Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 09, 2015

U.S. Forest Service highlights accomplishments of CFLRP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has published a five-year report on its Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, noting the program has made 2.1 million green tons of biomass available for energy production. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

Renewable Heat NY projects support growth of biomass industry

BY New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Vincent's Heating and Fuel Service have announced the kickoff of 15 commercial and residential high-efficiency, low-emission wood pellet-fired heating projects. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

USDA awards funds to expand, accelerate wood energy markets

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 9, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of over $9 million to expand and accelerate wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

Iowa leadership to lead trade missions to South Korea, Brazil

BY Gov. Terry E. Branstad's Office Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced that they will lead trade missions to South Korea and Brazil respectively. Both trips are aimed at expanding trade and investment opportunities. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

Portucel breaks ground on pellet plant in South Carolina

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsPortucel Sporcel Group has broke ground on its Colombo Energy pellet plant in Greenwood County, South Carolina. This estimated $110 million global investment represents an important development in the company's expanding bioenergy business. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in short-term outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting total renewables used for electricity and heat generation are expected to grow by 3.4 percent this year. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

In Depth: Empowering Exporters

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsResources made available by the International Trade Administration equip companies with the tools, financing and knowhow required to increase renewable exports. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

Opinion: WRI Wrong On Wood Pellets

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetric's William Strauss counters findings of a paper released by the World Resource Institute. READ MORE

April 07, 2015

Opinion: The UK’s Untapped Market Potential

BY Neil Harrison Found In:Pellets, Thermal Neil Harrison, vice chairman of the Wood Heat Association, discusses major market drivers and trends in the U.K. heating market. READ MORE

April 06, 2015

In Depth: Navigating the Sea of Approval

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalAttempting to expand the North American wood heat sector, U.S. distributors seek proven European technology to further foster market development. READ MORE

April 03, 2015

Senators advocate for bioenergy appropriations in letter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA group of five senators recently sent a letter to two Senate subcommittees asking them to support funding for programs that bolster the development of thermal and electric biomass energy technologies, supply chains and market opportunities. READ MORE

April 03, 2015

Massachusetts announces $1 million expansion for AgEnergy grants

BY Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasMassachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker recently announced that Massachusetts farmers will soon be able to apply to the expanded Department of Agricultural Resources' AgEnergy Grant Program, thanks to new funding from the Department of Energy Resources. READ MORE

April 02, 2015

Reviewing the Global Pellet Market

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe eighth annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is just a few short weeks away, and Biomass Magazine/BBI International have been busy putting the final pieces of the puzzle in place. READ MORE

April 01, 2015

Viridis Energy reports strong year

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsFor Viridis Energy, 2014 was a foundation year during which the company laid the groundwork to position itself for growth anticipated over the coming years. Viridis reported a strong year, with total 2014 revenue of $28.2 million. READ MORE

March 30, 2015

DONG Energy to convert final unit at Avedore plant to biomass

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, PowerDONG Energy has announced the last combined-heat-and-power (CHP) unit at Avedore Power Station will be converted to biomass, making it able from to use wood pellets as fuel instead of coal starting next year. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

Ontario invests in Rentech pellet plants

BY Ontario Found In:PelletsOntario is investing in two projects to help Rentech Inc., a Northern Ontario fiber company, convert two idle wood product mills into facilities that manufacture wood pellets, a sustainable energy source. The two facilities have created over 60 jobs. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

A Double-Edged Sword

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerWith an improving economy comes a strengthened dollar, and that’s good news to U.S. consumers—we’re getting more for our dollar, and we have more dollars to spend elsewhere. It is not, however, good for trade and foreign U.S. investment. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

New Brunswick pellet plant to double domestic volume

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGroupe Savoie Inc., a hardwood products supplier in New Brunswick, Canada, recently announced that it plans to double the volume dedicated to the domestic side of its pellet production at its Saint-Quentin pellet plant in the coming year. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Drax Biomass appoints Peter Madden as U.S. CEO

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass has announced Peter Madden as its chief executive officer of U.S. operations. Madden has nearly 30 years' experience in the forestry industry and will play a critical leadership role as Drax's workforce and investment in the U.S. grows. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

SBP Framework launched in the EU

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has launched the SBP Framework to representatives of the EU Institutions at an event in Brussels. The framework consists of standards and independent certification procedures. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

Centennial Renewable Energy to build Idaho pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerCentennial Renewable Energy of Idaho announced that is building a 160,000-metric-ton wood pellet plant in northern Idaho and recently signed agreements to purchase land for the project. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

Commercial port, pellet plant considered for northwest Ontario

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsAt the site of the former Norampac paper mill in Red Rock, Ontario, on Lake Superior's north shore, plans are in the works for a torrefied wood plant and commercial deep-water port for pellet exports. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

Phoenix seeks trash-to-energy solutions

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe city of Phoenix is calling on the private sector for responses to a request for proposals (RFP) and call for innovators (CFI) to turn trash into resources. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

Groups laud biomass heat inclusion in federal GHG Executive Order

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council & Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council and the Pellet Fuels Institute commend President Obama's commitment to expanding the use of renewable thermal energy with the issuance of Executive Order "Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade." READ MORE

March 23, 2015

Report provides insight on UK bioenergy future

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy has the potential to help secure UK energy supplies, mitigate climate change, and create significant green growth opportunities if deployed effectively, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Obama signs executive order to reduce federal GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasPresident Obama has signed an executive order focused on planning for federal sustainability in the next decade. Renewable energy targets and compliance with the USDA's BioPreferred program are among the issues addressed in the executive order. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Scotia Atlantic Biomass receives fiber inventory loan

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:PelletsViridis Energy Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd., has received a working capital loan of $2 million from Cornwall Investments LLC, which will be used to procure wood fiber for pellet production. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Bioenergy South of the Border

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLast week, I interviewed Greg Smith from Global Energy Solutions, and during our chat I asked him about opportune countries for bioenergy project development. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Ontario Power Generation reports strong year

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerOn top of opening the largest biomass-fired power station in North America, Ontario Power Generation reported 2014 income at $568 million before extraordinary gain, a 334 percent increase compared to $135 million in 2013. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Rentech releases 2014 results, nears completion of pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsOn March 17, Rentech Inc. announced 2014 financial results, reporting the company is commissioning its 45,000 metric ton Atikokan, Ontario, pellet plant and nearing the end of construction at its 450,000 metric ton Wawa, Ontario, facility. READ MORE