Pellets & Densified Biomass

May 01, 2018

Astec nears completion on Georgia, Arkansas pellet plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsAstec Industries Inc. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results. During an April 24 investor call, the company provided an update on pellet plant construction activities in Georgia and Arkansas and discussed future plans. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

EIA: Subsidies for renewables down as tax credits diminish

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFederal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56 percent decline from FY 2013. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

EIB launches financing initiative for bioeconomy, agriculture

BY European Investment Bank Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Investment Bank, the EU bank, announced the launch of a new financing initiative April 16 that aims to unlock close to EUR 1 billion of investment in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

Biomass Secure Power enters MOU to deliver biocoal

BY Biomass Secure Power Inc. Found In:Pellets, PowerBiomass Secure Power Inc. recently announced ithas entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a power company located in the U.S. for the delivery of biocoal. Shipments are currently scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2019. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

In Depth: Building Out Biomass in the Land Down Under

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWill Australia use bioenergy to its full potential, or primarily serve export markets? READ MORE

April 18, 2018

House committee passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The bill reauthorizes many bioenergy programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Partnership aims to make biocoal accessible to everyone

BY Clean Electricity Generation Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAt several locations around the world, a partnership of international companies initiated by Clean Energy Generation and Stork, a Fluor Co., plans to construct facilities for the commercial-scale production of biocoal. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

BSP licenses technology from RBE, plans Louisiana biocoal plant

BY Biomass Secure Power Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBiomass Secure Power Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with River Basin Energy Inc. The IP covered under the agreement includes technology that will be deployed at BSP’s Louisiana plant for the manufacture of biocoal. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Veolia launches UK online marketplace for organic resources

BY Veolia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVeolia is launching an online trading platform in the U.K. that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. The BioTrading website will be a sales and auction marketplace that connects buyers to the rest of the value chain. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

McConnell introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Enviva releases latest Track & Trace data

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:PelletsEnviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, April 12 released its latest Track & Trace sourcing data, which marks two years of publicly available reporting of the company’s sourcing material. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

Enviva: Chesapeake terminal to resume operations by June 30

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsEnviva Partners LP has announced its deep-water marine terminal in Chesapeake, Virginia, is expected to resume full operations by June 30 following a previously announced fire that damaged the facility on Feb. 27. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

IRENA: Global bioenergy capacity increases in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released new data that shows global renewable power generation capacity increased by 167 GW in 2017, reaching 2,179 GW. This represents an annual growth of approximately 8.3 percent. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Draft 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation reauthorizes many bioenergy-related programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 10, 2018

EIA predicts increased bioenergy capacity in 2018, 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 10 percent of electricity generation this year, increasing to 11 percent in 2019. READ MORE

April 10, 2018

Drax joins Powering Past Coal Alliance

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerOn April 9, Drax Group, owner of the largest power station in Western Europe, signed up to the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a global coalition of counties, states, cities and businesses committed to ending coal generation. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

UK bioenergy capacity, generation up in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released provisional 2017 energy data, reporting renewable energy generation reached a record high of 98.9 terawatt hours (TWh) last year, up 18.8 percent when compared to 2016. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

BioPower Sustainable Energy acquires Atikokan pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBioPower Sustainable Energy Corp., a subsidiary of True North Timber, has acquired the assets of the former Rentech pellet plant in Atikokan, Ontario. The company plans to sell both commercial pellets and residential heating pellets. READ MORE

March 30, 2018

Nippon celebrates opening of biomass power facility

BY Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. Found In:Pellets, PowerNippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. held a completion ceremony March 16 for the biomass mixed combustion power generation facility at Ishinomaki Hibarino Power Plant, operated by Nippon Paper Ishinomaki Energy Center Ltd. READ MORE

March 29, 2018

Opinion: Spreading the Word, Being Heard

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasWhile the export industry and demand outside North America is out of our stakeholders’ control—as are external market forces such as the weather, and the price of fossil fuels—there are things that we can and must do to influence domestic growth. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

Massachusetts announces funding for woodstove rebate program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Massachusetts government has announced $450,000 in funding for the 2018 Commonwealth Woodstove Change-out Program, which provides rebates to homeowners two replace older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, EPA-certified wood and pellet stoves. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

Protacon purchases interest in Inray

BY Protacon Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTechnology company Protacon has purchased a substantial part of Inray Ltd, a Finnish company supplying X-ray technology based measurement systems to power and thermal plants, including those fueled by biomass. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

Opinion: Introducing Operation 100k

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalSeverity of winters and the price of heating oil are impossible to predict, but it is vital we plan based on the trends we are seeing now—shorter heating seasons and low-priced alternatives—as we look into the future of our industry. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

EIA: 790,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in December

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn March 20, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced U.S. manufacturers of densified biomass fuel reported producing 650,000 tons of product and selling 790,000 tons in December. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

USDA report shows impact of US biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released a new report that measures economic growth, job creation and household income from biofuel and bioenergy production, along with future growth in renewable chemicals and biobased products. READ MORE

March 24, 2018

Opinion: Metals Testing Questions Answered

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalIn November 2017, the PFI Standards Program was updated to include the testing of the same metals that are referenced in the international pellet specifications published under ISO 17225-2, and referenced in wood pellet quality certification schemes. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Opinion: Many New Initiatives—Will Sales Increase?

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalMaine policymakers have undertaken a number of new initiatives to promote biomass heating, motivated largely out of concern for the future of our state’s forest products industry. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

Opinion: Advanced Wood Heat Can Flatten the Duck Curve

BY Scott Nichols Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAdvanced wood heat is a solution for the "duck curve" in the U.S. Northeast. By deploying it instead of heat pumps, states would not only flatten the duck’s head, but reduce total power consumption, and offset the use of other fossil READ MORE

March 21, 2018

EPA funds development of biomass-fueled thermoelectric stoves

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn mid-March, the U.S. EPA awarded $1.8 million to six small businesses to develop technologies that provide solutions for environmental issues. Two of the six companies are developing biomass-fueled thermoelectric stoves. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2018 Rural Energy for America Program funding. The program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE