Pellets & Densified Biomass

February 07, 2019

In Depth: Surveying the Global Wood Pellet Landscape

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalIn a Q&A with Pellet Mill Magazine, FutureMetric’s Seth Walker and William Strauss shine light on domestic and worldwide wood pellet markets. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Skeena Sawmills, PacBio enter wood pellet off-take agreement

BY Pacific BioEnergy Corp. Found In:Pellets, PowerSkeena Sawmills Ltd. and Pacific BioEnergy Corp. have entered into a long term off-take agreement for wood pellets under which PacBio will purchase all of the pellets produced at Skeena Sawmills’ new pellet in Terrace, British Columbia. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

In Depth: The Cost and Value of Quality

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe ENplus certification program is undergoing a major overhaul—and everything is fair game. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

EPA urged to alter comment periods for rules impacted by shutdown

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalDemocratic members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works are urging the U.S. EPA to reopen and extend comment periods for all pending regulatory decisions impacted by the partial government shutdown, including its wood heater rule. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

Senate committee advances Wheeler’s nomination to head the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted 11 to 10 to advance the nomination of Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to fill the post of administrator of the agency. The full Senate will now consider his nomination. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

C-Capture raises £3.5M in funding round led by BP, Drax, IP Group

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerC-Capture, the designer of world-leading chemical processes for carbon dioxide removal, has raised £3.5 million in new equity funding in a round led by BP Ventures, Drax, and IP Group. The company is conducting a demonstration project at Drax. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

In Depth: Knowledge Management at Pellet Plants

BY Holger Streetz Found In:Pellets, ThermalOne challenge the industry faces today is that the knowledge that has been acquired over several decades is about to get lost with the first generation of managers, operators and service engineers. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

Orsted highlights bioenergy achievements in new reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasDenmark-based power producer Orsted has released 2018 financial results and published its 2018 sustainability report. Within both documents, the company highlights its bioenergy achievements and goals. READ MORE

January 24, 2019

PacBio enters 2 new contracts with Japanese power producers

BY Pacific BioEnergy Corp. Found In:Pellets, PowerPacific BioEnergy Corp. has entered into two new long-term pellet supply contracts with Japanese power producers that begin in 2020 and 2022, respectively. PacBio will supply a combined 170,000 metric tons per year under the two contracts by 2022. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

UK REA launches bioenergy review with new call for evidence

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has launched a far-reaching review into the future of bioenergy in the U.K. Bioenergy is energy generated from biobased fuels, such as wood pellets and biodiesel. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

Pellet, bioenergy projects in North Carolina receive funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced four projects have been awarded funding under the Bioenergy Research Initiative, including three related to pellets and one focused on swine lagoon sludge. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts for 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EIA has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that the total share of renewable electricity generation will reach 18 percent in 2019 and 20 percent in 2020, up from 17 percent in 2018. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

PFI submits comments on minimum pellet fuel requirements in NSPS

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn Jan. 14, the Pellet Fuels Institute continued its ongoing effort to eliminate the inclusion of minimum pellet fuel requirements in the New Source Performance Standard by submitting written comments to the U.S. EPA prior to the comment deadline. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

FutureMetrics adds policy advisor to team

BY FutureMetrics Found In:Pellets, PowerYoshinobu Kusano has joined FutureMetrics as a policy advisor regarding the Asian wood pellet markets. He will provide FutureMetrics with updates and analysis on current and evolving policy in the high-growth regions of northeast and southeast Asia. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

UK Clean Air Strategy could impact coal-to-biomass conversions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. government has released its Clean Air Strategy. The U.K. REA said it welcomes the ambitions of the strategy, but called on the government to take into account contemporary evidence on the role of bioenergy in meeting carbon targets. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

Canada joins International Renewable Energy Agency

BY International Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCanada has officially become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Canada becomes the Agency’s 160th member to join the global intergovernmental organization dedicated to the widespread adoption of renewable energy. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Pinnacle announces name change

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsCanada-based pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. recently announced it has changed its name to Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Pinnacle currently operates eight wood pellet production facilities in western Canada and one in Alabama. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

Comments due Jan. 14 on EPA’s residential wood heater proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalMembers of the public who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to amend new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters have less than a week to do so. The public comment period closes Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 07, 2019

EIA: 780,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 720,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in September, with sales reaching 780,000 tons. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

UK sets new quarterly record for renewable electricity generation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. government recently released updated quarterly energy statistics showing that the renewables share of electricity generation increased to a record 33.1 percent during the third quarter of 2018. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

Opinion: The Conspiracy Against Wood Stoves

BY John AckerlyFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn recent years, we’ve heard more and more from people who believe the government is trying to regulate wood stoves out of existence. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

Drax completes purchase of Scottish power assets

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax is set to play a bigger role than ever in Great Britain’s energy system following the completion of the purchase of Spanish company Iberdrola’s portfolio of flexible, low-carbon and renewable assets for £702 million. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

Trump issues executive order on forest management

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAn executive order on forest management issued by President Trump in late December addresses how rural economies can benefit through the utilization of byproducts created by forest restoration efforts. READ MORE

December 21, 2018

Maine Technology Institute issues forest technology RFP

BY Maine Technology Insititute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Maine Technology Institute has announced a request for responses to the Emerging Technology Challenge for Maine’s Forest Resources. The goal of the challenge is to deploy a forest industry technology in Maine. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including REAP and BCAP. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Futerra Fuels builds torrefaction plant in Portugal

BY Futerra Fuels Found In:PelletsPortuguese bioenergy start-up Futerra Fuels has begun construction of its first pellet plant in Valongo, Portugal. The plant will have the capacity to produce 120,000 tons of torrefied pellets and 55,000 tons of industrial wood pellets annually. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

ABC: Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard takes step forward

BY Advanced Biofuels Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a significant development for the clean fuels sector, Environment and Climate Change Canada has released the Regulatory Design Paper reflecting a year of intensive consultation on the national Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

FutureMetrics: Global pellet trade up 26% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics has released a new white paper that features a 2018 year-end review of the pellet market. According to the paper, 2018 was one of the strongest years for the global wood pellet market in terms of growth and pricing. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Report: Japan expected to set new record for pellet imports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsWood pellet imports in Japan reached a record 506,000 metric tons in 2017, and are expected to increase this year, according to the country’s annual biofuels report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE