July/August 2012 

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Energy Programs in the 2012 Farm Bill


By Suz-Anne Kinney 


5-Year Farm Bill passes through Senate, stalls in the House In June, the Senate passed the 2012 Farm Bill with bipartisan support (the final vote was 64-35). Included in that bill is $800 million in mandatory funding to support the ...  


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By Suz-Anne Kinney

On April 27, 2012, the Department of Energy Resources for the state of Massachusetts released proposed final regulations for the eligibility of biomass energy for credit under the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS).  While the comment period is over and ...  


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By Suz-Anne Kinney


A new study, The National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Study, released in July may just provide a path to an improved version of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2). The purpose of the study, which was conducted by a group of ...


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Wood Fuel Prices - 2Q2012 

By Daniel Stuber 


Last August, we predicted that the US South was on a new trend line for wood fuel prices. Now, one year later, data from the first half of 2012 appears to be further substantiating our claim. US South wood fuel ...  


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By Mike Fiery 


Seasonality is generally the strongest driver of pulpwood prices in the summer. When the weather is wet, generally in the winter, low-lying timber tracts cannot be harvested, causing a supply shortage that drives prices up. In the summer, dryer conditions generally provide ample ...  


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Bioenergy Project News


By Suz-Anne Kinney 


Dominion Virginia Power began commercial operations at its Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in July. The 585-MW facility will consume 2.85 million tons of coal per year and up to 537,000 tons of wood waste per year. Completion occurred on ...  


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