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Sugarcane Breeding Institute develops 'energy canes'
The Economic Times
The Coimbatore, India-based Sugarcane Breeding Institute has developed "energy canes," which are expected to give high yield and is being evaluated at Samalkot in Andhra Pradesh, a senior institute official said. 'Genotype I', as against commercial sugarcanes, has high fiber and relatively low sucrose, which can serve as dual purpose cane for both sugar and energy and can be processed in existing sugar mills, said the institute's Director Vijayan Nair.
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Missouri says no to regulation of wood-burning heating appliances by EPA
Examiner.com
Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from regulating wood-burning heaters, unless specifically authorized by the Missouri Legislature. The legislation was introduced in an attempt to prevent Missouri from helping implement a proposed rule change by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
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First wood-based biomass plant to restart in Texas
Fierce Energy
NRG Energy Services LLC — a wholly-owned subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc. — will restart the Aspen Power biomass plant in Lufkin, Texas, which has been shut down since fall 2012, as well as operate and maintain the facility once online to provide clean, renewable power for the Texas market. The plant, which first began operation in August 2011 as the first wood-based biomass power plant in the state, is overseen by InventivEnergy, a clean energy consulting and asset management firm.
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17 ideas for taking care of Michigan's trees included in new urban forest plan
The Ann Arbor News
The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a new Urban and Community Forest Management Plan, a 146-page document years in the making. The plan, unanimously adopted by the City Council, is intended to provide policy direction and guidance to city staff for future efforts to sustainably maintain and expand Ann Arbor's tree canopy, and it includes 17 specific recommendations.
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Scientists to EPA: Boost biomass regulations
Poughkeepsie Journal
In a letter submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, 91 of the country's leading scientists urged the EPA to draft new scientifically sound rules to curb carbon emissions from biomass-fueled power plants. The letter came as the EPA concluded a three-year evaluation period to more accurately determine the carbon emissions effects of using biomass fuels, such as burning whole trees and other plant materials in large-scale electricity generation.
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'Finnwood' a sustainable hardwood alternative
The Philippine Star
Having participated at the Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition, the country's largest building and construction industry exhibition featuring local and international companies, a group of local Filipino and Finnish construction engineers are ready to answer Filipinos' demand for top quality sustainable wood products and building solutions. Local wood like narra and tanguile, in short supply due to illegal logging and subsequent log bans, are not only expensive but also unsustainable from economic and environmental standpoints to meet the needs of the growing construction industry.
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US demand for wood-plastic composite, plastic lumber to reach $5.5 billion
Plastics Today
Demand in the United States for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber is expected to go up 9.8 percent per year, reaching $5.5 billion by 2018 and creating a market for 2.6 billion pounds of plastic, according to The Freedonia Group. A rebound in new home completions from 2013's low level as well as gains in residential improvement and repair spending will help drive stronger demand.
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US lumber prices to rise as increased US house building offsets decreased Chinese construction
International Business Times
An increase in U.S. housing construction is expected to raise significantly the price of lumber by the end of the year, offsetting the depressing effect China's recent downturn in property investment has had on lumber demand. Capital Economics, a London-based financial research consultancy group, expects prices to increase almost 30 percent, from $313 per 1,000 board feet to $400, by the end of 2014. The group attributes the expected rise to increased demand in the U.S. housing market.
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Forestry and farm projects to share $1.1 million
Times Argus
Vermont awarded $1.1 million to 37 farm and forestry projects around the state in the second year it offered working lands grants. Among the recipients is Grow Compost of Vermont LLC, which is receiving $75,000 for a new truck to collect food and food scraps from schools and businesses and manure from farms to turn into compost and for use in digesters to make energy. Some of the food will also go to food banks as Vermont moves toward its goal of statewide recycling by 2015 and keeping food scraps out of landfills by 2020.
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Wood waste heater that comes highly recommended
Furniture & Joinery Production
The managing director of a Midlands joinery company has been so impressed with a wood waste heater, purchased from Wood Waste Technology, that he has recommended it to other woodworking companies, and two other businesses have already purchased one as a result. Like many others, Scott Birkhead from Sinclair Construction in Derbyshire, U.K., was concerned about the impact of ever-increasing bills on his business profit. Not only were rising energy prices making it more and more expensive to heat his 7000 sq. ft. premises and keep him and his employees warm, but disposing of the wood off-cuts generated from manufacture was also becoming increasingly costly.
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