Erin Voegele

Erin Voegele currently serves as an Associate Editor for Biomass Magazine, and Pellet Mill Magazine, and has written for several other BBI International publications in the past. She aims to provide members of the biorefining industry with accurate, timely, and relevant information that is vital to operating their businesses. Voegele has been with BBI International since 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from North Dakota State University.

Latest Posts by Erin Voegele

June 25, 2019

EPA opens Section 610 review of RFS

The U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register June 24 announcing it has opened a review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. A public comment period is open through Aug. 22. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

EDA-funded infrastructure improvements to aid Enviva pellet plant

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is awarding $1.4 million to a project in Lucedale, Mississippi, that will benefit a proposed 1.4-million-metric-ton-per-year wood pellet plant under development by Enviva. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

EPA updates SRE data, 38 SRE applications now pending for 2018

Another small refinery exemption (SRE) application for the Renewable Fuel Standard’s 2018 compliance year has been declared ineligible or withdrawn, according to updated SRE data posted to the U.S. EPA website on June 24. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

NBB: SREs are harming demand for biodiesel, renewable diesel

The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 21 highlighting the economic damage that Renewable Fuel Standard small refinery exemptions (SREs) are causing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries. READ MORE

June 24, 2019

FutureMetrics criticizes treatment of biomass in EPA’s ACE rule

FutureMetrics has released a statement criticizing the U.S. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Program for its treatment of biomass and calling the program’s discussion of how to measure CO2 emissions “misguided.” READ MORE

June 21, 2019

46 MW biomass plant in Spain begins final testing phase

A 46-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant under development by Ence Energía y Celulosa S.A. in Huelva, Spain, has begun the final testing phase of its equipment. Commercial startup is expected later this year. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif. introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

EPA finalizes ACE rule, biomass co-firing not a compliance option

The EPA released its final rule for its Affordable Clean Energy program June 19. The program replaces the Clean Power Plan and aims to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants. Biomass co-firing is not a compliance option under the ACE rule. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

USDA: Wood pellet exports reach nearly 425,000 tons in April

The U.S. exported 424,680.5 tons of wood pellets in April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 6. Exports volumes were down from both the prior month and the same period of the previous year. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Letter urges Congress to make BTU Act part of tax extenders bill

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council and 140 members of the BTU Act Coalition are urging members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to include the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2019 as they address tax extenders legislation. READ MORE