Pellets & Densified Biomass

June 27, 2014

Opinion: Preparing For New ISO Rules

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:PelletsSeven new ISO standards outlining specifications and classes for various forms of solid biofuels were officially published, updating and replacing seven EN standards. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

GIB highlights achievements in annual report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Green Investment Bank recently released its 2013-'14 annual report and announced new funding to help small and medium enterprises make investments in energy efficiency, including biomass boilers. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

$15 million available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program

BY Anna AustinFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

N.Y. bill would incentivize cellulosic fuels, biomass pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsOn June 19, the New York Assembly voted to pass a bill that aims to amend the state's tax law to provide tax credits for the production of cellulosic ethanol, densified biofuel and renewable fuel oil. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Model may help growers mitigate costly droughts

BY University of Florida Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Florida-created model may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid crop-destroying drought, which can cost millions of dollars in a given year, according to one of the tool's creators. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

In Depth: Pellets Warm County Seats

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalA century-old courthouse in western Maine's Oxford County transitions away from oil and toward pellet heat. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

In Depth: Changing Consumer Habits

BY Carla Harper Found In:PelletsPellet producers consider new strategies to avoid perceived shortages and level demand surges. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: The Beauty of Local Wood Heat

BY Maura Adams Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe pace of change is really picking up when it comes to use and acceptance of wood pellets and chips for heat in the Northeast. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: Buy Local, It’s Cheaper

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass was the earliest source of light and heat, warming and illuminating small bands of ancient humans. Today, it continues to excel as an energy source in smaller applications. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThough the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Vega Biofuels lands large bio-coal order from European company

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Pellets, PowerVega Biofuels Inc. has entered into an agreement with Austrian-based ECEM Salzburg Energy and Environment Consulting GmbH to sell 50,000 tons of bio-coal each year for the next five years. The deal will generate approximately $57 million in revenue. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

In Depth: The Advance Of The Austrian Pellet Boilers

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsEuropeans describe the challenges of introducing technology to North America. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Opinion: Biomass: America's 21st Century Energy Solution

BY Seth Ginther Found In:PelletsThe EPA draft rules on cutting carbon emissions rightly recognize that the world is changing and we need to find sustainable alternative energy. Biomass will have a strong role to play. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

RusForest announces long-term contract for pellet sales

BY RusForest AB Found In:PelletsRusForest AB, a Swedish forestry company with operations in Russia, has signed a long-term contract for pellet sales from its pellet mill in Arkhangelsk. The contract is for 60,000 tons of pellets, a majority of the company's annual production. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

In Depth: 'State of Green' Embraces Pellet Power

BY Lennart Ljungblom Found In:PelletsDenmark's district heat systems are expected to use 100 percent biomass by 2035. What is the prospect that Denmark will join the UK in turning to the United States to fill its growing demand for biomass-based power and heat? READ MORE

June 22, 2014

In Depth: Spark Detection: Plant’s First Line Of Defense

BY Jeffrey C. Nichols Found In:PelletsUnderstanding the best application of infrared and heat detection sensors is important for effective control systems. READ MORE

June 21, 2014

Opinion: Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Biomass

BY Rob Davis Found In:PelletsWe must all do our part to ensure that forests are managed in a sustainable manner and that policies are in place that do not cause this renewable resource to diminish or to be wasted. READ MORE

June 20, 2014

County vote could pave the way for new Drax pellet plant in S.C.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsDrax Biomass, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Drax Group plc, may elect to develop a new pellet plant in Abbeville County, South Carolina. The county recently passed an ordinance that would allow the company an option to purchase a tract of land. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Pennsylvania offers funding for renewable energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is offering approximately $12.5 million in funding to support alternative and renewable energy projects in the state, including biomass, solar, wind and hydro projects. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

EPA opens 120-day comment period on Clean Power Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants in the Federal Register on June 18, officially opening a 120-day comment period. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 16. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

ND inventor reports heightened interest in BIONRG biocoal

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorman Miller, an entrepreneur from Mapleton, N.D., calls himself the father of biocoal. Among his inventions is the Tri-Pack machine that combines coal and biomass with a proprietary additive into a biocoal that can be left as a powder or densified. READ MORE

June 16, 2014

Alter Energy Group plans to purchase, expand N.C. pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsOn June 10, Zurich, Switzerland-based Alter Energy Group AG announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a pellet plant located in North Carolina. According to Edward Klaeger, CEO of AEG, the acquisition is expected to close in early August. READ MORE

June 16, 2014

USDA announces funding for 2 Farm Bill bioenergy programs

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA also announced the availability of its new Bioeconomy Tool Shed. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Report highlights benefits of coal-to-biomass conversions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA new report published by FutureMetrics shows that converting old coal plants to burn wood pellets provides a ready-to-go solution for meeting carbon mitigation goals while creating jobs. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Cornell University center funds 4 bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCornell University's David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has awarded $1.4 million from its Academic Venture Fund to 12 new university projects, including several related to biomass and bioenergy production. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

Virgin Islands FIT Act supports small biomass, renewables

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasU.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John deJongh has a bill that will allow residents to construct renewable energy projects and sell the electrical output to the local utility, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

WBA report illustrates global increase in bioenergy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe World Bioenergy Association recently released a report, titled "WBA Global Bioenergy Statistics 2014," that determined renewables contributed 18.3 percent of the global energy mix, with bioenergy alone contributing approximately 14.1 percent. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

USDA to accept applications for BCAP matching payments

BY Anna Simet and Erin Voegele Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has published a notice of funds availability for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the notice, the USDA will provide $12.5 million in BCAP matching payments this year, with $12.5 million spent on technical assistance. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

UK energy projects sign contracts for renewable energy incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced eight renewable energy projects have officially signed the first contracts under the government's electricity market reforms. The list includes previously-announced biomass projects. READ MORE