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Feb 23, 2015, Los Angeles - Rentech announced today that its subsidiary, New England Wood Pellet (NEWP), has acquired the assets of Allegheny Pellet Corporation (Allegheny). The acquisition expands NEWP's market position as the largest producer of wood pellets for the U.S. heating market.
Feb. 23, 2015 - As it is with any product, increasing the sales of pellets is a multi-faceted endeavour. Packaging can certainly play an important role, and the trends in what’s available today in pellet bags reflect the same trends being seen in many other industries. There’s a bigger focus on flexibility than ever before, so that pellet manufacturers can provide the exact bags that meet their customers’ needs.
Feb. 20, 2015 - The European Commission is looking into whether the British government is giving the Lynemouth Power Station more money than necessary to convert from coal to wood pellets, reports.
Feb. 20, 2015 - Eastern Canada's scare wood pellets are being shipped overseas causing hardships in the domestic market, Aaron Beswick Truro Bureau reports in the Chronicle Herald.
Feb. 19, 2015, Los Angeles – GSO Capital Partners LP (GSO) has increased its credit facility for Rentech by up to $63 million. The majority of the proceeds from this new facility are expected to fund completion of Rentech's Canadian wood pellet projects through positive cash flow. Rentech now estimates the cost to complete the construction of its Canadian wood pellet projects to be $125 to $130 million.
Feb. 19, 2015 – Nova Scotia Power's biomass plant is being accused of burning high quality sawlogs that would otherwise keep hardwood sawmills in business, reports The Chronicle Herald. Another sawmill in Nova Scotia is shutting down because it can't access the sawlogs it needs.
Feb. 18, 2015 - Canadian Biomass took a trip to Vancouver Island to see how one of the largest Canadian log exporters is handling the export restrictions. Island Timberlands exports its logs with the majority going to Asia. The author was curious to see how the company is able to reconcile costs if the export rules are written to restrict logs from leaving Canada.
Feb. 12, 2015 - Two Clearwater, B.C. residents plan to cycle from Toronto to Ottawa to promote a Care2 petition to implement a carbon fee-and-dividend program.
Feb. 4, 2015 – In a blog post on Huffington Post, Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England Paul Brannen says managed forests are the answer to climate change.
Jan. 29, 2015 - Forest Owner Mobile expands MHG Systems' application portfolio to the consumer sector by introducing real-time forest planning tools to forest owners' mobile devices.
Jan. 20, 2015 – Biomass power is on the rise in Japan after the country introduced an FIT (feed-in-tariff) program in 2012. The subsidy has spurred an increase of biomass power generation facilities – 33 units of varying sizes plan to fire up in 2015.
March 3, 2015 - BioAmber Inc., an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals, today announced it has initiated commissioning activities for its 30,000 MT capacity bio-succinic acid plant located in Sarnia, Ont.
March 2, 2015 - Biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542 from the federal government.
Feb. 12, 2015 - Commissioned by the EU, Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research is performing pre-normative research into standards for biobased products.
Feb. 9, 2015 - Even those working in today’s forest products industry may not realize the vast potential for wood fibre – in everything from car parts, to clothing to cosmetics.  Most people would not conceive of wood frame buildings soaring to 40-storeys high either.
Jan. 26, 2015 – Dalhousie University researcher is looking to give farmers a boost by finding jobs and revenue in agricultural waste, the Chronicle Herald reports.
Jan. 16, 2015 – The industry must move to profitable commercialization, S2G BioChem president and CEO told Biofuels Digest. Investors must start making money to encourage more investment.
March 3, 2015 - The City of Surrey is partnering with a Dutch technology company to build a biofuel processing facility, according to a report in Business Vancouver.
March 3, 2015 - Canada’s kraft pulp mills are uniquely suited to be the hub of what’s called the integrated forest biorefinery. Kraft pulp mills convert wood chips to cellulose pulp by chemical processes, and often produce green electricity for sale to the grid. With add-on processes, many of which are still at the demonstration phase, kraft mills could produce a wide range of bio-based chemicals and fuels.
