Pellets & Densified Biomass

March 06, 2018

In Depth: A Wood Heat State of Mind

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWood heat is common in New York homes, but there's a need for higher-efficiency, lower-emitting devices, and ongoing support for new residential and commercial installations. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Opinion: Pellet Stoves and Solar Panels: the Perfect Match?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalPellet stoves are one of the cheapest ways to reduce a home’s carbon footprint. A perfect complement to solar panels, they could be pitched as part of a package for homes. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Enviva: Chesapeake terminal impacted by Feb. 27 fire

BY Enviva Partners LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP reports that a fire commenced at its deep-water marine terminal in Chesapeake, Virginia, late on Feb. 27. The fire was quickly controlled. Enviva said the fire may impact the timing and number of shipments in the first quarter. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

EIA: 640,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Feb. 28, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced U.S. manufacturers of densified biomass fuel reported producing 640,000 million tons of product in November, and selling 670,000 tons. READ MORE

March 01, 2018

In Depth: Are Black Pellets Ready to Compete with White Pellets?

BY William Strauss and Laurenz Schmidt Found In:Pellets, PowerAdvanced wood pellets, often called black pellets due to their appearance after thermal treatment, have long been touted as a superior fuel to conventional white wood pellets. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

In Depth: From Plant to Port

BY David Marks Found In:Pellets, PowerBefore being used as fuel at Drax’s U.K. power station, wood pellets make a long journey that the company has fine-tuned. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Drax increases pellet capacity, plans fourth unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Feb. 27, Drax Group plc released 2017 financial results, reporting improved earnings from biomass generation and Opus Energy. During an investor presentation, the company provided insight into its future bioenergy plans. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

In Depth: Siting a New Facility: Costly Mistakes

BY Stan Parton Found In:Pellets, PowerSuccessfully bypassing numerous potential project development pitfalls requires a deep understanding of the wood fiber supply chain. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Lignetics acquires New England Wood Pellet

BY Lignetics Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn Feb. 27, Lignetics Inc. announced it has acquired New England Wood Pellet LLC, which includes manufacturing plants in Jaffrey, New Hampshire; Schuyler, New York; Deposit, New York; and Youngsville, Pennsylvania. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Senate confirms Northey for USDA post

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 27, nearly six months after he was first nominated, the U.S. Senate confirmed Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey to serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service at USDA. READ MORE

February 23, 2018

Enviva enters contract to supply wood pellets to Japanese plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Partners LP has released fourth quarter financial results and announced it has entered into a firm 10-year take-or-pay offtake contract with Marubeni Corp. to supply 100,000 metric tons per year of wood pellets to a new power plant in Japan. READ MORE

February 23, 2018

Astec provides update on wood pellet plant business

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsAstec Industries recently released fourth quarter 2017 financial results, providing an update of ongoing pellet plant activities in Georgia and Arkansas and discussing the company’s future plans as an equipment supplier to the pellet industry. READ MORE

February 22, 2018

NASF launches first-of-its kind resource: TimberAssurance.Org

BY National Association of State Foresters Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe NASF has created an open-access clearinghouse for national and state regulations that affect the management of U.S. forests and help to demonstrate the sustainable and legal nature in which U.S. timber is harvested. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

Process could allow treated wood to be used in pellet production

BY Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – INRS Found In:Pellets, ThermalINRS researchers have developed a process that successfully removed more than 90 percent of the contaminants present in treated wood waste. Once decontaminated, the wood could be used to manufacture particleboard or heating pellets. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

DOE to fund energy infrastructure deployment on tribal lands

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $11.5 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. Bioenergy projects are among those eligible to apply for the funding. READ MORE

February 19, 2018

Enviva completes acquisition of South Carolina wood pellet plant

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:PelletsEnviva announced Feb. 16 that it has completed the acquisition of a wood pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina, and related assets from The Navigator Co. S.A., a Portuguese paper and pulp company. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Pruitt commits to creating regulatory certainty for biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has provided New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu with a letter announcing EPA’s efforts to work towards a carbon-neutral policy for biomass and clarify federal procurement recommendations for responsibly managed forests. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Prodesa, FutureMetrics announce partnership agreement

BY FutureMetrics Found In:PelletsProdesa and FutureMetrics are teaming up under a new partnership agreement under which FutureMetrics operations expert, John Swaan, will lead a team that trains the operators of new Prodesa pellet plants. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Paper discusses impact of weather, oil prices on pellet demand

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalFutureMetrics has published a brief white paper explaining how weather and the price of heating oil influence demand for wood pellets used for heating. The paper, published Jan. 31, was authored by William Strauss, president of FutureMetrics. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Active Energy opens Utah facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerU.K.-based Active Energy Group plc has announced its CoalSwitch plant in Utah officially became operational the week of Feb. 5 and is producing the company’s high-calorific, high-bulk-density biomass pellet. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office evaluated in new report

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducts a biennial peer review that enables external stakeholders to provide feedback on its R&D portfolio and develop recommendations. On Feb. 6, BETO published the results of last year's peer review. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in February report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide approximately 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2018 and 2019. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

Consumers can save a bundle by switching to wood pellets

BY New Hampshire Wood Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New Hampshire Wood Energy Council reveals modern wood heating with locally sourced wood pellet fuel is delivering significant heat cost advantages over conventional fossil heating fuels. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

Pinnacle Renewable Holdings completes IPO in Canada

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerCanadian pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. announced the successful closing of its initial public offering (IPO) and secondary offering of its common shares. The common shares began trading Feb. 6 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. READ MORE

February 01, 2018

Vermont’s state constitution is staying warm with wood heat

BY Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Vermont State Archives, home to the constitution, is heated with wood. Last fall the Department of Buildings and General Services replaced the aging boilers in the State Archives in Middlesex with two new automatic Froling wood pellet boilers. READ MORE

February 01, 2018

Opinion: Fighting Pellet Silo Fires

BY Frank Hedlund and Jeffrey Nichols Found In:Pellets, ThermalSmoldering fires in wood pellets storages can occur for a number of reasons. Oftentimes, smoldering fires in bulk storage silos can’t be fought with water. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Opinion: The Original Major Market Driver

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe past couple of heating seasons have been a rocky for many U.S. manufacturers because of warmer temperatures and cheap oil and natural gas, but the brutal cold this winter has brought so far has finally turned the tide, READ MORE

January 31, 2018

In Depth: Coming out Hot

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalAfter several consecutive soft winters, signs point to a rebound for most U.S. pellet manufacturers. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

In Depth: A Shifting Market

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe EU pellet industry may have more growing to do, but just how much, only time and policy will tell. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

In Depth: Navigating the European Landscape

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Pellets, PowerJohn Keppler, Enviva’s chairman and CEO, discusses the European wood pellet market, expansion plans and future opportunities. READ MORE