Pellets & Densified Biomass

December 15, 2016

Enviva Partners completes Sampson drop-down acquisition

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Sampson plant in North Carolina and associated off-take contracts from Enviva Holdings LP’s joint venture with affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

EIA begins monthly reporting of wood pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the initial results of a new survey launched in January 2016 to gather information on wood pellets and other densified biomass production, sales and inventory. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Trump nominates Perry to lead the Department of Energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas, to serve as Secretary of Energy. The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

ETI: Survey reveals public support for bioenergy in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent survey found strong public support for the production of bioenergy in the U.K., from both biomass and waste. Approximately 80 percent of respondents were in favor of bioenergy playing a bigger role in the country’s energy mix. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

BEV to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 12, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that will finance emerging energy breakthroughs. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

Denmark's largest power station replaces coal with wood pellets

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor the past 18 months, Avedøre Power Station has been converting its coal-fired power station unit, and the entire combined-heat-and-power plant is now able to produce electricity and heat based on wood pellets and straw, rather than coal and gas. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Highland Pellets commissions Arkansas pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerHighland Pellet’s 600,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is officially open and undergoing commissioning and is expected to be producing pellets by the end of the year. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 21. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

EIA updates 2017 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will generate 8 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2016, increasing to 9 percent in 2017. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Drax to acquire Opus Energy, 4 OCGT development projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 6, Drax Group plc announced plans to acquire Opus Energy Group Ltd. and four open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) development projects. Drax also said it is continuing to monitor opportunities to acquire additional wood pellet plants. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Baringa Partners appointed to lead ETI biomass logistics project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Energy Technologies Institute has appointed energy consultancy Baringa Partners to lead a project to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on U.K. logistics infrastructure development. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalNov. 18 marked the official opening of Maine Energy Systems’ wood pellet distribution facility and heating equipment showroom with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the project site in North Oxford, Massachusetts. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

A Few Good Plugs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsToday is the last day to submit an abstract for the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Colombo Energy becomes 17th qualified into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn Nov. 30, the Pellet Fuels Institute qualified Colombo Energy of Greenwood, South Carolina, into its Standards Program, which now represents 17 pellet manufacturing companies, among them 29 facilities. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

EU publishes clean energy policy package for heating, cooling

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThis week, the European Commission released a package of policy proposals aimed at boosting the EU’s competitiveness as the world transitions to a clean energy mix. AEBIOM and REA express support and concern over certain aspects of the legislation. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Out With the Old, In With the New

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe best argument our industry has going for it in the context of a Trump administration is its ability to produce jobs, and for the next four years, we’d be wise to build our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on that premise. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Vermont launches wood, pellet stove change-out program

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA new wood and pellet stove change-out program in Vermont aims to help residents update existing systems with cleaner, more efficient models. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Maximizing Decarbonization, Maintaining Grid Reliability

BY William Strauss Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe economics of power generation, combined with the need to keep the grid energized under all scenarios, can provide guidance for determining the least costly way to avoid carbon emissions while maintaining grid reliability. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Finland outlines energy, climate actions to 2030 and beyond

BY Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Finland government approved the national energy and climate strategy to 2030 on Nov. 24. The strategy will be submitted as a government report to the Parliament, where discussion on it started Nov. 30. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Opinion: The Difficulty of Getting Good Biomass Heating Data

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalAmidst what seems like a deluge of half-truths and hyperbole about biomass and its effects, it’s important for the industry not to shy away from rigorously showing the real-world benefits that this form of renewable energy can bring. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

In Depth: Scandinavian Swap-Out

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLeveraging sea routes that connect to vast quantities of regional biomass, combined-heat-and-power stations across Scandinavia are retooling to capitalize on the carbon-neutral fuel. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

In Depth: An Unconventional Conversion Facility

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsChip Energy’s unique biomass recycling venture will turn waste wood into wood pellets, briquettes and more. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

DOE to fund renewable energy projects on Indian land

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. DOE has announced plans to provide up to $6 million in funding to support the deployment of energy efficiency and clean energy on Indian land. Applications are due Feb. 7. An informational webinar is planned for Dec. 1. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Opinion: The Greenest Universities

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalFor high school students, these 20 universities are all excellent places to immerse themselves in renewable energy technology and policy. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

ETI releases UK decarbonization strategy combining bioenergy, CCS

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerThe Energy Technologies Institute released a report this month highlighting the importance of combining bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) if the U.K. is to meet its 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets cost-effectively. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Survey identifies more than 100 million dead trees in California

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Engineering firm warns biomass builders on cutting costs

BY Axiom Engineering Associates Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMoves to make green energy more cost-effective, by cutting corners to reduce up-front costs cheaper, can prove to be an expensive mistake, Axiom Engineering Associates, a U.K. materials engineering company, warns. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs, reduce emissions

BY WILEY Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new article looks at the potential benefits of a Billion Ton Bioeconomy, a vision to enable a sustainable market for producing and converting a billion tons of U.S. biomass to biobased energy, fuels, and products by 2030. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

UK trade groups REA, WHA launch biomass heat campaign

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasThe Renewable Energy Association and Wood Heat Association recently launched a campaign to urge government to support the continued use of biomass as it makes its final decisions around how renewable heat technologies will be funded to 2021. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

2016 is a Wrap

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Wednesday, we sent the December issue of Biomass Magazine to the printer, marking the completion of volume 10 of the title. READ MORE