Biomass Power

July 22, 2015

U.K. alters RO support for new biomass cofiring, conversions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced several measures that aim to deal with a projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies, including changes to grandfathering provisions for biomass cofiring and conversions. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

Tax extenders package benefiting biofuels passes Senate committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe Senate Finance Committee has passed a tax extenders package that includes two-year extensions of tax credits for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel. The next step for the legislation is consideration by the full U.S. Senate. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

2015 PFI conference underway in Williamsburg, Virginia

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuel Institute annual conference is being held July 19-21 in Williamsburg, Virginia, hosting 185 attendees, 31 exhibitors and 11 sponsors. This year's conference began with an overview and analysis of the global pellet market. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

U.K. GIB, Equitix to fund construction of bioenergy project

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalU.K. Green Investment Bank plc and Equitix have announced a commitment to fund the construction of a GBP 30 million ($46.68 million) energy facility in Sheffield. It will generate over 6.5 MW of green electricity, along with thermal energy. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

DOE seeks nominations for biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due Aug. 14. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

Pinnacle's Panamax Success

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIn early June, I blogged about the fact that Canada’s Pinnacle Pellet successfully fully loaded a Panamax-class vessel with wood pellets, and a couple of days ago, I got an update from John Singleton at Handy Shipping Guide. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

California funds 5 dairy digester projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $11.1 million to support five anaerobic digestion (AD) projects at dairy operations around the state. The projects will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from dairy manure. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

MGT Power, Macquarie sign agreement on Teesside bioenergy plant

BY Macquarie Capital Found In:Pellets, PowerMacquarie Capital and Macquarie's Commodities and Financial Markets group have recently signed an agreement to support MGT Power Limited in the financing of the 299 MWe Teesside Renewable Energy Plant. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

Opinion: Maximum Uptime

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe July/August issue of Pellet Mill Magazine covers both plant efficiency and policy matters, as inventory is built up in preparation of the 2015-'16 heating season and upcoming policy issues arise with potential to shape the future of pellet fuel. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

New Jersey WWTP adds biogas conditioning system, generator

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasNew Jersey's Hanover Township wastewater treatment plant expects to finish a project to more efficiently use biogas produced at the plant by fall of this year. Biogas conditioning equipment and a 100-kilowatt (kW) generator have been installed. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

World’s largest biomass shipment discharged at Port of Immingham

BY Associated British Ports Found In:Pellets, PowerThe world's largest ever single shipment of biomass has been discharged on the quayside at Associated British Ports' Humber International Terminal at the Port of Immingham ready for onward transit to Drax power station. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

Ceres discusses plan to realign its focus during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for its fiscal third quarter, reporting the company is continuing to realign its focus towards food and forage opportunities and biotechnology traits, rather than bioenergy markets. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

Researchers from Israel and Florida awarded funding for biogas

BY American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBen-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and University of Florida researchers have been awarded a United States-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) grant to improve the production of biogas on farms. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

In Depth: Capital Actions for Pellet Fuel

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSeveral regulatory schemes in the U.S. should perk up pellet producers' ears. Hear from industry leaders why. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

UK DECC releases first quarter energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalAt the end of June, the U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change published first quarter energy statistics in its Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications. The report shows the U.K. has made progress in achieving its renewable energy goals. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

Drax: New milestone reached in biomass supply chain

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerA three-year partnership between Lloyds Register Rail, U.K. manufacturer WH Davis and Drax has reached a significant milestone as Drax takes delivery of its 200th specially designed biomass rail freight wagon. READ MORE

July 10, 2015

A Biomass Conveying Case Study

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerWe’re hard at work on the September issue of Biomass Magazine, which is themed biomass handling, storage and preparation. READ MORE

July 10, 2015

England's National Trust invests in biomass, other renewables

BY The National Trust Found In:Power, ThermalThe National Trust, an independent charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, recently announced its largest-ever investment: £30 million ($46.5 million) in renewable energy to provide heat and power to more of its historic places. READ MORE

July 09, 2015

FutureMetrics rebuts wood pellet myths

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIn a recent report, FutureMetrics aims to debunk two common myths regarding the use of wood pellets as a substitution for coal: that they release more carbon dioxide during combustion, and that they create a carbon debt that takes decades to repay. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

U.K. removes tax exemption benefiting renewable electricity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. government has announced it will remove the Climate Change Levy exemption for renewable electricity generated after Aug. 1. The move is expected to impact Drax and other renewable energy producers in the country. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Viessmann Group, BIOFerm selected for Canadian AD project

BY Whitney Beadle, BioFerm Energy Systems Found In:Power, BiogasViessmann Group/BIOFerm Energy Systems' high solids anaerobic digestion technology was selected by the city of Edmonton and The University of Alberta for its new anaerobic digestion facility, which will help extract energy from organic waste. READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Aurora Wood Pellets making headway on proposed plant in Canada

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFour years ago, Aurora Wood Pellets Ltd. began the development of a 200,000-metric-ton pellet plant in the Northwest Territories of Canada. With two Forestry Management Agreements in hand, CEO Brad Mapes hopes to purchase the site's land this month. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

U.K. AD plant to convert cheese production residues into biogas

BY Clearfleau Ltd. Found In:Power, BiogasClearfleau Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of onsite anaerobic digestion-based treatment solutions for the food and beverage sector, has finished the first stage in a major sustainability project for First Milk at a U.K. cheese creamery. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

Grontmij converts power plant from natural gas to biomass

BY Grontmij Found In:PowerGrontmij has been appointed by Helsingor Utilities to convert the Helsingør combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Denmark from natural gas to biomass. Helsingor aims to reduce its CO2 emissions through the conversion. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

University of Louisville partners on wood-to-energy project

BY John R. Karman III, University of Louisville Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has formed a partnership with a South Carolina company to accelerate commercialization of a coal-like product made from wood and biomass materials. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

OMB weighs in on biomass language included in appropriations bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement detailing its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related biogenic emissions. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

EIA: Hawaii, Vermont set high RPS targets

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:PowerTwo states have passed legislation requiring increases in renewable electricity generation. Hawaii has updated legislation setting a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2045.Vermont passed a bill creating a 75 percent RPS by 2032. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

McInnis Cement, ACF - St. Elzear sign biomass agreement

BY McInnis Cement Found In:Power, ThermalMcInnis Cement and the Forestry Cooperative Association - St. Elzear have announced the signing of a cooperative agreement to study the feasibility of using forest biomass as an auxiliary fuel for the cement plant under construction in Quebec. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

Supreme Court Ruling, MATS & the Clean Power Plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court of Justice made an interesting ruling. One that, I think, a lot of people had a tough time understanding, myself included. READ MORE