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[NEWS] Hawaii Biomass Facility Reaches Agreement with Utility Over Power Purchase

– by H.J. Mai, May 10, 2017, Pacific Business News

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Photo: Hu Honua Bioenergy

Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC said on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Co. on an amended power purchase agreement for its half-completed biomass plant on the Big Island.

HELCO agreed to revised terms for electricity to be produced by the biomass project and is submitting the amended contract to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission for approval of Hu Honua’s proposed pricing, according to a company statement.

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[NEWS] Washington Governor Signs Legislation Encouraging Biomass Power

– May 17, 2017, The Daily World

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Graphic: NREL

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation encouraging the production of renewable energy at older, fire-generated biomass facilities.

Senate Bill 5128, sponsored by Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview, will allow qualified mills to sell excess power generated by the burning of biomass, such as the fiber remains from timber or pulp, to local public utilities districts. The new law will help older facilities lower power costs by using renewable energy sources.

“Allowing paper mills like Longview’s KapStone, which employs 1,100 people, to sell off excess power will help keep jobs in our rural communities,” said Takko.

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[NEWS] Maine Biomass Facility Didn’t Run in April

– by Darren Fishell, May 5, 2017, Bangor Daily News

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Photo: Bangor Daily News

Stored Solar, a biomass plant that qualified for taxpayer subsidies has been offline for more than a month as the company says it tries to retool its plans at the facility.

Company spokesman Dan Cashman last week said that a boiler leak and wood supply problems during the muddy late spring led the company to close the wood-to-energy plant and analyze their operations.

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[NEWS] Is Burning Wood for Electricity a Good Idea?

– by Robert McClure, May 3, 2017, Undark

woody biomass undarkThe idea that to generate electricity should be considered climate-friendly has been debated by scientists and politicians for years. Advocates, including many scientists, ask what could be more sustainable than burning trees? They drink in planet-warming gasses while growing, and give it back up when they are burned — a perfect closed loop with no net emissions. Critics, on the other hand — including other researchers — say the science is much more complicated than all that, and that when managed poorly, woody biomass power could be worse for the climate than coal.

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[NEWS] Washington Governor Delays Action on Biomass Bill

– May 8, 2017, The Daily News

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Photo: John Walker / Fresno Bee

At the last minute Monday, the administration of Gov. Jay Inslee delayed a decision on a bill that would help KapStone’s Longview pulp mill profit from production of renewable biomass energy.

Inslee initially was expected to sign the bill Monday morning, but his office withdrew it for further review and rescheduled it for his signature May 16, the governor’s press office said. Spokeswoman Tara Lee said the governor still is expected to sign the measure, but she said nothing is certain until it is inked.

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[NEWS] California Biomass Company Ordered to Pay $4.2 Million for Dioxin in Ash

– May 5, 2017, Times Herald

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Photo: California Biomass Energy Alliance

A Yolo County biomass company was ordered Friday to pay a multi-million dollar penalty as result of civil settlement reached in an environmental protection action.

Woodland Biomass Power was sentenced by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Samuel McAdam to pay $4.22 million for penalties, costs and remediation.

The action was filed by district attorneys from Yolo, Solano and San Joaquin counties.

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[NEWS] Omnibus Bill Policy Rider Deems Forest Bioenergy Carbon Neutral

– by Anna Simet, May 2, 2017, Biomass Magazine

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Photo: Biomass Magazine

The $1 trillion Omnibus spending bill up for consideration by the House and Senate this week includes a policy rider that calls for federal recognition of forest bioenergy carbon neutrality.

The House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill early Monday, 1,665-pages of legislation that will provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the current fiscal year.

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