Pellets & Densified Biomass

December 02, 2015

House votes to block Clean Power Plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIn a vote of 242-180, the U.S. House has voted to repeal the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and through another vote of 235-188, to block EPA rules governing emissions from new power plants. President Obama has stated he plans to veto the measures. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

BTEC summit: Encouraging signs for the biomass thermal industry

BY Meghan Martin, Biomass Thermal Energy Council Policy Fellow Found In:Pellets, ThermalA large group of representatives from industry, non-profit organizations and educational institutions gathered on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Biomass Thermal Energy Councils' Biomass Thermal DC Summit. READ MORE

December 02, 2015

SaraRasa signs wood pellet off-take agreement

BY SaraRasa Bioindo Found In:PelletsDovre Group Plc’s associate SaraRasa Bioindo has signed an off-take agreement with CellMark Energy. According to the agreement, Cellmark Energy will purchase a majority portion of the wood pellets produced by SaraRasa. READ MORE

December 01, 2015

Agreement to address climate change under negotiation in Paris

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThis week, President Obama traveled to Paris to join nearly 200 nations for the COP21 global conference on climate change. Coinciding with the conference, was the announcement that Obama and 19 other world leaders launched "Mission Innovation." READ MORE

November 30, 2015

BBI International announces Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBBI International has announced the Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit as a pre-conference seminar for the 2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo. The event will take place April 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

UK announces plans to extend, reform Renewable Heat Incentive

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Nov. 25, the U.K. government published its spending review, which includes details of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s budget for the next four years. The budget includes calls for extension and reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

Rentech restarts Wawa plant, achieves record week at Atikokan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has released operational updates on its Canadian pellets plants. According to the company, the Wawa, Ontario, plant is back online, while the Atikokan, Ontario, facility recently achieved record weekly production volumes. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

Energex qualifies as eighth member of PFI standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute has announced Energex has qualified its Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, and Lac-Megantic, Quebec, facilities under the PFI Standards Program. The pellet producer is the eighth company to qualify under the program. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

Export of wood pellets more environmentally friendly than coal

BY University of Illinois Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAccording to a University of Illinois expert in environmental economics, even after accounting for factors ranging from harvesting to transportation to the U.K., wood pellets still trump coal by a wide margin in carbon emissions savings. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

Zeroing in on the Global Pellet Market

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit will be held on April 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s a really nice compliment to the largest annual gathering of biomass professionals in the U.S., an event that already has plenty of content dedicated t READ MORE

November 24, 2015

Drax provides update of biomass operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc released a trading update on Nov. 24, reporting that trading conditions in the markets in which the company operates have remained challenging. Biomass operations, however, are continuing in line with expectations. READ MORE

November 24, 2015

REA: Top 10 things UK Green CSR would do to support renewables

BY Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 25, the U.K. government will announce the contents of its long-awaited Comprehensive Spending Review. This document effectively sets the budgets of many departments and agencies, including the Department for Energy and Climate Change. READ MORE

November 24, 2015

In Depth: Planning For Compliance

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerMonths have passed since the release of the Clean Power Plan final rules, and states and utilities are busy charting their paths forward. READ MORE

November 23, 2015

Opinion: Industry Challenges Lead to Change, Growth

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalThere will be additional modifications in the wood pellet industry as ridiculously low oil prices continue. We are fortunate for our system in which stress creates change and then growth. READ MORE

November 23, 2015

Report concludes US pellet exports no threat to southern forests

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report commissioned by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, NAFO and USIPA, finds the U.S. export of industrial wood pellets to meet renewable energy goals in the EU is not a threat to the sustainability of southern U.S. forests. READ MORE

November 23, 2015

In Depth: An Appetite for Acquisition

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalCurrently focused on converting a shuttered ethanol facility into a pellet plant, Northeast Wood Products is well on its way to reaching its five-year goal of 1.5 million tons of annual capacity. READ MORE

November 22, 2015

Opinion: Regional Visions for Wood Heat

BY Ben Bell-Walker Found In:Pellets, ThermalIf you’ve ever traveled to the Pacific Northwest, one of the many impressions you’ll take away is the sheer abundance of forests and woody biomass. Some states, however, face very different problems in managing their forests READ MORE

November 20, 2015

The UK's Energy Strategy Identity Crisis

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. has been a role model to other countries looking to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy generation. But, as of recent, it seems the tides may be turning. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

In Depth: The UK’s Conversion Diversion

BY Amanda Saint Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe first six months of majority Conservative rule in the United Kingdom has been characterized by drastic budget cuts, including removal of subsidies for biomass power and other renewable energy. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

ITA announces app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration has announced a beta version of an interactive app to serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exporters. Companies interested in participating are encouraged to contact the ITA. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

Renew Biomass, New Energy Farms announce partnership

BY Renew Biomass Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenew Biomass and New Energy Farms recently announced their long-term partnership agreement in which New Energy Farms will provide Renew Biomass with high-quality Miscanthus planting material. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

Opinion: Seoul Power

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsThe final issue of Pellet Mill Magazine in 2015 is dedicated entirely to Asian pellet production and markets. Although still in its infancy, work to open and stabilize new markets for wood pellets in Asia will continue. READ MORE

November 19, 2015

UK Energy Minister speech focuses on new gas, phasing out coal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. government has announced plans to close all coal-fired stations by 2025. Although bioenergy was not specifically mentioned in the government's announcement, Drax notes moving away from coal presents a significant opportunity for biomass. READ MORE

November 19, 2015

In Depth: Situation South Korea

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsPellet trade between South Korea and Canada essentially came to a standstill this year, but recent coordination between the two may bring back opportunities. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

Viridis focuses Q3 results on Scotia, Okanagan plant operations

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Nov. 17, Viridis Energy Inc. released financial results for its nine months and third quarter ended Sept. 30, reporting a profitable quarter at Scotia Atlantic Biomass and progress on the Okanagan pellet mill improvement project. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

DOE biomass advisory committee schedules November meeting

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 is scheduled for Nov. 18-19. The event will be held in Emeryville, California. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

Opinion: Great Expectations: Asian Renewable Energy Plans

BY MICHELE REBIERE Found In:PelletsAsian markets have become a regular conversation among the wood pellet industry participants. Rebiere says although difficult to predict, Asia will overtake Europe in consumption of biomass. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

OPG’s biomass-converted stations positively contribute in Q3

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerOPG releases third quarter results, reporting increased earnings from its contracted generation portfolio segment due to the new hydroelectric units on the Lower Mattagami River and the conversion to biomass fuel at Atikokan and Thunder Bay. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

SD, VA projects receive USDA value-added grant funding

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFive bioenergy projects in two states were among the 258 businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $34 million from the USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant program. The grants were announced last week. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

Kingdom BioFuel opens wood pellet mill in Pennsylvania

BY Kingdom BioFuel Found In:Pellets, ThermalKingdom BioFuel prepares to open a first-of-its-kind wood pellet mill in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The 12,000-ton-per-year wood pellet mill will provide local residents with an eco-friendly heating product throughout the coming winter. READ MORE