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Positive horizons for US pellets around the globe
Look across the horizon for the industrial-grade wood pellet market, and you will see many positive developments for the industry. Not only is the industry achieving policy certainty and government support for biomass across the E.U., but also new markets are beginning to emerge in Asia. There are also opportunities opening up here at home in the U.S., and within the robust residential heat market in Europe.
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Forestry division makes tree seedlings available for order
Bowling Green Daily News
The Kentucky Division of Forestry is taking orders for tree seedlings.
The bare-root seedlings can be used by private landowners, as well as the public sector for reforestation, wildlife habitat development, erosion control, windbreaks and numerous other conservation projects, according to a news release.
More than 50 species of trees are available, including white pine, bald cypress, black walnut, white oak, yellow-poplar, dogwood, redbud, pawpaw, hazelnut and pecan.
Poplar biofuel has potential to offer substantial environmental savings
Biofuels have long been suggested as part of the solution to curbing greenhouse gas emissions and people's reliance on oil, but a new study is seeking to ease the bottleneck in biofuels being adopted on a global scale by clarifying controversies surrounding their overall environmental sustainability.
First generation bioethanol is made from food crops but its benefits are limited as the fuel cannot be produced sustainably on a large scale without threatening food supplies.
'Femme fatale' emerald ash borer decoy lures and kills males
Penn State News
An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.
"Our new decoy and electrocution process may be useful in managing what the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service claims to be the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America," said Michael Domingue, postdoctoral fellow in entomology, Penn State.
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The oil industry thinks the White House will raise the biofuel mandate to win a Senate seat
The oil industry accused the Obama Administration of using the country’s biofuel mandate as a political weapon recently — specifically, that the White House intends to hike up the mandate to help out a Democratic Senate candidate in Iowa.
According to The Hill, the oil lobbying group the American Petroleum Institute said that the Administration was likely to reverse its earlier plans to lower the required amount of biofuel for 2014, and instead keep it at 2013′s level.
Woodburning for energy independence
Mother Earth News
Woodburning can be an intelligent and environmentally sound home heating option, whether it is used as a primary or supplemental source of heat. Among the other home heating fuels, wood is the one renewable fuel that can be harvested with one's own labor and a modest investment in equipment.
US cellulosic fuel makers press Obama to alter biofuel plan
The nascent U.S. cellulosic ethanol industry has urged the White House to change course on targets for biofuel use, warning in a letter to President Barack Obama that current policy risks losing investments to China and Brazil.
Federally set mandates for the use of fuels such as corn ethanol and cellulosic ethanol, made from plant waste like grasses and wood, must be based on the industry's ability to produce the fuel, not on infrastructure restraints, executives of several biofuel companies wrote.
Ontario home to largest biomass plant in North America
Replacing coal-fired electricity generation is the single largest climate change initiative being undertaken in North America and, when fully eliminated, will be equivalent to taking up to seven million cars off the road. In April 2014, Ontario, Canada, became the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. Recently, Ontario became home to North America's largest power plant completely fueled by biomass.
Turning corn cobs into car fuel
Inside Science via Science 2.0
Today, ethanol is routinely made from the kernels of corn. Eventually, though, it may be made from the husks.
Starches like corn provide quick energy because they readily break down into simple sugars such as glucose. This structure also makes them easy to convert into bioethanol, an alternative to fossil fuels.
Largest city in Vermont now gets all its power from wind, water and biomass
The 42,000 people living in Burlington, Vermont, can now feel confident that when they turn on their TVs or power up their computers they are using renewable energy. With the purchase of the 7.4 megawatt Winooski One hydroelectric project earlier this month, the Burlington Electric Department now owns or contracts renewable sources — including wind, hydro and biomass — equivalent to the city’s needs.
Sierra Pacific becomes quiet giant in lumber industry
The News Tribune
If pressed to name the biggest forest products companies in the U.S., or the most significant in Washington, D.C., you might come up with names such as Weyerhaeuser or Boise Cascade or Georgia-Pacific. For some local flavor you might throw in some names such as Simpson, Longview Fibre or Plum Creek.
Utah State University gets nearly $2 million to study use of synthetic spider silk in cars
The Herald Journal
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a USTAR professor nearly $2 million to produce synthetic spider silk fibers that could be used to make lighter, more efficient automobiles.
Randy Lewis and his Utah State University team earned $1.9 million in funding from the department to conduct the research — one of 14 projects selected nationally for a DOE program aimed at exploring environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies to help reduce the nation’s petroleum use, DOE secretary Ernest Moniz announced recently.
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