Pellets & Densified Biomass

June 19, 2020

Enviva acquires 2 pellet plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP announced on June 18 it has agreed to purchase a wood pellet plant located in Waycross, Georgia, associated export terminal capacity in Savannah, Georgia, and a wood pellet plant located in Greenwood, South Carolina. READ MORE

June 16, 2020

USIPA, REA criticize Ember report on carbon neutrality of biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerU.K.-based climate think-tank Ember released a report in June that claims the U.K. should abandon the carbon tax break afforded to large biomass power plants. Both the USIPA and U.K. REA say the report ignores current science on biomass. READ MORE

June 15, 2020

Perdue issues memo on modernization of Forest Service

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on June 12 issued a memorandum to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen providing direction that will serve as a blueprint to help modernize the agency’s systems and approaches. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 680,000 tons in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 680,000 tons. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

EPA urged to address treatment of biogenic emissions from crops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 9 urging the agency to seek public comments on the regulatory treatment of biogenic CO2 from annual agriculture crops. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

Report: Investment in biomass, waste-to-energy up 9% last year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA report released by the UN Environment Programme, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and BloombergNEF on June 10 shows biomass and waste-to-energy received $123 billion in financing for new projects between 2010 and 2019. READ MORE

June 08, 2020

Public consultation opens on UK-based Uskmouth conversion project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA 28-day pre-application consultation (PAC) for the Uskmouth conversion project is now open. SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd. has proposed to convert the U.K.-based coal-fired power plant to operate using waste-derived fuel pellets. READ MORE

June 05, 2020

USDA: US wood pellet exports reach 595,166 metric tons in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe U.S. exported 595,166.2 metric tons of wood pellets in April, up from the 424,680.5 million tons that were exported in April 2019, but down from the 670,463.8 million tons that were exported in March 2020, according to data released by the USDA. READ MORE

June 05, 2020

$17 million available for biomass utilization in Tuolumne County

BY Rural Community Assistance Corp. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new $17 million program in Tuolumne County, California, will provide loans to increase the use of low- and no-value wood from Tuolumne County forests and provide an alternative to pile burning of forest waste. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Bill would help farmers, foresters participate in carbon markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Growing Climate Solutions Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate on June 4. The bill aims to break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

PacBio kicks off Bobtail fire biomass recovery project

BY Pacific BioEnergy Corp. Found In:PelletsOn May 1, Pacific BioEnergy Corp. (PacBio) achieved another milestone by planting its first seedling in the Bobtail fire area west of Prince George. During the next two months, 1.1 million seedlings will be planted in the area. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Fagus GreCon adds Todd Havican as new director of sales

BY Fagus GreCon Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFagus GreCon Inc. has added Todd Havican as director of sales. Havican officially joined the organization as of May 4, 2020 with over 25 years of experience leading sales teams in a variety of industries. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Report: Fossil fuel use falls in UK electric sector

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerU.K. electricity generation from fossil fuels fell by 25 percent between the first quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020—the largest fall on record, according to data released in the latest in the Drax Electric Insights report. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Renewable energy advisory committee to meet June 4

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting via WebEX on June 4. The meeting will be the final of REEEAC's current term. READ MORE

May 29, 2020

Pellet production in Finland falls, consumption remains flat

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe National Resources Institute of Finland recently released data showing a total of 363,000 metric tons of wood pellets were produced in the country last year, down approximately 6 percent when compared to 2018. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

$15 million rail link helps Drax reduce emissions, biomass costs

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerA one-year old rail link has increased capacity to deliver more sustainable biomass from Drax’s LaSalle BioEnergy pellet plant in Urania, Louisiana, to its U.K. power station, taking thousands of trucks off local roads. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition asks EPA to reconsider delay in rulemaking

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition released a video on May 27 highlighting the need for a rulemaking to clarify the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from the processing of annual agricultural crops. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

In Depth: Flameless Explosion Protection for Combustible Wood Dust

BY Jeramy Slaunwhite Found In:PelletsSPOTLIGHT: When passive explosion venting is needed inside a pellet facility, or in areas where conventional venting is unsafe, REMBE has a reliable, maintenance-free solution that is easily installed on a variety of hazard-prone equipment. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Opinion: Pellet Industry Remains Positioned to Deliver

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsNext fall, people will need to heat their homes, regardless of the pandemic. So long as the upstream forest products manufacturing sector recovers and generates the fiber wood pellet producers rely on, the industry will be ready and able to supply. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

In Depth: Driving Down Pellet Plant Dust

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsA Pennsylvania pellet plant reduced its chances of incurring a dangerous explosion by installing oscillating fans that create a horizontal air barrier inside the structure, preventing combustible dust from settling up high in the rafters. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

In Depth: Intelligent Spark Detection and Extinguishing

BY Pellet Mill Magazine Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSPOTLIGHT: Fagus GreCon delivers smart technology that identifies and squelches potential sources of fires and explosions before it’s too late. The system can differentiate between dangerous sparks and harmless incidences of extraneous light. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

EPA opens comment period on wood heater proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe EPA has opened a public comment period on a proposed rule that aims to allow retailers the opportunity to recover sales opportunities lost to the COVID-19 pandemic for wood heating appliances that meet Step 1 requirements under the 2015 NSPS. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

In Depth: Pellet Plant Safety Rooted in Planning, Practice

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe lines of communication between pellet facility employees, management and local fire and emergency response personnel begin with robust training and planning. But even the best-laid plans are only as good as a plant's practice regimen. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

In Depth: Changes to Dust Fire and Explosion Standards

BY Jeff Davis Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAccording to National Fire Protection Association standards for combustible dust, facilities utilizing wood-based products, including pellet mills and other biomass processing plants, must have a dust hazard analysis completed by early September. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

In Depth: Explosion Protection for Dust Collection

BY David Grandaw Found In:Pellets, ThermalSound explosion prevention and protection strategies are critical in the most susceptible areas of a pellet plant. One process vessel especially prone to a dust explosion is the air-material separator, due to the very dry, fine dust it pulls in. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

Opinion: Understanding Ash

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor operations struggling with ash and slagging, the solution can often be found in the management of potential contamination sources. It's important to understand differences between tree species, and varying inclusion rates of bark, dirt and dust. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

USIPA: EU recognizes biomass is integral to energy transition

BY U.S. Industrial Pellet Association Found In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. Industrial Pellet Association has welcomed the EU Biodiversity Strategy, which acknowledges that sustainable biomass will be integral to achieving Europe’s carbon reduction and biodiversity goals. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Senate hearing addresses wood stoves, RFS and biomass neutrality

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to extend the sales deadline for Step 1 wood heaters, rulemaking to classify biomass as carbon neutral and issues associated with the RFS and SREs were among the topics discussed during a May 20 Senate hearing. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

EPA proposal aims to improve transparency of guidance documents

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA has released a proposed rule that aims to establish consistent requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance documents. The agency said the rule will increase transparency and improve its process for managing guidance documents. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

ACE 2020 conference ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with the FEW

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Coalition for Ethanol is pleased to announce its 33rd annual conference will be held in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International on Aug. 25, in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE