UPI Energy Resources reports that a study conducted for the National Wildlife Foundation and the Southern Environmental Law Center found that biomass isn’t carbon neutral. In fact, burning wood for large scale power plants to produce electricity instead of using fossil fuels might increase levels of atmospheric carbon.

A beach in Newburyport, Massachusetts is going to produce electricity to power 2 homes says the Daily News. Three tons of trash collected from a local beach will be converted into electricity by a local waste to energy firm. The one-day haul from the bi-annual beach cleanup will generate enough electricity to power two typical households for an entire year.

The US state of New Hampshire now tracks wood pellet prices along with other energy sources such as natural gas, propane and heating oil we learn from the Nashua Telegraph. This week the price survey shows that wood pellets are far cheaper than heating by heating oil or propane, although more expensive than natural gas. Local biomass producers believe that wood pellets and wood chips could ultimately provide up to 20% of New Hampshire’s heat, compared to the current figure of about 4%.

The Edmonton Journal reveals that La Crete, Alberta will have a biosmass power generation plantby the fall of 2013.  The 41.5 MW power generation plant, to supply the provincial grid, will provide enough energy when complete to power more than 30,000 homes. The feedstock will be the tops of aspen trees that would otherwise be discarded as waste after the trunks are processed into lumber and other products. 6% of Canada’s power comes from bio-mass, making it the second largest source of the country’s renewable energy generation.

An aquaponics greenhouse near McBride, British Columbia will get its heat and electricity from biomass says Biomass Power and Thermal. The 5 MW biomass facility will be fueled by wood chips and scrub.

BioEnergy Insight reported that the first large-scale, wood chips-to-ethanol plant in the US will be built in Upper Peninsula, Michigan. Completion is expected in 2013. Owner Valero, the US’s largest independent oil refiner and a leading ethanol producer, will sell the majority of the ethanol and blend the rest into its own gasoline.

Finland will have a biomass gasification plant says Pulp & Paper Canada. The plant, to be built in Vaasa, Finland will produce 140 MW and is to be connected to an existing power plant, allowing for domestic biofuels and peat to be substituted for a portion of the coal used by the power plant. The fuel mix for the gasification system will be made up of about 25% peat and 75% forest residues and biomaterials such as reed. Coal use at the power plant will be lowered by between 25-40%.

Seacoastonline tells us that a paper mill in Maine will use landfill methane gas to assist natural gas in meeting the company’s heating and drying requirements. Meanwhile landfill gas will produce electricity in Durham county, North Carolina we learn from newsobserver. The 9.5 MW output will be able to supply power to 5000 homes.

A wastewater biogas to energy plant will be built in Philadelphia according to Water World. The 5.6 MW plant will generate electricity and thermal energy for use at a city water pollution control facility. A natural byproduct of sewage treatment, biogas can be refined and utilized as a fuel for generators.

A pet manufacturer in Stradbroke, England is sending its waste pet food to an be converted into electricity for the National Grid we learn from Diss Express. The pet food joins waste from other local businesses at an anaerobic digester that turns it into energy. In Plymouth, England an anaerobic digester will turn food waste into electricity and organic fertilizer reports Waste Management World. 150 local businesses in the Plymouth area will provide the food waste. The electricity will power a dairy farm with the excess being sold to the National Grid. Food waste sent to landfill takes between 40 and 100 years to decompose, in comparison to just 69 days through anaerobic digestion.

Forbes reports that meat company Tyson Foods and fuel maker Syntroleum announced that their joint venture Dynamic Fuels is selling millions of gallons of diesel to Northern Southern railroad to power freight trains. Dynamic will also be providing the fuel to Alaska Airlines. The diesel is made out of animal fat. . It takes roughly 7 pounds of beef and chicken fat to make one gallon of fuel. The diesel is a “drop-in” fuel — meaning it as a direct substitute for regular diesel.

 

 

 

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