Biomass Power

January 13, 2016

EIA updates short-term bioenergy, residential wood heat forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 9.5 percent this year. READ MORE

January 12, 2016

Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2016 IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 9th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

January 12, 2016

Czech utility buys UK-based Lynemouth Power Station

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Jan. 8, RWE Supply and Trading announced it has sold the Lynemouth Power Ltd., the operator of the U.K.-based Lynemouth Power Station, to EP UK Investments Ltd. (EP UK), a subsidiary of Czech utility company Energeticky a prumyslovy holding (EPH). READ MORE

January 11, 2016

Entsorga West Virginia breaks ground on waste-to-fuel plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalOn Jan. 7, Entsorga West Virginia held a groundbreaking ceremony near Martinsburg for its first resource recovery facility utilizing mechanical biological treatment in the U.S. The process will convert waste into an EPA-recognized engineered fuel. READ MORE

January 11, 2016

Covanta to close two biomass power plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerCovanta Energy Corp. has announced that it will soon close two of its seven U.S. wood-fired biomass power plants. The plants are located in West Enfield and Jonesboro, Maine. Each facility has a nameplate capacity of 24.5 MW. READ MORE

January 11, 2016

UK infrastructure provider announces new biogas service

BY Fulcrum Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasUsing its extensive experience and expertise in the delivery of gas, electricity and water infrastructure across Britain, Fulcrum is entering the renewables sector to provide pipelines which connect biogas plants to the U.K. gas distribution network. READ MORE

January 08, 2016

California’s Biomass Debacle, Part 3

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalCalifornia’s biomass industry is experiencing tough times, and we’ve been following it for quite some time. READ MORE

January 08, 2016

DOE study quantifies benefits of state RPS programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory have released a study estimating value of emissions reductions associated with state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies. READ MORE

January 08, 2016

SCS Engineers awarded contract for landfill gas-to-energy system

BY SCS Engineers Found In:Power, BiogasSCS Engineers was hired by the Orlando Utilities Commission to expand its existing landfill gas (LFG) treatment and compression facility located at the Orange County Landfill. Expanding the LFG facility will double the nominal inlet flow capacity. READ MORE

January 07, 2016

Veolia acquires Boomeco assets

BY Veolia ES (UK) Ltd. Found In:Power, ThermalVeolia ES (UK) Ltd. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Boomeco Ltd., a waste wood processor and producer of refuse derived fuel (RDF). Based in Bristol, the Boomeco site produces both wood chips and RDF. READ MORE

January 06, 2016

Bill aims for long-term extension of renewable energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn mid-December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is seeking the democratic presidential nomination, introduced legislation that aims to enact long-term extensions of several clean energy tax credits that benefit the bioenergy and biofuel sectors. READ MORE

January 06, 2016

Onsite Energy Conference & Expo to be colocated with IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Power, ThermalOnsite Energy Management magazine has announced the Onsite Energy Conference & Expo dates for 2016. The event, colocated with the International Biomass Conference & Expo, will take place April 11-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

January 05, 2016

EU opens investigation on UK support for Drax unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the U.K.'s plans to support the conversion of part of the Drax coal power plant to operate on biomass are in line with European Union state aid rules. READ MORE

January 04, 2016

WM sustainability report highlights waste-to-energy achievements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsWaste Management recently published its 2015 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress made in meeting its 2020 sustainability goals. The report provides updated data to the company's full 2014 report titled "Creating a Circular Economy." READ MORE

December 31, 2015

Hawaii releases renewable energy progress report

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerHawaii’s State Energy Office has released a report detailing the state's progress toward achieving its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. The law setting the ambitious standard was enacted in June. READ MORE

December 31, 2015

UK DECC: Bioenergy production increases in third quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released third quarter energy statistics, reporting total energy production increased by 11.9 percent when compared to the prior year. The share of renewables also increased. READ MORE

December 31, 2015

Oh The Wonders Of Science

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerAnimal waste is often used as a biomass feedstock, so what about human waste? READ MORE

December 30, 2015

University of Northern Iowa releases study of biomass feedstocks

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center recently released a final report for its Prairie Power Project, which studied biomass production of four different native species seed mixes over three different soil types for five years. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

FAO publishes global pellet statistics for 2014

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations recently published updated data on the global wood products industry that shows wood pellet production set a new record in 2014, growing by approximately 17 percent. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

Opinion: Maintaining Profitability

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels Energy markets have always been a low-margin game, but current conditions leave producers little margin for error. Thoughtful, well considered operations and maintenance strategies may well be the surest path to profitability. READ MORE

December 29, 2015

Paper, wood products manufacturers file biomass litigation on CPP

BY American Forest & Paper Association, American Wood Council Found In:PowerThe American Forest & Paper Association and the American Wood Council have filed a joint petition for review in the D.C. Circuit Court of the U.S. EPA's treatment of biomass energy in the final Clean Power Plan. READ MORE

December 29, 2015

Opinion: Biomass Power Uniting to Confront Market, Policy, Regulatory Shifts

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerThe most effective way that the industry can maximize its relevancy and grow under the Clean Power Plan is for all involved to unite to weigh in on the important policy and regulatory discussions that are happening. READ MORE

December 29, 2015

In Depth: A Walk In Our Boots

BY Stacy Cook Found In:Power, ThermalA biomass cogeneration plant manager provides an overview of events that occur during a typical scheduled outage. READ MORE

December 28, 2015

USDA highlights 2015 bioeconomy achievements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released a list of its 2015 top achievements. The list includes several achievements that have benefited the biofuel and bioenergy sectors, including funding for ethanol fuel pumps and progress with the BioPreferred Program. READ MORE

December 27, 2015

In Depth: The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, PowerAlternative energy companies typically prosper when oil prices are high, but it’s not all doom and gloom when the cost of crude nosedives. READ MORE

December 23, 2015

Marching into Development & Construction

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsI write this blog fresh off of the March Biomass Magazine planning meeting. The theme that month is project development and plant construction, one of my favorite themes, and arguably one of the most important issues of the year. READ MORE

December 22, 2015

FutureMetrics provides new dashboard based on Clean Power Plan

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 21, FutureMetrics released a new dashboard, which shows state specific information as it pertains to compliance with the Clean Power Plan and estimates pellet demand if some of the selected states' coal power stations cofire with pellets. READ MORE

December 22, 2015

DECC announces FIT revisions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasOn Dec. 17, the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change announced additional revisions to renewable energy subsidies, including changes to the Feed-in Tariff scheme that impact anaerobic digestion projects. READ MORE

December 22, 2015

Researchers to demonstrate biogas fuel cell system in Italy

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasIn the European DEMOSOFC project, Convion Ltd. and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. will demonstrate fuel cell systems for high-efficiency cogeneration of heat and power from biogas produced in connection with waste water treatment. READ MORE

December 22, 2015

Germany, India biogas associations announce partnership

BY German Biogas Association Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe German Biogas Association and the Indian Biogas Association have announced a three-year project to foster development of the biogas industry in India. The initial project is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. READ MORE