Pellets & Densified Biomass

July 16, 2014

USDA funds state wood energy teams, wood-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe USDA has announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states. An additional $1.25 million was awarded to nine projects under the Wood-to-Energy grant program. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

Court sides with Drax in challenge to DECC subsidy decision

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn July 14, Drax Group plc announced the U.K.'s High Court has declared that the company's second unit biomass conversion was indeed eligible for an investment contract under the Final Investment Decision Enabling mechanism. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Drax Biomass to move headquarters to Georgia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsDrax Biomass is moving its headquarters from Burlington, Massachusetts, to the Atlanta, Georgia, suburb of Sandy Springs. The announcement was made July 8 by the Georgia Department of Economic Development. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Viridis Energy enters strategic partnership with pellet handler

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsAn already valued relationship is brought to the next level with a strategic partnership between Viridis Energy's pellet manufacturing subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Ltd., and Halifax Grain Elevator Ltd. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

EU announces bioenergy funding under 2 major initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Union has announced funding under two major initiatives that will benefit bioenergy projects, including EUR 1 billion in NER 300 funding and a new public-private partnership that aims inject EUR 3.7 billion into the biobased economy. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

NC funds 6 cellulosic biofuel, bioenergy research projects

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNorth Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state's Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

Protocol Biomass' Ontario pellet mill gets green light

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsProtocol Biomass Corp.'s proposed pellet mill for Prescott, Ontario, is nearing the final planning stages. With fiber supply, offtake and financing in place, project engineers are finalizing equipment and contractor arrangements. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

PFI announces final agenda for annual conference

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:PelletsThe Pellet Fuels Institute has announced its final agenda for this year's annual conference, where the industry gathers to address issues it faces and chart the course ahead. The conference will be held July 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. READ MORE

July 07, 2014

TimberWest considers pellet facility on Vancouver Island, BC

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsTimberWest Forest Corp. is considering a $60 million pellet plant at Duke Point in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Planning is in preliminary stages, however, with several steps to go before the project gets final approval. READ MORE

June 30, 2014

Opinion: All Markets Great and Small

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsEditorial Note: The pellet market is growing because passionate people are doing the hard work described in our articles in the third quarter issue of Pellet Mill Magazine. READ MORE

June 29, 2014

In Depth: Building Demand Through Community Energy

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsOregon promotes wood energy clusters, creating demand to support forest restoration. READ MORE

June 28, 2014

In Depth: Gord’s Gold

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsCanada’s most passionate advocate for wood pellets, Gordon Murray, identifies the opportunities and challenges awaiting his members in a rapidly expanding global marketplace. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

In Depth: Vermont’s Wood Heat Renaissance

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Green Mountain State is a national leader in community-scale wood heat, but it didn’t happen overnight. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

Opinion: Preparing For New ISO Rules

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:PelletsSeven new ISO standards outlining specifications and classes for various forms of solid biofuels were officially published, updating and replacing seven EN standards. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

GIB highlights achievements in annual report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Green Investment Bank recently released its 2013-'14 annual report and announced new funding to help small and medium enterprises make investments in energy efficiency, including biomass boilers. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

$15 million available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program

BY Anna AustinFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

N.Y. bill would incentivize cellulosic fuels, biomass pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsOn June 19, the New York Assembly voted to pass a bill that aims to amend the state's tax law to provide tax credits for the production of cellulosic ethanol, densified biofuel and renewable fuel oil. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Model may help growers mitigate costly droughts

BY University of Florida Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Florida-created model may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid crop-destroying drought, which can cost millions of dollars in a given year, according to one of the tool's creators. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

In Depth: Pellets Warm County Seats

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalA century-old courthouse in western Maine's Oxford County transitions away from oil and toward pellet heat. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

In Depth: Changing Consumer Habits

BY Carla Harper Found In:PelletsPellet producers consider new strategies to avoid perceived shortages and level demand surges. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: The Beauty of Local Wood Heat

BY Maura Adams Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe pace of change is really picking up when it comes to use and acceptance of wood pellets and chips for heat in the Northeast. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: Buy Local, It’s Cheaper

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass was the earliest source of light and heat, warming and illuminating small bands of ancient humans. Today, it continues to excel as an energy source in smaller applications. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThough the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Vega Biofuels lands large bio-coal order from European company

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Pellets, PowerVega Biofuels Inc. has entered into an agreement with Austrian-based ECEM Salzburg Energy and Environment Consulting GmbH to sell 50,000 tons of bio-coal each year for the next five years. The deal will generate approximately $57 million in revenue. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

In Depth: The Advance Of The Austrian Pellet Boilers

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsEuropeans describe the challenges of introducing technology to North America. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Opinion: Biomass: America's 21st Century Energy Solution

BY Seth Ginther Found In:PelletsThe EPA draft rules on cutting carbon emissions rightly recognize that the world is changing and we need to find sustainable alternative energy. Biomass will have a strong role to play. READ MORE