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May 15, 2017,

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As of 2014, Canada had approximately 70 biomass generating power plants with total installed capacity of 2 408 MW. Most of these facilities rely on wood, wood by-products, and landfill gas. Provinces with high biomass use tend to have active pulp, paper, and forestry industries. Canada has a large supply of renewable forest biomass, as well as access to forest industry by-products and residues… by the National Energy Board.

It’s -10 C outside and a foot of snow already covers the ground. An intense orange light has appeared in the Northern Lac Saint-Jean skies just over a month ago showing some signs of industrial development. But forget about any forestry or aluminum development like the region is used to. This time around, it’s all about cucumbers…  by Guillaume Roy

City councillors have pulled back on a plan to allow biomass boilers that were subject to a near decade-long ban. After passing a motion last week to rescind a wood-fired boiler ban to make way for new provincial regulations, councillors on Tuesday, May 9, voted down by a 4-2 margin a third reading that would have officially changed the bylaw… by Andrea Klassen

Canada enjoyed a modest decrease in greenhouse gas emissions over the last two years, according to the latest inventory report submitted to the United Nations. However, this good news is outweighed by an overall trend of rising emissions since the sharp drop experienced during the 2008 economic crisis…  by the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions.

Biorefining has the potential to be the next-generation fuel, with Thunder Bay and the region in the heart of the fuel source. More than 120 scientists, experts in the biorefining, have converged on Thunder Bay for an extensive three-day conference…  by Brent Linton.


If you remember the 1981 film Excalibur, there were numerous uses of what was described as the Charm of Making:

Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha

Which roughly translates into Modern Bioeconomyese as, “O Lord, give me the power to make lots of succinic acid.” If you’re not chasing biosuccinic or at least salivating over it, check your pulse...  by Jim Lane.

Woodland Biofuels proposing to build 1st Canadian ethanol production plant in Merritt. President Mike Heron telling Mayor and Council last night that the proposed $120-million plant would convert 300,000 tons of wood waste to fuel each year, through a gasification and catalytic reaction process…  by Jamie Ballam.

The consolidated results consist of Fulghum Fibres (Fulghum), New England Wood Pellet (NEWP), Industrial Wood Pellets and unallocated corporate expenses. The former Rentech Nitrogen Pasadena and East Dubuque facilities are classified as discontinued operations. The Pasadena and East Dubuque facilities were sold on March 14, 2016 and April 1, 2016, respectively. Rentech’s energy technologies business is also classified as discontinued operations. Consolidated revenues from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 were $32.2 million, as compared to $39.9 million in the prior year period. Gross loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 was $(0.7) million, as compared to gross profit of $0.1 million in the prior year period… by Rentech.