Drax completes fourth biomass unit conversion


Drax has switched on its fourth biomass generating unit. Work got under way on the conversion as part of a planned maintenance program in June, with Drax’s team of engineers completing the work required, on schedule, in just over two months.
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Report provides data on Russian wood pellet production, trade


A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an update of wood pellet production in Russia, predicting continued growth in the country’s pellet industry.
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Pinnacle discusses plans for future capacity increases


Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting progress with the development of new two pellet plants and discussing future plans to expand the company’s production capacity.
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USDA solicits applications for REAP funding


The USDA is soliciting fiscal year 2019 applications for the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.
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UK government releases 2017 renewable energy statistics


The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently released updated energy statistics, reporting that electricity generation from renewable sources increased by 19 percent between 2016 and 2017, reaching 99.3 terawatt hours.
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Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill reaches full production capacity


Metsä Group has announced its next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, reached full production capacity in August. The facility produces a variety of products, including pulp, biogas and biofuel pellets.
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Ag groups urge Congress to quickly complete work on Farm Bill


More than 150 ag groups and businesses sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Agriculture urging them to complete work on the 2018 Farm Bill before the Agricultural Act of 2014 expires on Sept. 30.
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OMB reviews pre-rule related to 2015 residential wood heater rule


On Aug. 10, the U.S. EPA delivered a pre-rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget related to a 2015 rule that set performance standards for new residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces.
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SFW wins contract to supply boiler island for biomass power plant


Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. for design and supply of the Daesan Biomass Power Plant boiler island. This is SFW's third biomass-fired CFB boiler unit in South Korea.
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Arensis, Green Mark Energy sign 2 MW project agreement


Arensis, a biomass-to-energy system provider, and Green Mark Enegy Co. Ltd., a renewable energy pellet producer, recently entered into an agreement for a 2 MW energy project in Kumamoto, Japan.
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