Pellets & Densified Biomass

March 26, 2020

After delay, PA pellet producers deemed essential workforce

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite guidance from federal agencies recognizing forest product manufacturing sites as an essential critical infrastructure workforce, Pennsylvania wood pellet producers were temporarily forced to shutdown March 19. The issue was resolved March 21. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

COVID-19 delays construction of 299 MW biomass power plant in UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerConstruction on the Tees Renewable Energy Plant (Tees REP) a 299 megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in the U.K. was suspended on March 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A small number of critical maintenance staff remain onsite. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

BHW urges UK government to keep biomass supply chains open

BY Biomass Heat Works! Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIndustry leaders are urging government to keep U.K. wood fuel supply chains fully open to ensure suppliers can continue delivering to home heating customers and key frontline organisations and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Drax: Operations continue during COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerWill Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group, released a statement on March 25 explaining how Drax and its employees are working to ensure the U.K. is supplied with the power it needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Kcoe Isom hosts crisis planning webinar

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsKcoe Isom hosted a webinar on March 24 that discussed crisis planning and employee communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also discussed emergency family and medical leave and offered tips for working remotely. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

FFJ launches directory on wood bioenergy research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFuture Forests + Jobs announced on March 25 the launch of the FFJ Research Directory, a repository of academic research, papers and studies that document the positive contributions wood bioenergy is making to the energy sector. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

PFI urges states to exempt pellet plant from business shutdowns

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn March 24, the Pellet Fuels Institute sent letters to the governors of wood pellet producing states urging them to align their essential businesses policies with those outlined by the Department of Homeland Security in guidance released March 19. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

FPAC urges Canada to recognize forest industry as essential

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Forest Products Association of Canada sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 20 urging him to recognize the Canadian forest products sector as essential and critical infrastructure during the COVID-29 pandemic. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Pinnacle: Operations not impacted by COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsCanada-based pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy issued a statement on March 19 announcing the operations of its facilities have not been impacted by COVID-19. Pinnacle CEO Rob McCurdy, however, is delaying his planned retirement. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

FRA tracks impact of COVID-19 on forest products industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe federal government has classified workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products as part of the critical infrastructure workforce. Meanwhile, the FRA is tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the forest products industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Opinion: Showcasing Our Best Resources

BY Maura Adams Found In:Pellets, ThermalBy getting good stories into the world ahead of negative messaging, we can show environmentalists that wood is a heating option they can feel great about. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Enviva: Pellet production, shipments not impacted by COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva has announced production at its wood pellet manufacturing plants has not been impacted by COVID-19. “Our operations remain stable and our ships are sailing as scheduled,” said the company in a statement issued on March 20. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Drax’s largest wood pellet shipment arrives in UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerAssociated British Ports and Drax announced on March 20 that a shipment of 63,907 metric tons of wood pellets had been received and unloaded earlier in the week. It was the largest shipment of wood pellets handled to date at the Port of Immingham. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

USDA Rural Development implements remote operational status

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development on March 20 announced that it has implemented enterprise-wide remote operational status, effective immediately, to help protect the health of employees, customers and the greater community during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

In Depth: An Identity and Livelihood

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWith deep family roots in the forest products industry, father and son team Dean and Tony Wood are continuing the legacy. READ MORE

March 21, 2020

In Depth: UK Wood Pellet Market: Past, Present and Future

BY Neil Harrison Found In:Pellets, PowerThe outlook of the U.K. wood pellet market is mixed. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 850,000 tons in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 810,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in November, with sales reaching 850,000 tons. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

USIPA: US wood pellet exports continue uninterrupted

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, U.S. industrial wood pellet producers continue operations, ensuring no supply disruptions for global customers depending on their product for renewable wood heat and power production. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

Enviva announces long-term off-take contract now firm

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP has announced that its sponsor’s previously disclosed 18-year, take-or-pay off-take contract to supply Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd., a major Japanese trading house, is now firm, as all conditions precedent have been satisfied. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Woodpellets.com assures customers of supply during pandemic

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalOnline retailer Woodpellets.com has announced it is working to avoid poetntial pellet shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic by investing in additional raw materials to secure its supply chain and building up inventory. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Opinion: The Long and Winding Road

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, Thermal

March 17, 2020

UK reports record bioenergy production for 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. government recently released provisional energy statistics for 2019, reporting that renewable energy production increased by 4.9 percent last year. Bioenergy output of was up 2.1 percent for the year. READ MORE

March 17, 2020

In Depth: The Continual Pursuit of Fiber Consistency

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalThere are many critical considerations to deliver reliably consistent raw material streams to pellet presses, for high product quality and low operational expenses. READ MORE

March 17, 2020

In Depth: Pellet Mill Magazine's Sponsor Spotlight

BY Pellet Mill Magazine Found In:Pellets, ThermalAGRA Industries and Schaeffer Manufacturing are both family-owned businesses featured in the Sponsor Spotlight for March/April Pellet Mill Magazine. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

DOE cancels March 24-25 meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy on March 16 announced it has canceled the open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee scheduled for March 24-25 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. READ MORE

March 13, 2020

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet March 24-25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has scheduled an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development and Technical Advisory Committee for March 24-25. The meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

EPA finalizes amendments to 2015 NSPS for wood heating appliances

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA on March 11 finalized amendments to the 2015 NSPS for residential wood heating appliances. The amendments remove the minimum requirements for pellet fuel and clarify a requirement regarding the use of unseasoned wood to make pellets. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

EIA predicts increase in biomass power capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts 19 percent of U.S. electricity will be generated from renewable sources this year, up from 17 percent last year, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released March 11. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

UDSA: US pellet exports reach 500,904 tons in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. exported 500,904 metric tons of wood pellets in January, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on March 6. Exports were up from both the previous month and January 2019. READ MORE

March 06, 2020

USDA issues rule on Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. and Farm Service Agency published a final rule on March 2 implementing changes to the agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE