Pellets & Densified Biomass

August 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in August STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting electricity generation from renewable sources will reach 1.857 million MWh per day in 2017, falling to 1.836 MWh per day in 2018. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Construction begins on New York pellet heating project

BY New York Department of Environmental Conservation Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe New York Power Authority, Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Police, and Adirondack Park Agency recently announced the start of construction on a wood pellet biomass boiler heating loop in Essex County, New York. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Enviva reports increased productivity from modified plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Aug. 3, Enviva Partners LP released second quarter financial results, providing an update on efforts to modify it pellet production process to improve pellet quality. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

U.K. releases 2016 energy statistics

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe United Kingdom is currently ahead of its renewable energy targets laid out in the 2009 European Union Renewable Energy Directive, according to the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Fiber costs for North American pellet plants trend downward

BY North American Wood Fiber Review Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWith the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry and forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 and early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Canadian government invests $2.6 million in Sustane Technologies

BY Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCanadians will benefit from well-paying jobs and business opportunities created by a Halifax-based company that turns landfill waste into clean-burning fuel, thanks to a $2.6-million investment by the government of Canada. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Changes Coming to PFI Standards Program

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalSome upcoming changes are coming to the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Self-Reflection and Realities

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalProducers who have embraced safety and are aggressively pursuing best practices in dust management are finding that, in addition to increased employee safety and retention, these measures are introducing new efficiencies into plants and increasing pr READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

In Depth: Mitigating Pellet Silo Fires

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:PelletsSilo fires cost time, money and sometimes even lives. Minimizing the risk of, and damage from, fires should be mission-critical for responsible pellet producers. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

In Depth: Powering Up New Feedstock Demand

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn-site biomass power production is the latest chapter in a decades-long story of the Linkletter family adding value to Maine’s robust wood fiber resource. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

Sumitomo buys stake in Canadian wood pellet producer

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerWordwide general trading company Sumitomo Corp. has acquired a 48 percent stake in Canadian wood pellet producer Pacific BioEnergy Corp. The company said that is is seeking to establish a steady wood pellet supply for the long-term. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

In Depth: Safety in Numbers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA collaborative campaign to overhaul safety protocol at Canadian wood pellet plants is evoking positive ripple effects across the industry. READ MORE

July 23, 2017

Opinion: Sustainable Biomass Partnership: Fact, not Fallacy

BY Carsten Huljus Found In:PelletsThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership is a credible and robust certification system enabling users of woody biomass for energy production to demonstrate compliance with regulatory and sustainability requirements. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Russian pellet production, exports expected to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Russian Federation recently filed its annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting wood pellet production and exports are expected to increase by 10 percent this year. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

UCSC awarded $250,000 grant from U.S. Forest Service

BY Scott Rappaport, University of California, Santa Cruz Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service awarded a $250,000 grant to the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure at UC Santa Cruz. The center will use the grant to study the economic feasibility of developing an innovative forest industry cluster near Reno, Nevada. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Drax discusses future plans during investor presentation

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerReducing the cost of wood pellet production, finishing two capacity expansions and overhauling a recently acquired plant are just a few of the many focuses Drax CEO Dorothy Thompson discussed during the company’s recent investor presentation. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Enviva releases updated Track & Trace data

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva has released its latest proprietary Track & Trace forestry data, highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. The data measures and demonstrates the company's sustainability practices. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Pinnacle Renewable Energy purchases 50th pellet mill from Andritz

BY Andritz Found In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy recently purchased its 50th pellet mill from Andritz Feed & Biofuel, and officials from the company visited Andritz’s manufacturing facility on June 20 to see the new biofuel pellet mill, a Sprout 26LM II, being made. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

EIA: 460,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn July 10, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data on the U.S. densified biomass fuel industry, reporting there was nearly 12.71 million tons of capacity in place in April, with an additional 163,500 tons under development. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

Enviva Partners extends contracts at Port Panama City

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva has announced that it is extending its contracts with the Panama City Port Authority, the Bay Line Railroad LLC and SSA Gulf Inc. through 2023. This commitment supports operations at the company’s Cottondale facility. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Grants help maple syrup makers install pellet, wood chip systems

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn Vermont, The Clean Energy Development Fund at the state’s Public Service Department is offering grant funding of up to $20,000 to help sugar makers install evaporators fueled with wood pellets or wood chips. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Opinion: Are We Ready for the 100 Percent Renewable Energy Movement?

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalMany in the biomass heating movement bemoan warm winters, low fossil fuel prices and the slow pace of conversions to biomass heat. But systems to adopt renewable heating are being put in place, and though we could be, we aren't a part of them. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

IEA Bioenergy Task 40 updates report on pellet industry, trade

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIEA Bioenergy Task 40, an initiative established by the International Energy Agency in 2003 to focus on international bioenergy technology, recently published a new report on the global wood pellet industry and trade. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Opinion: Farm Bill Energy Programs: All-of-the-Above Value

BY Lloyd Ritter Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe all-of-the-above energy approach of the Farm Bill energy programs enables investment in rural America, supports innovation and new manufacturing industries, and generates economic opportunities and jobs. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMore than 800 attendees and 160-plus producers of biomass power, heat, pellets biogas and advanced biofuels met in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE