Cool Planet chooses Colorado for headquarters (WishTV)
DENVER (AP) — A company that has developed a process for converting beetle-killed trees and corn cobs into gasoline says it plans to open its global headquarters in Greenwood Village, south of Denver. Cool Planet Energy Systems said Wednesday it also has chosen Colorado for its first manufacturing facility.
Colorado producer doubles capacity
Kremmling, Colo.-based Confluence Energy has acquired certain assets of Walden, Colo.-based Rocky Mountain Pellet. The transaction has nearly doubled the company’s original 100,000-ton-pellet production capacity.
Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry
As climate change warms areas of Colorado, mountain pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae) have infested lodgepole pines and drastically reduced their numbers. Of the 1.5 million acres of forest in the state, nearly 70 percent of lodgepole pines have been wiped out by the insects. As the trees die, they fall to the ground and provide fuel for forest fires. The wood has also become an attractive choice for designers and architect, because no trees have to technically be cut down for material, and they sport a beautiful blue hue caused by fungus the beetles carry.