- 16-19 April 2012, Portland, Oregon, USA: BioCycle West Coast Conference. (Themes: biomass, biogas, sustainability.)
- 28-30 April 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA: International Biomass Conference and Trade Show. (Themes: technology, biomass, commercialization)
- 27-29 August 2008, Portland, Oregon, USA: 2008 International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference. (Theme: biomass)
- Biofuel from West Coat forests would increase carbon emissions, 26 October 2011 by Western Farm Press: "The largest and most comprehensive study yet done on the effect of biofuel production from West Coast forests has concluded that an emphasis on bioenergy would increase carbon dioxide emissions from these forests at least 14 percent, if the efficiency of such operations is optimal."
- "The study was published in Nature Climate Change, by scientists from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and other institutions in Germany and France. It was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy."
- "During the past four years, the study examined 80 forest types in 19 eco-regions in Oregon, Washington and California, ranging from temperate rainforests to semi-arid woodlands."
- "The study examined thousands of forest plots with detailed data and observations, considering 27 parameters, including the role of forest fire, emissions savings from bioenergy use, wood product substitution, insect infestations, forest thinning, energy and processes needed to produce biofuels, and many others."
- "Plans for greenhouse gas reduction call for up to 10 percent lower emissions by 2020, and forest-derived fuels are now seen as a carbon-neutral solution to reducing energy emissions, the researchers note. However, this study suggests that increases in harvest volume on the West Coast, for any reason, will instead result in average increases in emissions above current levels."
- EPA clean air regulations might dim green luster of biomass plants in Oregon and nationwide, 16 September 2010 by OregonLive.com: "Freres Lumber fired up its biomass plant in 2007 as part of the green power rush, banking on tax breaks to generate steam and electricity at its Lyons mill by burning forest slash and mill waste."
- "But proposed rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- including new regulations on boiler pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the plants -- could force the company to sample emissions more and put 'pollution controls on top of pollution controls,' Freres executives say."
- "Oregon backers are hoping wood-fired power plants will spur thinning in the state's abundant national forests, create thousands of rural jobs and provide a domestic source of fuel."
- "Even with pollution controls, emissions of carbon dioxide, lung-damaging particulates and other pollutants from burning wood can be greater than burning coal or natural gas. And classifying biomass as renewable power could encourage overdevelopment of wood burning power plants, threatening forests in the long term, critics say."
- "The U.S. Department of Energy expects biomass to supply 14 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030, up from just more than 1 percent now."
- "The arguments tend to run to absolutes, either counting all greenhouse gas emissions from biomass or not counting any. In calling for detailed comments, the EPA signaled it's trying to account for the nuances."
- ZeaChem Celebrates Groundbreaking Of Biorefinery In Boardman, Oregon, 2 June 2010 by ZeaChem: "ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, held a groundbreaking ceremony today for its 250,000 gallon-per-year biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon."
- "The plant will initially use ZeaChem’s core technology... to produce ethyl acetate, a salable chemical intermediate and precursor to cellulosic ethanol."
- "Using an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the company will add the cellulosic ethanol production capability to come online in 2011."
- "ZeaChem has a contract with GreenWood Resources (GWR), a Portland-based timberland investment manager, to obtain sustainable hybrid poplar tree feedstock from the nearby farms held under GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP. Because the technology is feedstock agnostic, ZeaChem will also process trials of herbaceous crops, agricultural residuals and other renewable biomass resources."
- The Oregon Environment Council: Biofuels for Oregon - Citizen group started within the Oregon Environment Council to promote the use of biofuels.
- seQuential Biofuels LLC - Biofuels marketing and distribution company in the Portland and Eugene areas. The company runs at least one retail biofuel pumping station.
- Impacts of Thinning on Carbon Stores in the PNW: A Plot Level Analysis by Joshua Clark, John Sessions, Olga Krankina, and Thomas Maness at Oregon State University, May 2011. "The purpose of this study is to determine the level of on-site carbon stores at a plot level under different fuel reduction thinning operations in different forest types in Oregon."
- Fueling Oregon with Sustainable Biofuels. Link to the report which can be downloaded.
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