Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 07, 2021

Pinnacle obtains final court order approving acquisition by Drax

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerPinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. announced on April 6 that the company has obtained a final order from the Supreme Court of British Colombia approving its acquisition by U.K.-based Drax Group. The transaction is expected to close April 13. READ MORE

April 06, 2021

EIA updates 2021, 2022 bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook on April 6, predicting that 21 percent of U.S. electricity generation will come from renewable sources this year, increasing to 22 percent next year. READ MORE

April 05, 2021

Renova begins construction on 75 MW biomass plant in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerJapan-based Renova Inc. announced on April 1 construction is underway on its Omaezakikou Biomass Power Plant, a 75-megawatt (MW) facility under development approximately 150 miles southwest of Tokyo in Omaezaki and Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture. READ MORE

April 01, 2021

Pinnacle, Drax shareholders approve planned acquisition

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerPinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. and Drax Group plc. on March 31 each announced shareholder approval for the planned acquisition of Pinnacle by Drax. The transaction is expected to close in April 2021. READ MORE

March 31, 2021

Biden releases $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Biden on March 31 released a $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan, officially titled the American Jobs Plan. Biofuel/bioproducts and carbon capture and storage (CSS) are each briefly addressed in the plan. READ MORE

March 30, 2021

Enviva, MOL partner to reduce biomass supply chain GHG emissions

BY Enviva Found In:PelletsEnviva and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) have signed a memorandum of understanding agreement to develop and deploy an environmentally friendly bulk carrier. The companies aim to reduce the GHG emissions from the ocean transportation of wood pellets. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

Smith, Capito introduce bill to extend 45Q tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSens. Tina Smith, D-Minn.; and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V.; on March 25 introduced the Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Tax Credit Amendments Act. The Carbon Capture Coalition and Growth Energy have spoken out in support of the bill. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

Pellet plant designed by FutureMetrics loads first shipment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsFutureMetrics on March 6 announced the first shipment of wood pellets was made from the Ayo Biomass pellet plant in Vietnam, a 120,000-metric-ton-per-year facility the company helped design, construct and commission. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

Martin Engineering: Unsafe work practices around conveyors

BY Martin Engineering Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBecause of their size, speed and high-horsepower drive motors, conveyors pose a number of risks to those working on or near them. While fault is often attributed to worker actions, safety experts say that injuries occur due to a series of factors. READ MORE

March 17, 2021

Lawmakers introduce comprehensive CO2 infrastructure bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Reps. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, and David McKinley, R-W.V., on March 17 introduced the Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act, a comprehensive CO2 infrastructure package. READ MORE

March 17, 2021

Senate unanimously confirms Tai as US trade representative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate on March 17 voted unanimously to confirm the nomination of Katherine Tai as U.S. trade representative. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative leads international trade negotiations and oversees the resolution of disputes. READ MORE

March 16, 2021

Biomass leaders discuss policy priorities and sustainability

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 2021 International Biomass Conference & Expo kicked off March 16 with a keynote address focused on biomass sustainability and a panel discussion with association leaders that addressed policy, markets and the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 16, 2021

USDA to hold a lender forum on OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development has announced it will hold a feedback forum at 1:30 EDT on March 17 for lenders who have applied or are interested in applying to programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. READ MORE

March 15, 2021

USDA seeks public input on climate-smart ag and forestry strategy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA on March 15 announced it is opening a 45-day public comment period to gather input on its climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy, including several topics focused specifically on biofuels, bioproducts and renewable energy. READ MORE

March 12, 2021

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 770,000 tons in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 800,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in November, with sales reaching 770,000 tons. READ MORE

March 11, 2021

Ørsted, Aker Carbon Capture, Microsoft explore BECSS projects

BY Ørsted Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalØrsted, Aker Carbon Capture, and Microsoft have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore ways to support the development of carbon capture and storage at biomass-fired heat and power plants in Denmark. READ MORE

March 10, 2021

Senate votes to confirm Regan as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Senate on March 10 voted 66 to 34 to confirm Michael Regan as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Representatives of the biofuels and bioenergy industries have spoken out in support of Regan’s confirmation. READ MORE

March 10, 2021

UK government offers £4 million for sustainable biomass projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on March 9 announced it will invest £4 million ($5.57 million) in projects that aim to increase the production of sustainably sourced biomass in the U.K. READ MORE

March 10, 2021

EIA updates bioenergy 2021, 2022 bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released the latest edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook on March 9, predicting that electricity generation from renewables will reach 21 percent this year and 23 percent in 2022. READ MORE

March 08, 2021

USDA: US exports 599,324 metric tons of wood pellets in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. exported 599,624.2 metric tons of wood pellets in January, up from both 564,826.2 metric tons in December and 500,904 metric tons in January 2020, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on March 5. READ MORE

March 08, 2021

Cardboard-to-pellet project receives $95,000 grant

BY Aurora College Found In:Pellets, ThermalAn innovative partnership between Aurora College and a Gwich’in-owned company has received $95,000 to support studying the potential to convert waste cardboard into heating pellets for homes and businesses in Inuvik and the Beaufort Delta. READ MORE

March 02, 2021

Drax opens public consultation on BECCS proposals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc has announced an informal public consultation on its proposed BECSS project is open through late March. The consultation represents the first phase in securing a DCO from the U.K. government, which is needed to deploy the project. READ MORE

March 02, 2021

CLEAN Future Act includes RFS, renewable energy provisions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce democrats on March 2 introduced the CELAN Future Act, which sets a goal to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. The bill includes provisions related to the RFS and bioenergy. READ MORE

March 02, 2021

Bill funds tax credit that could benefit biofuel, CCS projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., on March 1 introduced the American Jobs in Energy Manufacturing Act of 2021, which aims to incentivize domestic manufacturing of advanced energy technologies. READ MORE

March 01, 2021

Carbon Capture Coalition releases policy blueprint

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Carbon Capture Coalition on Feb. 24 released a national policy blueprint that includes near-term recommendations the group says policymakers should adopt in order to accelerate the deployment and commercialization of carbon capture projects. READ MORE

March 01, 2021

Opinion: Window of Opportunity

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs if to underscore that 2020 would go down as the most unpredictable year in all our lives, a long-sought tax credit for wood and pellet heating appliances was signed into law in the year’s final week. READ MORE

February 27, 2021

In Depth: Building Out For New Business

BY Luke Leroy Found In:PelletsPorts across North America are upgrading facilities, tweaking logistics and increasing marketing efforts to attract tenants involved in the growing wood pellet export market. READ MORE

February 27, 2021

In Depth: Staying The Course

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA milestone for achieving the historically elusive parity of biomass heat with other renewables, the BTU Act has finally passed. Now, industry stakeholders must strategize and collaborate to capitalize on momentum. READ MORE

February 25, 2021

Drax increases wood pellet production, reduces costs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc increased wood pellet production by 7 percent last year while improving quality and reducing costs by 5 percent, according information published in the company’s 2020 financial report, which was released Feb. 25. READ MORE

February 25, 2021

Enviva discusses expansion projects, net-zero goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP released fourth quarter financial results on Feb. 24, reporting progress with efforts to increase its wood pellet production capacity and discussing plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. READ MORE