Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

July 24, 2015

Closing in on Closed-Loop

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalAs you may already know if you work at a biomass power, pellet or biogas plant, we’ve changed the way we do our plant calls and data maintenance for our print and online maps. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Scotch distillery reduces carbon footprint with biomass boiler

BY John Dewar & Sons Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands installed a biomass boiler in late 2014. According to John Dewar & Sons, the system has cut the carbon footprint of the site by 90 percent. 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

5 Minnesota energy projects selected for NextGen funding

BY Minnesota Department of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has selected five renewable energy projects to receive NextGen Energy grants. The grants were specifically targeted at projects using woody biomass to replace propane as a heat source. 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 16, 2015

Opinion: EPA’s NSPS: Next Steps for Pellet Producers

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalU.S. EPA's New Source Performance Standards for new residential wood heaters is now in effect, although Wiberg says there are ambiguities. He shares what the Pellet Fuels Institute and others know about the NSPS rule. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Opinion: Design Challenge to Promote Top-Performing Pellet Stoves

BY John AckerlyFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe third pellet stove design challenge, led by the Alliance for Green Heat, entered phase one this summer to help consumers identify the most efficient stoves and how best to operate them. 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

In Depth: Down 'n Out in Pelleting Mills

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalPlanned weekly or monthly and annual outages are essential to running a high-performing, efficient pellet mill. READ MORE

July 12, 2015

In Depth: Packaged Efficiency

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalOnce a highly manual process, bagging and stacking finished product has greatly improved with automation. 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 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 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

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

June 29, 2015

U.K. GIB announces results, plans to raise private capital

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Green Investment Bank has announced 2014-'15 results and a plan to raise private capital. The organization also noted that after 2.5 years of operations, it has reached profitability. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Euronext launches wood pellet contract

BY Euronext Found In:Pellets, ThermalEuronext has announced that it will be launching a new wood pellet commodities futures contract in the autumn of 2015, subject to regulatory approval. The contract is aimed at producers, wholesalers and retailers and targets the heating sector. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Opinion: The Inevitable Battle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz reflects on the July issue and the battles faced by the entire biomass energy industry. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Bill aims to extend master limited partnerships to renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have announced the reintroduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which aims to level the playing field for renewables. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Oregon declares biomass carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAfter a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Globally, 2014 a Good Year for Renewables

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLate last week, the Worldwatch Institute released a 2015 global status report for renewables. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

AgEC: Ag appropriations bill aims to cut Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 17, the House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2016 Agricultural Appropriations bill. The proposed legislation funds a variety of agricultural and food programs, including rural development and farm services programs. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

Opinion: Omission of Wood Heat Goes Too Far

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalAlliance For Green Heat President John Ackerly discusses a major oversight of the U.S. DOE—omitting mention of wood and pellet heat in its recent Energy Saver guide. READ MORE

June 21, 2015

Opinion: Thermal Incentives Heat Up

BY Ben Bell-Walker and Joseph Seymour Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council weighs in on policy pieces the biomass thermal industry should keep an eye on this summer. READ MORE

June 20, 2015

In Depth: Thermal Reinforcement

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalWhile some states are juggling attempts to freeze, lower or dismantle state renewable portfolio standards, others are strengthening and fine-tuning them. READ MORE