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Demand for wood pellets may be steady and growing but access to raw materials is always a challenge for independent pellet producers. Pacific BioEnergy’s pellet plant in Prince George, B.C. is the second largest in Canada. It requires a massive amount of raw material to feed its 10 pellet mills and though the region has plenty of fibre, like any independent pellet producer in the region, it relies on short-term contracts to supply its needs.
When it comes to sustainable forestry practices, Ontario is a world leader with approximately 80 per cent of our forests being certified. Thanks to this, Ontario is well-positioned for biomass opportunities from our Crown forests.
If the 2015 edition of the Canadian Biomass pellet map is any indication, the pellet industry in British Columbia is going to be adding significant capacity over the next few years.
March 23, 2015 –Through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Government of Ontario will invest $4 million into Rentech Inc.’s wood pellet manufacturing facilities in Wawa, Ont., and Atikokan, Ont., to help the Northern Ontario fibre company convert its two wood product mills into facilities that manufacture wood pellets. 
March 18, 2015 – Rentech, Inc. recently announced financial and operating results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2014.
Using a track and field metaphor, Europe has lapped North America in the race to reduce global warming and develop clean renewable energy. The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) provides the so-called 20-20-20 targets that mandate 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a 1995 base level; 20 per cent reduction in energy consumption; and for 20 per cent of energy to be renewable. This has resulted in Europe becoming the largest global wood pellet market, accounting for 80 per cent of consumption, far ahead of second place, U.S., and third place, South Korea.  
Mar. 11, 2015 - There has been much controversy and speculation that the demand for biomass as a fuel source is driving deforestation and degradation. To have an objective look at the matter, Canadian Biomass asked Global Surface Intelligence (GSi) out of Scotland to delve into its mass of satellite data.
Mar 4, 2015 - The latest forestry certification stats show Canada continues to be far and away the leader in forest sustainability.
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.
March 13, 2015 – BioAmber Inc., an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals including bio-based succinic acid, recently announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. 
March 5, 2015 - The University of Saskatchewan has received $538,542 in funding for purchasing equipment for the development and commercialization of new, more efficient and affordable glycerol purification and conversion technologies. 
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.
March 26, 2015 - According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons.
The production of biofuel calls for large doses of patience. It can take several years to grow the trees and grasses, known as feedstock, that serve as the raw material for biofuel, and large swaths of land are required to grow these plants at commercially viable levels.
March 19, 2015 - Red Rock Biofuels, a biofuels startup company based in Fort Collins, Colo., recently received financing from a venture capital firm to assist in the construction of the company’s first production refinery in Lakeview, Ore.
Mar. 12, 2015 - Turns out growing willow at an angle will increase its usefulness as a biofuel feedstock. Researchers at Imperial College in London have used medical imaging to study why willows grown at sharp angles improve biofuel yields.
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.
It’s easy not to see a common problem when you’re looking at your belt conveyor system every single day. But a quick visual inspection can mean the difference between a productive day and a costly day for your aggregate operation. It’s also helpful to know what to look for when you’re walking the line because, sometimes, small irregularities can end up causing big problems.
March 9, 2015 - Superior Industries, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Clemro Western Ltd. The 30-year-old Calgary, Alta.-based company is a leading manufacturer and supplier of crushing and screening equipment in western Canada. The company also supplies to clients in the United States and throughout Latin America.
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.
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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