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Dec. 9, 2009, Harrisburg, PA – The Nature Conservancy has launched Working Woodlands, a U.S. model forest conservation program that aims to protect forests and fight climate change through an agreement with Blue Source to jointly develop market-based incentives that reward landowners who demonstrate exceptional forest management practices.
NEW PRODUCT Sawdust without the saw To meet the growing demand for minuscule wood fibre, Bandit Industries has developed new technology that allows a quarter-inch or less sawdust-type material to be produced from debarked roundwood in a single pass.
    Dec. 8, 2009, Montreal – Enerkem Corporation, Enerkem’s wholly owned U.S. affiliate, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive US $50 million in funding for the construction and operation of a waste-to-biofuels facility to be located in Pontotoc, Mississippi.
Dec. 7, 2009, Jönköping, Sweden – The call for papers is now open for the World Bioenergy conference and exhibition, which will take place in Jönköping, Sweden, May 25-27, 2010.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT World Bioenergy call for papers The call for papers is now open for the World Bioenergy conference and exhibition, which will take place in Jönköping, Sweden, May 25-27, 2010.
Dec. 7, 2009, Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture have selected 19 integrated biorefinery projects to receive up to $564 million for pilot-, demonstration-, and commercial-scale facilities.
Dec. 4, 2009, Thunder Bay, ON – Lakehead University’s Biorefining Research Initiative has officially opened.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Ontario biorefining research facility opens Lakehead University’s Biorefining Research Initiative has officially opened.
Dec. 4, 2009, Boston, MA – RISI, an information provider for the global forest products industry, has launched a website dedicated to providing solutions to North America's emerging wood biomass industry.
Dec. 4, 2009, Vancouver – Lignol Energy Corporation and PPG Industries have formed a joint development agreement to develop commercial applications incorporating Lignol’s High-Purity Lignin and lignin derivatives in various industrial coatings.
Dec. 1, 2009, Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it is postponing its decision on whether to allow for the blending of up to 15% ethanol in conventional gasoline.
Dec. 1, 2009, Wales, UK – Several protesters opposed to plans for two large biomass power plants in north and south Wales blocked a gate and climbed a chimney stack at a smaller existing plant, reports the BBC. | READ MORE
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Protesters block biomass power plant Several protesters opposed to plans for two large biomass power plants in north and south Wales blocked a gate and climbed a chimney stack at a smaller existing plant.
In the popularity contest among alternative bioenergy options, biomass is the kid getting shunned in favour of its better-dressed classmates. 
The latest pellet plant to grace British Columbia’s Cariboo country has been up and running now for just over a year.  In that time, the plant staff has forged an economic and environmental success story in what has been an extremely tough period for a region that relies heavily on the forest industry for its economic strength.
One of the critical cost points in the recovery of roadside residues is the interface between the comminution and transportation phases.  In Canada today, the most common recovery method is to discharge the comminuted material directly from the chipper’s blower or grinder’s conveyor into a van.
There was a whole lot of networking going on at the Canadian Bioenergy Association (Canbio)’s annual conference and trade show.  Over 100 participants and various exhibitors from Canada, Finland, and Sweden converged on Edmonton in late October 2009 to discuss Canada’s developing biomass economy.
After a huge success in 2008, World Bioenergy is back.  The 2010 event is slated for May 25–27, and once again, the Elmia organizers have taken a three-pronged approach to maximize attendee travel dollars, with tours, conference, and trade show.
What started as an insurance policy to protect Groupe Savoie against the shrinking pulp and paper market has become the final step towards self-sufficiency.
Talk to me about wind power and I picture a great white turbine.  Wax poetic on solar energy and I see fields of long, black photovoltaic cells.  But biomass?  Well, there are wood chips, elephant grass, garbage, and chicken feces.

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