Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 23, 2016

In Depth: Export Industry’s Impacts on Southern Forests, Markets

BY Tracy Leslie Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForest2Market data disproves claims regarding the wood pellet export industry and its impacts on forest inventory and fiber prices. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

Valmet to supply a wood pellet heating plant to Finland facility

BY Valmet Found In:Pellets, ThermalValmet will supply a wood pellet heating plant to Helen Oy's Salmisaari power plant. The wood pellet plant will enable Helen to increase the use of biofuels in district heat production in Helsinki, Finland. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

In Depth: Biomass Boilerhopping in Burlington

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalBiomass heating installations in northern Vermont are far from sparse. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Pellet producer Viridis Energy for sale

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPublically traded Canadian pellet production company Viridis Energy Inc. is up for sale. The company is is working with FutureMetrics LLC to solicit interest for the potential sale of Viridis Energy and all of its assets. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Senate passes Energy Bill with pro-biomass amendment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 20, the U.S. Senate passed new energy legislation by a vote of 85 to 12. The bill, titled the Energy Policy Modernization Act, or S. 2012, contains an amendment that recognizes the carbon neutrality of biomass energy. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Rallying for a Rebound

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAll week, I have been working to catch up after the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Vecoplan Midwest introduces containerized pellet plant

BY Vecoplan Midwest Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVecoplan Midwest has introduced its containerized pellet plant, which has the capacity to produce 1 to 2 tons of pellets per hour. The turnkey pellet production plant is housed in standard shipping containers. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in recent reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 10 percent in 2016 and by 5.1 percent in 2017. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

ORNL hosts Southeast bioenergy meeting, study tour

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

University of Iowa, Iowa DNR agreement expands biofuel testing

BY Iowa State University, Wendy Moorhead Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have reached a landmark agreement that will help advance the UI’s renewable-energy goals while continuing to protect Iowa’s air quality. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Thompson, Roeslein biogas project awarded at biomass conference

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRecipients of the annual industry awards—Excellence in Bioenergy and Groundbreaker of the Year—were announced at the 2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo, currently underway at the Charlotte Convention Center April 11-14. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Industry talks lows, highs, opportunities at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLow oil and power prices and a warm winter are the predominant reasons that it’s been a challenging year for every sector of the biomass industry. READ MORE

April 11, 2016

BPA commends EPA on substantive biomass workshop

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Biomass Power Association has thanked the U.S. EPA for its April 7 workshop on the role of biomass in the Clean Power Plan. During the event, scientific and state policy experts testified on the essential role biomass will play for many states. READ MORE

April 11, 2016

UK DECC releases provisional 2015 energy data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released provisional energy data for 2015, reporting renewable electricity generation reached 83.3 TWh last year, up 29 percent from 2014, with bioenergy up 28 percent. READ MORE

April 11, 2016

BTEC calls on biomass supporters to support BTU Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council is asking biomass supporters to take action by contacting their elected legislators and asking them to support the inclusion of the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act in legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

See You in Charlotte

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Biomass Conference & Expo starts next week in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

April 07, 2016

Viridis Energy ceases operations at Okanagan pellet plant

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalViridis Energy Inc. recently announced that due to recent structural concerns at its Okanagan Pellet Co. plant and a combination of factors, it has decided to cease operations at its West Kelowna, British Columbia, plant. READ MORE

April 06, 2016

BPA holds media call in advance of EPA biomass workshop

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn April 6, the Biomass Power Association held a media call in advance of the U.S. EPA’s June 7 workshop on biomass and the Clean Power Plan. During the call, the BPA outlined EPA actions needed to support the biomass power industry. READ MORE

April 05, 2016

EPA SAB requests additional changes to biogenic framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. EPA's chartered Scientific Advisory Board recently conducted a quality review of the updated draft report on the accounting framework for biogenic carbon emissions. The SAB has requested additional changes be made to the draft framework. READ MORE

April 04, 2016

DOE BETO updates Multi-Year Program Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released the 2016 update of its Multi-Year Program Plan, which serves as an operational guide to help the BETO manage and coordinate its activities. READ MORE

April 01, 2016

Biomass Boilerhopping in Burlington

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalOn Wednesday, I had the opportunity to get on a bus full of great folks and not only take in the beautiful scenery around those cities and Waterbury, but visit seven different biomass heating installations. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Wyden supports additional FY 2017 bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is advocating for increased production of sustainable biomass to heat and power homes and businesses while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

DOE releases first annual energy employment report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has released its first annual energy employment analysis. The report focuses on how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting energy sector employment. It includes data related to biofuel and bioenergy jobs. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

Astec Industries receives $122.5 million pellet plant order

BY Astec Industries Inc. Found In:PelletsAstec Industries Inc. recently announced it has received an order for the final $122.5 million of a pellet plant order for Highland Pellets along with a related deposit on that order. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

Opinion: Biomass Power’s Momentum in Maine

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:Pellets, PowerIn the first few months of 2016, Maine lawmakers and the media have shown that when the (wood) chips are down, they will rally to do everything in their power to keep plants open. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

Opinion: A Tough Season

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe March/April issue of Pellet Mill Magazine is filled with content backed with data from an industry survey distributed to pellet producers, as well as on-site photography due to our editorial presence at important recent industry events. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

In Depth: The Upside of Commodity Status

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsAs the global wood pellet market grows, so does the need for marketplace efficiencies enjoyed by the world’s largest commodities. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Opinion: Roadmap For Pellet Stoves During Cheap Oil, Gas

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe future of residential pellet heating is in flux, not only because of rock bottom oil and gas prices, but also because more affordable heat pumps and other technologies are entering the market. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Opinion: Making the Best of Hard Times

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalWiberg says with added supply ready as a result of last year's heating season, the industry was met this heating season with unusually warm weather and the lowest gas prices we have seen in years. This combination has resulted in oversupply. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

In Depth: Assessing Advantage in Randolph County

BY D. F. Wallis Found In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsGeorgia’s Randolph County has much to offer a pellet mill or renewable fuel plant developer. READ MORE