Pellets & Densified Biomass

April 30, 2014

Opinion: Maintaining the Momentum

BY Bill Bell Found In:PelletsMaine Fuel Pellet Alliance Executive Director Bill Bell talks about the upcoming challenges the Northeast pellet industry faces. READ MORE

April 29, 2014

In Depth: From Fluff to Fuel

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsTennessee-based WastAway engineers pellets from MSW that is treated with steam and pressure. READ MORE

April 28, 2014

Pinnacle Renewable begins development on 7th pellet mill in B.C.

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy has begun development of its seventh pellet mill facility in British Columbia, which when completed will bring the pellet producer's total capacity up to 1.5 million metric tons. READ MORE

April 25, 2014

New ISO wood pellet standards published; safety effort begins

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:PelletsThe International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for solid biomass fuels will be available for purchase in the next week in the ISO store. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Viridis Energy lands grant, new equipment to draw fuel suppliers

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsThe Nova Scotia government has awarded Viridis Energy with a CA$517,500 ($469,000) grant to purchase new equipment at the company's pellet manufacturing subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Ltd., in Middle Musquoboit, Nova Scotia. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Comment period on SBP biomass standards closes April 25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA comment period on five draft biomass standards developed by the Sustainable Biomass Partnership closes on April 25. The standards make up the SBP's Biomass Assurance Framework. North American pellet producers are encouraged to comment. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

North American wood pellet exports to Europe double in 2 years

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWood pellet exports from North America to Europe have doubled in two years to reach 4.7 million tons in 2013 with the U.S. South accounting for 63 percent of the volume, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

DECC finalizes early CfDs, Drax challenges subsidy change

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change is offering investment contracts to eight renewable energy project, including three biomass projects. The government cut subsidy to one of two Drax projects, a decision that Drax is challenging. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Thermogen loan guarantee reduced, developers still committed

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsThe Finance Authority of Maine has approved a $16 million taxable bond for Thermogen's black pellet project in Millinocket, Maine, reducing its initial commitment, approved in October, by $9 million. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Bloomberg: global renewable investments down, but power share up

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile global investments in renewable energy technologies dropped in 2013, continuing a two-year trend, there are several silver linings to that observation, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Siegenthaler, BTEC, and HeatSpring launch biomass design course

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalHydronics expert John Siegenthaler, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and HeatSpring have teamed up to launch a 10-week online course, titled "Hydronic-Based Biomass Design." READ MORE

April 22, 2014

Forest Service opens wood-to-energy funding opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest has announced it is seeking proposals for two separate wood-to-energy funding opportunities, including the Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy (W2E) Grant program and the Statewide Wood Energy Team cooperative agreement program. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

DOE announces draft solicitation for Section 1703 loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE has announced its intent to offer up to $4 billion in Section 1703 loan guarantees to support a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Public comments are being accepted on the scope of the final solicitation. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

Group launches New Hampshire Wood Energy Council

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA group of public sector and private business have partnered up to launch the New Hampshire Wood Energy Council, a nonprofit partnership that the group said will promote heating commercial and institutional buildings in New Hampshire with wood. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

Forest thinning in Ariz. could benefit environment, economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new report finds that forest thinning could improve the health of Arizona's forests while strengthening rural economies. Small diameter wood harvested as part of thinning activities could be used for many purposes, including bioenergy production. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

Viridis Energy reports progress in 2013 financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsCanadian pellet producer Viridis Energy Inc. has released its 2013 financial results, reporting revenues of $13.9 million, a 46 percent increase over the prior year. The company attributed the increase to improved market dynamics and other factors. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

IPCC: Bioenergy to play significant role in carbon mitigation

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy plays a big role in the multiple mitigation scenarios examined in the AR5 report from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is expected to play a role in the future. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

EC adopts new guidelines on renewable energy, biofuel support

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission recently announced it has adopted new rules on public support for renewable energy projects, including a move to market-based support. A U.K.-based trade association called the guidelines a "huge leap into the unknown." READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Moniz testifies on DOE FY 2015 budget request

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnergy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently addressed U.S. DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request at hearings held by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

UK DECC officially launches domestic RHI

BY U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change Found In:Pellets, ThermalA new and innovative U.K. government scheme launched April 9 will pay people for the green heat they generate for their homes. The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world's first long-term financial support program for renewable heat. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

EPA lists efficiencies of qualified outdoor boilers

BY Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn April 8, the EPA posted efficiencies for outdoor wood and pellet boilers, also known as hydronic heaters. Efficiencies ranged from 39 percent to 78 percent as measured using higher heating value. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

EIA predicts increased energy generation from renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the April issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes forecasts for bioenergy production and the use of wood in home heating applications. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

Pellet industry must become 'common and ordinary; embrace oil'

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsThough the biomass thermal industry is known for its progressive and forward-thinking nature, Les Otten, president of Maine Energy Systems, insists that in order to achieve its goals, the sector needs to embrace "disruptive thinking and technology." READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Northeast Biomass Heating Expo hosts biomass boiler bus tour

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northeast Biomass Heating Expo being held in Portland, Maine, April 9-11, kicked off by taking a bus full of tour goers on a biomass boiler bus tour. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

SBP seeks comments on 5 biomass standards

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has opened a comment period on five draft biomass standards that make up its Biomass Assurance Framework. Public comments on the draft standards will be accepted through April 25. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

Enginuity moves to Mexico, Mo., to scale up eCARB process

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnginuity Worldwide LLC has moved its research and development activities into the Missouri Plant Science Center in Mexico, Mo., in order to produce larger quantities of its biomass-based engineered pellets for large-scale testing. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Associations release renewable energy outlook paper

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMultiple renewable energy trade association have teamed up to produce a single report that contains current market reviews, outlooks and policy recommendations for each respective sector, including biomass power, biomass thermal, and waste-to-energy. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Energex recovers quickly after fire

BY Chris HansonFound In:PelletsAfter experiencing a fire in its Mifflintown, Pa., office and dry receiving facilities on March 29, Energex Pellet Fuel Inc.'s operation was back in full swing within two days. Old wiring appears to be the cause of the incident. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Senate committee approves tax credit extension package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee approved tax credit extension package on April 3 that includes several biofuel and bioenergy provisions. The committee voted down an amendment that aimed to strip biofuel and renewable energy credits from the bill. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Opinion: The Biomass Industry’s Beating Heart

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the incredible efforts that members of the biomass industry make to lead the industry to success. READ MORE