Pellets & Densified Biomass

November 14, 2016

USDA announces fiscal year 2017 BCAP funding

BY USDA Farm Service Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced Nov. 10 that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

RSB revises principles and criteria

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has announced that its global members have voted to approve and publish revised principles and criteria, which will provide users with streamlined and easier to follow requirements. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

In Depth: Japan's Rising Pellet Sun

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerAs wood pellet imports in Japan begin to accelerate, industry professionals offer cautious optimism that an Asian market opportunity for North American producers has arrived. READ MORE

November 11, 2016

Rentech offers update of ongoing ramp-up at Ontario plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. releases results for the third quarter of 2016, reporting that the company completed the replacement of problematic conveyors and conducted other maintenance and repairs at both its Wawa and Atikokan Canadian industrial pellet plants. READ MORE

November 11, 2016

Trump is in, What Now?

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels

November 11, 2016

In Depth: Bridging a Demand Gap

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSumitomo Corp. and Cosan Biomassa see an opportunity for pelletized Brazilian sugarcane biomass in Japan’s power market and beyond. READ MORE

November 10, 2016

UK announces plans for second CfD auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has released details of the next Contracts for Difference auction. The application process for the CfD allocation round is set to open in April and is open to certain bioenergy projects. READ MORE

November 10, 2016

EIA: Biomass power production, wood heating to increase in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the November edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will generate 8 percent of U.S. utility-scale electricity in 2016 and 9 percent in 2017. READ MORE

November 10, 2016

Opinion: 2016 USIPA Conference

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Industrial Pellet Association recently held its annual conference in Miami, and USIPA executive director, Seth Ginther, reviews the people who attended and important topics discussed. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

Biomass, biofuel groups hopeful Trump will support bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 8, the U.S. elected republican nominee Donald Trump to serve as its 45th president. Representatives of the biomass and biofuels industries are saying they look forward to working with the new administration to expand bioenergy production. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

FutureMetrics: Wood pellets offer low-cost CO2 reduction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics has published a white paper, titled “The Lowest Cost Solution for Maximum Decarbonization of the Power Sector While Maintaining Grid Reliability,” that compares two scenarios for powering carbon emissions in the power generation sector. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

US producers provide state of industry update at USIPA 2016

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUSIPA's 2016 conference in Miami hosted a larger panel of U.S. producers to discuss the state of the industry, which USIPA executive director, Seth Ginther, attributed to the emphasis on pellet production growth at this year's conference. READ MORE

November 08, 2016

USIPA wraps in Miami with a positive outlook to 2017

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUSIPA’s 2016 conference wraps in Miami with a generally positive outlook on the future of the industrial pellet market, emphasized by growing near-term demand opportunities for U.S. producers in Europe, Asia. READ MORE

November 07, 2016

Enviva Q3 results highlight increasing demand in core markets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva recently released its financial and operating results for quarter three of 2016, reporting that the demand for wood pellets continues to grow, driven by recent developments in Enviva’s core markets. READ MORE

November 07, 2016

USIPA kicks off with building optimism for US producers overseas

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe 6th Annual USIPA conference kicks off in Miami with a keynote panel on Cross-Atlantic biomass perspectives, including remarks from Tom Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service; Bruce Westerman, U.S. Congressman; and Nigel Adams, U.K. MP. READ MORE

November 04, 2016

Kentucky pellet project wins $2.52 million grant

BY Gov. Matt Bevin's office Found In:Pellets, ThermalHarlan Wood Products LLC was awarded a $2.52 million grant from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement to develop a 75,000-ton pellet plant that will produce pellets for export to Europe, primarily Italy and Denmark. READ MORE

November 04, 2016

Hopeful Takeaways From Miami

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn anticipation of the 6th annual U.S. Industrial Pellet Association conference, the associate editor of Pellet Mill Magazine shares what she hopes herself and others can learn while visiting Miami. READ MORE

November 03, 2016

UK REA: Next steps for biomass heat to be discussed in November

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Thermal, BiogasSince the last annual conference of the U.K.’s wood heating and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) industries, installations in several sectors have slowed in the face of months of policy instability and uncertainty. READ MORE

November 02, 2016

Northern Forest Center studies GHG impacts of wood pellet heating

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northern Forest Center has released a study detailing the environmental benefits of wood pellet heating. The analysis shows wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent compared to oil and 59 percent compared to natural gas. READ MORE

November 02, 2016

UK wood pellet imports expected to reach new record in 2016

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, PowerWood pellet imports to the U.K. fell 24 percent year-over-year in August after record high imports during the first half of 2016, but are expected to reach a new all-time high this year, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

October 31, 2016

Astec: Arkansas pellet plant on schedule, more projects planned

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsDue to the ability to secure and ship orders at more profitable rates, as well as favorable infrastructure and wood pellet equipment activity, Astec Industries reported an earnings improvement of 200 percent in Q3 2016 compared to Q3 2015. READ MORE

October 31, 2016

Energy consulting firm launches new company for wood fiber sales

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAeon Energy Solutions recently launched UFSDA LLC, a company created to focus on the fiber side of the business, sourcing and supplying biomass-based products and feedstocks, while AES remain focused on biomass equipment sales. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Biomass research and development committee to meet in November

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 has been scheduled to be held Nov. 17-18 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

Opinion: A Shot in the Arm

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEnergy revenues alone are not enough right now.The open question is whether or not coproduct markets can grow enough to make a difference. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

NEB report illustrates Canadian renewable power landscape

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerIn mid-October, the National Energy Board released a report, noting Canada generates almost two-thirds of its electricity from renewable resources. Hydro is the dominant source of renewable power in the country, followed by wind, biomass and solar. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

USDA awards $327 million in REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA is investing more than $300 million to help hundreds of small businesses adopt renewable energy sources or implement more efficient energy options. The investment includes $327 million in Rural Energy for America Program funding. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

Opinion: The United Kingdom's New Path

BY Frank Aaskov Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOver the past six months, the political landscape in the United Kingdom has changed significantly. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

In Depth: Bioenergy Byproduct to Soil Savior

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalProduction and sale of biochar at biomass-using plants can result in significant financial gains, but the industry is still working at building its myriad of potential markets. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

European Biomass Association releases 2016 bioenergy outlook

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAEBIOM releases its annual statistical report, providing an in-depth look at the European bioenergy sector. Recent editions have included analysis of support schemes for biomass heating, electricity and transport, and market forecasts. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Biomass Heats New Hampshire EPA Office

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe New Hampshire environmental protection and public health agencies just finished installing a multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art biomass heating plant at its facility in Concord. READ MORE