U.S. wood pellet exports could rise from 9.9 million metric tons in 2013 to 38 million in 2020

Southern forests are drawing millions of dollars in foreign spending to the U.S. to help utilities overseas meet carbon-emission rules that this country is still debating as tools to limit climate change. The Florida Times Union takes a look at how the Southeastern biomass and wood pellet industry is meeting the demand for sustainable energy resources.

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EPA announces delay in 2014 RVO decision

The U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015. EPA’s formal announcement can be accessed at http://epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm.

While a bad proposed rule has been withdrawn, uncertainty for biofuels producers and investors continues.

 

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Bioenergy Advocates Begin to Weigh-in on Revised Framework

On November 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. The bioenergy and biomass sectors have been weighing in with their thoughts and assessment of the revised Framework. See what our partners have had to say:

25x’25 Statement on EPA’s Revised Biogenic Carbon Assessment Framework

NAFO Statement: EPA Carbon Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions

Biomass Power Association Welcomes Carbon Clarification

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EPA Releases Revised Biogenic Carbon Assessment Framework

On November 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. The Framework reflects the findings and recommendations from reviews of a prior draft document. The EPA is now requesting a peer review of the revised Framework. The document continues to reflect the complexity involved in establishing a methodology to calculate the impact of biogenic emissions. Biomass stakeholders are encouraged to review the state guidance memo and the Framework report at the EPA’s website: http://epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/biogenic-emissions.html.

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Call For Papers – Abstract deadline December 15, 2014

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center will host a regional conference — “Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use“.  It will be held February 2-4, 2015 at the Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, AL.  The conference will highlight recent advances in the science and technology contributing to the deployment of advanced biofuels and bioproducts from agricultural and forest systems. 

 

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