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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Froggy Foibles

Woodshop is Facebook’s Latest Geek Perk

Woodworking Network
October 31, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States

Known simply as “The Wood Shop at Menlo Park Campus,” Facebook’s new 3,000-square-foot, professionally outfitted woodworking shop was designed to inspire employees interested in stretching their creative muscles.  …“The overarching idea is to provide employees with an enjoyable diversion from their daily activities and to inspire creativity apart from their computers, tablets and smartphones,” said Robbie Pinaula

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Business & Politics

Domtar Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

PR Newswire
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has approved its third quarterly dividend for the 2013 fiscal year on its common stock and on Domtar (Canada) Paper Inc. exchangeable shares. The dividend of US$0.55 per share is payable on January 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on December 13, 2013.

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Resolute Forest posts quarterly loss due to one-time tax charge

Reuters
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc, the largest newsprint maker in North America, reported a quarterly loss, hurt by a $619 million charge related to income tax. The company’s net loss was $588 million, or $6.22 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $37 million, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 8 percent to $1.1 billion, mainly due to lower newsprint prices.

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Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces Successful Completion of $170M Major Capital Investment in North American Operations

Sappi Fine Paper North America
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Sappi Fine Paper North America announced today the successful completion of its US$170 million capital conversion project at the Cloquet Mill in Minnesota to produce Specialised Cellulose, which is used in textile and consumer goods markets. The conversion initiated in 2011, was accomplished on time, within budget, and safely. This major investment reflects Sappi’s commitment to the North American region as a key player in the global Specialised Cellulose market and will be celebrated during an open house at Cloquet Mill today.

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CETA will make Canadians ‘hewers of wood’

Rabble
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

…Take forestry, which has been touted as a winner with this deal. After all, Europe is not exactly known as a lumber producer. We most certainly are. It’s pretty much a one-way market. But in the big part of that market — cut lumber and newsprint — there are already no tariffs. Where CETA makes changes is with products such as plywood and oriented strand board. These have a limited market, so CETA will end up having little impact.

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Terrace-based logging company pays stumpage

Terrace Standard
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

YAORUN Wood Inc., a Chinese-owned company that leases city lands on Keith Ave. to store and sort logs, averted a freeze of its operations this week by paying outstanding stumpage fees owed to the provincial government. On Oct.25, compliance and enforcement officers from the provincial ministry responsible for forests placed 120 seizure stickers on 800 loads of logs worth about $2.3 million, effectively suspending YaoRun’s ability to ship its wood overseas to customers in China. Yesterday, ministry official Brennan Clarke confirmed that YaoRun paid back all $586,000 in outstanding stumpage fees.

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Value-added wood products offer more economic potential for city

Alberni Valley Times
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I find it hard to watch raw logs leave this community. Although it is a bitter-sweet occurrence for Port Alberni, watching the logs being loaded at the Port Alberni Port Authority always kind of breaks my heart. It makes me think of how much potential they have for this community. On the one hand, it is good to see the Port Authority so busy, knowing it is creating work for local people and a reputation for this community. On the other, those logs could be doing so much more for this city. Most of these logs are going to Asia. Over there they are milled and used in construction.

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Canfor Encouraged by Lumber Demand

250 News
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Canfor is reporting a net income of $28.4 million in the third quarter of 2013. That’s down from the $110.3 million recorded in the second quarter of this year, but an improvement over the third quarter of 2012 when net income was $20.5 million. …In a release from the company, Canfor’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Don Kayne, said, “As expected, lumber prices staged a gradual recovery after reaching their low point in June. We continue to be encouraged by solid demand for our lumber products in all of our major markets.”

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Dix Says Province Knew of Pending Mill Closures and Did Nothing

250 News
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – NDP leader Adrian Dix says it is time for the Liberal government in BC to take responsibility for what has happened in Forestry during their time in office. …Dix says the harvest tenure swap that has West Fraser picking up a chunk of Canfor’s Quesnel area in exchange for giving Canfor a slice of its tenure in the Morice region, had to have been known well ahead of time, as it would have to be approved by government . “ Was the government aware? Has it not been involved in this process? Of course they’ve been involved in this process.

