Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 04, 2016

DOE BETO updates Multi-Year Program Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released the 2016 update of its Multi-Year Program Plan, which serves as an operational guide to help the BETO manage and coordinate its activities. READ MORE

April 01, 2016

Biomass Boilerhopping in Burlington

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalOn Wednesday, I had the opportunity to get on a bus full of great folks and not only take in the beautiful scenery around those cities and Waterbury, but visit seven different biomass heating installations. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Wyden supports additional FY 2017 bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is advocating for increased production of sustainable biomass to heat and power homes and businesses while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

DOE releases first annual energy employment report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has released its first annual energy employment analysis. The report focuses on how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting energy sector employment. It includes data related to biofuel and bioenergy jobs. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

Astec Industries receives $122.5 million pellet plant order

BY Astec Industries Inc. Found In:PelletsAstec Industries Inc. recently announced it has received an order for the final $122.5 million of a pellet plant order for Highland Pellets along with a related deposit on that order. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

Opinion: Biomass Power’s Momentum in Maine

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:Pellets, PowerIn the first few months of 2016, Maine lawmakers and the media have shown that when the (wood) chips are down, they will rally to do everything in their power to keep plants open. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

Opinion: A Tough Season

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe March/April issue of Pellet Mill Magazine is filled with content backed with data from an industry survey distributed to pellet producers, as well as on-site photography due to our editorial presence at important recent industry events. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

In Depth: The Upside of Commodity Status

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsAs the global wood pellet market grows, so does the need for marketplace efficiencies enjoyed by the world’s largest commodities. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Opinion: Roadmap For Pellet Stoves During Cheap Oil, Gas

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe future of residential pellet heating is in flux, not only because of rock bottom oil and gas prices, but also because more affordable heat pumps and other technologies are entering the market. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Opinion: Making the Best of Hard Times

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalWiberg says with added supply ready as a result of last year's heating season, the industry was met this heating season with unusually warm weather and the lowest gas prices we have seen in years. This combination has resulted in oversupply. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

In Depth: Assessing Advantage in Randolph County

BY D. F. Wallis Found In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsGeorgia’s Randolph County has much to offer a pellet mill or renewable fuel plant developer. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Report: Midwest clean energy jobs continue to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report recently released by Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs has determined nearly 569,000 people currently work in clean energy throughout the Midwest, with that number expected to grow by more than 4 percent over the next year. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Opinion: Stay of Clean Power Plan: Opportunity for Biomass Industry?

BY Joel Stronberg Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor the biomass industry, a stay of the Clean Power Plan may offer an opportunity otherwise lost, had the EPA been allowed to go forward with its implementation efforts. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

In Depth: Italy’s Wood Heat Swap Meet

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalEvery other year, for four days, the Progetto Fuoco makes Verona, Italy, arguably the most important place for the wood heating industry in all of Europe. READ MORE

March 27, 2016

In Depth: Woody Biomass, Forest Operations in the Inland Northwest

BY David Jackson and Patrick Wilson Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIf forest restoration projects in the Inland Northwest region were to become major suppliers of woody biomass for bioenergy, government subsidies in the form of tax credits, loan guarantees or other types of financial aid will be essential. READ MORE

March 27, 2016

In Depth: Delivering Renewable Energy From Irish Forests

BY Des O'Toole Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIreland’s forestry sector, a major economic driver in the country, is poised for growth along with the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

UT center continues quest for low-cost, high-quality bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists with the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon are continuing efforts to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels and biobased products that can be useful for society and to advance rural economies. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

In Depth: 2016 Producer Survey Perfect Storm

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalUnseasonably warm winter weather clouded the success of this year’s heating season for many pellet producers. Coupled with other conditions, the trend may continue. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Amec Foster Wheeler supplies biomass dust combustion plant

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Found In:Pellets, PowerAmec Foster Wheeler recently announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply a biomass dust combustion plant for Finnish utility company Seinajoen Energia Oy. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Massachusetts invests $700,000 in woodstove rebate program

BY Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalMassachusetts is investing $700,000 in the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program, which provides rebates to homeowners who replace their older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, U.S. EPA-certified woodstove and pellet stove models. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

ETI calls for more emphasis on CCS, bioenergy

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute has called for greater emphasis on progressing carbon capture and storage and building a U.K. bioenergy sector in the next 15 years if the U.K. is to meet its targets for decarbonizing its energy system. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Opinion: What a Difference a Year Makes

BY Charlie NieblingFound In:Pellets, ThermalFor the past two years, the U.S. experienced very different heating seasons, which, Niebling says, have left producers having to respond to a perfect storm of factors impacting the domestic heating pellet industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

Penn State announces first harvest of shrub willow

BY Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and biobased economic development, according to researchers. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

In Depth: A Challenging Cycle: Pellets, Cheap Oil & A Warming Planet

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe domestic wood pellet heating market is battling low crude oil prices and warm winters to keep—and grow—its position in the thermal arena. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

ETI seeks partners for UK biomass logistics project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute has announced it is seeking partners for a new six-month bioenergy project that aims to improve the understanding of the future of biomass logistics in the U.K. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

Opinion: Automatic Pellet Heating: A Tough Nut to Crack

BY Christiane EggerFound In:Pellets, ThermalAt the annual European Pellet Conference held recently in Wels, Austria, Egger says one of the key topics discussed was how to increase the market share for pellet heat. READ MORE

March 18, 2016

Big Month for Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFor the bioenergy industry, it's going to be a busy and interesting several weeks. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

Rentech reports Drax shipments made early this year in Q4 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn March 16, Rentech Inc. released its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, reporting the company’s fiber businesses Fulghum Fibers and New England Wood Pellets generated record EBITDA in 2015. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

Report quantifies employment, turnover impacts of EU bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study commissioned by the Belgium-based Biobased Industries Consortium has determined the European bioeconomy employs 18.3 million people and results in EUR 2.1 trillion ($2.31 trillion) in turnover. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

EPA posts draft agenda for biomass workshop

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.S. EPA has posted the draft agenda for its April 7 workshop on the role of biomass in the Clean Power Plan. The free event is scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., and will be broadcast live via webcast. READ MORE