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Business & Politics

Kelowna Pacific Railway shutdown impacts Okanagan businesses

CBC News
July 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Several Okanagan businesses are trying to figure how to deal with the financial troubles of the Kelowna Pacific Railway, which went into receivership on Friday and suspended operations. The short haul line provided a connection to CP Rail’s yards in Kamloops for several Okanagan industries including Sun-Rype Products, OK Builders Supplies and the Tolko wood products mills in Lumby, Armstrong and Kelowna. Ron Bush, the operations manager for OK Ready Mix, says they used the KPR for weekly shipments of cement into operations from Vernon through to Penticton.

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Provincial legislation needed to protect workers’ pensions

Letter from Gary McCaig
Vancouver Sun
July 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: DBRS concerned by pension plans in the ‘danger zone’; Underfunding a serious issue, according to report, July 5 As leader of a group who represented many Catalyst salaried employees and pensioners during that company’s recent insolvency, I was not surprised to see Catalyst near the bottom of the list in terms of funding its DB Pension Plan. The cause for much of the plan’s deficit lies not with current management, whose options are limited in a company hanging on by its financial fingertips, but with the weakness of provincial regulations that seem designed more to lessen the “burden” of pension plans on companies than to protect pensioners.

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Kelowna Pacific Railway put into receivership

Kelowna Capital News
July 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s unknown whether a North Okanagan rail line will resume operating. Kelowna Pacific Railway has gone into receivership and Canadian National Railway, which owns most of the track, isn’t speculating on whether another company may take over. “We are working with the receiver on the process going on,” said Emily Hemer, CN’s regional manager of public affairs. Hemer added that Kelowna Pacific still has a lease to the track, which runs from Kelowna to Kamloops, as well as from Vernon to Lumby.

Lumber in limbo from The Kelowna Daily Courier
End of line looms for southern Interior railway that thought it could from the Canadian Press
Bankruptcy derails vernon-based railway from The Province

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Eacom’s Timmins sawmill to restart this year

Northern Ontario Business
July 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Construction crews are rebuilding what fire destroyed 18 months ago at a Timmins sawmill. Eacom’s facility, on the Mattagami River, is undertaking a $25-million reconstruction project after a fire in January 2012 destroyed the main saw line area, which included the major saw, the debarking area and the primary break-down area. “Construction is continuing throughout the summer,” said Rick Collins, Eacom’s president and COO of sales and operations.

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Brownfield company takes over Marathon mill

Northern Ontario Business
July 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

All signs look positive for a U.S. brownfield redeveloper to take over an abandoned pulp mill in northwestern Ontario. The sale of the former Marathon Pulp mill from Tembec to Illinois-based Green Investment Group Inc. (GIGI) was finally signed off by the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) in late May. The new American owners have been given detailed instructions from the MOE to begin their remediation at the contaminated waterfront site.

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Canada Welcomes Agreement to Export Canadian Eastern-Spruce Products to India

Government of Canada
July 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today welcomed the opening of India’s market to Canadian eastern-spruce products, effective immediately. “I am pleased that we were successful in opening a new market for world-class Canadian lumber,” said Minister Fast. “This agreement will help Eastern Canadian exporters tap into the large and growing Indian market. The potential market for Canadian lumber in India is significant, and this is very good news for Canada’s forestry workers and their families.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Unique Addition to Cross-Laminated Timber Plant Brings World Class Robot

AM1150
July 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

What some are referring to as the world’s most sophisticated panel-cutting robot has arrived in Okanagan Falls. The federal government is chipping in $2 million for an addition to Structurlam Products plant, which includes cross-laminated timber panels that will be cut, drilled and notched by the robot. Structurlam President Bill Downing says the robot has been imported from Germany and allows them to cost-effectively manufacture cross-laminated timber walls, which is the key to tall wood buildings that are up to 12 stories high in other countries.

