Pellets & Densified Biomass

December 30, 2015

Opinion: Maintaining Profitability

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels Energy markets have always been a low-margin game, but current conditions leave producers little margin for error. Thoughtful, well considered operations and maintenance strategies may well be the surest path to profitability. READ MORE

December 28, 2015

Opinion: COP21 and Clean Power Plan Good News for Pellet Industry

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, ThermalCurrent market conditions for pellets may be challenging, but in a world that needs to lower the net CO2 added to the atmosphere, the future for pellets is bright. READ MORE

December 27, 2015

In Depth: The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, PowerAlternative energy companies typically prosper when oil prices are high, but it’s not all doom and gloom when the cost of crude nosedives. READ MORE

December 26, 2015

Opinion: Biomass Gets Budget Boost

BY Neil Harrison Found In:Pellets, ThermalNow that we know the RHI is being continued, and with a budget that will allow the entry of many thousands of new projects, there is some certainty in the U.K. biomass heat sector for the foreseeable future. READ MORE

December 24, 2015

In Depth: Chasing Down Bottlenecks

BY Katie Fletcher Found In:PelletsA few years ago, Viridis Energy resurrected the former Enligna Canada Inc. pellet mill and renamed it Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. The operation occupies a 157-acre property, inhabiting 20 operating buildings with an additional 22-acre wood lot. READ MORE

December 23, 2015

Marching into Development & Construction

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsI write this blog fresh off of the March Biomass Magazine planning meeting. The theme that month is project development and plant construction, one of my favorite themes, and arguably one of the most important issues of the year. READ MORE

December 22, 2015

FutureMetrics provides new dashboard based on Clean Power Plan

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 21, FutureMetrics released a new dashboard, which shows state specific information as it pertains to compliance with the Clean Power Plan and estimates pellet demand if some of the selected states' coal power stations cofire with pellets. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

UK reports increased bioenergy generation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released renewable energy statistics for the second quarter of 2015, reporting that the renewables share of electricity generation was 25.3 percent during the quarter. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

This Year's Standout Stories (My Picks)

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAs 2015 comes to a close, the Biomass Magazine staff has already been working on 2016 issues for a couple of months. Today, I’m going to share with you my personal favorites from each section. READ MORE

December 17, 2015

Report illustrates growing pellet market in Italy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalA report filed with the USDA's Global Agricultural Information Network addresses the Italian wood pellet market, noting Italy consumed 3.4 million tons of wood pellets last year. Consumption is expected to grow to 5 million metric tons in 2016. READ MORE

December 15, 2015

Enviva Partners acquires Southampton pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners recently announced it has acquired a 510,000-ton-per-year pellet plant located in Southampton County, Virginia. The facility was developed by its sponsor under a joint venture with affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. READ MORE

December 11, 2015

The Silver Lining of Low Oil

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsIn January Biomass Magazine story “The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices,” Senior Editor Ron Kotrba speaks to executives managing different renewable fuel facilities, and finds that it’s not all doom-and-gloom when the cost of crude nosedives READ MORE

December 11, 2015

REA: UK supports high-carbon power at expense of renewables

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, PowerThe winners of the U.K.'s second Capacity Market Auction were released Dec. 11 and reveal the continued subsidization of polluting energy forms, side-tracking the renewable energy transition, according to the U.K. Renewable Energy Association. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

Enviva launches $5 million forest conservation fund

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Holdings LP recently announced it is establishing the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of bottomland forests in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

New educational opportunity for biomass heating technology

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalNext month, a textbook is scheduled for release, written to help designers create heating systems that incorporate renewable energy heat sources. Solid fuel boilers fueled by cordwood, chips and pellets are among the heat sources discussed. READ MORE

December 09, 2015

Visible development underway on UK-based biomass power plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerVisible progress has been made with the construction of the 41 MW Templeborough Biomass Power Plant located in Rotherham, England. The company has launched a website dedicated to the project, including a time lapse camera of developments on site. READ MORE

December 09, 2015

Bill would delay CPP implementation until additional nations act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerRep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., recently introduce legislation that aims to prevent the Clean Power Plan for taking effect until countries accounting for at least 80 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions enact similar regulations. READ MORE

December 08, 2015

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in recent reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, providing updated predictions regarding the use of biomass in the electric power and home heating sectors. READ MORE

December 08, 2015

FutureMetrics responds to report criticizing wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new white paper published by FutureMetrics offers a critique of Climate Central’s recent story "Pulp Fiction," a three-part special report by John Upton that criticizes the use of wood pellets. READ MORE

December 04, 2015

DOE to host bioenergy webinar for educators

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will hold a live webinar titled "Integrating Bioenergy into the 9th-12th Grade Classroom," on Dec. 10. According to the DOE, the webinar is part of the BioenergizeME Office Hours webinar series. READ MORE

December 03, 2015

European Commission adopts Circular Economy Package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission has announced the adoption of a new Circular Economy Package that aims to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy. The effort has been criticized for its lack of mandatory food collection. READ MORE

December 03, 2015

Ontario passes bill banning coal-fired electricity generation

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerIn the days leading up to the United Nations' Conference of the Parties, Ontario passed legislation to permanently ban coal-fired electricity generation in the province. Ontario is the first to do so in North America. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

European Commission approves state aid for Lynemouth conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe European Commission has announced that U.K. support for the conversion of the Lynemouth power station from coal to biomass complies with EU state aid rules. The U.K. informed the EC of plans to support the conversion project in Dec. 2014. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

House votes to block Clean Power Plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIn a vote of 242-180, the U.S. House has voted to repeal the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and through another vote of 235-188, to block EPA rules governing emissions from new power plants. President Obama has stated he plans to veto the measures. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

BTEC summit: Encouraging signs for the biomass thermal industry

BY Meghan Martin, Biomass Thermal Energy Council Policy Fellow Found In:Pellets, ThermalA large group of representatives from industry, non-profit organizations and educational institutions gathered on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Biomass Thermal Energy Councils' Biomass Thermal DC Summit. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

SaraRasa signs wood pellet off-take agreement

BY SaraRasa Bioindo Found In:PelletsDovre Group Plc’s associate SaraRasa Bioindo has signed an off-take agreement with CellMark Energy. According to the agreement, Cellmark Energy will purchase a majority portion of the wood pellets produced by SaraRasa. READ MORE

December 01, 2015

Agreement to address climate change under negotiation in Paris

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThis week, President Obama traveled to Paris to join nearly 200 nations for the COP21 global conference on climate change. Coinciding with the conference, was the announcement that Obama and 19 other world leaders launched "Mission Innovation." READ MORE

November 30, 2015

BBI International announces Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBBI International has announced the Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit as a pre-conference seminar for the 2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo. The event will take place April 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

UK announces plans to extend, reform Renewable Heat Incentive

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Nov. 25, the U.K. government published its spending review, which includes details of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s budget for the next four years. The budget includes calls for extension and reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

Rentech restarts Wawa plant, achieves record week at Atikokan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has released operational updates on its Canadian pellets plants. According to the company, the Wawa, Ontario, plant is back online, while the Atikokan, Ontario, facility recently achieved record weekly production volumes. READ MORE