Minnesota biomass projects squeezed by low natural gas prices, leaves some hoping for higher gas prices

Michael Giberson The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that low natural gas prices are putting the squeeze on biomass-based energy projects in Minnesota, in some cases including biomass projects supported by direct taxpayer or ratepayer subsidies. One example, an ethanol plant once gained about 20 percent of its heat from a $20 million biomass gasification system. … More Minnesota biomass projects squeezed by low natural gas prices, leaves some hoping for higher gas prices

Speaking of smoke: Oregon’s only coal power plant may convert to biomass, but plan has many unknowns

Michael Giberson The High Country News reports that Portland General Electric is considering shutting down its Boardman, OR, coal-fired power plant, with costs of Clean Air Act compliance cited as the cause.  However, another option under consideration is conversion of the plant to biomass, more specifically converted to use a torrefied Asian cane that would … More Speaking of smoke: Oregon’s only coal power plant may convert to biomass, but plan has many unknowns