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Real Wood Preferred in Eco Car Interiors

Woodworking Network
July 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

ANAHEIM, CA – Natural wood is making its way into auto interiors, as car makers increasingly source dashboards and door panels from reclaimed lumber and FSC certified mills. The Ram Laramie Longhorn pickup truck from Chrysler uses reclaimed European Walnut fence posts, with a lightly sanded open-grained surface lightly sanded lightly and still marked with the barbed wire “On our new 2013 Longhorn we’ve added real wood . . from a European source,” says Ryan Nagode, chief interior designer for Chrysler’s Ram and Fiat vehicles.

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New LEED Rating Tools Fall Short by Excluding Well-Recognized Forest Certification

SFI Blog Good for Forests
July 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members just completed their vote to accept the new LEED v4 rating tools. SFI voted “negative with comments” because the LEED rating tools do not recognize credible forest certification programs like SFI and ATFS, both internationally recognized by PEFC. This outcome is disappointing because, unlike other materials or products in green building, forest products have a proof point to demonstrate responsible sourcing, forest certification, which is built on close to two decades of standard setting, public input, and best management practices for responsible forestry.

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One percent of global commercial wood supply used to make IKEA products

Mother Nature Network
July 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Despite what you’ve heard, the wood furniture and home accessories found at IKEA are indeed made from actual lumber in some shape or form and, not surprisingly, the sustainability-minded retailer consumes a whole lot of it. In news that really shouldn’t surprise anyone, it’s been revealed that garden gnome hating Swedish retailer IKEA uses a staggering 1 percent of the global commercial wood supply to manufacture its trendy flat-pack home furnishings beloved by college students, nattily attired monkeys, and randy Chinese seniors alike.

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Forestry

This guy is saving forests using cloning

Grist List
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Cloning: a great idea for Ryan Gosling, but old-growth trees? American tree conservationist David Milarch thinks that since 1,000-year-old British “super-trees” have withstood climate change and thousands of carved initials, they can take a little tampering with their genes. He and his nonprofit, Archangel, are on a $3 million mission to reproduce the trees and give away the cloned babies.

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Activists decry planned logging of old-growth forest on Vancouver Island

The Globe and Mail
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vancouver Island company is preparing to log a chunk of old-growth forest near Port Alberni that was once protected as winter range for deer, according to conservation groups. Island Timberlands, based in Nanaimo, recently began building a road into the area and is moving “full-throttle” to log the site, says the Victoria-based Ancient Forest Alliance.

Island Timberlands to log contentious old-growth forests on Vancouver Island from The Vancouver Observer

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Spike in forest industry deaths prompts probe by BC Forest Safety Council

Vancouver Sun
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – Seven people have died in work-related accidents in the province’s forests this year and the BC Forest Safety Council wants to know why. Chief executive officer Reynold Hert says several committees have been created to examine the surge. He says 10 workers died in 2012, and there’s concern this year’s toll could surpass that figure. Causes of the deaths are under investigation and Hert wonders if inexperience or unfamiliarity may have played a part, noting some workers are returning after lengthy layoffs.

Increase in forest deaths raises safety concerns from The Vancouver Sun

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Mayors worry about economic impact of preserving caribou habitat

Hinton Parklander
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Elected officials in the northern foothills are concerned about new restrictions the provincial government has placed on forestry to preserve caribou, including Hinton’s mayor. Mayor Ian Duncan with 13 other mayors and reeves (for counties and municipal districts), including from Edson, Jasper and Yellowhead County, signed a June 20 letter sent to Minister Diana McQueen of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The letter predicts “significant negative social, financial and economic impact on our communities,” as a consequence of the ESRD’s restriction to exclude harvesting from 35 per cent of the Alberta Newsprint Company’s forest management agreement area — for “an indefinite period.”

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Eight new fires in PG Fire Centre over weekend

HQ Prince George
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was a fairly warm, dry weekend but there was little change in the wildfire situation throughout the Prince George Fire Centre. Eight new fires were started throughout the massive Fire Centre, most of them in the Fort Nelson area and all of them very small. Brent Bye with the Fire Centre says not much is expected to change in the near future either. “We’re expecting a cold front passage, so that’ll give us some gusty winds and stuff like that. Then some wetter and cooler temperatures after that. So we don’t really see an increase in the fire hazard.”

