Minnesota utility regulators are studying a proposal by Xcel Energy to close two biomass plants that could mark a turning point for the industry here, particularly as prices for renewable energy drop.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton last week approved a jobs and energy bill that will make major changes to a renewable energy fund that was created in 1994.
Burning woody refuse from logging and forest-products manufacturing could, at low cost, help coal-dependent Midwestern power plants meet the carbon-emission reductions mandated in the Clean Power Plan, according to the findings of a pair of researchers from the University of Missouri.
As St. Paul prepares once again to host an international district energy conference, interest in the process appears to be growing.
A cogeneration plant built by a utility at a Wisconsin paper mill has so far generated very little electricity — and almost no benefit for the ratepayers that covered most of the cost.
Developers from metro Detroit have plans to build a $100 million, 34 MW biomass plant in the central Upper Peninsula, about 20 miles south of an aging coal plant that is the ongoing focus of the region’s energy crisis.
As stakeholders gather today in Marquette, Michigan to discuss the Upper Peninsula’s energy future, the extent to which renewable energy — particularly, woody biomass — plays a role will be a central topic.
As Michigan considers expanding its renewable energy standard, new research is raising questions about what types of biomass should be included.
A biomass fueled combined-heat-and-power project in Minnesota has been challenged financially by an unexpected plunge in natural gas prices.
While sky-high propane prices are causing hardships for many homeowners, they’re also helping generate interest in renewable alternatives such as wood, solar and geothermal.