Pellets & Densified Biomass

July 29, 2014

N.Y. announces biomass thermal incentives, RPS solicitation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn July 29, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made two announcements that will benefit bioenergy projects within the state, including the official launch of Renewable Heat N.Y. and the availability of funding to support clean energy generation projects. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

Drax one step closer to securing CfD for second unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA recent regulatory filing made by the Drax Group plc indicates the company could be one step closer to securing an investment contract for a second biomass unit conversion under the Final Investment Decision Enabling (FID Enabling) mechanism. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

150 federal buildings found to be candidates for pellet boilers

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, ThermalWood pellet boilers should be considered at all hot-water heated federal facilities where natural gas is unavailable, particularly in northern regions, according to the U.S. General Services Administration. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Biomass Secure Power secures location for Louisiana pellet mill

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsThe board of directors of the Natchitoches Parish Port Commission approved a notice of intent to lease Biomass Secure Power Inc. 75 acres of land to build their proposed pellet plant within the confines of the Port of Natchitoches. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Report discusses future of European pellet, biogas markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent report filed with the USDA indicates the European Commission expects heat and power production from biomass to account for about 45 percent of the renewable use in Europe by 2020. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

DECC announces draft CfD budget, gets program approval from EC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that starting in October, renewable energy projects in the U.K. will complete for a budget of more than GBP 200 million as part of the government's reforms to the electricity market. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

Pellet-fired heating system in use at hospital in New Brunswick

BY Government of New Brunswick Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Grand Falls Hospital is one of the first public buildings in New Brunswick, Canada, to utilize a new energy-efficient, pellet-fired heating system. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

BC pellet producers step up to reduce dust explosion hazards

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsBritish Columbia pellet producers are facing stepped up safety inspections by WorkSafeBC. Administrator Gord Macatee prepared a review and action plan that outlines plans for an agency restructuring and reviews mitigation of safety hazards from dust. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

U.K. DECC model confirms GHG benefits of North American pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change reported that scientific analysis has proven that biomass from North America can help decarbonize U.K. electricity supplies. The analysis was performed using a new model developed by the DECC. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Athens Energy new tax credit eligibility helps spur investments

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA biomass power plant in Athens, Maine, received certification for Maine New Markets tax credits from directors of the Finance Authority of Maine. The facility is run by Athens Energy LLC, a sister company of Maine Woods Pellets Co. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

E-Pellets acquires Georgia mill for wood pellet production

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsE-Pellets Group LLC recently acquired the formally boarded up Louisiana Pacific OSB mill in Athens, Georgia, to convert it into a wood pellet production facility. The facility is expected to produce 450,000 metric tons annually by August 2015. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsViaspace recently announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. The collaboration will further research on Giant King Grass. READ MORE

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