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  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:12 PM | Deleted user
    SC Biomass Council recognized by Biomass Power Association for leadership in growing biomass energy generation industry.

    Over the past year, South Carolina has made a name for itself in the biomass industry. What previously was a small biomass presence has become a thriving industry, providing power for tens of thousands of South Carolina homes and businesses.

    The most recent development is the opening of global packaging company Sonoco’s $75 million biomass boiler. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley attended the dedication ceremony for the new boiler, which replaces two aging coal boilers. “South Carolina is being called the fastest growing economy in the Southeast,” Haley said. “One of the reasons is because of innovative projects like Sonoco’s biomass boiler. Advancements like this help businesses grow and succeed, attract new customers and bring talent and high-paying jobs to the state.”

    This follows the November 2013 opening of two 17.8-megawatt facilities by BPA member EDF. Located in Allendale and Dorchester Counties, the new facilities, also known as the Pinelands biomass project, created 250 construction jobs and 38 full-time positions. They will supply power for 15,000 homes through a 30-year power purchasing agreement with Santee Cooper, the local utility.

    The new South Carolina biomass growth is due in part to the influence of South Carolina Biomass Council. With 250 members representing various aspects of biomass, the SCBC works cooperatively with state legislators, biomass producers and users, and other stakeholders to increase awareness and use of biomass energy. SCBC aims to help South Carolina use homegrown energy sources rather than importing the majority of its power.

    Article courtesy of the Biomass Power Association
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:57 AM | Deleted user
    The SC Biomass Council is seeking nominations from its members to fill three Board of Directors positions. 

    Nominations for the three Board positions are due to Larry Boyleston (, no later than November 22, 2013. Please submit all nominations to Larry via email. All nominations will be considered. Nominees are not required to be current SC Biomass Council members, but are required to become members if elected.

    Elections will take place shortly after November 22nd.

    Elected SC Biomass Council Board members are required to serve three year terms.
  • Monday, June 17, 2013 5:15 PM | Deleted user
    Officials from two South Carolina-based biomass firms, Arborgen and Encompass Biotech, will join representatives from Santee Cooper and SCRA for a panel discussion on biomass-the use of material such as wood chips, sorghum, or municipal waste as a renewable energy source.

    The panel discussion is part of the 2013 SC Clean Energy Summit, taking place July 11, 2013, in Columbia. Clean energy-related companies, service providers, investors, and entrepreneurs, along with representatives of government and academia, will gather at the summit to explore a variety of clean energy topics.

    The panel will be moderated by Larry Boyleston of SCRA and is being sponsored by Santee Cooper.

    The following officials will serve as panelists:

    Jeff Wright, Arborgen
    Jeff Wright will discuss Arborgen's work developing purpose-grown trees for use as a source of biomass. Wright is recognized as a world leader in developing forest plantations for products such as pulp, paper, lumber, and bio-energy. He has managed such efforts in South Africa, Swaziland, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico and has consulted on plantations in more than 20 other countries.

    Bob Kodrzycki, Encompass Biotech
    Kodrzycki will discuss different models for biomass harvesting, energy production, and the potential effect of the political environment in the United States and European Union on the growth of the industry. Kodrzycki has 24 years of biotechnology experience, ranging from developing products to tailoring R&D strategies to address market and regulatory environments.

    Liz Kress, Santee Cooper
    Kress will discuss the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of anaerobic digesters (which involve electricity generation using the methane gas that results when organic materials decompose in an environment that lacks oxygen). Santee Cooper has an anaerobic digestion facility at its Berkeley County landfill. Kress has been instrumental in increasing Santee Cooper's renewable generation, and has also been involved in feasibility work on offshore wind for South Carolina.

    About the 2013 SC Clean Energy Summit
    Registration is now open for the 2013 SC Clean Energy Summit, which is being hosted by the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA). The summit will take place July 11, 2013, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This year's theme: Fueling Innovation and Creating Jobs.

    The summit will bring together clean energy business leaders and representatives from across the Southeast to explore topics including solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen and fuel cells, energy efficiency, clean energy project finance, clean transportation and recycling. Session panelists represent industry, academia, and government institutions, including the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Santee Cooper, Sonoco, SPARC, SCRA, and others.

    Online registration and more details about the summit are available online, by clicking here.
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