Pellets & Densified Biomass

September 11, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 670,000 tons in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 750,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in May, with sales reaching about 670,000 tons. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

USDA seeks input on ‘ready to go’ innovations to meet AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced on Sept. 10 it is seeking input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet the goals of the agency’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

DOE opens RFI on bioenergy workforce development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 8 issued a request for information (RFI) regarding bioenergy workforce-development methods and tools available, as well as those needed in the U.S. Responses can be filed through Nov. 2. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition files petition for rulemaking with EPA

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. EPA providing a detailed explanation of the scientific and legal basis for the agency recognize the carbon neutrality of biogenic carbon emissions from crops. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

EIA updates 2020, 2021 bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. electricity generation from renewable energy sources is expected to rise from 17 percent in 2019 to 20 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021, according to data released by the EIA in latest Short-Term Energy Outlook on Sept. 9. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Toyo Engineering to construct 75 MW biomass power plant in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerJapan-based Toyo Engineering Corp. announced on Sept. 2 it has been awarded a contract to construct the proposed wood pellet-fueled 75 MW Ichihara Yawatafuto Biomass Power Gogo Kaisha facility, located in Ichihara-shi, Chiba, Japan. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

AFBF: Trump, Biden outline agricultural priorities

BY American Farm Bureau Federation Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDoug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 04, 2020

Report provides insight into Vermont’s wood fuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVermont’s wood fuels sector employed 1,794 workers and contributed more than $64.3 million to the state’s gross regional product last year, according to a clean energy report recently released by the Vermont Public Service Department. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

USDA: US wood pellet exports reach 643,278 tons in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. exported 643,727.5 metric tons of wood pellets in July, down from the 684,028.1 metric tons exported in June, but up from 451,299.1 metric tons exported during the same month of 2019, according to data released by the USDA FAS on Sept. 3 READ MORE

September 03, 2020

Grant opportunity could help Tribes develop bioenergy resources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Bureau of Indian Affairs on Sept. 3 announced it is providing funding to hire consultants to identify, evaluate or assess the market for energy or mineral resources that a Tribe will process, use or develop, including waste or woody biomass. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund helps protect Virginia ecosystems

BY U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Found In:PelletsThe Virginia Department of Forestry has secured a conservation easement on 618 acres located along the Meherrin River in Southampton County. The transaction was possible due, in part, to a grant from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

CCC urges House to add carbon capture language to upcoming bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Carbon Capture Coalition on Aug. 31 sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives asking lawmakers to look for opportunities to include Section 503 of the House Energy and Commerce’s CLEAN Future discussion draft in any upcoming legislation. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

Alabama grant supports infrastructure improvement for Enviva

BY Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Found In:PelletsAlabama Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $750,000 grant to help create 85 new jobs and increase commerce in Sumter County and the state’s Black Belt region. The funds will be used improve infrastructure necessary for Enviva's wood pellet plant in Epes. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

SUNY ESF receives USDA grant to develop biomass systems, products

BY SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has received $630,000 over five years from the USDA to develop biomass systems and products with the potential to put abandoned lands and people back to work. READ MORE

August 31, 2020

USDA implements OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA on Aug. 31 announced the implementation of the agency’s OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative and released new information on rates and terms that will help lenders apply for loan guarantees under the four affected loan guarantee programs. READ MORE

August 29, 2020

In Depth: Forisk Wood Fiber Review: Eastern Canada Fiber Prices in Q2 2020

BY Andrew Copley Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForisk Consulting LLC discusses the impact of COVID-19 on second quarter fiber prices in eastern Canada. READ MORE

August 28, 2020

Tokyo Gas to acquire 2 pellet-fueled power plants in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerTokyo Gas Co. Ltd. announced on Aug. 26 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Prominet Power Co. Ltd., plans to acquire two wood pellet-fired power plants from an Equis Group investment fund. The transaction is scheduled to close in mid-September. READ MORE

August 28, 2020

In Depth: Preventing Dust Explosions in Pellet Production

BY Clive Nixon Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDust explosion prevention and mitigation systems must be tailored to the application and the specific equipment used. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

Effingham Pellets to launch operations in South Carolina

BY South Carolina Department of Commerce Found In:PelletsEffingham Pellets LLC, a subsidiary of Charles Ingram Lumber Co., on Aug. 20 announced plans to establish operations in Florence County, South Carolina. The company's $5.4 million investment in the project is expected to create 10 new jobs. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

In Depth: Business as Unusual

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalA Wisconsin wood pellet producer takes precautions against COVID-19 to protect its team and the opportunity for a strong year. READ MORE

August 26, 2020

EC launches public consultation on potential revision of REDII

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission in August launched a public consultation on the potential revision of the 2018 Renewable Energy Directive to better align the policy with the EU's new Green Deal and its goal of making the EU climate neutral by 2050. READ MORE

August 26, 2020

In Depth: Connecting Fiber Makers and Fiber Takers

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalWood pellet producers face a difficult challenge in balancing fiber supply and wood pellet demand. READ MORE

August 25, 2020

In Depth: Spotlight - Electronic Eyes, Nose, for Early Fire and Explosion Prevention

BY Jeramy Slaunwhite Found In:Pellets, ThermalIgnition source control is vital to the prevention of avoidable explosions. READ MORE

August 24, 2020

DOE seeks input on wood heater advancement, bioprocessing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback from stakeholders on issues related to residential wood heater technology advancement and bioprocessing separations development. READ MORE

August 21, 2020

EPA seeks nominations for Science Advisory Board, SAB committees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees. Nominations are due Aug. 31. READ MORE

August 21, 2020

Waste Knot Energy to develop waste pellet plant in UK

BY AV Dawson Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWaste Knot Energy has secured funding from Gresham House’s British Strategic Investment Fund to build its first fuel pelleting plant in Middlesbrough. The project will be located at AV Dawson's port facility in Teesside, U.K. READ MORE

August 19, 2020

Vermont offers incentives for switch to advanced wood heating

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Vermont Department of Public Service announced Aug. 12 it is offering home and business owners within the state additional cash incentives through its Clean Energy Development Fund to switch from coal to advanced wood heating. READ MORE

August 19, 2020

Report: Poland increases production, use of wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPolish wood pellet production reached approximately 1.3 million metric tons in 2019, according to a report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agriculture Information Network. READ MORE

August 17, 2020

UK bioenergy electricity production increased 6.8% in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released updated energy statistics that show renewable resources accounted for 12.3 percent of the nation’s total energy consumption in 2019, up from 11.2 percent in 2018. READ MORE