Pellets & Densified Biomass

October 31, 2017

Port of Tyne handles record-setting cargo of wood pellets

BY Port of Tyne Found In:Pellets, PowerDocking at the Port of Tyne, the bulk cargo vessel St. Dimitrios has discharged the biggest cargo of wood pellets ever handled at the port. In total, 62,000 metric tons of wood-pellets will be unloaded over five days. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Enviva’s Track & Trace data demonstrate sustainability commitment

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva has released its latest Track & Trace sourcing data, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. The data system allows Enviva to monitor every truckload of wood the company procures. READ MORE

October 30, 2017

DOE schedules meeting of biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Astec bullish on pellet plant market outlook

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThough some design flaws at two of the large-scale wood pellet plants Astec delivered required unexpected investments this quarter, CEO Benjamin Brock said the company is still confident in the sector and its place in the company’s future. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

FPInnovations purchases land at Technoparc de Montréal

BY Technoparc Montréal Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFPInnovations recently purchased land from Technoparc Montréal. The purchase is a first step toward building an integrated international biomaterials innovation center under FPInnovations' leadership. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Drax sells Billington Bioenergy

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, ThermalDrax has agreed to sell Billington Bioenergy, a distributor of wood pellets in the U.K. heating market, to Aggregated Micro Power Holdings, an energy company specializing in the sale of wood fuels and the development of distributed energy assets. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

MEP proposal ups renewables targets, phases out crop-based fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMEPs are calling for the European Union to source 35 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, set nationally binding targets for renewable energy, phase-out of palm oil and food-based biofuels and set biomass sustainability standards. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Biomass cogeneration facility, pellet plant planned in Ontario

BY Office of Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Northwestern Ontario Indigenous community of Whitesand First Nation will develop an industrial park to support new biomass and wood processing facilities thanks to investments from the governments of Canada and Ontario. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Metsä Group inaugurates bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland

BY Metsä Group Found In:Pellets, BiogasMetsä Group celebrated the inauguration of its next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, on Oct. 18. In the first phase, new bioproducts produced at the plant will include product gas, sulphuric acid, biogas and biofuel pellets. READ MORE

October 23, 2017

EIA releases densified biomass fuel data for July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the October edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, noting the 88 facilities that submitted data produced 576,521 tons of pellets in July. READ MORE

October 23, 2017

Report reveals impact of Drax Group to UK economy

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerBritish energy business Drax Group contributed almost £1.7 billion towards U.K. GDP in 2016 and supported over 18,500 jobs across the country. The findings were revealed in a new report looking at the economic impact of Drax’s U.K. operations. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

Forest Service to award $7 million under Wood Innovations program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has opened a funding opportunity for projects that expand wood products and wood energy markets, especially in areas with high wildfire risk. The announcement was made on National Bioenergy Day, Oct. 18. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day attracts record participation

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day, 60 organizations across the United States and Canada are participating in events Oct. 18 to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of using organic materials to produce heat, power and fuels. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

ENplus certifies 8.1 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2016

BY European Pellet Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe European Pellet Council has announced a record 8.1 million metric tons of wood pellets were certified under the ENplus quality scheme in 2016. The volume of certified pellets is expected to reach 9.2 million metric tons in 2017. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

UK releases Clean Growth Strategy, plans next CfD auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government has released its Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to cut carbon emissions while driving economic growth. As part of the announcement, the government confirmed up to £557 million for the next Contracts for Difference auction. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

Rentech to voluntary delist common shares from Nasdaq

BY Rentech Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has notified Nasdaq of its intention to voluntarily withdraw its common shares from listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market prior to market opening on Oct.16. Rentech's common shares will be listed on the OTCQB Market effective Oct. 16. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

EIA predicts a rise in heating costs this winter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook and Winter Fuels Outlook, predicting average household expenditures for all major home heating fuels will rise this winter. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

EPA issues proposed rulemaking notice to repeal Clean Power Plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasU.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has begun the process to repeal the Clean Power Plan. An Oct. 10 notice of proposed rulemaking states that the EPA has proposed to determine that the Obama-era regulation exceeds the agency’s statutory authority. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Share of renewables in electricity generation sets record in UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released energy statistics for the second quarter, reporting that the renewables’ share of electricity generation reached a record high 29.8 percent during the three-month period. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Biotech Energy announces acquisition, name change

BY Biothermal Technologies Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiotech Energy Inc. recently announced that it has been acquired 100 percent by its North American management team, and is changing its name to Biothermal Technologies Inc. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Opinion: The Missing Link

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhat this industry needs is more retailers like Coastal Farm & Ranch, who ably carry the value proposition of pellet heating forward to customers, winning them over one by one. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

DONG Energy to change name to Orsted

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerDONG Energy, a Danish energy company heavily involved in renewables, is changing its name to Orsted. DONG stands for Danish Oil and Natural Gas and no longer accurately reflects who the company is. The name change is effective Nov. 6. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

Pinnacle Renewable Energy CEO wins award

BY EY Found In:PelletsRob McCurdy, CEO of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., the longest-established wood pellet producer in Western Canada, is this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Pacific winner. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Drax appoints new chief executive

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc recently announced that Will Gardiner will be appointed as group chief executive, effective Jan. 1. His appointment follows Dorothy Thompson’s decision to step down from the position at the end of the year. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Opinion: Forestry Sector Supports Wood Energy

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhen the pellet industry in Maine started up eight years ago, other forest product sectors were less than enthusiastic, but wood energy now has support from the entire forestry sector. READ MORE

September 30, 2017

In Depth: Pressing for a Good Season

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalFall has arrived, and pellets are moving off the shelves. Meanwhile, producers play the annual wait-and-see game. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

New papers examine coal, wood pellet cofiring at US power plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIf the U.S. wants to begin replacing coal with wood pellets at power plants, the government must provide incentives similar to the ones that solar and wind currently receive, according to University of Georgia researchers. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

In Depth: Port Investments in Pellet Handling

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Pellets, ThermalVarious North American ports have recently completed or will soon begin major investments in wood pellet storage, handling and loading capabilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

In Depth: To Market, To Market

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalOver two decades, Pacific Northwest retailer Coastal Farm and Ranch has grown its pellet appliance and fuel business from a seasonal offering to a year-round, vital aspect of what it provides its customers. READ MORE