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  1. Coal News: Thai leader says impact of coal plant to be studied again

      BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday the government will ensure that environmental and health impact studies for a coal power plant approved by its energy policy planning committee will be reconsidered, but made clear he expects the project to proceed. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said that plans for the 800-megawatt coal power plant in the southern province of Krabi would be reevaluated, as sought by protesters from the province, a popular seaside tourist destination. They said the existing assessments did not take into consideration their views about potential pollution and damage to the tourism industry. Prayuth chaired the National Energy Policy Committee, which announced Friday the go-ahead for the long-stalled project. He said Tuesday the plant originally was expected to begin operating by 2022, but redoing the Environmental Impact Assessment and the Environmental Health Impact Assessment would push the opening back by a year or two. He said the government would look at how to deal with such issues and then conduct the new assessments. "So don't worry if you think the government is backing off, because this process has been in place since 2007, so don't raise it as an issue," he said. Prayuth acknowledged the possibility that the project might not be carried out in its planned form — there have been suggestions of using mixed fuel sources — but warned that failure to go ahead could be costly, with no certainty that alternatives would be cheaper. The Energy Ministry says southern Thailand's power grid falls hundreds of megawatts short during peak demand, requiring electrical backup from Malaysia or provinces further north. But environmentalists argued in a report submitted to the ministry last year that biomass, wind, or other renewable energy sources could make up the shortfall. Protesters against the plant traveled from Krabi to demonstrate outside the prime minister's office when Friday's decision was announced, and their leaders and almost a dozen other people were detained when they continued their protest on Saturday. They were released on Sunday and said they believed their view had prevailed because officials told them that new assessments would be made. However, it was not immediately clear whether they were satisfied with Tuesday's announcement.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  2. Biomass Energy: Irish firm brings renewable energy to state poultry industry

    Bob Murphy's Double Trouble Farms may be the most cutting-edge poultry operation on the Eastern Shore right now.

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    Tue, 14 Feb 2017

  3. Coal News: Thai gov't panel approves coal plant in popular tourist area

    A government committee has approved construction of an 800-megawatt coal power plant near pristine beaches on the Andaman Sea, Thailand's prime minister said Friday.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  4. Renewable Energy: Democrats propose doubling Nevada's renewable energy target

    Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation to move Nevada away from fossil fuels more quickly than planned.

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    Thu, 16 Feb 2017

  1. Dublin waste-to-energy plant set for March debut

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  2. Emerson to Convert UK Coal-Fired Plant to Biomass

    The project is expected to be completed in 2017 and provide 390 MW of power from 1.4 million tons of wood waste per year.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  3. Drax coal to biomass conversion wins EU approval

    Drax management received an early Christmas present yesterday when the European Commission announced that it had approved the company’s bid to convert a third coal-fired power plant unit to biomass .

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    Tue, 20 Dec 2016

  4. Poll finds public back biomass and energy from waste

    A new survey carried out for the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has found that there is strong public support for producing bioenergy in Britain from both biomass and waste.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  5. $212m Irish biomass CHP plant project founders

    A liquidator has been appointed after a rescue plan for Ireland’s biggest independent biomass power plant failed.

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

  6. AET to deliver biomass CHP plant for French paper mill

    Denmark’s Aalborg Energie Technik is set to deliver a biomass -fired combined heat and power plant for a French paper mill. 

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  7. Emerson wins Lynemouth Power Station conversion contract

    Lynemouth Power has awarded Emerson a contract to help convert the 44-year-old coal-fired Lynemouth Power Station to a new biomass -fueled power plant.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  8. Biomass fuel producer to install biomass CHP plants

    Three biomass -fired combined heat and power units are to be installed at biomass fuel producer Newbridge Energy’s plant in Ruthin in North Wales, UK.

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    Thu, 15 Sep 2016

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