Dix Drops In from 250 News
Victoria unprepared for mill closures: Dix from The Prince George Free Press
Gov’t should’ve had mill closure plan: Dix by The Prince George Citizen

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Local lumber featured in Japan

Project helps Asian country rebuild after 2011 earthquake
Alberni Valley Times
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The letters APD are stamped on a wooden beam in a public library in Japan. The Western Forest Products Alberni Pacific Division sawmill has contributed funding and lumber to help build the $725,000 wood-frame structure. The Donguri Anne Public Library was completed on Jan. 18 in the city of Natori. It is part of the $4.6-million Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, which is committed to rebuilding public facilities destroyed by the March 11, 2011 tsunami and 9.0 magnitude earthquake, using Canadian wood products and advanced wood technologies.

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More skilled workers needed to bolster B.C. economy, conference delegates told

By Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The growing shortage of skilled workers in B.C. and across the country could impact the health of the economy if the issue is not addressed soon, according to Dave Bazowski. Bazowski, chairman of both the B.C. Mining Human Resources Task Force and the B.C. Pulp & Paper Human Resources Task Force, was one of the speakers Tuesday at the seventh annual State of the Island Economic Summit that is being held in Nanaimo. …Jan Marston, from the TimberWest forest company, added that more than one-third of the workers in the Island’s forest industry are more than 45 years old and many of them will likely retire or leave the well-paying industry within the next 10 years.

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Provincial transition team arrives in Houston

HQ Prince George
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The District of Houston will be partnering with the Province of British Columbia on a Community Transition Team that will help the community with the transition of the Houston mill closure. Houston mayor Bill Holmberg says the transition team’s goal is to ensure stabilization and revitalization of the community in response to the loss of the mill jobs. “they’ve been involved in other areas that have had mill closures and stuff so we are going to pick their brain a little bit for sure.

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Emerging Markets: Expanding India attracts interest

October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jas Binning exported $25,000 worth of softwood lumber to India in 2006 with the hopes the move would compensate for a slowing North American market. “I started with small volume,” said the owner of Abbotsford’s Jazz Forest Products. “Now (we’re) shipping close to a half-million dollars every month.” With its huge, increasing population and growing economy, India has been identified by both the provincial and federal governments as a priority market for export growth. While many B.C. exporters agree, experts say distance, economic uncertainty and heavy government regulation mean it is still no easy task to break into the market, the world’s tenth largest by GDP.

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Timber firms, gov’t scramble in face of supply concerns

Prince George Citizen
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With last week’s news that two northern sawmills will be closed and two major forestry corporations will swap harvesting rights to keep two other mills open, forestry stakeholders are wondering how many more industry jobs will be lost. Last summer’s B.C. Legislature committee report on the province’s timber supply made 22 recommendations on getting the forest industry through the damage caused by the mountain pine beetle epidemic with as few jobs lost and mills closed as possible.

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B.C. sawmill shutdowns face ministry review

Globe and Mail
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government and the federal Competition Bureau will review plans by West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. and Canfor Corp. to shut down sawmills in each other’s backyard….On Tuesday, the B.C. Forests and Lands Ministry said the proposed transactions were not preapproved for West Fraser to take over Canfor’s Quesnel harvesting rights, and Canfor to acquire West Fraser’s Houston rights. “The ministry found out about the companies’ plans when they issued their news releases,” ministry spokeswoman Vivian Thomas said in a statement.

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Catalyst donates motor to IHS

Alberni Valley Times
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A donation from Port Alberni’s Catalyst Paper operation is saving the Industrial Heritage Society a significant amount of money. The motor for the air compressor the IHS uses at the roundhouse, located behind Smitty’s Family Restaurant, recently stopped working. Faced with a repair bill of at least $700, members of the IHS decided to contact Catalyst to see if they had an extra motor available. Luck was on their side, because the paper mill had a number of spares, and they were willing to donate one to the society.

