Pellets & Densified Biomass

June 25, 2015

Bill aims to extend master limited partnerships to renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have announced the reintroduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which aims to level the playing field for renewables. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Oregon declares biomass carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAfter a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Globally, 2014 a Good Year for Renewables

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLate last week, the Worldwatch Institute released a 2015 global status report for renewables. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

AgEC: Ag appropriations bill aims to cut Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 17, the House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2016 Agricultural Appropriations bill. The proposed legislation funds a variety of agricultural and food programs, including rural development and farm services programs. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

New U.K. port facility to provide pellets to Drax

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerU.K.-based Peel Ports Group has announced plans for a new biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool that will be capable of handing up to 3 million metric tons of pellets per year. The facility will supply pellets to the Drax power station in Selby. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

Opinion: Omission of Wood Heat Goes Too Far

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalAlliance For Green Heat President John Ackerly discusses a major oversight of the U.S. DOE—omitting mention of wood and pellet heat in its recent Energy Saver guide. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

Enviva inflates first pellet storage dome at North Carolina port

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerLast week Enviva Partners LP inflated the first of two 170-foot wood pellet storage domes located on North Carolina State Ports’ property in Wilmington for shipment to Europe. Now that the outer shell is up, work has begun inside the dome. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

In Depth: Regulation of Europe-Bound US Wood Pellets

BY Mark Aspinall and Virginia E. Worthy Found In:PelletsGiven that the U.S. is exporting a vast majority of wood pellets manufactured in the country, concerns arise as to whether the production and manufacturing process meets the statutory or regulatory requirements of those foreign markets. READ MORE

June 21, 2015

Opinion: Thermal Incentives Heat Up

BY Ben Bell-Walker and Joseph Seymour Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council weighs in on policy pieces the biomass thermal industry should keep an eye on this summer. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Report highlights EU progress in reaching 2020 renewables goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn June 16, the European Commission published a progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets, reporting that the EU is on track to meets its 20 percent renewable energy targets. Biomass accounted for 47 percent of renewables in the EU last year. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Bioproducts industry contributes $369 billion to U.S. economy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry is generating substantial economic activity and American jobs. It builds on the "Why Biobased?" report released by the USDA in October. READ MORE

June 16, 2015

USDA publishes final rules on biobased products

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ChemicalsThe USDA's Office of Procurement and Property Management has published final rules in the Federal Register amending regulations for the voluntary labeling program for biobased products and the designation of biobased products for federal procurement. READ MORE

June 16, 2015

DOE initiatives launch as part of Clean Energy Investment Summit

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy has announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the administration's Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Comment period open on proposed discretionary changes to BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) to assess the potential environmental consequences associated with proposed discretionary changes to the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Viridis Merchants announces European supply agreement

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalViridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., has secured a European supply agreement for up to 20,000 metric tons of ENplus certified premium wood pellets per year. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel schedules 3 teleconferences

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board has announced the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold three teleconferences over the next several months to review the EPA's biogenic carbon emissions framework. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

E4tech to lead ETI project focused on biomass processing options

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Energy Technologies Institute has selected E4tech to lead a consortium that will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a techno-economic assessment of biomass pre-processing. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

EIA to collect, publish data on densified biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced plans to conduct regular surveys of U.S. pellet producers. Data gathered through the surveys will be published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Vermont CEDF releases RFP for wood heat systems

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalVermont's Clean Energy Development Fund has released a request for proposals (RFP) to select recipients of grants that will help cover the cost of installing new advanced wood heating systems in public schools and low-income housing developments. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

FutureMetrics publishes strategy to cofire wood pellets with coal

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerIn light of upcoming federal policy, like the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, William Strauss, founder and president of FutureMetrics, published a paper describing a strategy for a gradual transition to a less carbon-intensive power generation sector. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

REA reports increased bioenergy employment in the U.K.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently announced employment in the country’s renewable energy sector grew by 9 percent in 2013-'14, reaching 112,026 workers. Biomass heating was the highest performing renewable energy sector. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

Bill would help New York community convert to biomass

BY New York State Sen. Betty Little’s office Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York state Senate recently approved legislation that would help the town of Chester finance the cost of a new wood pellet heating system by extending the length of time it may bond for the project from 10 to 15 years. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

Drax provides update of biomass operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc has issued a trading update, reporting progress with its U.S. pellet plants and providing an update of the company's biomass conversion projects. The trading update also addresses operational performance and contracted power sales. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

U.S. wood pellets can help EU meet renewable energy goals

BY Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWood pellets from the southeastern U.S. could assist the EU to meet its 2020 policy goals for increased renewable energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions without decreasing U.S. forest inventories or diminishing their carbon storage capacity. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

Maxing Out A Panamax

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis just in: Canada’s Pinnacle Pellet shared that it had successfully fully loaded a Panamax-class vessel with wood pellets. READ MORE

June 04, 2015

Enviva releases first quarter results, responds to criticism

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Partners LP has released first quarter financial results, reporting the revenues of $114.3 million on a pro forma basis. The company closed its initial public offering (IPO) on May 4. READ MORE

June 04, 2015

Clemson receives grant to research crops for energy use

BY Clemson University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new public-private partnership led by Clemson University and a worldwide biomass and bioenergy producer will research the use of crops that can both open new markets for South Carolina landowners and support the growing demand for renewable energy. READ MORE

June 03, 2015

Proposed rule for EPA’s Clean Power Plan undergoes OMB review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn June 1, U.S. EPA's proposed rule for the Clean Power Plan was delivered to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, marking a final step before the release of a final rule. READ MORE

June 02, 2015

N.Y. funds biotech accelerator, along with pellet and AD projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for the Central New York Biotech Accelerator. Separate initiatives recently announced by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will support pellet and biogas projects. READ MORE