Biomass


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‘Industrial Scale’ Sawmill Proposed for Orangeburg County

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The various wood products industries have played a central role in the economic vitally of our state for decades upon decades, but the demands placed on our state’s forests have rarely risen to such a scale as to present a serious threat to overall forest and ecosystem health. A recently proposed timber mill of unprecedented, industrial-scale proportions might be wading into unsustainable waters. Read More

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Massachusetts Biomass Standard Requires Efficiency

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It’s becoming apparent that biomass facilities must meet minimum efficiency standards to be worth public investment. In an age of hybrid cars, could the government justify using public funds to purchase a 1970’s pickup truck which gets 10 miles per gallon? The same cost-benefit analysis is now being applied to biomass-to-energy facilities. Read More

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Brits Hesitate on New Biomass Over Sustainability Concerns

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two of Britain’s largest utilities announced a dramatic reduction in their biomass development plans, citing rising concerns over the carbon footprint of wood pellets imported from North America. A representative from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change said that biomass is a relatively high-cost way to address the carbon issue when compared to wind and energy conservation. Read More

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US Global Leader in Wood Pellet Exports

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

According to a new report from Wood Resources International, the US has surpassed Canada as the leading exporter of wood pellets. As Europe begins its transition from coal to woody biomass for electricity generation, they anticipate sourcing much of that wood in the form of pellets from the Southeast US. Negative impacts to forests and ecosystem health could be managed with appropriate sustainbility standards. Read More

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Europe's Demand for Wood Pellets to Impact Southeast

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The UK’s biggest coal-fired power plant will spend $1 billion to convert half of its units to burn wood pellets. Once completed, it would require harvesting a forest the size of Rhode Island each year. The company says the majority of pellets would come from the Southeastern US, raising concerns about sustainability. Read More

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