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West Fraser Timber CEO says U.S. housing market improving though slowly

The Canadian Press
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The head of West Fraser Timber warned Tuesday that demand for lumber can be volatile through the winter as the recovery in the U.S. housing market continues to be slow. Lumber prices were up in the third quarter, helping boost the Vancouver-based company’s revenue and profit, but West Fraser CEO Ted Seraphim told analysts that he was wary. “Lumber demand has been relatively strong in October,” he said. “Nevertheless, we are still early in the recovery of the housing market and as such, we should expect some volatility in lumber and panel markets over the winter.”

West Fraser reports weaker earnings in Q3 from Business in Vancouver

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Harris says mining offers hope to displaced forestry workers

HQ Prince George
October 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dick Harris has reacted to last week’s announced mill closures including the one in his Quesnel riding. The Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP says while unfortunate it may offer opportunities in other sectors. “You know a lot of these jobs from the mills that are closing – they need millwrights at the mines, they need machinists and all sorts of tradespeople. So when these mines get up and operating, around four or five within the next five years, some even sooner, there’s going to be all kinds of vacancies.”

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Job cuts at mill to be phased in

The Daily Press
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

IROQUOIS FALLS – The president of Resolute Forest Products says its Iroquois Falls mill had no choice but to phase out a papermaking machine that had been operating at less than half of its capacity for a number of years. The decision to shut down one of the two remaining machines at the mill was announced last week. The machine, which produces speciality construction paper, will be phased out over the next four to six months. Approximately, 70 workers be out of work as a result. That will leave about 170 remaining at the mill.

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Kap’s Ouimette named VP for Tembec Ontario Operations

The Northern Times
October 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Times recently learned that General Manager for the Newsprint Operations for Tembec Kapuskasing, André Ouimette, has been promoted to Vice President, Ontario Operations. Ouimette has been with the company for 23 years, starting his career at Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company. Along with being responsible for the Kapuskasing Newsprint Operations, Ouimette is also in charge of the five sawmills located in Kap, Cochrane, Hearst, Chapleau and Huntsville as well as all the forest operations in Ontario.

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Struggle for timber community’s last softwood mill

ABC News, Australia
October 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The north-east Tasmanian town of Scottsdale has suffered another blow, with its last remaining softwood mill letting 20 casual staff go. Stronach Timber Industries uses pine from the former Gunns sawmill at Bell Bay to make timber products including fence posts and outdoor furniture. But Timberlink bought the Bell Bay mill in February and is installing new equipment to make its own products.  It means most of Stronach’s timber supply has been cut and it has had to
axe 20 casual workers, including labourer Richard Brown.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fed Agency Recommends SFI Wood Options in Green Buildings

Woodworking Network
October 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The General Services Administration’s formal recommendation to the Dept. of Energy on Oct. 25, 2013 actually contained six recommendations for the Federal government’s use of green building certification systems. But the one that has garnered the most attention is recommendation No. 2… the decision would give people an additional option for certification systems. The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) added that the present federal green building policy only recognizes LEED 2009, with wood credit only for wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. “Green Globes 2010 recognizes forest certifications such as Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and American Tree Farm System (ATFS) in addition to FSC,” says the WDMA.

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Paper and the Untold Sustainable Forestry Story

By Teri Shanahan Vice President, Sustainability, International Paper
Triple Pundit
October 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Like most people on our planet, I care about forests. But until recently, I actually knew very little about forests other than how much I enjoy spending time in them. That all changed when I began this new role in sustainability in 2012. Since then, I’ve been researching to build my knowledge and engaged dozens of people in conversations to gain lots of different perspectives. The biggest thing I’ve learned? The story of sustainable forestry has not been told, and so it is dreadfully misunderstood.

