has been particularly noteworthy in the US South where there have been
14 new pellet plants that are either new or planning to expand production in the coming year. Location and
capacity of the new plants are reported in the latest issue of NAWFR. Source: NAWFR, Wood Resources International LLC, 23 April, 2013) Contact: Wood Resources International, Hakan Ekstrom, (425) 402-8809, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wri-ltd.com
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The Efficiency Maine Trust helps Maine residents with weatherization and energy-efficiency projects in their homes and businesses. It also helps fund conversions from oil to cheaper forms of heating fuels such as wood pellets and others.
The Efficiency Maine Trust is funded primarily through a "system benefit charge" assessed on all Maine electricity ratepayers and proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Efficiency Maine spent nearly $24 million on its programs, which was matched by about $36 million in participant contributions. The organization estimated those expenditures created a "lifetime energy benefit" in excess of $128 million.
(Source: Efficiency Maine Trust, Bangor Daily News, 18 April, 2013) Contact: Efficiency Maine Trust, (866) 376-2463, www.efficiencymaine.com
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