Questions Remain About Future of Texas Biomass Incinerator

Questions remain about future of biomass facility

- by Rhonda Oaks, October 20, 2013. Source: The Lufkin News

Since a judge’s ruling in May allowed an outside management company to assume control of the idled Aspen Power plant in North Lufkin, many citizens have questioned the status of the 57-megawatt facility that was intended to be the state’s first wood-waste biomass electricity generation plant in Texas. Those questions have gone unanswered by officials of U.S. Bank, InventivEnergy, the management company in charge of the company’s fate, and Danny Vines, owner of Aspen Power, who was millions of dollars behind in bond payments in May.

UK Wood Pellet Port Catches Fire

UK Wood Pellet Port Catches Fire

October 11, 2013. Source: The Shields Gazette

PORT of Tyne bosses have said a riverside blaze that sparked a major fire alert is now under control.About 50 firefighters were called to the Port at around 3pm on Friday to tackle a blaze in a storage shed containing biomass pellets.

A spokeswoman for the Port said: “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service attended a fire at a cargo-handling building at the Port of Tyne.

“There was no damage to property and there was minimal impact on port operations.

“The fire was brought under control and contained within the facility.

Biomass Energy Takes Share of $7 Billion in U.S. Army Contracts

Biomass energy takes share of $7 billion in U.S. Army contracts

- by Anna Simet, September 24, 2013. Source: Biomass Magazine

Out of 52 bids submitted to acquire a share of $7 billion in energy contracts offered by the U.S. Army, 13 biomass companies have been selected.

Contract awardees include Acciona Energy North America Corp., Chicago, Ill.; ECC Renewables LLC, Burlingame, Calif.; EDF Renewable Energy, San Diego, Calif.; Emerald Infrastructure, San Antonio, Texas; Energy Answers International Inc., Albany, N.Y. ; EIF United States Power Fund IV L.P., Needham, Mass.; Energy Management Inc., Boston, Mass.;  Honeywell International Inc., Golden Valley, Minn.; MidAmerican/Clark Joint Venture, Bethesda, Md.; Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.; Siemens Government Technologies Inc., Arlington, Va.; Stronghold Engineering, Riverside, Calif., and Energy Systems Group LLC, Newburgh, Ind.

Fire Erupts at Missouri Wood Pellet Facility

Fire erupts at the MFA Biomass plant in Aurora

- by Paula Morehouse, October 13, 2013. Source: KY3

The state fire marshal is investigating a fire on Sunday at the MFA Biomass plant in Aurora, Missouri.     

The owner told KY3 News no one was hurt in the fire. The facility was not in operation on Sunday.

Owner Dustin Dover said the damage is visible on the outside of the building.  He declined to release any other information about the fire.

The MFA Biomass plant converts sawdust into pellets for wood burning stoves.

Speak Up On “National Bioenergy Truth Day” – Thursday, October 17

Speak Up On “National Bioenergy Truth Day” – Thursday, October 17  
Please take 5 minutes of your time on Thursday, October 17 to make phone calls to select members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (listed below with talking points) to voice your opposition to the latest piece of legislation that would open the door to dozens more air-polluting, climate-changing, water-fouling, forest-trashing biomass incinerators.
The biomass incineration industry has dubbed Thursday, October 17, 2013 “National Bioenergy Day.” Biomass energy and logging corporations will be holding events in collaboration with trade groups, schools, and universities across the U.S. and Canada to “raise awareness about the benefits of bioenergy” —  a.k.a. spew industry propaganda.
The Anti-Biomass Incineration Campaign has renamed October 17 “National Bioenergy Truth Day” so we can unite the voices of our national network to expose the truth about the dire health and environmental consequences of biomass incineration.

Wood Pellet Facility Threatens Southern Forests

New Maps Reveal Enviva’s Ahoskie Wood Pellet Facility Threatens Southern Wetland Forests, Surrounding Ecosystems and Wildlife

- August 27, 2013. Source: Dogwood Alliance

AHOSKIE, N.C. (August 27, 2013) – New maps and a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Dogwood Alliance reveal the ecological threat a major wood pellet manufacturing mill in Ahoskie, North Carolina, poses to surrounding endangered forests. The facility, operated by the South’s largest exporter of wood pellets, Enviva, produces approximately 400,000 tons of wood pellets per year to ship to Europe as fuel for biomass electricity.

Wood Pellet Facility Creates Dust Issue

Wood Pellet Facility Creates Dust Issue

- by Linda Russell, September 3, 2013. Source: KY3

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Growing production at a pellet plant in Aurora means more jobs.  But people who live nearby say it also means a lot more sawdust, so much that it's hurting air quality there.

MFA Oil Biomass opened the production facility on Aurora's northwest side about two years ago, but this summer, they ramped up production, and along with that came clouds of dust.

"You would go outside in the morning and the air would just be filled with these fine particles of sawdust, and it would like, choke you up to breathe," says Aurora resident Diana James.

MFA Biomass is using sawdust and turning it into wood pellets for wood burning stoves.

European Biofuels Vote Delivers 'Desperately Weak Compromise'

European Biofuels Vote Delivers 'Desperately Weak Compromise'

- by Karl Mathiesen, September 11, 2013. Source: The Guardian

The European parliament has delivered a "desperately weak compromise" on the future of biofuels in Europe that industry says will "curtail jobs and investment".

In a tight vote on the use of biofuels in transport fuel, the parliament approved a 6% cap on the contribution of biofuels to Europe's renewable transport energy target of 10% by 2020.

The policy of replacing petrol and diesel for cars and other vehicles stems from efforts to reduce carbon emissions from Europe's transport sector. But critics argue that while biofuels can look green, they come with unintended consequences. Growing biofuel crops displaces food crops, pushing up food prices, and some biofuels can actually lead to higher carbon emissions than fossil fuels when changes in land use are fully accounted for.

Biofuels Project Pushing Thousands of People into Hunger in Africa

Biofuels Project Pushing Thousands of People into Hunger in Africa

- September 4, 2013. Source: ActionAid

A biofuels project praised by the European Commission as environmentally and socially responsible is pushing thousands of people into poverty in one of the poorest countries in the world, a new ActionAid report said today.

The report comes as MEPs prepare to take a critical vote on EU biofuel policies next week.

When Addax Bioenergy shortly begins exporting ethanol from a sugar cane plantation in Sierra Leone to the EU to be used in petrol, it will be the first biofuels to be exported from Africa to Europe in commercial quantities.

The EU claims that it does not import biofuels crops from Africa’s poorest countries because of the potential impact that its biofuel policies have on decreasing the amount of land that can be used to grow food and therefore increasing hunger.

Florida Forest Service Report on Forest Sustainability Challenged

Florida Forest Service Report on Forest Sustainability Challenged

- by Bruce Ritchie, September 6, 2013. Source: The Florida Current

A Florida Forest Service report required by 2012 legislation found that the state's forests overall are sustainable but there are some counties where some types of trees are being harvested faster than they are being grown.

The report was required by HB 7117, a comprehensive energy bill, amid concerns that proposed new biomass energy plants could increase costs for existing sawmills, pulp mills and others in the forest product industry.

“The study indicates that most counties in Florida have highly sustainable forests that meet or exceed the demands of our forest products industry," Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam said in a press release issued this week.


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