Biomass Power

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

December 21, 2015

UK reports increased bioenergy generation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released renewable energy statistics for the second quarter of 2015, reporting that the renewables share of electricity generation was 25.3 percent during the quarter. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

Obama signs spending bill, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 18, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders into law. The legislation includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that benefit the bioenergy sector. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

Blue Sphere completes acquisition of 4 biogas facilities in Italy

BY Blue Sphere Corp. Found In:Power, BiogasBlue Sphere Corp. recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of four operating biogas facilities in Italy through its wholly owned subsidiaries. Each fully operational facility generates 1 MW of electricity per hour. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

Congress passes spending bill, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMembers of Congress have passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders that includes two-year extensions of tax credits that benefit biofuels and bioenergy. President Obama is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

This Year's Standout Stories (My Picks)

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAs 2015 comes to a close, the Biomass Magazine staff has already been working on 2016 issues for a couple of months. Today, I’m going to share with you my personal favorites from each section. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

DOE, USDA, EPA release update of biogas activities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. EPA and USDA have released a report providing an update of the federal government’s progress to reduce methane emissions through biogas systems since the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap was completed last year. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

Legislation aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFederal lawmakers have released the text of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the U.S. government through October 2016. An accompanying legislative package of tax extenders aims to extend certain bioenergy tax incentives for two years. READ MORE

December 15, 2015

New Hampshire biomass plant celebrates 9 years of operation

BY Eversource Found In:PowerEversource is celebrating the ninth anniversary of the Northern Wood Power biomass unit at Schiller Station in New Hampshire. Over that time, the project has received more than 151,000 deliveries of wood chips from local foresters. READ MORE

December 14, 2015

NREL’s 2014 Data Book features bioenergy statistics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2014 Data Book, showcasing increased use of renewable energy. According to the report, renewables accounted for approximately 11.1 percent of U.S. energy production in 2014. READ MORE

December 14, 2015

Saxlund to deliver biomass handling system to UK project

BY Saxlund Group Found In:PowerThe Saxlund Group, has received an order from Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S, Denmark. The order is for the delivery of a state-of-the-art biomass handling system to the Templeborough Biomass Power Plant in Sheffield, U.K. READ MORE

December 11, 2015

The Silver Lining of Low Oil

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsIn January Biomass Magazine story “The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices,” Senior Editor Ron Kotrba speaks to executives managing different renewable fuel facilities, and finds that it’s not all doom-and-gloom when the cost of crude nosedives READ MORE

December 11, 2015

Food waste legislation includes AD provisions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn Dec. 7, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, introduced the Food Recovery Act of 2015. The bill, which aims to reduce the amount of food waste in the U.S., also contains provisions related to waste-to-energy development. READ MORE

December 11, 2015

REA: UK supports high-carbon power at expense of renewables

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, PowerThe winners of the U.K.'s second Capacity Market Auction were released Dec. 11 and reveal the continued subsidization of polluting energy forms, side-tracking the renewable energy transition, according to the U.K. Renewable Energy Association. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

Veolia appointed operator of biomass CHP plant in Nottingham

BY Veolia Found In:Power, ThermalVeolia has secured a contract from Equitix ESI CHP, to operate the Sherwood Biomass Plant in Nottingham. The 6.55 MW biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power station is designed to provide sustainable green electricity and process heat. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

Enviva launches $5 million forest conservation fund

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Holdings LP recently announced it is establishing the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of bottomland forests in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

Schmack Biogas builds biomethane plant in France

BY Schmack Biogas Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSchmack Biogas, a Viessmann Group company, has been awarded a contract for the construction of a biomethane plant in Epaux-Bezu (Picardy) in northern France. The project is expected to begin injecting biomethane into the natural gas network in July. READ MORE

December 09, 2015

Visible development underway on UK-based biomass power plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerVisible progress has been made with the construction of the 41 MW Templeborough Biomass Power Plant located in Rotherham, England. The company has launched a website dedicated to the project, including a time lapse camera of developments on site. READ MORE

December 09, 2015

Bill would delay CPP implementation until additional nations act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerRep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., recently introduce legislation that aims to prevent the Clean Power Plan for taking effect until countries accounting for at least 80 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions enact similar regulations. READ MORE

December 08, 2015

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in recent reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, providing updated predictions regarding the use of biomass in the electric power and home heating sectors. READ MORE

December 08, 2015

Weltec Biopower erects second biogas plant in South Korea

BY Weltec Biopower GmbH Found In:Power, BiogasIn October, the construction work for an anaerobic digestion plant from German manufacturer Weltec Biopower started in South Korea. The 450-kilowatt biogas plant is to go live in the early summer of 2016. READ MORE

December 08, 2015

FutureMetrics responds to report criticizing wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new white paper published by FutureMetrics offers a critique of Climate Central’s recent story "Pulp Fiction," a three-part special report by John Upton that criticizes the use of wood pellets. READ MORE

December 08, 2015

Biomethane injected into grid at project in Netherlands

BY HoSt Bio-energy Installations Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasAt a dairy farm in Den Bommel, Netherlands, the gas meter recently passed the first 10,000 cubic meters of biomethane injected into the grid. The plant, which began operations in October, produces biomethane out of 100 percent cattle manure. READ MORE

December 04, 2015

EPA challenge aims to recycle nutrients from manure

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EPA has opened a competition for technologies to recycle nutrients from livestock manure on Challenge.gov. The competition is being held in partnership with the USDA. The American Biogas Council is among the project’s partners. READ MORE

December 04, 2015

DOE to host bioenergy webinar for educators

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will hold a live webinar titled "Integrating Bioenergy into the 9th-12th Grade Classroom," on Dec. 10. According to the DOE, the webinar is part of the BioenergizeME Office Hours webinar series. READ MORE

December 03, 2015

European Commission adopts Circular Economy Package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission has announced the adoption of a new Circular Economy Package that aims to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy. The effort has been criticized for its lack of mandatory food collection. READ MORE

December 03, 2015

Ontario passes bill banning coal-fired electricity generation

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerIn the days leading up to the United Nations' Conference of the Parties, Ontario passed legislation to permanently ban coal-fired electricity generation in the province. Ontario is the first to do so in North America. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

European Commission approves state aid for Lynemouth conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe European Commission has announced that U.K. support for the conversion of the Lynemouth power station from coal to biomass complies with EU state aid rules. The U.K. informed the EC of plans to support the conversion project in Dec. 2014. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

House votes to block Clean Power Plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIn a vote of 242-180, the U.S. House has voted to repeal the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and through another vote of 235-188, to block EPA rules governing emissions from new power plants. President Obama has stated he plans to veto the measures. READ MORE

December 01, 2015

Agreement to address climate change under negotiation in Paris

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThis week, President Obama traveled to Paris to join nearly 200 nations for the COP21 global conference on climate change. Coinciding with the conference, was the announcement that Obama and 19 other world leaders launched "Mission Innovation." READ MORE