Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

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

June 17, 2015

Report highlights EU progress in reaching 2020 renewables goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn June 16, the European Commission published a progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets, reporting that the EU is on track to meets its 20 percent renewable energy targets. Biomass accounted for 47 percent of renewables in the EU last year. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Capstone Turbine releases fourth quarter financial results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn June 15, Capstone Turbine Corp. released its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, reporting three, big headwinds contributed to a challenging year, but the company is moving forward. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Comment period open on proposed discretionary changes to BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) to assess the potential environmental consequences associated with proposed discretionary changes to the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Viridis Merchants announces European supply agreement

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalViridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., has secured a European supply agreement for up to 20,000 metric tons of ENplus certified premium wood pellets per year. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel schedules 3 teleconferences

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board has announced the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold three teleconferences over the next several months to review the EPA's biogenic carbon emissions framework. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

Cutting NOx at Covanta Burnaby

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalCovanta, which operates 43 waste-to-energy (WTE) and wood-fired biomass power plants worldwide installed an updated emission control system at its Metro Vancouver WTE plant. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

Unlocking the biofuel energy stored in plant cell walls

BY Cherie Winner, Penn State Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPenn State plant scientist Daniel Cosgrove has devoted decades to studying the cell walls that make plant matter resistant to chemical conversion. His research aims to overcome that challenge and enable greater energy production. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

E4tech to lead ETI project focused on biomass processing options

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Energy Technologies Institute has selected E4tech to lead a consortium that will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a techno-economic assessment of biomass pre-processing. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

EIA to collect, publish data on densified biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced plans to conduct regular surveys of U.S. pellet producers. Data gathered through the surveys will be published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Vermont CEDF releases RFP for wood heat systems

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalVermont's Clean Energy Development Fund has released a request for proposals (RFP) to select recipients of grants that will help cover the cost of installing new advanced wood heating systems in public schools and low-income housing developments. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

REA reports increased bioenergy employment in the U.K.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently announced employment in the country’s renewable energy sector grew by 9 percent in 2013-'14, reaching 112,026 workers. Biomass heating was the highest performing renewable energy sector. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in short-term outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 2.6 percent this year. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

GE’s AD technology selected for Idaho project

BY GE Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGE recently announced the city of Rexburg, Idaho, has selected the company's Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion and Monsal 70 technologies to treat biosolids (sewage waste) at the city's wastewater treatment facility. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

John Cleveland College gets fired up over wood chips

BY Rural Energy Found In:ThermalA college in Leicestershire is saving money thanks to a new woodchip boiler supplied and installed by biomass heating specialist Rural Energy. The landmark project has been financed through a unique community-funded cooperative investment. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

Bill would help New York community convert to biomass

BY New York State Sen. Betty Little’s office Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York state Senate recently approved legislation that would help the town of Chester finance the cost of a new wood pellet heating system by extending the length of time it may bond for the project from 10 to 15 years. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

U.S. wood pellets can help EU meet renewable energy goals

BY Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWood pellets from the southeastern U.S. could assist the EU to meet its 2020 policy goals for increased renewable energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions without decreasing U.S. forest inventories or diminishing their carbon storage capacity. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

Ensyn, Youngstown Thermal sign RFO biofuel supply agreement

BY Ensyn Fuels Inc. Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsEnsyn Fuels Inc. has signed a contract with Youngstown Thermal LLC for the supply of RFO, Ensyn's advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn Fuels is to provide Youngstown Thermal up to 2.5 million gallons of RFO per year. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

USDA publishes final VAPG rule, opens comment period

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn May, USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Value-Added Producer Grant program and opened a 60-day comment period that closes on July 7. The program can support the production of E85 and biogas. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

Maxing Out A Panamax

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis just in: Canada’s Pinnacle Pellet shared that it had successfully fully loaded a Panamax-class vessel with wood pellets. READ MORE