Pellets & Densified Biomass

October 03, 2019

Pinnacle reacts to British Columbia sawmill curtailments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy released a statement Sept. 30 indicating ongoing sawmill curtailments in British Columbia are causing higher fiber, maintenance and repair costs at its British Columbia pellet plants. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

DOE awards $75 million to 35 bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Oct. 1 it is awarding $73 million to 35 bioenergy research and development projects that aim to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable the production of biomass products. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

STB renews charter of RETAC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsThe STB published a notice Sept. 25 announcing it intends to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. RETAC was established in 2008 and provides advice to the STB regarding the rail transportation of energy resources. READ MORE

October 01, 2019

Fiber costs fall for US pellet producers, rise for Canadian

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:PelletsWood fiber costs for U.S. pellet manufacturers fell in the Q2 2019, while Canadian pellet producers experienced higher costs due to reduced supply of sawmill residues, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

NYSERDA: New York renewable fuels jobs up 2.5% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced Sept. 24 the state’s clean energy economy employed nearly 159,000 workers last year. Employment in renewable fuels, which includes biofuels and wood pellets, was up 2.5 percent. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

USDA: Final rule to speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA published a final rule Sept. 23 that allows agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Experts discuss wildfire mitigation, beneficial use of biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe California Council on Science & Technology hosted a briefing at the California State Capitol Sept. 19 focused on the beneficial uses of wood biomass from wildfire mitigation. The briefing was the fourth in a series on wildfires hosted by CCST. READ MORE

September 23, 2019

White House seeks information on US bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public input on the U.S. bioeconomy in an effort to inform notable gaps and vulnerabilities and to identify areas in which the bioeconomy could benefit from government attention. READ MORE

September 23, 2019

NCFA: Carbon stored in forests is not decreasing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe North Carolina Forestry Association has spoken out to dispute a recent report released by the Center for Sustainable Economy and the Dogwood Alliance that claims that carbon stored in forests is decreasing. NCFA stresses it is not. READ MORE

September 20, 2019

In Depth: Strategically Navigating Air Permitting Challenges

BY Chuck Doyno Found In:PelletsIn a world where time is money, air quality permitting is often the lynchpin in determining when construction can begin on a project. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

Enviva thanks Virginia DEQ for Southampton permit work

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP recently issued statements thanking the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for its work regarding the permitting process for its Southampton pellet plant and reporting minimal impacts from Hurricane Dorian. READ MORE

September 13, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel production reaches 790,000 in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 790,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in May, with sales reaching 620,000 tons. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Canadian associations call for a national ‘Clean Fuel Strategy’

BY Wood Pellet Association of Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCanada’s national clean fuels associations forecast greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions of over 50 million metric tons (Mt) per year by 2030 through greater production and use of renewable energy in Canada. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in September STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration expects nonhydropower renewables to provide 10 percent of total utility-scale electricity generation this this year, increasing to 12 percent in 2020, according to its September Short Term Energy Outlook. READ MORE

September 09, 2019

UK REA urges government to commit to 16% bioenergy goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association on Sept. 4 released the third and final installment of its Bioenergy Strategy, urging the government to commit to bioenergy accounting for 16 percent of the U.K.'s primary energy supply by 2032. READ MORE

September 09, 2019

Vietnam pellet mill comes online under guidance of FutureMetrics

BY FutureMetrics Found In:PelletsFutureMetrics has announced a 120,000-metric-ton-per-year pellet plant located in the Binh Dinh province of Vietnam that was developed with the guidance of FutureMetrics' operations expert John Swaan has begun commercial operations. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

USDA solicits REAP applications for fiscal year 2020 funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced Aug. 30 it is seeking applications for fiscal year 2020 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agriculture producers and rural small businesses make renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

In Depth: Blending Passion with Flavor

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe grilling pellet market has experienced exponential growth over the past few years, a trend likely to continue. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

USDA: US exports 450,000 tons of wood pellets in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. exported 451,299.1 tons of wood pellets in July, according to data published by the USDA FAS on Sept. 4. Exports were down when compared to the 694,515.3 tons exported in June and the 476,634.8 tons exported in July 2018. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

In Depth: Alternatives to Traditional Silo Designs

BY Joel Dulin Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe benefits of a horizontal system are well worth considering for your next storage project, especially for multi-product operations. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Alberta mine reclamation project to produce willow for bioenergy

BY Alberta Innovates Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlberta Innovates is contributing $1.5 million to a project that will use municipal organic waste to replenish soil at at an Alberta coal mine to grow a willow crop that may be used as a biomass feedstock for renewable energy. READ MORE

August 28, 2019

Enviva thanks NCDEQ for work related to Northampton permit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP issued a statement Aug. 20 thanking the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for its work during a recent comment period and hearing regarding Enviva’s effort to update the permit for its Northampton pellet plant. READ MORE

August 28, 2019

Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic cauldron to be fueled with pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Olympic cauldron for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, will be fueled with domestically produced wood pellets, according to information released by the organizing committee of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in July. READ MORE

August 28, 2019

DOE funds bioimaging projects for bioenergy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 23 $13.5 million in funding for six projects to develop new approaches to microscopic imaging of plants and microbes, with the goal of advancing bioenergy research. READ MORE

August 28, 2019

FutureMetrics adds market intelligence expert

BY FutureMetrics Found In:PelletsAnnette Bossler has joined the FutureMetrics consulting team as a market intelligence expert. She has more than 25 years of experience in international business development for private and public entities in countries all over the world. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

DOE announces $64 million to help develop bioenergy crops

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 21 $64 million in funding for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts. The projects aim to improve features like drought resistance and crop yield. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Norden signs contract with Enviva

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsDanish shipping company Norden announced Aug. 15 it has contracted with Enviva to transport between 1.3 million and 1.5 million metric tons of wood pellets from the U.S. to Europe over a 6-year period spanning from 2021 to 2026. READ MORE

August 20, 2019

Report: Canadian wood pellet production, exports up in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Canadian wood pellet production will increase this year. Domestic use and exports are also expected to be up. READ MORE

August 16, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 640,000 tons in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 770,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in April, with sales reaching 640,000 tons. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy generation, capacity forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration currently expects nonhydro renewables to provide 10 percent of U.S. utility-scale generation in 2019, increasing to 12 percent in 2020, according to the agency’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook. READ MORE