Pellets & Densified Biomass

January 12, 2021

Pinnacle announces extended off-take contract in Japan

BY Pinnacle Renewable Energy Found In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy on Jan. 7 announced that it has entered into an extension of a long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Mitsubishi Corp. Ltd. Deliveries under the agreement will begin in the first quarter of 2023. READ MORE

January 11, 2021

USDA: Wood pellet exports top 660,000 metric tons in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. exported 660,312.5 metric tons of wood pellets in November, up from 624,212.9 metric tons in October, but down from 777,976.5 metric tons in November 2019, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Jan. 7. READ MORE

January 08, 2021

Enviva: Partners help restore, manage longleaf pine forests

BY Enviva Found In:PelletsThe Longleaf Alliance, Wildlife Mississippi, the Mississippi Forestry Association, Enviva, and other partners are working together to boost longleaf pine habitats in southern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

IRS issues final rule for 45Q tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS on Jan. 6 issued final regulations regarding the section 45Q tax credit for qualified carbon oxide sequestration. The Carbon Capture Coalition said the rule provides overdue regulatory and financial certainty. READ MORE

January 06, 2021

DOE: ‘Energy for Space’ strategy addresses biomass for energy, ag

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy on Jan. 6 released its “Energy for Space” strategy, which states that knowledge gained through advances in genomic science will enable the development of sustainable biomass for energy and agriculture in space environments. READ MORE

January 06, 2021

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund seeks 2021 proposals

BY U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Found In:PelletsThe U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities on Dec. 15 released a new request for proposals (RFP) for the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund. Approximately $500,000 is expected to be awarded under the fund for 2021. READ MORE

January 05, 2021

FutureMetrics: BECCS can achieve negative carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics LLC published a new white paper on Dec. 30 that shows bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECSS), when used with sustainably sourced biomass fuels, can achieve significant carbon-negative outcomes. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Trump signs COVID-19 relief, tax extenders package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsPresident Trump on Dec. 27 signed a legislative package that includes tax extenders, $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, and government funding, averting a government shutdown and providing a new tax credit for residential wood heating. READ MORE

December 23, 2020

Drax Biomass donates $20,000 to help rebuild Louisiana buildings

BY Drax Biomass Found In:PelletsDrax Biomass is donating a total of $20,000 to help communities in northern Louisiana rebuild two hurricane-damaged public buildings, including Urania’s recreation hall and the public pavilion in the town of Olla. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

COVID relief bill will be a gamechanger for residential wood heat

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe $900 billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on Dec. 21 includes provisions of the BTU Act and will enact a three-year investment tax credit (ITC) for high-efficiency home heating equipment that fires wood pellets, chips or cordwood. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

Enviva, GoChain pilot blockchain technology for biomass

BY Enviva Found In:PelletsWood pellet producer Enviva and GoChain, a blockchain company, on Dec. 21 announced the initial results of a pilot program designed to enhance the traceability of sustainable biomass. Enviva said the pilot could augment accuracy of its T&T system. READ MORE

December 21, 2020

CV Technology releases Interceptor-QV explosion isolation device

BY CV Technology Found In:PelletsCV Technology has released a new explosion isolation device, the Interceptor-QV. It uses a system where a differential pressure switch continuously monitors the pressure drop across the mesh cartridge, alerting operators if buildup of dust occurs. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 780,000 tons in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 840,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in August, with sales reaching 780,000 tons. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

Biden to nominate Regan as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Michael Regan as his nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S EPA. Representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing hope that Regan will bring a change in philosophy to the agency. READ MORE

December 15, 2020

Drax to sell gas assets, will use proceeds on biomass initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax on Dec. 15 announced it has reached an agreement to sell its natural gas-fueled power generation assets. The company said it will use the proceeds from the sale to develop its biomass supply chain and support its plans to become carbon negative. READ MORE

December 14, 2020

UK white paper says BECCS, RNG will help meet net zero goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. government on Dec. 14 published a white paper that describes how the country will clean up its energy system and reach net zero emissions by 2050. BECSS and RNG will play an integral role in reaching that goal. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

Power plant on Reunion Island to be converted to biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA 108-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant located on an island in the Indian Ocean located approximately 500 miles east of Madagascar will soon be converted to biomass, according to France-based power producer Albioma. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

Biden to nominate Vilsack as ag secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Joe Biden has announced he will nominate Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack is a former two-term governor of Iowa who served as secretary of agriculture during all eight years of the Obama-Biden administration. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

EPA changes how it considers costs, benefits of CAA rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA on Dec. 9 released a final rule that changes the way the agency will consider the costs and benefits of all significant Clean Air Act rulemakings. The EPA said the impacted rulemakings will be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget shows BECCS needed to achieve net zero

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Climate Change Committee on Dec. 9 released its Sixth Carbon Budget, which provides guidance on GHG reductions needed achieve net zero emissions. The budget shows BECCS is one technology necessary to meet the U.K.'s GHG goals. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

Pinnacle: Pellet production begins at High Level mill

BY Pinnacle Renewable Energy Found In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy announced on Dec. 8 it has commenced initial pellet production at its newly constructed facility in High Level, Alberta, which is owned 50 percent by Pinnacle and 50 percent by Tolko Industries Ltd. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

Highland closes $135M capital partnership with Orion Energy

BY Highland Pellets LLC Found In:PelletsHighland Pellets LLC has announced a strategic capital partnership with Orion Energy Partners L.P. to fund the expansion and upgrade of its existing wood pellet facility in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and provide capital for growth initiatives. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

Biofuel, bioenergy groups urge Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSeveral biofuel and bioenergy groups are among nearly 70 trade organizations that sent a letter to congressional leadership last month urging the passage of tax extenders legislation before the 116th Congress adjourns sine die. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

EERE launches new portal for applying to funding opportunities

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency has introduced the EERE Program Information Center, EERE’s new portal for funding opportunities. Several training opportunities on the new system are available in December and January. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

EIA seeks comments on extension of densified biomass fuel report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe EIA is inviting public comments on a proposed three-year extension of its form to collect data for the Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which features data on the manufacture, shipment, export, energy characteristics and sales of densified biomass. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

Enviva commemorates first shipment of wood pellets to Japan

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP on Dec. 2 announced that its first shipment of sustainable wood pellets is on its way from Port Panama City in Florida to Japan’s Iwakuni Port. The shipment consists of approximately 28,000 metric tons. READ MORE

December 02, 2020

Idle wood pellet plant in South Africa to resume operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsU.K.-based Hive Energy recently announced it has partnered with South Africa-based iLive Sustainable Development and the Netherlands-based Partners for Innovation to take over and restore a wood pellet export plant in Africa. READ MORE

December 02, 2020

Idemitsu breaks ground on 50 MW biomass plant in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerJapanese energy company Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. announced on Nov. 30 a groundbreaking ceremony for its 50 megawatt (MW) Tokuyama biomass plant, a facility under development in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

EPA fails to extend sales deadline for Step 1 wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association posted a notice to its website on Nov. 18 announcing it has received confirmation from the U.S. EPA that the agency will not be providing a sell-through period for Step 1 residential wood heating appliances. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

USDA solicits FY 2021 REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for FY 2021 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program. Biomass energy systems, including biogas and anaerobic digesters, are among those eligible for the program. READ MORE