Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

October 25, 2017

Drax sells Billington Bioenergy

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, ThermalDrax has agreed to sell Billington Bioenergy, a distributor of wood pellets in the U.K. heating market, to Aggregated Micro Power Holdings, an energy company specializing in the sale of wood fuels and the development of distributed energy assets. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

MEP proposal ups renewables targets, phases out crop-based fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMEPs are calling for the European Union to source 35 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, set nationally binding targets for renewable energy, phase-out of palm oil and food-based biofuels and set biomass sustainability standards. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Biomass cogeneration facility, pellet plant planned in Ontario

BY Office of Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Northwestern Ontario Indigenous community of Whitesand First Nation will develop an industrial park to support new biomass and wood processing facilities thanks to investments from the governments of Canada and Ontario. READ MORE

October 23, 2017

EIA releases densified biomass fuel data for July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the October edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, noting the 88 facilities that submitted data produced 576,521 tons of pellets in July. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

UH Hilo researchers design sustainable wastewater systems

BY University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Hilo researchers are doing their part to help HawaiʻiIsland industries utilize more renewable and sustainable energy sources. The research includes the development of a lab-scale upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

Forest Service to award $7 million under Wood Innovations program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has opened a funding opportunity for projects that expand wood products and wood energy markets, especially in areas with high wildfire risk. The announcement was made on National Bioenergy Day, Oct. 18. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day attracts record participation

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day, 60 organizations across the United States and Canada are participating in events Oct. 18 to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of using organic materials to produce heat, power and fuels. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

ENplus certifies 8.1 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2016

BY European Pellet Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe European Pellet Council has announced a record 8.1 million metric tons of wood pellets were certified under the ENplus quality scheme in 2016. The volume of certified pellets is expected to reach 9.2 million metric tons in 2017. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Maryland offers funding for animal waste-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Maryland Energy Administration recently announced the opening of its fiscal year (FY) 2018 Animal Waste-to-Energy Grant Program, which is making $3.5 million available to support selected projects. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Veolia opens biomass heating project in Spain

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalVeolia recently inaugurated a 12.5 MW biomass district heating system in Spain with Móstoles Ecoenergía that will provide heat to 3,000 homes. An expansion project planned for next summer will allow the system to heat an additional 4,000 homes. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

UK releases Clean Growth Strategy, plans next CfD auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government has released its Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to cut carbon emissions while driving economic growth. As part of the announcement, the government confirmed up to £557 million for the next Contracts for Difference auction. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

Rentech to voluntary delist common shares from Nasdaq

BY Rentech Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has notified Nasdaq of its intention to voluntarily withdraw its common shares from listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market prior to market opening on Oct.16. Rentech's common shares will be listed on the OTCQB Market effective Oct. 16. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

EIA predicts a rise in heating costs this winter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook and Winter Fuels Outlook, predicting average household expenditures for all major home heating fuels will rise this winter. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

NYC proposes to expand food waste separation requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) recent published a proposed rule that aims to expand organic waste source separation requirements for large commercial food retailers and food service establishments. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

National wood chip heating fuel standard open for comment

BY Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC Found In:ThermalA revised draft of the proposed national wood chip heating fuel technical quality standard for the U.S. is now open for stakeholder feedback and comment. Comments are limited to recent proposed changes and must be submitted by Dec. 4. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Biotech Energy announces acquisition, name change

BY Biothermal Technologies Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiotech Energy Inc. recently announced that it has been acquired 100 percent by its North American management team, and is changing its name to Biothermal Technologies Inc. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Opinion: The Missing Link

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhat this industry needs is more retailers like Coastal Farm & Ranch, who ably carry the value proposition of pellet heating forward to customers, winning them over one by one. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Wärtsilä to acquire Puregas Solutions

BY Wärtsilä Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe technology group Wärtsilä has reached an agreement to acquire Puregas Solutions, the Sweden-based provider of turnkey biogas upgrading solutions. Puregas utilizes a unique process to convert biogas to biomethane and renewable natural gas. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Opinion: Forestry Sector Supports Wood Energy

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhen the pellet industry in Maine started up eight years ago, other forest product sectors were less than enthusiastic, but wood energy now has support from the entire forestry sector. READ MORE

September 30, 2017

In Depth: Pressing for a Good Season

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalFall has arrived, and pellets are moving off the shelves. Meanwhile, producers play the annual wait-and-see game. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

WE&RF awards research contract to support co-digestion

BY Water Environment & Reuse Foundation Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Water Environment & Reuse Foundation has awarded a contract to the Environmental Law Institute to support a project that aims to develop alternative sustainable business cases for wastewater resource recovery facilities to co-digest food waste. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

In Depth: Port Investments in Pellet Handling

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Pellets, ThermalVarious North American ports have recently completed or will soon begin major investments in wood pellet storage, handling and loading capabilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

P&G, Constellation complete 50 MW biomass CHP plant

BY Constellation Found In:Power, ThermalThe Procter & Gamble Co. and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. recently announced the completion of a 50-MW biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

Froling Energy installs biomass boiler at corrections facility

BY Froling Energy Found In:ThermalFroling Energy of Peterborough, New Hampshire, recently completed the installation of a biomass boiler system at the Merrimack County Department of Corrections facility in Boscawen, in partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

In Depth: To Market, To Market

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalOver two decades, Pacific Northwest retailer Coastal Farm and Ranch has grown its pellet appliance and fuel business from a seasonal offering to a year-round, vital aspect of what it provides its customers. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

Webinar highlights transportable biomass conversion facilities

BY Waste to Wisdom Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTransportable biomass conversion facilities and the economics of using forest harvest residues to produce biochar, briquettes, and torrefied wood is the topic of a Sept. 27 webinar hosted by the Waste to Wisdom research project. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

EIA: Densified biomass production reaches 570,000 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced respondents providing data for its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report produced 570,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, and sold 430,000 tons. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

EIA predicts increased bioenergy capacity in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for electricity production and generation capacity from wood and waste biomass. READ MORE