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Scottish paper mill replaces coal plant with biomass

British utility RWE Npower Renewables has signed a contract to build a 50-megawatt biomass plant for a Scotland-based paper maker that will enable it to reduce its carbon footprint by 72 percent

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Waste management firm breaks ground on new biomass plant

Waste Management, Inc, with McMinnville Water & Light, will construct a $10 million energy plant powered by garbage at its Riverbend landfill facility west of McMinnville, Oregon

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New bio-boiler replaces fuel with biomass

Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB will cut down on landfill waste expenses as they have invested in a new bio-boiler worth 35 million Sweden kronor ($5 million) to replace a conventional oil-run plant

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California firm to provide U.S. Navy with algae-based fuel

Solazyme, Inc. has been selected by the United States Department of Defense to provide what it claims to be the world’s first 100 percent algae-derived jet fuel for testing and certification next year

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Renewable energy company acquires major stake in biomass project

Otoka Energy Corporation’s acquisition of a majority stake in Buena Vista Biomass Development, LLC will pave the way for a strategic alliance on a renewable energy woody biomass project

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Biomass energy joint venture eyes Northeastern U.S. market

Homeland Renewable Energy, LLC and Laidlaw Biopower, LLC have entered a biomass energy joint venture that aims to establish itself in the Northeastern United States market

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Biofuel production could increase Gulf of Mexico’s ‘dead zone’

Scientists in Pennsylvania are reporting that boosting production of crops used to make biofuels could have a negative effect on efforts to decrease “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico

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‘Sugar as new oil’ can cut down greenhouse gas emission

A new report by World Wildlife Fund shows that as much as 2.5 billion tons of annual greenhouse gas reductions may be achieved by 2030 through the use of waste products and other biomass as a petrol alternative

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Interest in cellulosic ethanol goes global

Many countries have begun to express interest in developing a commercial supply of cellulosic ethanol domestically because of its capability to significantly lower overall greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy security

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Perennial energy crops can reduce UK’s emissions – study

Researchers from the UK Research Council’s Rural Economy and Land Use Programme are recommending the growing of perennial energy crops such as willow and miscanthus grass to solve not only biomass needs but to reduce carbon emissions and benefit wildlife.

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