Pellets & Densified Biomass

June 15, 2017

Enviva considers building pellet facility in Virginia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe city of Danville, Virginia, recently announced the approval of a purchase agreement with Enviva Development Holdings LLC for a 168-acre tract of land in the Berry Hill Industrial Park in Pittsylvania County. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

Students attend pop-up Drax virtual tour

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerSchoolchildren at a North Yorkshire primary school recently experienced a unique new “pop up” planetarium developed by Drax to support STEM learning—science, technology, engineering and math—in the curriculum. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

DOE names new director of ORNL

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced the appointment of Thomas Zacharia as the new Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was unanimously selected by the UT-Battelle board of governors to succeed Thom Mason. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

Hazlett selected to lead USDA Rural Development agencies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named Anne Hazlett to lead USDA’s Rural Development agencies. Hazlett, who’s title will be assistant to the secretary for Rural Development, will report directly to Perdue. READ MORE

June 12, 2017

Enviva’s Cottondale plant idle less than 1 day following fire

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA June 10 fire at Enviva’s pellet plant in Cottondale, Florida, resulted in minor damages, but the plant resumed operations at full capacity later that day. The fire occurred in a conveyor belt. READ MORE

June 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Infrastructure Administration has released the June edition of Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 9 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2017, increasing to nearly 10 percent in 2018. READ MORE

June 08, 2017

Opinion: Setting the record straight on the Paris Agreement

BY M. Seth Ginther Found In:Pellets, PowerEven though President Trump has chosen to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, U.S. pellet producers will still be able to participate in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change by continuing to supply wood pellets to Europe. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

USDA, DOE open $9 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy are making up to $9 million in funding available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to support the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels and biobased products. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Port of Tyne takes delivery of 2 eco-hoppers

BY Port of Tyne Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Port of Tyne took delivery of two new purpose-built eco-hoppers June 6 at a cost of £4.5 million, marking a major milestone in the development of around £100 million of new infrastructure at the port’s South Shields base in northeast England. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2017 grants

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerThe Enviva Forest Conservation Fund recently announced it is awarding $500,000 to three projects that will help conserve more than 8,000 acres of environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Drax Biomass awarded Lantern Award

BY Drax Biomass Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass recently received the Lantern Award for its dedication and commitment to Louisiana communities. The award was handed out personally by Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

USDA report provides background on Japan’s Clean Wood Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides background information Japan’s recently implemented Clean Wood Act, which aims to ensure domestic and imported wood are harvested legally. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Opinion: The Sustainability Standoff

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCommercial forests in the Southeast are owned by millions of private individuals and families who are currently struggling to see the value in taking on the cost of certification. READ MORE

June 04, 2017

Opinion: Airlines Overbook—Should Bagged Pellet Producers?

BY Stan Elliot Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs the industry looks ahead to the 2017 heating season, many producers might ask themselves, should we overbook? Like the airline business, the pellet business runs on thin margins, so no company can face many bad years. READ MORE

June 03, 2017

Opinion: Keeping the Forests as Forests

BY Charlie Niebling Found In:Pellets, ThermalLawmakers are beginning to realize the public interest in biomass energy policy is about much more than renewable electricity and heat displacing demand for high carbon, nonrenewable fossil fuels. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Trump pulls US out of Paris Agreement

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn what he described as a move to fulfill his duty to protect America and its citizens, President Donald Trump has officially begun the process to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

In Depth: Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need for intercontinental collaboration. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

In Depth: Feedstock Sustainability Regulations in the EU

BY Hannes Lechner and John Dawson-Nowak Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSustainability of biomass supply is already a well-monitored, efficiently managed issue in some European countries, regarding supply chains for industrial-scale power and heat generation. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

U.S. Forest Service grants expand wood energy markets

BY U.S. Forest Service Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced over $8.3 million to substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. Federal funds will leverage almost $37 million in matching funds. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Renewable energy jobs push 10 million globally

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe renewable energy industry directly and indirectly employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016, an increase of 1.1 percent over the previous year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s newly released annual jobs report. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed by any president. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Lignetics acquires the Marth Companies

BY Lignetics Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLignetics Inc. recently announced the acquisition of the Marth Companies LLC, which includes manufacturing plants in Marathon, Athens, and Peshtigo, Wisconsin, as well as the Marth Transportation trucking assets. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

UK biomass power sets new quarterly record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerIn the U.K., the latest Electrical Insights Report, produced by researchers at Imperial College London in collaboration with Drax, shows biomass generation hit a new high of 4.4 TWh during the first quarter of this year. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

Siwertell signs unloader order for UK biomass-fueled power plant

BY Cargotec Corp. Found In:Pellets, PowerSiwertell, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with the Spanish-Korean consortium, TR-Samsung, for a Siwertell ship unloader to support a new biomass-fueled power plant under construction in Teesside, Middlesbrough, U.K. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

South Korea long-term pellet offtakes unlikely, experts say

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerWhile South Korea’s consumption of industrial wood pellets is growing and expected to continue, the prospect of North American producers securing long-term offtake agreements with utilities in the country in the near-term is grim, FutureMetrics said. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

Rentech releases first quarter financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting consolidated revenues from continuing operations of $32.2 million, down from $39.9 million during the same period of the previous year. Gross loss was $700,000. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Enviva reports solid operating performance

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP has released first quarter financial results, reporting net revenue of $122.1 million, up 13.9 percent from the same quarter of last year. Net income was $2.5 million, down from $5.5 million. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

EIA updates short-term biomass power forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes 2017 and 2018 forecasts for biomass power generation. READ MORE