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Dear Premier Clark: Please protect the Great Bear Rainforest

Opinion: World renowned for its beauty, home of First Nations cultures
Vancouver Sun
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government did the right thing for the Great Bear Rainforest when it rejected the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline because of the risks of catastrophic pipeline or tanker accidents. In fact, taking this position was a gift to the world. This is leadership worthy of the global treasure it aims to protect, and we hope to see more of it. …In order to keep the Great Bear Rainforest ecologically healthy, the area of the rainforest off-limits to logging must be increased from 50 to 70 per cent of the natural old-growth forest, as recommended by scientists. Similarly, further socio-economic initiatives in the region are necessary to support ecologically appropriate economic activities, in particular in First Nations communities.

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Cameras to replace people on Saskatchewan fire-monitoring towers

Metro Regina
July 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The human eyes in fire observation towers around Saskatchewan will soon be replaced by specialized cameras.  Steve Roberts, executive director of the province’s wildfire management branch, said Thursday that new infrared cameras will monitor forests for fires 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and will be controlled at a centralized station in Prince Albert so “people aren’t removed from the process — it’s just more efficient.” … The move, Roberts said, is aimed at addressing safety concerns for staff who work alone in the 42 secluded towers.

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Lightning sparks new fires near Wemindji, Que.

CBC News
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lightning sparked new forest fires Friday morning near the Northern Quebec Cree community of Wemindji, police in the community report.
wemindji The community of about 1,200 lies on the east coast of James Bay about 90 kilometres north of Eastmain, which has been partly evacuated due to another forest fire. The new fires are located near kilometer 18 on the Wemindji access road.

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Forestry catches break from Endangered Species Act

Northern Ontario Business
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario government has introduced more industry-friendly rules coming from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to “simplify” and “streamline” provincial protection for species at risk. The MNR announced May 31 that it will “harmonize” the Crown Forest Sustainability Act and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to cut bureaucratic red tape and avoid duplication. Forestry operations will be exempt from the ESA and held to the provisions of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act for five years.

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Showers forecast for Lab West

The Telegram
July 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A forest fire burning through western Labrador and parts of Quebec continued to require the attention of multiple government assets Monday, though smouldering hot spots were a more common sight than actual flames. Provincial forest fire duty officer Eric Earle said there were not as many flare-ups in the area Monday. A helicopter was dispatched with an infrared scanner to help identify hot spots for ground crews to focus on. Earle was still waiting to get those results when he spoke with The Telegram late Monday afternoon.

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Forestry mismanagement feeds fire danger

World
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the midst of a particularly deadly fire season—a blaze in Yarnell, Ariz., killed 19 firefighters last month and more than two dozen wildland fires are currently burning from Alaska to New Mexico—Americans are looking for causes in the significant uptick of the intense infernos. Wildfires are spreading through twice as many acres per year on average in the United States than 40 years ago, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell told a Senate hearing last month.

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Oregon’s Timber Harvest Up 36 Percent From 2009

Oregon Public Broadcasting
July 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon’s timber harvest last year was up 36 percent from its 2009 recession low. The state Department of Forestry says the harvest increased a third straight year to 3.75 billion board feet. The 2009 harvest was 2.75 billion board feet. A Forestry Department economist, Brandon Kaetzel, says the increase is due to a strong export market and improving housing starts in the United States. The department reported Monday the largest increase in logging was on tribal lands, followed by private forest lands. Logging on federal, state and county lands decreased or stayed about the same as the year before.

