BRUSSELS, Sept. 23, 2013 (Press Release) -Questionable subsidies to support biomass are putting Austria's traditionally strong wood and paper industry in jeopardy, threatening jobs in the sector. A more intelligent approach to the use of wood could help retain the benefits of biofuel usage, whilst also making the best use of one of our most reliable natural resources.Read more
SAO PAULO, Aug. 29, 2013 (RISI) - Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano fired up the biomass boiler at its new 1.5 million tonnes/yr bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp mill in Imperatriz, Maranhão state. The company also tested other operations including the water supply demineralization process.
"We are advancing on important fronts. This boiler is the first of the new factory's large pieces of equipment that is entering the pre-startup process," director of the Maranhão project, Adriano Canela, commented.Read more
MILWAUKEE, WI, Sept. 3, 2013 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) - At the newest power plant in Wisconsin, fuel will come from close to home.
Unlike coal, which is brought in by train from Wyoming and Appalachia, biomass will be culled from the sawmills and forests of northern Wisconsin.
Most of the waste wood that will supply the $268 million We Energies andDomtar power plant will come from within 75 miles of Rothschild, said Jim Freiberg of Domtar.Read more
BRUSSELS, July 10, 2013 (Press Release) -Today 48 companies joined forces with the European Commission to set up an unprecedented Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for bio-based industries. The PPP brings together €3.8 billion to advance the bioeconomy in Europe. The European pulp and paper industry is a strategic partner in this PPP, with 13 of the 48 member companies from the sector as well as CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) as an associate member.Read more
In both the Democrat-run House and Republican-leaning Senate, bills have passed unanimously this year either to set a new standard for an existing tax break or to lay out expectations for new ones. The House is taking the stricter position, demanding specific goals for job creation or retention, proof that goals are being met, and an expiration date.Read more
Snowflake Power, which runs a biomass power boiler on the site of the old Catalyst Paper Mill outside of Snowflake, is shutting down in middle to late March, according to Heath Hildebrand, vice president of opera-tions for the power company.Read more