Pellets & Densified Biomass

July 23, 2015

Viridis: OPC begins plant upgrade to improve efficiency, safety

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Found In:PelletsViridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary Okanagan Pellet Co. Inc. has commenced a major plant upgrade to address new regulatory requirements for safe storage and management of wood pellets. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Astec talks pellet plant orders in Q2 earnings call

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsDespite a sluggish quarter that saw a 3 percent decrease in net sales, a drop to $268 million compared to $277.3 million for Q2 2014 and a 19 percent decrease in earnings, Astec Industries Inc. continues to see activity in its pellet plant business. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

U.K. alters RO support for new biomass cofiring, conversions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced several measures that aim to deal with a projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies, including changes to grandfathering provisions for biomass cofiring and conversions. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

German Pellets begins phase 2 construction of Louisiana plant

BY German Pellets Found In:PelletsGerman Pellets has completed the commissioning of the first construction phase of its pellet plant in Urania, Louisiana. Work on the second construction phase, which will increase capacity from 578,000 to 1,156 million metric tons, is now underway. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Scotch distillery reduces carbon footprint with biomass boiler

BY John Dewar & Sons Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery in the heart of the Scottish Highlands installed a biomass boiler in late 2014. According to John Dewar & Sons, the system has cut the carbon footprint of the site by 90 percent. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

2015 PFI conference underway in Williamsburg, Virginia

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuel Institute annual conference is being held July 19-21 in Williamsburg, Virginia, hosting 185 attendees, 31 exhibitors and 11 sponsors. This year's conference began with an overview and analysis of the global pellet market. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

DOE seeks nominations for biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due Aug. 14. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

5 Minnesota energy projects selected for NextGen funding

BY Minnesota Department of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has selected five renewable energy projects to receive NextGen Energy grants. The grants were specifically targeted at projects using woody biomass to replace propane as a heat source. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

Pinnacle's Panamax Success

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIn early June, I blogged about the fact that Canada’s Pinnacle Pellet successfully fully loaded a Panamax-class vessel with wood pellets, and a couple of days ago, I got an update from John Singleton at Handy Shipping Guide. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

MGT Power, Macquarie sign agreement on Teesside bioenergy plant

BY Macquarie Capital Found In:Pellets, PowerMacquarie Capital and Macquarie's Commodities and Financial Markets group have recently signed an agreement to support MGT Power Limited in the financing of the 299 MWe Teesside Renewable Energy Plant. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

Opinion: Maximum Uptime

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe July/August issue of Pellet Mill Magazine covers both plant efficiency and policy matters, as inventory is built up in preparation of the 2015-'16 heating season and upcoming policy issues arise with potential to shape the future of pellet fuel. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

Opinion: EPA’s NSPS: Next Steps for Pellet Producers

BY Chris WibergFound In:Pellets, ThermalU.S. EPA's New Source Performance Standards for new residential wood heaters is now in effect, although Wiberg says there are ambiguities. He shares what the Pellet Fuels Institute and others know about the NSPS rule. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

World’s largest biomass shipment discharged at Port of Immingham

BY Associated British Ports Found In:Pellets, PowerThe world's largest ever single shipment of biomass has been discharged on the quayside at Associated British Ports' Humber International Terminal at the Port of Immingham ready for onward transit to Drax power station. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Opinion: Design Challenge to Promote Top-Performing Pellet Stoves

BY John AckerlyFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe third pellet stove design challenge, led by the Alliance for Green Heat, entered phase one this summer to help consumers identify the most efficient stoves and how best to operate them. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

In Depth: Capital Actions for Pellet Fuel

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSeveral regulatory schemes in the U.S. should perk up pellet producers' ears. Hear from industry leaders why. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

Drax: New milestone reached in biomass supply chain

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerA three-year partnership between Lloyds Register Rail, U.K. manufacturer WH Davis and Drax has reached a significant milestone as Drax takes delivery of its 200th specially designed biomass rail freight wagon. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

In Depth: Down 'n Out in Pelleting Mills

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalPlanned weekly or monthly and annual outages are essential to running a high-performing, efficient pellet mill. READ MORE

July 12, 2015

In Depth: Packaged Efficiency

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalOnce a highly manual process, bagging and stacking finished product has greatly improved with automation. READ MORE

July 09, 2015

FutureMetrics rebuts wood pellet myths

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIn a recent report, FutureMetrics aims to debunk two common myths regarding the use of wood pellets as a substitution for coal: that they release more carbon dioxide during combustion, and that they create a carbon debt that takes decades to repay. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

U.K. removes tax exemption benefiting renewable electricity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. government has announced it will remove the Climate Change Levy exemption for renewable electricity generated after Aug. 1. The move is expected to impact Drax and other renewable energy producers in the country. READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Aurora Wood Pellets making headway on proposed plant in Canada

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFour years ago, Aurora Wood Pellets Ltd. began the development of a 200,000-metric-ton pellet plant in the Northwest Territories of Canada. With two Forestry Management Agreements in hand, CEO Brad Mapes hopes to purchase the site's land this month. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

University of Louisville partners on wood-to-energy project

BY John R. Karman III, University of Louisville Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has formed a partnership with a South Carolina company to accelerate commercialization of a coal-like product made from wood and biomass materials. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

OMB weighs in on biomass language included in appropriations bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement detailing its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related biogenic emissions. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

Supreme Court Ruling, MATS & the Clean Power Plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court of Justice made an interesting ruling. One that, I think, a lot of people had a tough time understanding, myself included. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

U.K. GIB announces results, plans to raise private capital

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Green Investment Bank has announced 2014-'15 results and a plan to raise private capital. The organization also noted that after 2.5 years of operations, it has reached profitability. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Euronext launches wood pellet contract

BY Euronext Found In:Pellets, ThermalEuronext has announced that it will be launching a new wood pellet commodities futures contract in the autumn of 2015, subject to regulatory approval. The contract is aimed at producers, wholesalers and retailers and targets the heating sector. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Opinion: The Inevitable Battle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz reflects on the July issue and the battles faced by the entire biomass energy industry. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Bill aims to extend master limited partnerships to renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have announced the reintroduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which aims to level the playing field for renewables. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Oregon declares biomass carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAfter a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws. READ MORE