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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1It’s not too late to register for the Pellet Fuels Institute’s 2016 Annual Conference taking place July 24-26, 2016 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. There will be a comprehensive overview of the U.S. pellet fuels industry along with a keynote presentation and major announcement by American Forest Foundation President & CEO Tom Martin; an in-depth look at policy and regulatory activities affecting the pellet fuels market; a discussion on the larger global trends for pellet fuels, with experts from industry leaders Drax and Enviva; ideas for new market opportunities for pellet fuels manufacturers; and more.
  • Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. has announced the termination of their plans to merge with NextEra Energy, effective immediately. The decision was driven by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) order to dismiss the companies’ merger application.
  • Accenture, the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and The Rural Development Company have launched the first solar-powered microgrids in the northern KwaZulu-Natal district of uMkhanyakude, South Africa, as part of the Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) program. One solar-powered microgrid provides power for irrigation equipment in South Africa while a larger solar facility powers a pack house where local farmers consolidate yields and process and package harvested crops. This reduces the farmers’ overall burden of labor and operating costs, and enables the farmers’ cooperative to achieve crop yields large enough to supply commercial buyers.
  • Construction of the Moose Lake Wind Project, located in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, and developed by Boralex Inc. and Aeolis Wind Power Corporation, will begin on July 18, 2016. The project will have four turbines with a total capacity of 15 MW and will create approximately 40 jobs during its one-year construction phase.
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