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WWF lists 25 pulp and paper companies

Pulp and Paper News
October 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

WWF recognizes the leadership in transparency of 25 of the world’s most important pulp and paper manufacturers, as demonstrated by their participation in the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index 2013. Companies voluntarily disclosed the ecological footprint of 40 product categories, more than doubling those evaluated in the 2011 index. The companies recognized for their transparency in today’s launch of the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) 2013 together produce 14 per cent of the world´s paper and board, respectively 28 per cent of the world’s graphic paper, 29 per cent of the world’s newsprint, 14 per cent of the world’s tissue and 6 per cent of the world’s packaging.

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Forestry

Clothing makers to stop sourcing from endangered forests

Globe and Mail
October 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

A group of clothing makers say they will stop using fibres made from endangered forests, a move aimed at limiting the environmental damage done in the name of cheaper tank tops, skirts and dresses. One-third of the 70 million trees cut down each year to make clothing fibres come from places such as Canada’s northern boreal forest and rainforests on the West Coast and in Indonesia, said Canopy, a Vancouver-based non-profit company that helps companies craft environmentally friendly policies.

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Groups argue B.C. not protecting old-growth forest

Vancouver 24hrs
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether the province is doing enough to protect an endangered old-growth forest. The Western Canada Wilderness Committee and ForestEthics Solutions requested a judicial review, saying B.C.’s forestry regulations contradict laws about issuing notices about endangered ecosystems, in this case the coastal Douglas fir forest on southeast Vancouver Island.

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New woodlot licence available near 100 Mile House

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

100 MILE HOUSE – The Province is accepting bids on a new woodlot licence near 100 Mile House, a move that will eventually generate new job opportunities across the region, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. The woodlot licence covers approximately 968 hectares of Crown land on the south side of Timothy Lake. The area is predominantly Douglas-fir. The deadline for submission is Nov. 27, 2013.

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Logging-truck safety ‘under the microscope’

Industry reviewing procedures in response to recent spate of mishaps in B.C.
The Squamish Chief
October 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Those who make their livelihoods in the industry locally fully support the many regulations meant to ensure that logging trucks operate safely in B.C., Lowe said. But sometimes, inspectors with the Ministry of Transportation’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) program get a bit overzealous in carrying out their duties, ordering trucks off the road for minor maintenance issues that have little or nothing to do with safety, Lowe said. …“The problem is not with the regulations. The problem is that you can get two different inspectors out there and one will say one thing and one will say another.

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Timberwest To Install Truck Wash Station

by Sue Handel, Communications Manager, TimberWest
Cowichan Valley Citizen
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The condition of the roads near Youbou, and in particular those in proximity to residential areas, is important to TimberWest. This fall we are moving ahead with the installation of a truck wash station near Youbou. We have researched numerous options and expect that a truck wash will substantially improve road cleanliness and provide relief to the residents of Youbou. The truck wash station will be installed on a paved stretch of TimberWest private road west of Youbou.

Light emerges from Youbou’s 10-year dust cloud from Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

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Men killed in float plane crash well known in B.C. forestry

Victoria Times Colonist
October 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Plans are coming together for a memorial service to honour the life of Norm Slavik, one of three men who died in a float plane crash on West Cracroft Island last week.  Pilot Kevin Roger Williams, 40, of Lake Country, and Fred Wiley, 42, of Merville, also died in the Air Cab charter flight. …Norm Slavik and Wiley were both well known in the B.C. forest industry. Their unexpected deaths prompted TimberWest vice-president Dave Whiteley to issue a statement expressing “deep sadness.”

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Many fires challenging during this year’s forest fire season: government

The Compass
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters with the Department of Natural Resources fought 67 forest fires on the island part of the province, and 32 fires in Labrador during the 2013 official forest fire season. In total, 53 hectares of forest land burnt on the island. In Labrador, 49,900 hectares were burnt, most of which was located in remote and inaccessible areas. The numbers were announced today by Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency.

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Ganaraska Forest logging during bird nesting season ruffles feathers

Local conservation authority re-writing rules to avoid logging during nesting season
Durham Region
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CLARINGTON — Protests are rising over migratory birds, their nests and young being accidentally destroyed when the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority allowed logging during the spring nesting season.  “That’s just not acceptable, and it’s not necessary, that’s the most aggravating part,” said Clarington resident Jim Richards. …The problem with logging in the late spring and early summer is that migratory birds are mating, building nests, laying eggs and caring for young in those trees.

