Biomass Power

February 16, 2015

Republic Services releases 2014 financial results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasRepublic Services Inc. has released 2014 fourth quarter and full year earnings, reporting a net income for the quarter of $50.3 million, or 14 cents per diluted share, out of a total year net income of $547.6 million, or $1.53 per diluted share. READ MORE

February 13, 2015

Covanta reports increased revenues in 2014 financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerCovanta Holding Corp. has released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $1.68 billion, up from $1.63 billion in 2013. The primary driver of the increase was North American energy-from-waste (EfW) revenue, which increased by $39 million. READ MORE

February 13, 2015

Biomass power with CCS could make western U.S. carbon-negative

BY University of California, Berkeley Found In:PowerA new University of California, Berkeley study shows that if biomass electricity production is combined with carbon capture and sequestration in the western U.S., power generators could actually store more carbon than they emit. READ MORE

February 13, 2015

There You Go Again

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerBiomass Magazine Executive Editor examines the latest in a growing string of mainstream media stories that fail to properly frame up the realities of how bioenergy is deployed in practice. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

IRENA report highlights bioenergy growth potential in the U.S.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a report that highlights the realistic potential for higher renewable uptake in all sectors of the U.S. energy system, including power, industry, building and the transportation sector. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

BNEF publishes Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBloomberg New Energy Finance recently released the 2015 edition of its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. The report includes information on biomass, biogas, waste-to-energy, and a variety of other renewable energy technologies. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

EIA updates short-term forecasts for bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting that total renewables use for electricity and heat generation is expected to grow 3.8 percent this year. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

Bluesphere announces closing of joint venture for biogas project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasOn Feb. 9, Bluesphere Corp. announced the closing of a joint venture with affiliates of York Capital Management, who will provide the financing for a 5.2 MW biogas project in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

A ray of sunshine for bioenergy

BY University of Minnesota Found In:Power, BiogasA new University of Minnesota study examining the financial viability of solar-heated biomass gasification technologies that produce a natural gas substitute product concludes that combining these renewable resources can make economic sense. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

Report: European pellet demand could increase U.S. forest area

BY U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recently released study led by U.S. Forest Service scientists finds that demand for U.S. pellets in Europe and other areas could provide new markets for U.S. timber exports, increase wood prices, and lead to increases in forestland area. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

USDA holds media call on $280 million REAP funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 10, the USDA hosted a media call announcing more than $280 million is being made available to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted recent improvements made to REAP. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

Thunder Bay Generating Station now fueled by advanced biomass

BY Ontario Power Generation Found In:Pellets, PowerOntario Power Generation's Thunder Bay Generating Station is now in service and is leading the electricity industry with an exciting new technology. The station has been converted to use advanced biomass, a renewable, clean and dispatchable fuel. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

FERC: U.S. added 254 MW of biomass capacity in 2014

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects has released the December edition of its Energy Infrastructure Update, reporting the U.S. added 254 MW of biomass energy capacity last year. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

E3 releases report on decarbonizing pipeline gas in California

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEnergy and Environmental Economics Inc. has released a study that investigates the potential role decarbonized pipeline gas and existing gas pipeline infrastructure can have in California to help meet the state's 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goals. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

RSB solicits public comments on its principles and criteria

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has opened a 60-day comment period on a revision of the RSB Principles & Criteria. Comments gathered will inform discussions among RSB members over the forthcoming Version 3.0 of the P&Cs. READ MORE

February 05, 2015

In Depth: Pioneering Perennials in Iowa Soil

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerThe University of Iowa is searching for the right biomass feedstock to cofire with coal at its power plant, and miscanthus is one option a few early adopters are testing. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

Landfill gas-to-energy project planned in Maine

BY Aria Energy Found In:Power, BiogasAria Energy recently announced that it will partner with Casella Waste Systems to develop, construct, own and operate a 4.8 MW landfill gas-to-energy project located at the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, Maine. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

Opinion: Biomass, Oil and Gas

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerThe oil-and-gas association launched its annual report on the role of oil and gas in American energy. This time the report recognized renewable energy sources, which Cleaves says is an interesting development in the biomass sector. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

PHI Group partners with AG Materials on Florida pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPHI Group Inc., a company focused on energy and natural resources, announced in late January it has signed an agreement with AG Materials LLC to jointly establish a 200,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Live Oak, Florida. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Enerpellets announces plans to develop pellet plant in Florida

BY Enerpellets Group Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnerpellets Group took the decision to internationalize its biomass pellets production activity by building a state-of-the-art unit in Florida with a real production output capacity of 250,000 tons per year. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Stories Untold

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalExecutive Editor Tim Portz talks about what it means when story sources are reluctant to talk "on the record". Conversations about pellets as absorbents are loosening up, while folks remain tight lipped about their opinions on big box customers. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Fire suppressant provider targets biomass industry

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGelTech Solutions Inc., the creator of the patent-pending fire suppressant compound called FireIce, recently began working in the agriculture industry and is now initiating outreach to some biomass producers. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Margam Green Energy Plant to be operational in early 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerEco2 Ltd. recently announced the sale of a proposed 40 MW biomass power project to Glennmont Partners. The project, known as the Margam Green Energy Plant, is expected to be complete by the second quarter of 20147. Engineering is currently underway. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

Government app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA group of federal agencies are developing an interactive app that will serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exports. U.S.-based suppliers of certain energy solutions are invited to apply to participate in the pilot phase. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

DOE accepting comments on engineered high-energy crop proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is accepting public comments on an environmental impact statement related to proposed confined field trials of engineered high-energy crops for use in bioenergy applications. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

EPA: Agricultural Science Committee nomination deadline extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late 2014, the U.S. EPA invited the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board's Agricultural Science Committee. The deadline for submitting those nominations has been extended to March 30. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Vencor acquires bio-coal purchase order, anticipates expansion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVencor International Inc. recently announced an agreement to acquire the exclusive rights to torrefaction equipment and technology from Torretherm Inc. The company has also announced a purchase order from Vega Biofuels Inc. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Reports illustrate European biogas, energy-from-waste industries

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasEurObserv'ER recently released updated Biogas Barometer and Renewable Municipal Waste Barometer reports that show energy production from both biogas and municipal waste has continued to expand across the European Union in recent years. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Biomass-fired CHP, district heating project planned in U.K.

BY University of East Anglia Found In:Power, ThermalHomes and businesses in Norwich, England, were recently offered a double energy boost with a proposal to create straw pellet-fired project that would supply heat and power to the community. The project would include a district heating system. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

U.K. DECC increases CfD budget for less established technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate change has increased the budget for new Contracts for Difference. The extra funding will increase the amount available for less established technologies, such as offshore wind and some biomass technologies. READ MORE