Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 30, 2016

Opinion: A Tough Season

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe March/April issue of Pellet Mill Magazine is filled with content backed with data from an industry survey distributed to pellet producers, as well as on-site photography due to our editorial presence at important recent industry events. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Opinion: Roadmap For Pellet Stoves During Cheap Oil, Gas

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe future of residential pellet heating is in flux, not only because of rock bottom oil and gas prices, but also because more affordable heat pumps and other technologies are entering the market. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Opinion: Making the Best of Hard Times

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalWiberg says with added supply ready as a result of last year's heating season, the industry was met this heating season with unusually warm weather and the lowest gas prices we have seen in years. This combination has resulted in oversupply. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

In Depth: Assessing Advantage in Randolph County

BY D. F. Wallis Found In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsGeorgia’s Randolph County has much to offer a pellet mill or renewable fuel plant developer. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Report: Midwest clean energy jobs continue to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report recently released by Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs has determined nearly 569,000 people currently work in clean energy throughout the Midwest, with that number expected to grow by more than 4 percent over the next year. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Weltec Biopower installs AD system at German facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWeltec Biopower has announced plans to install an anaerobic digestion unit at a wastewater treatment plant in Bavaria, Germany. The upgrade will allow the facility to produce heat and power from sewage gas. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Opinion: Stay of Clean Power Plan: Opportunity for Biomass Industry?

BY Joel Stronberg Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor the biomass industry, a stay of the Clean Power Plan may offer an opportunity otherwise lost, had the EPA been allowed to go forward with its implementation efforts. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

In Depth: Italy’s Wood Heat Swap Meet

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalEvery other year, for four days, the Progetto Fuoco makes Verona, Italy, arguably the most important place for the wood heating industry in all of Europe. READ MORE

March 27, 2016

In Depth: Woody Biomass, Forest Operations in the Inland Northwest

BY David Jackson and Patrick Wilson Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIf forest restoration projects in the Inland Northwest region were to become major suppliers of woody biomass for bioenergy, government subsidies in the form of tax credits, loan guarantees or other types of financial aid will be essential. READ MORE

March 27, 2016

In Depth: Delivering Renewable Energy From Irish Forests

BY Des O'Toole Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIreland’s forestry sector, a major economic driver in the country, is poised for growth along with the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

UT center continues quest for low-cost, high-quality bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists with the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon are continuing efforts to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels and biobased products that can be useful for society and to advance rural economies. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

In Depth: 2016 Producer Survey Perfect Storm

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalUnseasonably warm winter weather clouded the success of this year’s heating season for many pellet producers. Coupled with other conditions, the trend may continue. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Massachusetts invests $700,000 in woodstove rebate program

BY Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalMassachusetts is investing $700,000 in the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program, which provides rebates to homeowners who replace their older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, U.S. EPA-certified woodstove and pellet stove models. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

ETI calls for more emphasis on CCS, bioenergy

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute has called for greater emphasis on progressing carbon capture and storage and building a U.K. bioenergy sector in the next 15 years if the U.K. is to meet its targets for decarbonizing its energy system. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Opinion: What a Difference a Year Makes

BY Charlie NieblingFound In:Pellets, ThermalFor the past two years, the U.S. experienced very different heating seasons, which, Niebling says, have left producers having to respond to a perfect storm of factors impacting the domestic heating pellet industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

Penn State announces first harvest of shrub willow

BY Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and biobased economic development, according to researchers. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

In Depth: A Challenging Cycle: Pellets, Cheap Oil & A Warming Planet

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe domestic wood pellet heating market is battling low crude oil prices and warm winters to keep—and grow—its position in the thermal arena. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

ETI seeks partners for UK biomass logistics project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute has announced it is seeking partners for a new six-month bioenergy project that aims to improve the understanding of the future of biomass logistics in the U.K. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

Opinion: Automatic Pellet Heating: A Tough Nut to Crack

BY Christiane EggerFound In:Pellets, ThermalAt the annual European Pellet Conference held recently in Wels, Austria, Egger says one of the key topics discussed was how to increase the market share for pellet heat. 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

UMF completes biomass heating project

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalLess than one year after construction began, the University of Maine at Farmington’s $11 million biomass district heating project is complete. The plant is officially online and has been sending heat to 95 percent of the campus for about a month. 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 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

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

BTEC announces new executive director Jeff Serfass

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe board of directors of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council officially announced the appointment of Jeff Serfass to take over for Joel Stronberg as BTEC's executive director. Serfass led the organization in its formative years in 2009 and 2010. READ MORE

March 09, 2016

Finalists chosen for international pellet stove competition

BY Alliance for Green Heat and NYSERDA Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Alliance for Green Heat and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recently announced that seven pellet stoves have been chosen as finalists in the Pellet Stove Design Challenge. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

Maine bill encourages the purchase of locally produced pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalLegislation recently introduced in Maine aims to support local pellet producers by encouraging public postsecondary educational institutions to give preference to Maine producers when entering into heating fuel contracts. READ MORE