Pellets & Densified Biomass

May 21, 2015

In Depth: Words from the Wise

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalFour pellet plant executives sit down for a frank discussion regarding the industry’s biggest challenges, the importance of building a cohesive and effective team, and plans for the next 18 months. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

Bills aim to raise, alter, remove state RPS programs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasWhile Hawaii has made recently headlines in the renewable policy world with plans to raise its renewable portfolio standard higher than any state has to date, several states have seen recent attempts to freeze, dismantle or alter their programs. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

IRENA publishes renewable energy jobs report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has announced 7.7 million people worldwide were employed by the renewable energy industry in 2014, including, 822,000 jobs in biomass, 381,000 jobs in biogas, and 1.788 million in liquid biofuels. READ MORE

May 20, 2015

Scotland receives first Windhager DuoWIN in the U.K.

BY Windhager Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe first U.K. installation of Windhager's new hybrid technology DuoWIN boiler has been completed in Scotland. The wood pellet and log fired combined boiler has been installed at the headquarters of McInnes Plumbing & Heating and McInnes Renewables. READ MORE

May 19, 2015

ASABE announces new ISO standard for solid biofuels

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces that the international community has approved a new International Organization for Standardization standard for determining the composition of solid biofuels. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Biomass advisory committee to meet in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has published a notice announcing an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

German Pellets reports strong 2014, startup of Louisiana plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGerman Pellets has released 2014 financial results, reporting that despite somewhat difficult market conditions caused by mild weather and falling oil prices, the company ended the business year with an increase in turnover and operating results. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Rural Energy launches biomass space heater

BY Rural Energy Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass heating specialists Rural Energy have launched the AIRMatic biomass space heater, an innovative new compact solution that packs a big punch, ideal for warehouses and large industrial units. READ MORE

May 15, 2015

Show Us Your Stuff

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlthough it’s not even June, we’re soon to begin work on the August issue of Biomass Magazine, which is our Equipment Issue. READ MORE

May 14, 2015

King bill establishes biomass emissions as carbon neutral

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerSen. Angus King, I-Maine, has introduced legislation that aims to ensure emissions generated from sustainably harvested biomass would be considered carbon neutral under the U.S. EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan. READ MORE

May 13, 2015

Senators introduce bill to establish national RES program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerSen. Tom Udall, D-N.M, has introduced legislation that aims to establish a national renewable electricity standard (RES). The bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. READ MORE

May 13, 2015

Wyden Introduces bill to boost biomass energy

BY Sen. Ron Wyden's office Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced a bill that would spur the use of low-carbon biomass energy to heat and power homes and businesses, while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

Hawaii set to be first state with 100 percent renewables goal

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerAccording to the Hawaiian government, billions of dollars are diverted from the state’s economy each year because of its dependence on imported fossil fuels. A bill that sits on the governor’s desk will set a goal of 100 percent renewables by 2045. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

U.S. pellet exports increased during the fourth quarter

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, PowerExportation of wood pellets from North America to Europe and Asia reached an all-time high rising 22 percent in 2014 from the previous year, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Shipments from the US were up 40 percent year-over-year. READ MORE

May 11, 2015

Rentech highlights Canadian pellet plant production in Q1 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsOn May 11, Rentech Inc. released its 2015 first quarter financial results, reporting both its Canadian industrial facilities are producing pellets; Atikokan production rates exceeding the external forecast and Wawa commissioning better than expected. READ MORE

May 07, 2015

Report explains how bioenergy supports sustainability goals

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAccording to an international report on bioenergy and land use, informed management of bioenergy crops can alleviate factors contributing to food insecurity, as well as provide practical avenues to achieve a wide variety of benefits. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

BTEC partners for new course on small, biomass heating systems

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalHeatspring Learning Institute, in partnership with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and instructor John Siegenthaler, will launch a shortened rendition of their 10-week online course, hydronic-based biomass heating systems on May 11. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

Nebraska Forest Service offers assistance for biomass heating

BY Nebraska Forest Service Found In:Pellets, ThermalSeasonal heating costs can be unpredictable for the more than 325 Nebraska nursery greenhouse operations with enclosed plant growing structures. With that in mind, the Nebraska Forest Service is promoting the use of woody biomass heating. READ MORE

May 05, 2015

Input wanted on proposed biomass energy strategy for Yukon

BY Yukon Government Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Yukon government is seeking feedback from residents on a draft strategy for the development of a biomass energy sector. The strategy is focused primarily on wood-to-energy. Comments are due June 26. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Pressing Policy & Regulation

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsPolicy, policy and regulation was an ongoing theme at the International Biomass Conference & Expo last week, and, coincidentally, we are just beginning work on our July issue, which is themed exactly that. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Opinion: On The Verge

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz highlights the many advances the energy-from-waste sector is making. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Opinion: Living In The Limelight

BY Bill Bell Found In:PelletsMaine Pellet Fuels Association Executive Director Bill Bell on why wood pellets have recently been the center of attention in Maine. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

U.K. households supportive of renewable energy, biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released an updated edition of its public attitudes tracking survey, reporting that 78 percent of U.K. households said they support the use of renewable energy provide electricity, fuel and heat. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

New map shows clean energy jobs across British Columbia

BY Pembina Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Pembina Institute's new interactive B.C. Clean Energy Jobs Map quantifies the number of jobs in the clean energy sector and pinpoints where renewable energy projects are located in the province. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

Intrexon, FuturaGene collaborate on eucalyptus, poplar

BY FuturaGene Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIntrexon Corp. and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A., recently announced they have entered into an exclusive collaboration to increase biomass in eucalyptus and poplar trees. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

Enviva begins trading on NYSE, provides update on pellet projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn April 29, Enviva Partners LP launched trading of its common units on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "EVA." The initial public offering (IPO) of 10 million common units was priced at $20 per unit. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

Astec Industries highlights pellet plant order in investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAstec Industries Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting net sales of $288.7 million, up 21 percent from the $238.7 million reported for the same period of 2014. Earnings were $15.1 million, or 65 cents per diluted share. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

USDA: New private funds to make investments in rural America

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of two new private funds, known as rural business investment companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs. READ MORE

April 28, 2015

BERC launches updated community-scale wood heating database

BY Biomass Energy Resource Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Energy Resource Center, a program of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp., has launched a re-tooled web-based database for tracking the advancement of modern wood heating throughout North America. READ MORE

April 27, 2015

USDA grant supports installation of pellet boiler in N.H. school

BY Rep. Annie Kuster's Office Found In:Pellets, ThermalRep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., recently announced the Bethlehem School District has received a $30,000 grant from the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities program that will be used to install a pellet boiler at the Bethlehem Elementary School. READ MORE