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Growing the wood-to-energy sector

Growing the wood-to-energy sector

What’s your mad cow?

That was the question asked by Carlton Owen at a series of meetings and conferences within the wood-to-energy sector over the past few months. You no doubt remember mad cow disease. It was rampant in the United Kingdom in the 1990s—killing cows and people, shattering consumer confidence throughout the U.K., and halting beef exports. The first case was discovered in the United States in 2003, which could have been a harbinger of the end of the U.S. beef industry.

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US Forest Service project in Montana on national radar

U.S. Forest Service project in Montana on national radar

A Forest Service project in Mineral County over half a decade in the making has turned heads at a national level according to one F.S. official and is in the final stages of approval. The Cedar Thom project has been in development since at least 2009 and is being looked at by F.S. officials in Washington D.C. as a model of responsible, sustainable development of timber projects in national forests.

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Hawaii's only coal-fired power plant being asked to add wood pellets to mix

Hawaii’s only coal-fired power plant being asked to add wood pellets to mix

The only coal-fired power plant in Hawaii, which is the single largest generating plant on Oahu, is under financial stress because there is no financial reserve, according to the Hawaiian Electric Co.’s new energy plan. Hawaiian Electric is also asking AES Hawaii to convert some of the energy being produced at the plant in Campbell Industrial Park to biomass from coal.

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Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames

Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames

We’ve written quite a bit lately about “fire borrowing” — what happens when the Forest Service runs out of the funds it’s budgeted for firefighting, which are based on average wildfire costs over the last 10 years. Then it’s forced to start dipping into money meant for other programs, including those intended to reduce the risk and intensity of wildfires.

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