Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

April 24, 2018

RNG Coalition releases RNG project map, database

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has relased a new map and project database of renewable natural gas production facilities in North America. The database reveals that there are now at least 76 operating RNG facilities in the U.S. and Canada. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

In Depth: From Impoverished to Empowered

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, a multidonor fund administered by the African Development Bank Group, is making headway in effecting real socioeconomic change in sub-Saharan Africa—and biomass power is an integral component. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

House committee passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The bill reauthorizes many bioenergy programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Partnership aims to make biocoal accessible to everyone

BY Clean Electricity Generation Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAt several locations around the world, a partnership of international companies initiated by Clean Energy Generation and Stork, a Fluor Co., plans to construct facilities for the commercial-scale production of biocoal. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

BSP licenses technology from RBE, plans Louisiana biocoal plant

BY Biomass Secure Power Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBiomass Secure Power Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with River Basin Energy Inc. The IP covered under the agreement includes technology that will be deployed at BSP’s Louisiana plant for the manufacture of biocoal. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Veolia launches UK online marketplace for organic resources

BY Veolia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVeolia is launching an online trading platform in the U.K. that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. The BioTrading website will be a sales and auction marketplace that connects buyers to the rest of the value chain. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

McConnell introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Draft 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation reauthorizes many bioenergy-related programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 10, 2018

EIA predicts increased bioenergy capacity in 2018, 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 10 percent of electricity generation this year, increasing to 11 percent in 2019. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

States to sue EPA over failure to enforce landfill gas rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA coalition led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources board has announced plans to sue the U.S. EPA over its failure to enforce existing landfill methane regulations. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

BioPower Sustainable Energy acquires Atikokan pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBioPower Sustainable Energy Corp., a subsidiary of True North Timber, has acquired the assets of the former Rentech pellet plant in Atikokan, Ontario. The company plans to sell both commercial pellets and residential heating pellets. READ MORE

March 29, 2018

New York counties partner to build biosolid waste facility

BY New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAlbany and Saratoga County leaders announced an inter-municipal partnership on March 28 that allows for the establishment of a regional biosolid waste facility. The facility will recycle biosolids, sewer sludge and food waste into methane gas. READ MORE

March 29, 2018

Opinion: Spreading the Word, Being Heard

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasWhile the export industry and demand outside North America is out of our stakeholders’ control—as are external market forces such as the weather, and the price of fossil fuels—there are things that we can and must do to influence domestic growth. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

Massachusetts announces funding for woodstove rebate program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Massachusetts government has announced $450,000 in funding for the 2018 Commonwealth Woodstove Change-out Program, which provides rebates to homeowners two replace older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, EPA-certified wood and pellet stoves. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

Protacon purchases interest in Inray

BY Protacon Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTechnology company Protacon has purchased a substantial part of Inray Ltd, a Finnish company supplying X-ray technology based measurement systems to power and thermal plants, including those fueled by biomass. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

Opinion: Introducing Operation 100k

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalSeverity of winters and the price of heating oil are impossible to predict, but it is vital we plan based on the trends we are seeing now—shorter heating seasons and low-priced alternatives—as we look into the future of our industry. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

EIA: 790,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in December

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn March 20, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced U.S. manufacturers of densified biomass fuel reported producing 650,000 tons of product and selling 790,000 tons in December. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

USDA report shows impact of US biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released a new report that measures economic growth, job creation and household income from biofuel and bioenergy production, along with future growth in renewable chemicals and biobased products. READ MORE

March 24, 2018

Opinion: Metals Testing Questions Answered

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalIn November 2017, the PFI Standards Program was updated to include the testing of the same metals that are referenced in the international pellet specifications published under ISO 17225-2, and referenced in wood pellet quality certification schemes. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Inslee signs bill to promote RNG in state of Washington

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 22, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that is designed to increase the development and use of renewable natural gas (RNG) within the state. The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas is among the groups that supported the legislation. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Opinion: Many New Initiatives—Will Sales Increase?

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalMaine policymakers have undertaken a number of new initiatives to promote biomass heating, motivated largely out of concern for the future of our state’s forest products industry. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

Opinion: Advanced Wood Heat Can Flatten the Duck Curve

BY Scott Nichols Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAdvanced wood heat is a solution for the "duck curve" in the U.S. Northeast. By deploying it instead of heat pumps, states would not only flatten the duck’s head, but reduce total power consumption, and offset the use of other fossil READ MORE

March 21, 2018

EPA funds development of biomass-fueled thermoelectric stoves

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn mid-March, the U.S. EPA awarded $1.8 million to six small businesses to develop technologies that provide solutions for environmental issues. Two of the six companies are developing biomass-fueled thermoelectric stoves. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2018 Rural Energy for America Program funding. The program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

North American biomass plant installs CETY’s waste heat generator

BY Clean Energy Technologies Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalClean Energy Technologies Inc. announced March 20 that it has secured an order from a biomass plant in North America. The biomass plant utilizes wasted heat lost to the atmosphere through the exhaust stream to essentially produce free electricity. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

In Depth: The Word on the Heat

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Pellets, ThermalWith every new installation it helps guide to success, the Northern Forest Center is demonstrating that automated wood heat is a stable, affordable option that benefits both the environment and the local economy. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

In Depth: Awaiting the Signal

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalCanada’s wood pellet industry stands patiently ready to deliver domestic supply as a federal Clean Fuel Standard and complementary support mechanisms develop. READ MORE

March 18, 2018

In Depth: Pellet Stove Prowess

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalScott Williamson, the "Pellet Guy," shares insight based on his extensive knowledge and experience in pellet stove installation, service and repair. READ MORE

March 17, 2018

In Depth: Best Practices for Fighting and Preventing Wood Pellet Storage Fires

BY John Swaan Found In:Pellets, ThermalBest practices and lessons learned from decades of experience were recently used to resolve a major pellet silo fire. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Orsted increases the efficiency of Herning Power Station

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn March 5, Orsted broke ground on a project that aims to increase the efficiency of its Denmark-based Herning Power Station, a combined-heat-and-power facility that was converted to biomass fuel in 2009. READ MORE