Feb 25., 2015 - The Forest Industry Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is hosting their second annual Bio-Heat Community of Practice Workshop on Thursday, March 12, 2015. It is being held at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto.
Feb. 23, 2015 - Use of US corn in ethanol production increased 5 percent in December while sorghum use for biofuel tumbled 57 percent from the previous month, the US Department of Agriculture said in a new monthly report on Thursday. The so-called Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report was the first in a suite of monthly reports that will be launched this year.
Feb. 19, 2015, Grapevine, Texas, — Regulators and the biofuel industry have turned their focus to 2016 ahead of a three-year package of mandates setting minimum US biofuel consumption levels expected by June 22.
Feb. 19, 2015 - The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association is beginning the New Year with new leadership, a growing membership and an evolving focus.
Feb. 23, 2015 - The expansion of the wood pellet industry in Canada has caused hammermill manufacturers to expand their product offerings to the North American market. As a result, there are more options for pellet mill equipment than ever before here in Canada.
Feb. 11, 2015 - Bob Gilmore has been appointed Managing Director / Chief Sales Officer at Vecoplan, LLC. As a Managing Director he joins Len Beusse, Managing Director / COO, on the strategic planning team charged with positioning Vecoplan LLC for sustainable long-term growth, as well as day-to-day management of the company. Mr. Gilmore's responsibilities as CSO include the supervision of all internal and external sales staff, and overseeing the expansion of Vecoplan markets.
Feb. 9, 2015, Toronto – Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Thunder Bay Generating Station (TBGS) is now in service and is leading the electricity industry with an exciting new technology. The station has been converted to use advanced biomass, a renewable, clean and dispatchable fuel.
Feb. 10, 2015 - Drax has a monstrous appetite for biomass. The operator of a 4,000-megawatt power station in North Yorkshire, England, it supplies about 7% of the country’s electricity. Drax needs large, reliable suppliers with cost-effective, reliable supply chains and able to guarantee long-term commitments. Los Angeles-based Rentech Inc. has assembled just this combination to land a 10-year supply contract with Drax, making it Eastern Canada’s de facto leader in wood pellet exports.
Jan. 26, 2015 - SMS Equipment Inc. augmented its equipment offerings with the addition of heavy-duty, high-production products from mulching-industry leader Fecon. Established in 1992, Fecon manufactures a broad line of durable, purpose-built machines that fit a wide range of applications across four primary markets: vegetation management, environmental, oil and gas and construction.
Jan. 22, 2015, Coolidge, GA - Hurst Boiler, an international manufacturer of a complete line of gas, oil, solid fuel, wood, waste, coal, biomass and hybrid fuel-fired steam and hot water boilers since 1967, announces the launch of its new, user-friendly online CAD download solution, featuring their latest boiler models and plan view configurations.
Feb. 12, 2015, Washington, D.C. – The eighth annual George Washington Carver Award will recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to building the biobased economy by applying industrial biotechnology to create sustainable and environmentally friendlier products.
Feb. 3, 2015 - To use of waste for energy is a possibility in all countries. This is truly a low-hanging fruit. Instead of taking waste to landfill, it must be recycled and used for energy, to produce heat, electricity, or transport fuels. Modern combustion and cleaning methods guarantee that this can be done without negative effects on the environment.
Jan. 23, 2015 - Aspiring energy sector entrepreneurs and emerging energy tech companies from Canada and the United States will compete for their share of over $90,000 in cash and in-kind prizes Dragon's Den style at the 2015 Energy New Venture Competition.
Jan. 20, 2015 - Edmundston, New Brunswick will host the 2015 Atlantic Biorefinery Conference from May 27 to 29.
Jan. 8, 2015, Toronto - A new report - Better Growth, Better Climate - finds that governments and businesses can improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions at the same time. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure make it possible to tackle climate change while improving economic performance.

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