Pellets & Densified Biomass

November 26, 2014

Helsingin Energia, Vapo agree on pellet deliveries in Finland

BY Helsingin Energia Found In:Pellets, PowerHelsingin Energia and Vapo have agreed on wood pellet deliveries to the Salmisaari and Hanasaari combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants. The delivery amounts are significant on the Finnish scale. Pellets are used for replacing imported coal. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Drax commissions study on relative cost of biomass, offshore wind

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Power Ltd. recently commissioned a study from Frontier Economics that addresses the relative system cost of biomass and offshore wind in the U.K. The study determined the relative cost of offshore wind is significantly higher than biomass. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

DOE: Report assesses value of cofiring biomass with coal

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, PowerA joint Idaho National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report presents results of an evaluation funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the effects of substituting up to 20 percent renewable biomass for coal. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Opinion: Partners in Profit

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn the midst of producing the final issue of Biomass Magazine in 2014, dedicated to biomass integrations, conversions and colocations, the International Panel on Climate Change released a report urging a phase-out of fossil fuel energy this century. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

In Depth: A Dot on the Map

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerOntario Power Generation’s Atikokan and Thunder Bay generating station conversions mark a turning point in Canadian power generation. READ MORE

November 24, 2014

In Depth: Hand and Glove

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsAppalachian Wood Pellets and Malheur Pellet Mill grew out of existing sawmill operations that learned to leverage a colocation strategy for maximum operational benefits. READ MORE

November 22, 2014

In Depth: Test to Tradition

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWith double the events from last year, National Bioenergy Day is evolving into an annual tradition. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

House passes bill that would impact EPA rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to prohibit the U.S. EPA from proposing regulations based on science that is not transparent or not reproducible by a vote of 237 to 190. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

Fairbanks air quality plan released for public review

BY Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is releasing for public review and comment a draft "State Implementation Plan" that the community and state will take to address air pollution in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

RSB partners with Elements Traceability Software

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and Elements Software Ltd. are working together to help RSB members track their biofuel feedstocks. Elements is a web based traceability platform that will help with Renewable Energy Directive compliance. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

Biomass industry triumphs in EPA's biogenic emissions framework

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has never before made such a clear and emphatic endorsement of biomass, commented Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves on release of the agency's updated biogenic emissions framework. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

EPA releases updated biogenic emissions framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has released a revised framework for assessing biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources, along with a memo that provides regulatory guidance on how the framework will impact the Clean Power Plan and certain permitting requirements. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

San Joaquin Valley incentive program gets additional $2 million

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe California San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District will provide an additional $2 million in funding to its Burn Cleaner Incentive Program to support the installation of natural gas or certified wood or pellet burning units. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Live from Vancouver

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsThis installment of Ash Content finds me in Vancouver attending the Wood Pellet Association of Canada 2014 Conference. READ MORE

November 17, 2014

Viridis Energy reports revenue growth in Q3 earnings results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsViridis Energy Inc. reported another quarter of progressive revenue growth, according to Christopher Robertson, CEO of Viridis. Revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 was $7.6 million, an increase of $4.6 million from the same period of last year. READ MORE

November 17, 2014

WPAC 2014 opens with Fibreco tour

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsThe Wood Pellet Association of Canada 2014 conference opened with a tour of North Vancouver's Fibreco pellet terminal. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

U.K. DECC annual energy statement addresses bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey recently delivered his annual energy statement to Parliament. Bioenergy investments were among those discussed in the statement and addressed in a complimentary report. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

Rentech reports pellet plants' progress, earnings

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsRentech Inc. is seeing robust activity in its fiber business, particularly in Canada, CEO Hunt Ramsbottom reported in a Nov. 6 quarterly earnings conference call. The company's Atikokan and Wawa, Ontario, pellet plants are nearly complete. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

German Pellets, ZG Raiffeisen Energie form joint venture

BY German Pellets GmbH Found In:PelletsThe pellet producer German Pellets GmbH and ZG Raiffeisen Energie GmbH, a Baden, Germany-based trading and service company organized as a cooperative, have founded a joint venture for the sale of wood pellets. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Montana DNRC awards Bridger Bowl a $20,000 grant for boiler

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has announced the distribution of $110,000 in grants to three wood energy projects. Troy Public Schools, Bridger Bowl Ski Area and SmartLam Technologies Group were the recipients. READ MORE

November 10, 2014

Community energy partnership qualified by OPA to submit proposals

BY Envida Community Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, PowerGIME Energya team made up of Envida Community Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., and a number of equity partners, has been qualified by the Ontario Power Authority to submit proposals for renewable energy biomass projects. READ MORE

November 07, 2014

Drax mulls fourth unit conversion, evaluates U.S. East Coast

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax has released management statements consistent with its interim report from July 1 to Nov. 3, which includes details on the company's continued conversion of its U.K.-based power station and potential expansion of operations in the U.S. READ MORE

November 07, 2014

The Pellet Build-out Continues

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets

November 06, 2014

Rentech closes on sale of alternative energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 4, Rentech Inc. announced it has closed on the sale of its alternative energy technologies to Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Co. Ltd. for a total of $15.3 million. The transaction was first announced in March. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Forest Service opens $5 million funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking proposals for projects that substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the U.S. to support forest management needs. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

New Bedford Waste to manufacture fuel briquette from recyclables

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsNew Bedford Waste Services LLC, a sister company of ABC Disposal Service Inc., is building a commodity, municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling and Eco-Tac briquette manufacturing facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Pellet exports from U.S. South continue to grow

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:PelletsPellet shipments from the U.S. and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions in 2014, with the shipments from the U.S. South increasing and Canadian volumes declining, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Requiem for Mary Rosenthal

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsI offer a personal remembrance for one of the biomass industry's own, Mary Rosenthal, upon hearing the news of her passing. READ MORE

November 03, 2014

Opinion: Hurry Up and Wait

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOD is the single largest user of energy in the world, spending nearly $20 billion annually on heat, power and liquid fuels. READ MORE

November 02, 2014

Opinion: Maintaining Industry Stability

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalAll looks good for Maine’s pellet industry. Spurred by $5,000-per-unit consumer rebates from the state’s Efficiency Maine energy agency, pellet boiler firms are installing at a combined rate of one unit per day. READ MORE