Driven by exports from private forests, timber harvest in Oregon up for third year in a row from The Oregonian

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Firefighters lose ground to 2 big Nevada wildfires

Associated Press
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters lost ground Monday to two large wildfires burning through parched pine forests in northern and southern Nevada, including a nearly 24-square-mile blaze that forced more than 500 people out of homes in woodsy Mount Charleston enclaves near Las Vegas and a more than 27-square-mile fire in the Pine Nut Mountains southwest of Reno. Homes were threatened, but more than 750 firefighters, including 18 elite Hotshot crews, were battling the Carpenter 1 Fire some 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, said Jay Nichols, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.

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Firefighters in Nev. lose ground to fires; 1 burning near Vegas, and another southwest of Reno

Associated Press
July 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Two mountain wildfires raged Tuesday in Nevada, where firefighters worked to gain the upper hand on a blaze near Las Vegas that kept hundreds of people from their homes and another southwest of Reno that jumped in size a day earlier. More than 750 firefighters, including 18 elite Hotshot crews, were battling the Carpenter 1 Fire some 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, said Jay Nichols, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Smoke from the 24-square-mile fire created a towering white cloud that stretched northeast, visible from downtown.

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Lolo National Forest submits additional lynx analysis for Seeley-area project

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After a legal misstep, Lolo National Forest officials believe they’ve answered a federal judge’s request for lynx analysis on the disputed Colt-Summit Restoration and Fuels Reduction Project. “The actual project has not changed,” Lolo environmental coordinator Chris Partyka said Monday. “When we went back to court with a lynx supplement, it was kind of a packaging issue. Based on the court order, what we needed was supplemental lynx analysis. So we rewrote a supplemental environmental analysis, and did additional work to answer and respond to public comments on lynx. It represents an increased amount of energy and time we put in explaining the cumulative effects to lynx and lynx habitat in the project.”

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Northern Minnesota tree plantings anticipate a warming climate

A few miles from Lake Superior, near the Caribou Trail, members of a tree-planting crew seem to hit rock wherever they aim their long-bladed hoedads.
Minnesota Public Radio News
July 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…Reoh’s crew is planting little red oaks on land in the Superior National Forest that has long largely supported the spruce, pine, birch and aspen trees typical to the northlands. They’re planting trees that should do well as the climate continues to change in Minnesota’s north woods. …Planting such trees slightly outside of their current range may help ensure that the forest can continue to provide the like clean water, wildlife habitat, wood products and recreational opportunities that Minnesotans have come to depend on, said Mark White, a forest ecologist for the Nature Conservancy, an environmental group that is spearheading the experiment.

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New Britain Palm Oil builds on commitments with Forest Policy

Innovating to prevent deforestation and address community needs across a developing country
TFT
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

TFT member New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL) has developed an innovative new Forest Policy setting out its commitments to responsible growth across its operations. A large-scale producer of responsible palm oil in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, NBPOL has reaffirmed its commitment to No Deforestation. As part of its Forest Policy, it will protect High Conservation Value forests and High Carbon Stock forests – essential for biodiversity and reducing greenhouse gases.

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China to spend 700m yuan on forestry projects

China Daily
July 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BEIJING – The Ministry of Finance said Monday that the central government has allocated 700.87 million yuan ($113.4 million dollars) to fund forestry projects this year as part of efforts to improve the country’s environment. Some 198.06 million yuan will fund erosion control and other projects in 24 regions, including north China’s Beijing municipality, Hebei province and Inner Mongolia autonomous region, the ministry said in an online statement. 

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

If we burn wood for energy, we can’t have our cake and eat it

The Conversation
July 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Many countries have turned to the planet’s forests to meet their need for renewable energy, burning wood chips and pellets produced at home or abroad in power stations to generate electricity. But a report from the European Environment Agency published this week urged caution over what to burn, and how. There’s no question that if managed sustainably – which absolutely rules out turning tropical forests into palm oil plantations – wood-powered bioenergy can be an effective renewable energy source.

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U.S. energy transitions in one graph

Scientific American Blog
July 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

To understand what the future of United States’ energy mix will look like in the future, it’s useful to look back at its energy history. This one graph from the U.S. Energy Information Administration tells us a lot about how we have consumed energy in this country… We tend to decarbonize as time goes on (from carbon-intensive wood to coal to petroleum to natural gas).

