Timber Price Movements in the US South during March/April 2016

Posted by Joe Clark

During the March/April 2016 period, there was an overall decrease in both pine stumpage prices and hardwood prices throughout the US South. Pine pulpwood saw the biggest decrease (-4.69 percent) dropping to $10.03/ton. The next two largest decreases were seen in pine chip-n-saw (-3.17 percent) and hardwood pulpwood (-3.14 percent). Pine sawtimber prices (<1 percent) remained steady while hardwood sawtimber prices (+1.01 percent) saw the only increase during the time period.

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Topics: timber prices


Housing Starts Jump, Southern Yellow Pine Prices Steady in April

Posted by John Greene

On the heels of March’s significant downtick (-8.8 percent), housing starts jumped in April despite signs of an economic slowdown, flagging corporate earnings reports and a US dollar (USD) that continues to lose strength globally.

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Topics: housing market update, southern yellow pine prices


EPA Releases Proposed RFS Volumes for 2017

Posted by John Greene

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. The proposed volume requirements and associated percentage standards are for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel.

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Topics: renewable fuel standard


Forest Industry Performance: April 2016

Posted by Joe Clark

Forest industry performance in March and April was reported by both the US government and the Institute for Supply Management.

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Topics: forest industry performance


Renewable Energy Directive Update: European Commission to Scrap Biofuels Post-2020

Posted by John Greene

While the advanced and cellulosic biofuels sector in the US has struggled to gain market footing to adequately compete with fossil-based fuels, the situation is equally disappointing in the European Union (EU) at present. Per national targets set from the beginning of the 2001 Renewable Energy Directive initiated for EU member states, the overriding goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (compared to 1990 levels), increase renewable energy production by 20% and achieve at least 10% renewable energy use in the transportation sector by 2020.

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Topics: wood biofuels, renewable energy growth


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