The Biologue Blog

January 08, 2016

California’s Biomass Debacle, Part 3

BY Anna SimetCalifornia’s biomass industry is experiencing tough times, and we’ve been following it for quite some time. READ MORE

December 31, 2015

Oh The Wonders Of Science

BY Anna SimetAnimal waste is often used as a biomass feedstock, so what about human waste? READ MORE

December 23, 2015

Marching into Development & Construction

BY Anna SimetI write this blog fresh off of the March Biomass Magazine planning meeting. The theme that month is project development and plant construction, one of my favorite themes, and arguably one of the most important issues of the year. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

This Year's Standout Stories (My Picks)

BY Anna SimetAs 2015 comes to a close, the Biomass Magazine staff has already been working on 2016 issues for a couple of months. Today, I’m going to share with you my personal favorites from each section. READ MORE

December 11, 2015

The Silver Lining of Low Oil

BY Anna SimetIn January Biomass Magazine story “The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices,” Senior Editor Ron Kotrba speaks to executives managing different renewable fuel facilities, and finds that it’s not all doom-and-gloom when the cost of crude nosedives READ MORE

December 04, 2015

A Newsy Week for Biofuels

BY Anna SimetIt has been quite the week for the biofuel industry. On Monday, the U.S. EPA released the highly anticipated renewable fuel standard (RFS) renewable volume obligation numbers for 2015, 2016 and 2017. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

Zeroing in on the Global Pellet Market

BY Anna SimetThe Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit will be held on April 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s a really nice compliment to the largest annual gathering of biomass professionals in the U.S., an event that already has plenty of content dedicated t READ MORE

November 20, 2015

The UK's Energy Strategy Identity Crisis

BY Anna SimetThe U.K. has been a role model to other countries looking to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy generation. But, as of recent, it seems the tides may be turning. READ MORE

November 13, 2015

California Boosts Bioenergy with Beetle-Kill

BY Anna SimetTo combat the state's dead and dying forest problem, California Gov. Jerry Brown has called for 19 different initiatives, the majority of which are related to getting the materials to bioenergy facilities. READ MORE

November 06, 2015

Biomass's Book Club Pick

BY Anna SimetOne of the potential stories that were on the table for the January issue of Biomass Magazine, themed plant operation, maintenance and repair, was an article about pellet stove operation and maintenance. READ MORE

October 30, 2015

Agreeing to Disagree...Or Not.

BY Anna SimetRenewable fuel makers of all kinds need to band together, instead of bash each other, to get where we need to go. READ MORE

October 23, 2015

Oil Prices & El Niño

BY Anna SimetAlready battling low fossil fuel prices—in some states, fuel oil is now cheaper than wood pellets—the projected El Niño winter is not welcome news. READ MORE

October 16, 2015

Biomass and Boardman

BY Anna SimetIn roughly a decade, Oregon will have completely phased out coal. Portland General Electric’s Boardman power plant, the last operating coal-fired station in the state, is scheduled to shut down by 2020. More on that further down. READ MORE

October 09, 2015

Dedicate a Day to Bioenergy

BY Anna SimetOct. 21 is National Bioenergy Day, an annual event orchestrated by the Biomass Power Association. Now in its third year, NBD is growing. READ MORE

October 02, 2015

An Option For Coal Plants

BY Anna SimetA few weeks ago, I wrote a story about the 2,000-MW Eggborough Power Station in North Yorkshire, England, and how it had officially decided that it would close, and not convert to biomass, which was once quite a viable option. READ MORE