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Other Views: Wildfires spark need to adapt

Free Press
July 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The wildfires scorching the West this summer have sparked debate among scientists, environmentalists, small government advocates and even firefighters themselves. Is man-made climate change at the root, as was inferred by President Obama, who said its effects mean “firefighters are braving longer wildfire seasons” because of it? Conservative land-use advocates argue that the federal government has neglected its proper management of forests and wildlands producing “tinderbox conditions.”

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Wood energy technologies

Michigan State University Extension
July 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Using wood for energy involves a variety of technologies. Not all wood is equally useful to a particular technology, and different technologies produce variable mixes of energy. It’s not all the same. The way in which we use energy also varies. Energy is not a single commodity. We use energy to heat and cool spaces, produce electricity, and provide transportation fuel. Various energy sources, including wood, fit differently into each kind of use. Each combination has advantages and disadvantages. We may most commonly think of wood energy as what we love to see in a fireplace or wood stove.

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Targetting the Tanzanian forest energy crunch

FAO
July 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Tanzania is one of five pilot countries under an FAO Finnish funded programme for support to sustainable forest management in a changing climate. Soren Dalsgaard, Chief Technical Advisor of NAFORMA, who has been with the project since its launch, explained how Tanzanian forests are facing what he refers to as an energy crunch. “Wood and charcoal are by far the dominant sources of household energy in Tanzania and are used to meet the daily cooking needs of more than 90% of the population. Currently there are no affordable alternatives available to the majority of the population which is growing rapidly.”

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Profits from forests? Leave the trees standing

The Conversation
July 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In debates about climate change and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, there is a widely-held belief that market mechanisms, like the Labor government’s carbon pricing scheme, will reduce emissions in the cheapest possible way. As a matter of pure theory, this is correct but, in practice, it depends on what is included and excluded from the scheme and how it is designed.

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Boxing in sawmilling at Branxholm

ABC News
July 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The closure of Scottsdale’s two softwood sawmills has cleared the way for the Branxholm mill to invest in further processing pine. “We’ve got customers that use pallets for hops, we’ve got growers that need bins for potatoes, for carrots, and the apple growers,” Dale Jessup said. “We supply pallets to the skin market where the pallets are exported to China from the abattoirs in Tasmania, and brick manufacturers as well.”

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Forestry-waste for more biofuels production in Sweden

Engineering and Technology Magazine
July 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Sweden could easily increase its production of biofuels to cover more than a third of the nation’s automotive fuel needs by 2030 by using forestry residues, a biorefinery report has said. By utilising forest-sourced materials, such as residue from forestry operations, wood from forest grown for bioenergy and agricultural waste products, the country could increase its biofuels production ten times in the next 17 years, states the report submitted to the Swedish government.

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RWE plans to close world’s largest biomass power plant in Tilbury

IHB
July 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The energy company RWE will shut down its biomass power plant in the UK due to low electricity demand and electricity prices. The 750-megawatt plant in Tilbury, located east of London, on the River Thames, will now be closed at the end of October, the company said. Substantial investment would have been needed so that the plant could operate for longer, said a company spokesman. The company must reduce its spending because of high debts, mainly caused by the acquisition, in 2009, of the Dutch Essent utility for 7 billion euros.

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General

Weekly lumber market update and overview

Madison’s Lumber Reporter
July 5, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The combined Canada Day/US Independence Day holidays had the effect most lumber traders were hoping for: recently increasing demand was unleashed on a truncated work week, writes Keta Kosman in Madison’s Lumber reporter. http://madisonsreport.com/. That lumber futures popped up-limit, $10, on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Wednesday, before markets closed, only provided more confidence to embattled lumber sellers. Producers and purchasers of North American lumber and panel products remained uncertain if this week’s improved buying would translate into continued follow-through next week.

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