Pellets & Densified Biomass

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

June 02, 2017

In Depth: Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need for intercontinental collaboration. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

In Depth: Feedstock Sustainability Regulations in the EU

BY Hannes Lechner and John Dawson-Nowak Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSustainability of biomass supply is already a well-monitored, efficiently managed issue in some European countries, regarding supply chains for industrial-scale power and heat generation. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

U.S. Forest Service grants expand wood energy markets

BY U.S. Forest Service Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced over $8.3 million to substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. Federal funds will leverage almost $37 million in matching funds. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Renewable energy jobs push 10 million globally

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe renewable energy industry directly and indirectly employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016, an increase of 1.1 percent over the previous year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s newly released annual jobs report. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed by any president. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Lignetics acquires the Marth Companies

BY Lignetics Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLignetics Inc. recently announced the acquisition of the Marth Companies LLC, which includes manufacturing plants in Marathon, Athens, and Peshtigo, Wisconsin, as well as the Marth Transportation trucking assets. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

UK biomass power sets new quarterly record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerIn the U.K., the latest Electrical Insights Report, produced by researchers at Imperial College London in collaboration with Drax, shows biomass generation hit a new high of 4.4 TWh during the first quarter of this year. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

Siwertell signs unloader order for UK biomass-fueled power plant

BY Cargotec Corp. Found In:Pellets, PowerSiwertell, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with the Spanish-Korean consortium, TR-Samsung, for a Siwertell ship unloader to support a new biomass-fueled power plant under construction in Teesside, Middlesbrough, U.K. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

South Korea long-term pellet offtakes unlikely, experts say

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerWhile South Korea’s consumption of industrial wood pellets is growing and expected to continue, the prospect of North American producers securing long-term offtake agreements with utilities in the country in the near-term is grim, FutureMetrics said. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

Rentech releases first quarter financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting consolidated revenues from continuing operations of $32.2 million, down from $39.9 million during the same period of the previous year. Gross loss was $700,000. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Enviva reports solid operating performance

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP has released first quarter financial results, reporting net revenue of $122.1 million, up 13.9 percent from the same quarter of last year. Net income was $2.5 million, down from $5.5 million. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

EIA updates short-term biomass power forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes 2017 and 2018 forecasts for biomass power generation. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

BETO launches Bioenergy Career Map

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Argonne National Laboratory have developed an Bioenergy Career Map, an educational tool that helps users discover traditional and nontraditional career opportunities in the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Sustane to install PK Clean plastic-to-fuel plant in Nova Scotia

BY Sustane Technologies Inc. Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenewable waste companies PK Clean Technologies Inc. and Sustane Technologies Inc. have executed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to install a plastic to synthetic diesel plant in Chester, Nova Scotia. READ MORE

May 08, 2017

NEB report addresses biomass power generation in Canada

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe National Energy Board recently released a report on Canada’s adoption of renewable power sources, reporting the country generates a larger share of its electricity from renewable sources than most other developed economies in the world. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

Technology-neutral energy tax reform bill introduced

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would even further level the playing field for biomass-derived power, heat and liquid fuels. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

Pinnacle Renewable Energy building Alberta pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalParkland County officials announced on May 3 that the Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. will build a new, $85 million pellet plant near Entwistle in central Alberta. READ MORE

May 03, 2017

California Senate leader unveils 100 percent clean energy bill

BY The Office of Kevin de León Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalifornia Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, on May 2 introduced Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act of 2017, which puts the state on the path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

Omnibus bill policy rider deems forest bioenergy carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe $1 trillion Omnibus spending bill up for consideration by the House and Senate this week includes a policy rider that calls for federal recognition of forest bioenergy carbon neutrality. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

SBP releases final draft regional risk assessment for Denmark

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has published the final draft Regional Risk Assessment for Denmark. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments on the draft. READ MORE

May 01, 2017

DONG Energy Herning biomass CHP plant scores deal, plans upgrade

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAfter two years of negotiations, DONG Energy has reached a deal to continue delivering district heating to three Danish energy companies via its Herning, Central Jutland, Denmark, biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power plant. READ MORE

April 28, 2017

Senators propose 100 percent renewable energy in US by 2050

BY Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, along with Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, introduced climate legislation that would transition the U.S. to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Drax completes acquisition of Louisiana pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc announced it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Louisiana Pellets, at a price of $35.4 million. READ MORE

April 25, 2017

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue confirmed as US ag secretary

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn an 87-11 vote, on April 24, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue as the 31st U.S. secretary of agriculture. Perdue brings to the USDA a farming background and lengthy career of public service. READ MORE

April 24, 2017

New community wood handbook published

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council has announced the publication of the 4th volume of the Community Biomass Handbook, a companion to the three previously published volumes. READ MORE

April 24, 2017

UK operates coal-free for a day

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United Kingdom went without coal power for 24 hours on April 21, reported National Grid, the system operator for the country’s electric grid. READ MORE