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Timber harvesting in Russia decreased by 2.8% in January-September 2013

Lesprom
October 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The volume of timber harvest in Russia decreased by 2.8% year-over-year in January-September 2013, timber harvesting in September 2013 was up 0.7% compared to the same period in 2012, as Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) informed Lesprom Network. Harvesting of softwood logs decreased by 3.1% year-over-year in first nine months of 2013, harvesting of hardwood logs decreased by 0.5%, fuelwood harvesting decreased by 10.2% and untreated wood decreased by 1.2%.

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Greenpeace cautiously optimistic on APP forestry policy headway

PrintWeek
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace’s APP’s Forest Conservation Policy: Progress Review examines APP’s recently implemented forest conservation policy (FCP), which resulted in a moratorium on all natural forest clearance. Greenpeace, which has been campaigning for APP to change its behaviour for several years, subsequently suspended action against the paper manufacturer. The report concluded: “Our view, nine months in, is that the company is serious about its FCP plans and its key senior staff are genuinely committed to driving the delivery of these new commitments.

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Warm winters let trees sleep longer

Science Codex
October 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In the temperate zones, vegetation follows the change of the seasons. After a winter pause, plants put out new growth in spring. Research has now brought a new correlation to light: The colder the winter, the earlier native plants begin to grow again. Since warmer winters can be expected as the climate changes, the spring development phase for typical forest trees might start later and later – giving an advantage to shrubs and invasive trees that don’t depend on the cold.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NS Power biomass plant unveiled in Point Tupper

Critics say burning wood not a green way of producing electricity
CBC News
October 31, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia Power is touting its new Point Tupper biomass plant as a way to help meet renewable energy goals, but critics argue burning trees isn’t a green way of generating electricity …Critics worry healthy woodlands will have to eventually be harvested to meet the demand. “It may be renewable, because trees technically grow back — but it is not green in any sense of the word. Burning the forest to generate electricity is insane,” said Raymond Plourde with the Ecology Action Centre.

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Power starts in N.S. forests

Herald Business
October 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — Fifty tractor-trailer loads of wood a day go into Nova Scotia Power’s new biomass boiler, and 60 megawatts of electricity come out. That’s when it’s running at peak capacity. On Wednesday, as media and dignitaries toured the Point Tupper power generating station, it was running at about 80 per cent capacity. “It’s great to celebrate this milestone with the community and to start a new chapter in this region,” said Mark Sidebottom, vice-president of power generation and delivery for Nova Scotia Power.

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Biomass plant to officially open today

Cape Breton Post
October 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — Nova Scotia Power’s newest power generation plant, the Port Hawkesbury biomass plant, has begun operations producing both electricity and steam and will officially open today. The utility will host an official opening event and a tour of the plant, which is located at the Port Hawkesbury Paper site on Pulp Mill Road in Point Tupper.  The new biomass-fuelled Nova Scotia Power co-generation plant has been operating at full capacity since July. 

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Delco students conduct research for global study on climate change

Springfield Press
October 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

An unlikely pairing of Penn State Brandywine Information Science and Technology student Jonathan Spross and Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Laura Guertin has resulted in a research project that could change the way scientists look at trees and climate change. In March 2012, Guertin, of Media, signed on to the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Tree Banding Project, a global initiative encouraging scientists around the world to measure the growth of trees in their areas from season to season.

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Panel discusses wood biomass sustainability, coming regulations

Biomass Magazine
October 30, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Nigel Burdett, head of environment at Drax Power, kicked off a panel discussion at the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association’s 3rd annual Exporting Pellets Conference, by commenting on the role of sustainability in the transition from coal to wood pellets. “We need to be sustainable in order to capture the subsidy and make the business work,” he said. The panel focused on the sustainable attributes of renewable power produced via wood pellet combustion.

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