Pellets & Densified Biomass

August 15, 2014

Opinion: The CAPEX/OPEX Dance

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWithout the right equipment, the profit margins made producing biomass energy products will erode and eventually disappear. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Groups advocate for biogenic emissions framework in letter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 100 organizations recently partnered to issue a letter to John Podesta, counselor to President Obama, urging his support in the release of the U.S. EPA's biogenic accounting framework. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Residential wood heat incentives trending

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn New York and Massachusetts, residential wood heating incentives are on a roll, and the industry is beginning to see trends, according to John Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

First international standards in solid biofuels published

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces that the first seven international standards in the expanding industry of solid biofuels have been published. In addition, work has also begun on part eight of the series. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Progress continues on development of solid biofuel standards

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMeeting recently in Stockholm, ISO Technical Committee 238, Solid Biofuels, made measurable progress toward developing the content for a series of physical property test standards and related topics. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Opinion: The Many Benefits of Replacing Coal With Wood Pellet Fuel

BY William Strauss Found In:PelletsElectricity generated from pellets in converted coal plants is almost the same cost as electricity generated from natural gas, by far the cheapest way to make new, low-carbon power. READ MORE

August 11, 2014

Stoel Rives: IRS issues new guidance on ITC/PTC

BY Stoel Rives LLP Found In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe IRS has issued guidance that clarifies and modifies prior guidance regarding the "beginning of construction" requirement for qualifying for the Section 45 production tax credit (PTC) and the Section 48 investment tax credit (ITC) READ MORE

August 11, 2014

In Depth: Pressing For Success

BY Tim PortzFound In:PelletsFocused on innovation, reliability and efficiency, pellet press manufacturers are keeping pace with demands of rapidly expanding pellet markets. READ MORE

August 10, 2014

In Depth: Warming Up To Outdoor Wood Heaters

BY Katie Fletcher Found In:Pellets, ThermalOutdoor wood appliance manufacturers are feeling the heat of new regulations, but many were already focused on providing cleaner and more efficient systems. READ MORE

August 08, 2014

Expansion of fiber business outlined in Rentech Q2 earnings call

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech CEO Hunt Ramsbottom outlined the company's continued efforts to expand its fiber business in a quarterly earnings call. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Drax loses appeal over CfD, expected to proceed with conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Aug. 7, Drax Group plc released a statement indicating that its second unit conversion is no longer eligible for an investment contract. Rather, the company is expected to proceed with the conversion with support under the Renewables Obligation. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

USDA report aims to provide uniform method for GHG assessment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a report that provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

AgriLife Research: Mesquite a complementary biofuel feedstock

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study outlines how mesquite measures up relative to other bioenergy feedstocks with regard to economic and greenhouse gas efficiency. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Bioenergy week planned in Ontario

BY Canadian Bioenergy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCanadian Bioenergy Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, Lakehead University, Confederation College and the Biomass Innovation Centre of Nipissing University are partnering to offer a full-slate of events from Sept. 8-13 in Ontario. READ MORE

August 06, 2014

Ontario pellet plant expected to begin operations in Q4

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerResolute Forest Products Inc. provided a brief update on the status of its pellet plant under development in Thunder Bay, Ontario, during its second quarter investor conference call. The facility is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter. READ MORE

August 06, 2014

USDA announces inclusion of wood products in BioPreferred program

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe USDA has issued a final rule eliminating the restrictions on including mature market wood products and other materials in the BioPreferred program. The action implements changes included in the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

August 05, 2014

Proposed pellet plant to export product to South Korea

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsA proposed pellet plant under development near Mission, British Columbia, aims to produce wood pellets for export into industrial markets in South Korea and other Asian markets. The project is being developed by SMG Wood Pellet Inc. READ MORE

August 05, 2014

Considering the Counterfactuals

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, PowerA recently released report about the greenhouse gas implications of making power from pellets puts arrows into our industry's quiver, but also the quivers of our detractors. READ MORE

August 01, 2014

Joint venture to develop pellet plants in Vietnam

BY PHI Group Inc. Found In:PelletsPHI Group Inc. recently announced that it has signed a memoranda of understanding with two Vietnam-based wood processing companies to set up joint venture wood pellet factories in Central and Southern Vietnam. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

2014 PFI conference considers market outlook

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe pellet market outlook dominated presentations at the Pellet Fuels Institute annual conference held July 28-29 in Orlando, Florida. During the event, several speakers highlighted the expected growth markets around the globe. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Waters' New Biotech solidifies proposed export facility location

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsWaters' New Biotech, a pellet manufacturer headquartered in Wisconsin, has received approval of a letter of intent from commissioners for the Mississippi State Port Authority for a possible lease of land at the Port of Gulfport in Mississippi. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Zilkha Biomass Energy to develop pellet plant in Arkansas

BY Zilkha Biomass Energy Found In:PelletsZilkha Biomass Energy has announced it is building a facility in Monticello, Arkansas, to manufacture their Zilkha Black Pellet. The company plans to invest $90 million in the facility and create 52 new jobs. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Drax provides operational update during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe Drax Group plc has announced financial results for the first half of the year, reporting that biomass now accounts for more than 20 percent of the its output. Both the first converted unit and the enhanced cofiring unit are performing well. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Genera Energy introduces proprietary feedstock management systems

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsGenera Energy Inc. has announced the deployment of two new proprietary feedstock management systems, Energy Grange and Supply AssureBoth systems were developed through years of R&D and in-the-field testing. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

N.Y. announces biomass thermal incentives, RPS solicitation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn July 29, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made two announcements that will benefit bioenergy projects within the state, including the official launch of Renewable Heat N.Y. and the availability of funding to support clean energy generation projects. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

Drax one step closer to securing CfD for second unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA recent regulatory filing made by the Drax Group plc indicates the company could be one step closer to securing an investment contract for a second biomass unit conversion under the Final Investment Decision Enabling (FID Enabling) mechanism. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

150 federal buildings found to be candidates for pellet boilers

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, ThermalWood pellet boilers should be considered at all hot-water heated federal facilities where natural gas is unavailable, particularly in northern regions, according to the U.S. General Services Administration. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Biomass Secure Power secures location for Louisiana pellet mill

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PelletsThe board of directors of the Natchitoches Parish Port Commission approved a notice of intent to lease Biomass Secure Power Inc. 75 acres of land to build their proposed pellet plant within the confines of the Port of Natchitoches. READ MORE