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Finding the Path Forward for Biomass Sustainability

Finding the Path Forward for Biomass Sustainability

As demands for affordable, renewable energy rise, the world is faced with a conundrum: how can we provide enough energy for agriculture and industry for a growing worldwide population while doing so sustainably – especially using biomass? Biomass is widely viewed as being a key… read more

The Latest Supreme Court Ruling on Energy: What It Means

The Latest Supreme Court Ruling on Energy: What It Means

The United States Supreme Court and its nine Justices have dominated the news cycle over the past week, first with an Affordable Care Act decision and then with a pivotal ruling on gay marriage. A lesser-known – but still important – decision was just reached… read more

Power Plants Shifting to Dry Bottom Ash Handling

Power Plants Shifting to Dry Bottom Ash Handling

For years, wet bottom ash handling has been the standard for power plants throughout the world. Systems that use impounded hoppers or submerged scrapper conveyors have traditionally handled ash using water as a primary medium. Now, however, a growing emphasis on environmentally-friendly production has caused… read more

Biomass Incentives Continue from the USDA

Biomass Incentives Continue from the USDA

Biomass is becoming one of the most intriguing sources of alternative energy in the U.S. In 2013, 4.6 quadrillion BTUs were generated from biomass, and that number is expected to grow to 5.6 quadrillion BTUs by 2040. These increases will only continue as more incentives… read more

Two Alternative Energy Bills Proposed in Congress

Two Alternative Energy Bills Proposed in Congress

The march toward a national power grid that is increasingly supplied by alternative energy continues, as two new bills were proposed in Congress in May. Both proposals, sponsored by Democratic legislators, aim to expand the parameters for alternative energy – including biomass – while creating… read more

Washington State Reworking Ambitious Carbon Emissions Plan

Washington State Reworking Ambitious Carbon Emissions Plan

Last December, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee introduced an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions in the state by forcing polluters to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions. The plan, however, scared businesses and drew criticism for being anti-business, among other complaints. Democrats in the… read more

Creating a Fool-Proof Plant Maintenance Plan

Creating a Fool-Proof Plant Maintenance Plan

Any energy plant operator knows how important plant maintenance is to the successful operation of a plant. It’s never a topic operators love talking about, though, because keeping up with regular maintenance – including preventative maintenance – can be time-consuming, inconvenient, and complicated. Even so,… read more