Biomass Power

January 21, 2015

Hu Honua resumes construction of biomass power plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerHu Honua Bioenergy LLC announced last month that it would resume onsite operations before the close of 2014 on its 30-MW biomass power facility. These operations include final site preparation, delivery of specialized equipment and other activities. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

California offers funding for dairy digester development program

BY California Department of Food and Agriculture Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. Approximately $11 million in competitive grant funding is expected to be awarded. Applications are due Feb. 23. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Construction of 44 MW bioenergy plant begins in the U.K.

BY Eco2 Ltd. Found In:PowerThe ground was broken Jan. 20 at the site of a new biomass power plant in Snetterton, U.K. The 44.2 MW straw-powered biomass plant will have capacity to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 82,000 homes. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

IRENA: Many renewable energy sources cheaper than fossil fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a new report that determined many sources of renewable energy are now cheaper than fossil fuels. The report includes data on the the costs of biomass energy around the world. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Ceres discusses progress with sorghum hybrids in quarterly report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting progress with its breeding and genetic technologies. During an investor call, the company detailed planting of its sorghum hybrids in Brazil. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Vista pilot waste-to-energy project nears completion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerVista International Technologies recently announced that its pilot waste-to-energy (WTE) project is nearly complete. The company's patented thermal gasifier technology uses a low-temperature gasification process. READ MORE

January 16, 2015

Reports show impact of strong dollar, oil prices on pellet sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOver the past week, FutureMetrics LLC has published two research papers by company President William Strauss that illustrate the impacts of the strengthening dollar and falling crude oil prices on the pellet industry. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Dutch government to discuss biomass sustainability Jan. 15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Information Network highlights a pending biomass sustainability proposal in the Netherlands. The Dutch government is scheduled to discuss the proposal on Jan. 15. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

DemoSNG: Flexible methane production from electricity, biomass

BY Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Found In:Power, BiogasInterlinkage of the power and gas grids is planned to make electricity supply sustainable and robust in the future. Fluctuating amounts of wind and solar power, for instance, might be stored in the form of the chemical energy carrier methane. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

In Depth: A Dutch Dilemma

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Netherlands’ under-debate energy policies could create an additional 3.5 million tons of annual pellet demand or introduce inefficiencies that will put the market out of reach for most North American producers. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

EIA outlook includes bioenergy forecasts for 2015 and 2016

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for energy production from wood and waste biomass as well as data related to home heating methods. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

Maine Woods Biomass Exports proposes Prospect wood chip project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerA phytosanitation heat-treatment operation for processing wood chips is proposed for construction in Prospect, Maine, by Searsport-based Maine Woods Biomass Exports LLC. Construction of the $20 million project is expected to begin this year. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

BlueRock Energy, ReEnergy enter services agreement

BY BlueRock Energy Found In:PowerBlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Black River LLC have entered into a services agreement to support ReEnergy's delivery of power from its 60 MW ReEnergy Black River bioenergy facility to the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown, New York. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

WRAP publishes report on 2013 UK AD sector and output markets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasLast month WRAP published a survey on the U.K. anaerobic digestion (AD) industry. Key findings revealed a 34 percent increase in the total number of operational AD plants between 2012 and 2013, up from 87 to 117 plants. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

Colorado lawmakers introduce biomass, energy bills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasSeveral energy-related bills were introduced in the Colorado Senate in early January, including one that aims to create a five-year incentive program to promote the use of woody biomass in public buildings. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

In Depth: Deutschland’s Sleeping Giant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAlthough Germany’s pellet supply and demand has steadily increased over the years, recent factors have impacted growth. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

This Just In

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power

January 09, 2015

In Depth: All That Glitters

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhile domestic demand soars and export challenges remain daunting, small and midsized North American producers may choose to leave bustling foreign markets to the big guys. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Michigan House passes bill addressing pyrolysis, MSW

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerA bill passed by the Michigan House of Representatives aims to amend the state's renewable energy regulations to allow pyrolysis technologies and fuel manufactured from certain waste sources to quality as renewable energy sources. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

EPA provides update on Clean Power Plan rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerOn Dec. 7, the U.S. EPA held a media call to provide the public with an update of its plans for the Clean Power Plan and carbon pollution standards for new, modified and reconstructed power plants in the new year. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. A final rule for REAP was published in late 2014. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

This Just In

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power

January 02, 2015

USDA publishes final rule for REAP program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 29, the USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register for the Rural Energy for America Program. The program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Grant funds research into nanomaterials effect on feedstock yield

BY University of Arkansas at Little Rock Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Canadian researchers pressure cook farm waste into energy

BY University of Guelph Found In:Power, ThermalIt takes some cooking, but turning wet and green farm waste into biofuels is now possible and makes economic sense, according to preliminary research from the University of Guelph. READ MORE

December 31, 2014

Waste Management publishes 2014 sustainability report

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasWaste Management recently released its 2014 sustainability report "Creating a Circular Economy," which documents the company's progress on recycling, energy production, transforming waste into valuable resources. READ MORE

December 31, 2014

Belgian power sector resumes firing of wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerAn updated report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Information Network indicates the Belgian power sector has resumed firing wood pellets following a government decision to once again grant Green Certificates for their use. READ MORE

December 30, 2014

Eagar, Arizona, biomass power project to break ground mid-2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerAt a December Eagar, Arizona, town council meeting Concord Blue Energy Inc. shared construction plans for a 1 MW biomass power plant expected to break ground late spring or early summer 2015. READ MORE

December 30, 2014

SBP accepts biomass producers as applicants for certification

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, PowerSustainable Biomass Partnership announced five certification bodies have been accepted as applicants, including, BM Trada, Bureau Veritas Latvia, Control Union, NEPCon and National Science Foundation. READ MORE