As the largest urban centre between Winnipeg and Sudbury, Thunder Bay has two post-secondary institutions that are deeply invested in developing the region’s potential for making heat from wood.
November 6, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University (CSU) and their partners to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy.
July 15, 2013, Toronto – The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) criticized a new study by Friends of the Earth for its use of misinformation and controversial theory on land use impacts of biofuels.
July 5, 2013 - In addition to ramping up its Norsask Forest Products lumber operation in northwestern Saskatchewan, Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) is also expanding its bioenergy portfolio.
June 14, 2013, Boston, Mass. - Biomass projects continue to be met with opposition from groups of protesters who have concerns with new biomass projects, despite these projects potentially creating hundreds of jobs.
May 19, 2013 – Holland, with limited natural supplies of biomass, is an unlikely location for the world's biggest torrefaction plant, but for almost a decade the Dutch have been forging ahead.
April 10, 2013, Portola Valley, CA – A company says it has developed an analysis tool that allows biomass producers to track their emissions and energy inputs.
March 19, 2013, Ottawa - The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) has announced a new committee and classification of membership in hopes of promoting next generation biofuels in Canada.
March 1, 2013, Quebec - Never mind what you hear from Greenpeace or the NIMBY crowd - Forest bioenergy is a good alternative to fossil fuels in Canada. That was the main message from sustainability experts at the Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference.
Over 200 delegates gathered in December for the Ninth Annual Renewable Fuels Summit. The past year may have been rough on the sector, but overall a climate of urgency prevailed.
February 14, 2013, Camrose, AB – What if you could treat your sewage by growing willows and use the willows as biomass to heat your buildings? The County of Camrose, Alberta is doing just that. Working with the Canadian Forest Service the county has planted a willow plantation right next to a sewage lagoon. The idea is to harvest the willows every three years and use the wood to heat their municipal building.
February 7, 2013, Montreal, QC- FPInnovations and Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding which will formalize the collaborative efforts of the research teams from both organizations after years of informal cooperation.
February 7, 2013, Thunder Bay, ON – The Canadian Bioenergy Association (CanBio) is recruiting Canadian companies for its technology mission to the 2013 World Biofuels Markets and Bio-Based Chemicals Conference and Exhibition on March 11-14.
February 6, 2013, Vancouver, BC – Researchers have created a tool to help communities assess if local forest waste wood resources can support bioenergy plants.
January 28, 2013, Toronto, ON – A new study carried out by the School of Planning of the University of Waterloo on behalf of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has determined that if all of the non- recycled plastics that are put into Canadian landfills each year were converted to energy, using technologies currently available, the energy would be sufficient to provide fuel for over 600,000 automobiles annually.
January 13, 2013, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Renewable power generation technologies now account for half of all new power generation capacity additions worldwide, with costs sharply dropping according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
January 2, 2013, Ottawa - Congratulations to Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and the city's council for one of the boldest renewable energy moves in 2012. By signing a long-term waste supply contract with Plasco Energy Group, they have made a solid win-win move for company and community.
December 29, 2012, London, UK - A new report from consultants NNFCC discusses the complex issues surrounding the use of woody biomass for energy, including its role in supplying base load power to the grid.
December 4, 2012, Ottawa - Over 200 delegates have gathered this week in Ottawa, Canada's policy-central, for the Ninth Annual Renewable Fuels Summit. The past year may have been rough on the sector, but overall a climate of urgency prevailed.
December 4, 2012, Stockholm, SE – The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is highlighting opportunities in the field of modern bioenergy by publishing a short series of science-based information fact sheets. The third fact sheet, "Carbon neutrality of sustainable Biomass from forests," was launched during COP18 UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.
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