Biomass Power

March 21, 2016

Duke Energy to buy biogas from developing N.C. plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasColorado-based Carbon Cycle Energy plans to build a swine- and poultry-based biogas plant in southeast North Carolina, and Duke Energy has signed an agreement with the company to purchase gas produced at the facility. READ MORE

March 21, 2016

Financial assistance available for installing wood pellet boilers

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Power, ThermalNorthern Forest Center is expanding a program that helps Vermonters switch to high-efficiency wood pellet boilers to provide heat for homes, businesses and other properties in the Northeast Kingdom. 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 16, 2016

Lockheed Martin, Concord Blue begin next phase of bioenergy plant

BY Lockheed Martin Found In:PowerFive-thousand homes and businesses in Herten, Germany, will soon benefit from a clean, renewable energy source as Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue begin phase two of a new power generation facility that will transform waste into energy. READ MORE

March 15, 2016

Oregon governor signs bill to expand RPS, phase out coal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn March 11, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation that doubles the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) while eliminating coal from Oregon’s energy sources. The measure also includes provisions related to biomass energy. 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

March 14, 2016

WSM announces BioPrep organics processing system for compost, AD

BY West Salem Machinery Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWith the growing need for high volume processing of organics for compost and anaerobic digestion (AD) conversion, WSM has introduced the WSM BioPrep Organics Processing System, a complete high-capacity system to convert waste into feedstock. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

House hearing focuses on DOE loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 3, two subcommittees associated with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. Abengoa projects were among those discussed during the event. READ MORE

March 10, 2016

Port of Tyne reports record shipment of wood pellets

BY Port of Tyne Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Port of Tyne recently recorded the largest ever cargo of wood pellets ever handled in a single shipment at the port. The MV Agnes bulk cargo vessel delivered a record 57,845 metric tons of wood pellets into the Port of Tyne. READ MORE

March 09, 2016

EIA predicts increased electricity production from renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 8.7 percent this year and 6.5 percent next year. READ MORE

March 09, 2016

IDB supports construction of pulp mill, 255 MW biomass plant

BY Inter-American Development Bank Found In:PowerThe Inter-American Development Bank has joined efforts with Klabin S.A. to finance the construction of a pulp mill in Brazil. The mill will include a 255 MW biomass facility that will sell 56 percent of its energy surplus to the national grid. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

UT, Genera Energy harvest hybrid poplar stand

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and a bioeconomy. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

Record high renewable energy use reported in Hawaii

BY Hawaii Electric Light Found In:PowerThe Hawaiian Electric Companies reported the data in the annual renewable portfolio standard (RPS) report filed with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. The consolidated RPS for the companies was 23.2 percent last year. READ MORE

March 07, 2016

AEBIOM gives feedback on new renewable energy directive post-2020

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerAEBIOM recently responded to the public consultation on the preparation of a new renewable energy directive for the period post-2020. The renewable energy package is part of the European Commission’s Energy Union Framework Strategy. READ MORE

March 07, 2016

AEG CoalSwitch announces results of test burn

BY Active Energy Group plc Found In:Pellets, PowerAEG CoalSwitch, the renewable energy division of Active Energy Group Plc, recently announced it has received the results from the burn testing of its CoalSwitch fuel at the University of Utah's Clean and Secure Energy Institute. READ MORE

March 04, 2016

UK proposal to reform RHI negatively impacts biomass, biogas

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOn March 3, the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change launched a consultation on reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive. READ MORE

March 04, 2016

Oregon ups RPS, goes coal free

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalOregon has passed a bill that doubles its renewable portfolio standard (RPS), phases out coal power by 2025 and provides incentives to energy efficiency, small- and community-scale renewable projects and some existing biomass energy plants. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

In Search of Greatness

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEvery year since 2012, Biomass Magazine and BBI International have given out two awards at the International Biomass Conference & Expo: the Groundbreaker of the Year Award, and the Excellence in Bioenergy Award. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Vilsack defends biofuels, bioenergy during House hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of the rural economy featuring testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Biofuels and bioenergy were among the topics discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

EC seeks input, comments on post-2020 bioenergy policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe European Commission is seeking public input on its post-2020 sustainable bioenergy policy. The three-month consultation period began Feb. 10 and concludes May 10. Those who wish to weigh in are asked to complete a nine-part online survey. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

USDA highlights bioeconomy investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a fact sheet highlighting its investments in rural America, including several related to sparking innovation in America’s bioeconomy to support the development of biomanufacturing and advanced biofuels. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

EPA: Chartered SAB to review biogenic framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has scheduled a public meeting of the chartered Science Advisory Board March 31-April 1. During the meeting, the SAB is expected to conduct a quality review of a draft report on the accounting framework for biogenic carbon emissions. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

Sumitomo invests in Cosan’s sugarcane pellet business

BY Sumitomo Corp. Found In:Pellets, PowerSumitomo Corp. recently signed a contract to acquire up to 20 percent of Cosan Biomassa S.A., a subsidiary of Cosan S.A.Industria e Comercio, and producer of sugarcane pellets for power generation. READ MORE

February 29, 2016

Analysis finds biomass subsidies could save UK over $2 billion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerIn February, U.K.-based NERA Economic Consulting and Imperial College prepared an analysis for Drax that makes the case for allowing biomass conversion to compete for contracts for difference (CfD). READ MORE

February 29, 2016

DOE schedules biomass committee meeting for March 8-9

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for March 8-9 in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

February 29, 2016

Weltec Group acquires 3.3 MW biogas plant

BY Weltec Biopower GmbH Found In:Power, BiogasNordmethan GmbH, a subsidiary of the plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower, recently purchased an existing biogas plant in Falkenhagen, Brandenburg, Germany. The facility is being updated and is expected to resume operations later this year. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Drax sees challenging year, remains confident in biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerDespite a tough year influenced by severe deterioration of the commodities market and a challenging regulatory environment, Drax had a very good operational year and stands ready to convert more units to biomass, said CEO Dorothy Thompson. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Federal biomass board releases bioeconomy report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biomass Research and Development Board, an interagency collaboration composed of senior decision-makers from federal agencies and the White House, recently published a report, titled “Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy.” READ MORE