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US wood pellet exports to Europe hit record high to meet biomass demand
Click Green
Europe’s boom in biomass demand has led to a doubling of wood pellet exports from North America in just two years to reach 4.7 million tons in 2013, according to the latest data. North America exported wood pellets valued at over 650 million dollars in 2013, a dramatic increase of more than 250 percent in just two years, according to new research released by the North American Wood Fiber Review.
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Biofuels mandate is cut drastically
ClimateWire via Scientific American
U.S. EPA has revised the number of cellulosic biofuel gallons in 2013 that needed to be blended in the U.S. fuel supply to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons — about five ten-thousandths of a percent of the country's fuel — a move supported by both oil and renewable fuel groups. It's a drastic reduction from the amount EPA had decided on eight months ago — 6 million gallons — and an even larger decline from the 1 billion gallons the industry was meant to produce in 2013.
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US Forest Services seeks wood to energy proposals
Domestic Fuel
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management. The Forest Service also released a Wood Energy Financial App for use by community and business leaders seeking to replace fossil fuel with wood energy.
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California to lock carbon on farms and forests
The Huffington Post
Climate change is bad for farms and forests, as the recent Showtime series "Years of Living Dangerously" makes abundantly - and painfully - clear. But farms and forests are also a key tool in the effort to slow climate change, because healthy trees and soils pull carbon from the atmosphere. California, meanwhile, has adopted ambitious - some would argue too ambitious - goals for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
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Proposed Nebraska plant to produce biomass fuel, bioenergy
Biomass Magazine
A proposed project under development by Southwest Renewable Resources aims to develop a unique biomass fuel production facility and up to 25 megawatt of bioenergy capacity in South Sioux City, Neb. Earlier this year, the Nebraska cities of South Sioux City, Wakefield and Wayne, along with the Northeast Public Power District, entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SRR. Under the MOU, the four public entities and SRR have agreed to work together to supply electricity to the three cities and NEPP via a biomass-fired cogeneration system.
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Wood pellet boiler industry pushes changes for new heating systems
The Bangor Daily News
In a nondescript warehouse on Presumpscot Street,Maine, around a dozen high-tech wood pellet boilers arrived from Denmark aboard a ship from Iceland, bound for installation in Maine. The winding journey took years to align, but leaders of the Portland-based Interphase Energy say the commercial infrastructure has developed enough for Maine’s burgeoning wood pellet industry to carve out its own niche in Maine and the Northeast.
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Building tall with wood supports rural America
Flathead Beacon
If Americans are serious about tackling climate change, then the solution may be found in building the city of tomorrow to look more like the city of yesterday. As glass and steel towers continue to rise, wood skyscrapers are likely to start sprouting alongside. Multi-story and high-rise wood buildings are already planned or rising in Europe and Canada. They are architecturally distinct, and they are made of the original green building material.
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Timberland price growth nears that of farmland
Agrimoney
As the U.S. farmland market is slowing down, returns from buying forestry land is picking up, lifted by demand from China and recovery in the U.S. housing market. U.S. timberland values returned by 9.8 percent in the year to the end of March – the strongest annual performance since the third quarter of 2008, as the world was entering economic crisis, the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries said.
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New ISO wood pellet standards published; safety effort begins
Biomass Magazine
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for solid biomass fuels will be available for purchase soon in the ISO store. The international standards agency outlined the need for standards for solid biofuels, including wood pellets, chips and other densified biomass, in an article published on its website, “Stoking the biofuel flame.”
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Norwood sawmills introduces new portable sawmill
Woodworking Network
Norwood Sawmills, leading global manufacturer of innovative portable sawmills, is excited to announce the addition of a new model, the LumberMan MN26, to its lineup of quality mobile bandsaws. The first major benefit of the LumberMan MN26 for do-it-yourselfers, is that its beefy capacity comes at a relatively pint-sized cost.
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EPA and USDA dispute corn stover study
Domestic Fuel
Two federal agencies joined the biofuels industry recently in seriously questioning the results of a University of Nebraska study that claims negative greenhouse gas emissions impacts in using corn stover for ethanol production. A statement by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Liz Purchia about the report noted problems with “hypothetical assumption that 100 percent of corn stover in a field is harvested” which she calls “an extremely unlikely scenario that is inconsistent with recommended agricultural practices."
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