Pellets & Densified Biomass

July 11, 2017

Opinion: Are We Ready for the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Movement?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalMany in the biomass heating movement bemoan warm winters, low fossil fuel prices and the slow pace of conversions to biomass heat. But systems to adopt renewable heating are being put in place, and though we could be, we aren't a part of them. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

IEA Bioenergy Task 40 updates report on pellet industry, trade

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIEA Bioenergy Task 40, an initiative established by the International Energy Agency in 2003 to focus on international bioenergy technology, recently published a new report on the global wood pellet industry and trade. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Opinion: Farm Bill Energy Programs: All-of-the-Above Value

BY Lloyd Ritter Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe all-of-the-above energy approach of the Farm Bill energy programs enables investment in rural America, supports innovation and new manufacturing industries, and generates economic opportunities and jobs. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMore than 800 attendees and 160-plus producers of biomass power, heat, pellets biogas and advanced biofuels met in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

In Depth: Fielding Stover Logistics

BY Anna Simet Found In:PelletsAGCO Corp.’s latest large-scale crop residue endeavor is utilizing and adding to the company’s well-established harvesting knowledge base. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

Vermont report on clean energy addresses bioenergy employment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn June, the Vermont Department of Public Service released its 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report, revealing the number of Vermonters engaged in the clean energy industry has grown 29 percent since 2013. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

Sustainable Biomass Program responds to NRDC paper

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:PelletsCarsten Huljus, CEO of the Sustainable Biomass Partnership, has issued a response to s recent issue paper by the Dogwood Alliance and Natural Resources Defense Council that criticizes the SBP's certification system. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Maine Woods Pellet qualified under PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of Maine Woods Pellet Co. of Athens, Maine, to the PFI Standards Program as the 25th pellet manufacturer and 38th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

June 30, 2017

BTU Act reintroduced, biomass thermal, power could benefit

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSeveral legislators have again introduced an act that would level the playing field for biomass heating technologies—and potentially, some biomass power facilities. READ MORE

June 30, 2017

Opinion: Wood Energy Financial App Needs Updated Data

BY David Bancroft Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council has been collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and University of Minnesota to update the Wood Energy Financial Calculator. READ MORE

June 26, 2017

South Korea, Japan wood pellet imports near records in late 2016

BY Wood Resources International Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWood pellet imports to Asia reached an all-time-high in the Q4 2016, when Japan and South Korea together imported 630,000 tons of pellets. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Nelja Energia announces startup of Latvian pellet, CHP facilities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerEstonia-based Nelja Energia recently announced the opening of a wood chip-fueled cogeneration facility and 120,000 metric-ton per year pellet plant in Brocēni, Latvia. Most of the pellets produced at the plant are exported to the European market. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Perdue names 3 to USDA leadership roles

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSecretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the USDA continues the reorganization announced on May 11. READ MORE

June 16, 2017

ARC awards $1.5 million to support biorefinery center at ASC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $1.5 million to New York-based Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center project, which aims to leverage wood resources to create sustainable business. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

Enviva considers building pellet facility in Virginia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe city of Danville, Virginia, recently announced the approval of a purchase agreement with Enviva Development Holdings LLC for a 168-acre tract of land in the Berry Hill Industrial Park in Pittsylvania County. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

Students attend pop-up Drax virtual tour

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerSchoolchildren at a North Yorkshire primary school recently experienced a unique new “pop up” planetarium developed by Drax to support STEM learning—science, technology, engineering and math—in the curriculum. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

DOE names new director of ORNL

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced the appointment of Thomas Zacharia as the new Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was unanimously selected by the UT-Battelle board of governors to succeed Thom Mason. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

Hazlett selected to lead USDA Rural Development agencies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named Anne Hazlett to lead USDA’s Rural Development agencies. Hazlett, who’s title will be assistant to the secretary for Rural Development, will report directly to Perdue. READ MORE

June 12, 2017

Enviva’s Cottondale plant idle less than 1 day following fire

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA June 10 fire at Enviva’s pellet plant in Cottondale, Florida, resulted in minor damages, but the plant resumed operations at full capacity later that day. The fire occurred in a conveyor belt. READ MORE

June 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Infrastructure Administration has released the June edition of Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 9 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2017, increasing to nearly 10 percent in 2018. READ MORE

June 08, 2017

Opinion: Setting the record straight on the Paris Agreement

BY M. Seth Ginther Found In:Pellets, PowerEven though President Trump has chosen to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, U.S. pellet producers will still be able to participate in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change by continuing to supply wood pellets to Europe. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

USDA, DOE open $9 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy are making up to $9 million in funding available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to support the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels and biobased products. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Port of Tyne takes delivery of 2 eco-hoppers

BY Port of Tyne Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Port of Tyne took delivery of two new purpose-built eco-hoppers June 6 at a cost of £4.5 million, marking a major milestone in the development of around £100 million of new infrastructure at the port’s South Shields base in northeast England. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2017 grants

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Enviva Forest Conservation Fund recently announced it is awarding $500,000 to three projects that will help conserve more than 8,000 acres of environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Drax Biomass awarded Lantern Award

BY Drax Biomass Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass recently received the Lantern Award for its dedication and commitment to Louisiana communities. The award was handed out personally by Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

USDA report provides background on Japan’s Clean Wood Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides background information Japan’s recently implemented Clean Wood Act, which aims to ensure domestic and imported wood are harvested legally. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Opinion: The Sustainability Standoff

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCommercial forests in the Southeast are owned by millions of private individuals and families who are currently struggling to see the value in taking on the cost of certification. READ MORE

June 04, 2017

Opinion: Airlines Overbook—Should Bagged Pellet Producers?

BY Stan Elliot Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs the industry looks ahead to the 2017 heating season, many producers might ask themselves, should we overbook? Like the airline business, the pellet business runs on thin margins, so no company can face many bad years. READ MORE

June 03, 2017

Opinion: Keeping the Forests as Forests

BY Charlie Niebling Found In:Pellets, ThermalLawmakers are beginning to realize the public interest in biomass energy policy is about much more than renewable electricity and heat displacing demand for high carbon, nonrenewable fossil fuels. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Trump pulls US out of Paris Agreement

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn what he described as a move to fulfill his duty to protect America and its citizens, President Donald Trump has officially begun the process to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. READ MORE