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Dec. 18, 2009, – A Calgary-based company is exploring the potential of dimethyl ether produced from woody biomass to replace diesel and other fossil fuels, reports CBC News. | READ MORE
NEWS HIGHLIGHT New biomass product gets attention A Calgary-based company is exploring the potential of dimethyl ether produced from woody biomass to replace diesel and other fossil fuels.
Dec. 18, 2009, Thunder Bay, ON – Funding of up to $20 million will help to develop a forest biorefinery in northern Ontario.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Canada & Ontario govts fund northern biorefinery Funding of up to $ 20 million will help to develop a forest biorefinery in northern Ontario.
Dec. 18, 2009, Thunder Bay, ON – A new partnership has been created between the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy and FPInnovations to facilitate transformation of the Ontario forest sector through the adoption of innovative technologies related to the forest bioeconomy.
Dec. 17, 2009, Juneau, AK – Sealaska will convert its Juneau headquarters from oil to a biomass-fired boiler system, requiring wood pellets from British Columbia until a regional provider is established, reports the Juneau Empire. | READ MORE
Dec. 16, 2009, Terrace, BC – General Biofuels is considering the Terrace, BC, region for a pellet plant that could start production in 2011, reports the Terrace Standard. | READ MORE
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Another company eyes Terrace area for biofuel General Biofuels is considering the Terrace, BC, region for a pellet plant that could start production in 2011.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Red Bluff Band to join pellet industry The province of British Columbia has signed an Economic Development Agreement with the Red Bluff Indian Band that will allow Red Bluff to salvage mountain pine beetle-killed timber in the Quesnel area.
Dec. 14, 2009, Kamloops, BC – Gasification technology modified by researchers at University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center should allow Aboriginal Cogeneration to gasify decommissioned railroad ties while meeting emissions standards. | READ MORE
Dec. 14, 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark – A report by PowerUP Canada shows that Canada has fallen well behind the United States in fighting climate change and is not keeping up with current efforts by the U.S. federal government.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Pellet expansion increases biomass costs The wood pellet industry in North America has grown six-fold since 2004, resulting in higher costs for sawdust and wood chips in the regions with the greatest growth.
Dec. 11, 2009, Terrace, BC – GV Energy of Calgary, Alberta, is considering the Skeena Industrial Development Park in Terrace, BC, as the site of a new biorefinery to produce dimethyl ether from woody biomass, reports the Terrace Standard. | READ MORE
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Terrace, BC, considered for biorefinery GV Energy of Calgary, Alberta, is considering the Skeena Industrial Development Park in Terrace, BC, as the site of a new biorefinery to produce dimethyl ether from woody biomass.
Dec. 11, 2009 – The United States and China are the top two most attractive global locations to invest in renewable energy projects, according to Ernst & Young’s latest global renewable energy country attractiveness indices. Canada ranked ninth. The Environmental Leader reports. | READ MORE
Dec. 10, 2009, Winnipeg – The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has released a poll showing that most Canadians prefer to hold off on signing a global warming treaty in Copenhagen.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Canadians polled on global warming treaty The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has released a poll showing that most Canadians prefer to hold off on signing a global warming treaty in Copenhagen.
Dec. 10, 2009, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC – The City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and U.S.-based Global Clean Energy announce field testing of an innovative gasification project to convert municipal solid waste and industrial waste to synthetic gas and biodiesel.
Dec. 9, 2009, Burns Lake, BC – The Burns Lake Lakes District News reports that Tahtsa Timber has signed a 12-year, 2.5-million cubic-metres biomass purchase agreement with the Burns Lake Community Forest for a proposed pellet plant. | READ MORE
NEWS HIGHLIGHT BC biomass purchase agreement signed The Burns Lake Lakes District News reports that Tahtsa Timber has signed a 12-year, 2.5-million cubic-metres biomass purchase agreement with the Burns Lake Community Forest for a proposed pellet plant.

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