Pellets & Densified Biomass

March 04, 2016

UK proposal to reform RHI negatively impacts biomass, biogas

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOn March 3, the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change launched a consultation on reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

In Search of Greatness

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEvery year since 2012, Biomass Magazine and BBI International have given out two awards at the International Biomass Conference & Expo: the Groundbreaker of the Year Award, and the Excellence in Bioenergy Award. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Vilsack defends biofuels, bioenergy during House hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of the rural economy featuring testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Biofuels and bioenergy were among the topics discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

EC seeks input, comments on post-2020 bioenergy policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe European Commission is seeking public input on its post-2020 sustainable bioenergy policy. The three-month consultation period began Feb. 10 and concludes May 10. Those who wish to weigh in are asked to complete a nine-part online survey. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

USDA highlights bioeconomy investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a fact sheet highlighting its investments in rural America, including several related to sparking innovation in America’s bioeconomy to support the development of biomanufacturing and advanced biofuels. READ MORE

March 02, 2016

Vermont program to support switch to pellet boilers expands

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northern Forest Center is expanding a program that helps Vermonters switch to high-efficiency wood pellet boilers to provide heat for homes, businesses and other properties in the Northeast Kingdom. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

EPA: Chartered SAB to review biogenic framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has scheduled a public meeting of the chartered Science Advisory Board March 31-April 1. During the meeting, the SAB is expected to conduct a quality review of a draft report on the accounting framework for biogenic carbon emissions. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

Sumitomo invests in Cosan’s sugarcane pellet business

BY Sumitomo Corp. Found In:Pellets, PowerSumitomo Corp. recently signed a contract to acquire up to 20 percent of Cosan Biomassa S.A., a subsidiary of Cosan S.A.Industria e Comercio, and producer of sugarcane pellets for power generation. READ MORE

February 29, 2016

Analysis finds biomass subsidies could save UK over $2 billion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerIn February, U.K.-based NERA Economic Consulting and Imperial College prepared an analysis for Drax that makes the case for allowing biomass conversion to compete for contracts for difference (CfD). READ MORE

February 29, 2016

DOE schedules biomass committee meeting for March 8-9

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for March 8-9 in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Drax sees challenging year, remains confident in biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerDespite a tough year influenced by severe deterioration of the commodities market and a challenging regulatory environment, Drax had a very good operational year and stands ready to convert more units to biomass, said CEO Dorothy Thompson. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Federal biomass board releases bioeconomy report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biomass Research and Development Board, an interagency collaboration composed of senior decision-makers from federal agencies and the White House, recently published a report, titled “Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy.” READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Best regions for growing bioenergy crops identified

BY University of Illinois Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have identified regions in the United States where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing effects on water quantity and quality. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

National Trust: Former home of Shell Oil chairman goes green

BY National Trust Found In:Pellets, ThermalU.K.-based National Trust has announced its first completed Renewable Energy Investment Programme project, Upton House, Warwickshire, has made the switch from oil to a renewable energy heating system. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Biomass report finds significant reductions in GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report released to the European Union Directorate-General for Energy, titled “Carbon impacts of biomass consumed in the EU: quantitative assessment,” confirms using bioenergy has significant carbon savings and can reduce greenhouse emissions. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Opinion: Risk Abated

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRisk drives project developers to more carefully consider every aspect of a project, identify potential problems within it, and develop and deploy measures to protect against them whenever possible. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

FutureMetrics comments on why CPP opponents should reconsider

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics published a white paper on why opponents to the Clean Power Plan should change their minds. Amongst the reasons is a demonstration why cofiring industrial wood pellets with coal should be part of a plan to a more decarbonized future. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

Astec reports annual results, highlights pellet plant activities

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite a challenging quarter that saw a 10 percent decrease in net sales, Astec Industries President and CEO Benjamin Brock said the future of Astec is bright, and highlighted pellet plant quoting as an active area in its business. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

RusForest reports startup of Russian pellet mill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsOn Feb. 22, Sweden-based RusForest released preliminary fourth quarter results, announcing its 30,000-ton-per-year pellet mill in in Magistralny, Russia, began operations during the final quarter of last year. READ MORE

February 23, 2016

Opinion: Preventing Pellet Plant Failures

BY John Swaan Found In:PelletsThe apparent simplicity of making wood pellets has and continues to cause many project developers to fail to incorporate the knowledge, skills and wisdom gained from experience into the plant designs and operations protocols. READ MORE

February 23, 2016

In Depth: Pellet Capacity Shake Out

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsChallenging market conditions and the realities of bringing large production facilities to nameplate capacity are thinning a once-crowded pellet project development herd. READ MORE

February 22, 2016

Louisiana pellet mill files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Feb. 18, subsidiaries of German Pellets associated with its Louisiana-based pellet plant filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana. READ MORE

February 22, 2016

Opinion: Utilizing Urban Wood Waste

BY Meghan Martin Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs efforts to conserve and recycle natural resources increase, urban wood waste utilization projects are becoming more popular in cities across the U.S. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

Enviva reports strong operational performance in 2015

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite challenging market conditions in the broader energy sector, Enviva LP completed 2015 with continued strong operating performance, said Chairman and CEO John Keppler during the company’s Q4 2015 and year-end financial earnings call. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

Rhode Island bill aims to extend RES program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasLegislation recently introduced in Rhode Island aims to extend the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) through 2035. The program, originally established in 2014, currently ramps up renewable energy use through 2020. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

PFI hosts webinar on standards program tailored toward retailers

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Feb. 18, Pellet Fuels Institute hosted a webinar on its standards program, with information tailored to pellet retailers in order to familiarize participants with the program and why it matters to customers. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

Tour a New Biogas Plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasBiomass Magazine recently launched registration for the International Biomass Conference & Expo tour sites; one of the destinations is Blue Sphere Corp.’s new 5.2-MW biogas plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Forest Fuels acquires Lakes Biomass

BY Forest Fuels Found In:Pellets, ThermalU.K.-based Forest Fuels has broadened its network of high-quality local wood-fuel-distribution depots by purchasing established Cumbrian operator Lakes Biomass, which delivers kiln-dried logs, kindling, woodchip, and pellets to customers. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

EPA biogenic emissions panel posts updated draft report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board is continuing its work to complete a biogenic carbon emissions framework. On Feb. 8, the SAB’s Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel posted an updated draft report to the EPA’s website. READ MORE

February 16, 2016

McCarthy addresses RFS, role of biomass in CPP during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 11, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on U.S. EPA policies that impact the rural economy. The renewable fuel standard (RFS) and Clean Power Plan were among the programs discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE