Pellets & Densified Biomass

February 23, 2015

Rentech's New England Wood Pellet acquires Allegheny Pellet

BY Rentech Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has announced that its subsidiary, New England Wood Pellet, has acquired the assets of Allegheny Pellet Corp. The acquisition expands NEWP's market position as the largest producer of wood pellets for the U.S. heating market. READ MORE

February 20, 2015

Sen. Wyden issues letter to GSA in support of biomass energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., recently issued a letter to Dan Tangherlini, administrator of the General Services Administration, and Thomas Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, advocating for the use of biomass energy in federal buildings. READ MORE

February 20, 2015

What Tangled Webs

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerThe European Commission's investigation into the U.K.'s subsidies to support the conversion of the Lynemouth station to biomass raises larger questions about our willingness to pay for an energy transition. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

EU to investigate U.K. support of Lynemouth biomass conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Feb. 19, the European Commission announced it has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the U.K.'s plans to support the biomass conversion of the coal-fired Lynemouth power plant are in line with European Union state aid rules. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

Forest Research, E.ON to lead ETI U.K. feedstock project

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Technologies Institute has announced that Forest Research and E.ON will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a study into the characterization of bioenergy feedstocks. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

ANSI to be accreditation body for biomass GHG certification

BY American National Standards Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American National Standards Institute has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass. READ MORE

February 18, 2015

Rentech secures loan, explores alternatives for nitrogen business

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsRentech Inc. has announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone, increased its credit facility for Rentech by up to $63 million. The proceeds are expected to fund the completion of Rentech's Canadian pellet plants. READ MORE

February 18, 2015

BTEC, PFI thank Sen. King, Rep. Welch for commitment to BTU Act

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Pellet Fuels Institute have thanked Senator Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. for their commitment to renewable biomass energy and plans to ensure biomass thermal is represented in the tax code. READ MORE

February 18, 2015

German Pellets acquires Nord Energie

BY German Pellets GmbH Found In:PelletsGerman Pellets GmbH has acquired the pellet business of Germany-based Nord Energie GmbH & Co., effective Feb. 16. Nord Energie has more than five years experience in pellet trade and logistics. READ MORE

February 17, 2015

Report highlights growth of EU pellet consumption

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe EurObserv'ER has published a new edition of its Solid Biomass Barometer, reporting consumption of solid biomass in the European Union increased to 91.5 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2013, up 2.9 Mtoe from the previous year. READ MORE

February 17, 2015

There You Go Again

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerBiomass Magazine Executive Editor examines the latest in a growing string of mainstream media stories that fail to properly frame up the realities of how bioenergy is deployed in practice. READ MORE

February 13, 2015

There You Go Again

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerBiomass Magazine Executive Editor examines the latest in a growing string of mainstream media stories that fail to properly frame up the realities of how bioenergy is deployed in practice. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

IRENA report highlights bioenergy growth potential in the U.S.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a report that highlights the realistic potential for higher renewable uptake in all sectors of the U.S. energy system, including power, industry, building and the transportation sector. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

EIA updates short-term forecasts for bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting that total renewables use for electricity and heat generation is expected to grow 3.8 percent this year. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

Report: European pellet demand could increase U.S. forest area

BY U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recently released study led by U.S. Forest Service scientists finds that demand for U.S. pellets in Europe and other areas could provide new markets for U.S. timber exports, increase wood prices, and lead to increases in forestland area. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

USDA holds media call on $280 million REAP funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 10, the USDA hosted a media call announcing more than $280 million is being made available to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted recent improvements made to REAP. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

DECC publishes 12th survey on renewable energy public attitudes

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently published its findings from an updated survey that tracks public attitudes towards renewable energy. The results include information on public attitudes towards biomass heating. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

Thunder Bay Generating Station now fueled by advanced biomass

BY Ontario Power Generation Found In:Pellets, PowerOntario Power Generation's Thunder Bay Generating Station is now in service and is leading the electricity industry with an exciting new technology. The station has been converted to use advanced biomass, a renewable, clean and dispatchable fuel. READ MORE

February 09, 2015

Paper considers the future of biomass heating in the U.K.

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalCPL Industries, a distributor of wood pellet heating solutions in the U.K., has published a paper exploring the benefits of incorporating biomass into long-term heating strategies for 2020 and beyond. READ MORE

February 09, 2015

North American pellet exports reached a new record high in Q3

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:PelletsAsia has become a new market for wood pellet exporters in Western Canada with shipments having increased for six consecutive quarters, while Canadian exports to Europe have fallen during 2014, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Enviva acquires Green Circle, orders equipment for N.C. plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva is moving forward with its expansion plans. The company has closed on its acquisition of Green Circle Energy Inc., and the Andritz Group has announced an order from Enviva to supply equipment and services for two proposed pellet plants. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Resolute Forest Products highlights pellet plant in 2014 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsResolute Forest Products Inc. has released 2014 financial results and reported that the company's Thunder Bay pellet plant, which began operations late last year, has already generated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

RSB solicits public comments on its principles and criteria

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has opened a 60-day comment period on a revision of the RSB Principles & Criteria. Comments gathered will inform discussions among RSB members over the forthcoming Version 3.0 of the P&Cs. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Understanding air pollution from biomass burners used for heating

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Pellets, ThermalResearchers studying fine particulate emissions from a biomass burner found that emissions varied as the fuel went through different stages of combustion. The findings could help industry design better wood burning units. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

EPA finalizes NSPS for residential wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule establishing new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters. The rules limit the amount of pollution that wood heaters manufactured and sold in the future can emit. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

In Depth: Invasive Plants as Pellet Feedstock

BY Gregory Zimmerman Found In:PelletsHarvesting cattails and other wetland plants may control their presence in the landscape and serve as a biomass source too. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

PHI Group partners with AG Materials on Florida pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPHI Group Inc., a company focused on energy and natural resources, announced in late January it has signed an agreement with AG Materials LLC to jointly establish a 200,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Live Oak, Florida. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Enerpellets announces plans to develop pellet plant in Florida

BY Enerpellets Group Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnerpellets Group took the decision to internationalize its biomass pellets production activity by building a state-of-the-art unit in Florida with a real production output capacity of 250,000 tons per year. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Clarkson University, SUNY Canton research wood heating systems

BY Clarkson University Found In:Pellets, ThermalClarkson University and State University of New York Canton researchers are evaluating a new generation of wood pellet boilers that were developed in Austria and now are being manufactured in New York State. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Stories Untold

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalExecutive Editor Tim Portz talks about what it means when story sources are reluctant to talk "on the record". Conversations about pellets as absorbents are loosening up, while folks remain tight lipped about their opinions on big box customers. READ MORE