Pellets & Densified Biomass

February 17, 2016

EPA biogenic emissions panel posts updated draft report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board is continuing its work to complete a biogenic carbon emissions framework. On Feb. 8, the SAB’s Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel posted an updated draft report to the EPA’s website. READ MORE

February 16, 2016

McCarthy addresses RFS, role of biomass in CPP during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 11, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on U.S. EPA policies that impact the rural economy. The renewable fuel standard (RFS) and Clean Power Plan were among the programs discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE

February 16, 2016

DECC publishes new reports evaluating RHI renewable heat programs

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalU.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently published reports demonstrating over 80 percent of applicants to the renewable heat incentive are satisfied with their new systems, such as biomass boilers, to promote renewable heat generation. READ MORE

February 11, 2016

German Pellets files for insolvency

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Feb. 11, German Pellets GmbH announced a German court has appointed a provisional insolvency administrator with regard to insolvency proceedings that have been initiated against the assets of the company. READ MORE

February 11, 2016

Active Energy Group announces launch of AEG CoalSwitch

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.K.-based Active Energy Group Plc recently announced the launch of its AEG CoalSwitch division. According to the company, its AEG CoalSwitch technology creates a biomass-based drop-in replacement for coal. READ MORE

February 11, 2016

North American pellet exports increased during the third quarter

BY North American Wood Fiber Review Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorth American overseas pellet exports increased for the second consecutive quarter in the third quarter of 2015, rising 15 percent from the previous quarter to reach a new record high of just over 1.6 million tons. READ MORE

February 10, 2016

Supreme Court delays enforcement of Clean Power Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Feb. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a request to delay enforcement of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan until legal challenges are resolved. READ MORE

February 10, 2016

EIA increases short-term forecast for power production from wood

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 8.1 percent this year. READ MORE

February 10, 2016

Details announced for industry tour at 2016 IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the industry tour taking place April 14 at the ninth annual International Biomass Conference & Expo . This tour will provide an in-depth look at the biogas industry in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

February 09, 2016

Floreat Group seeds biomass ventures, invests in UK renewables

BY Floreat Group Found In:Pellets, ThermalFloreat Group has committed $50 million to the U.K. biomass sector and launched FCM Bioenergy Ltd., trading as Vesta. Vesta is an energy supply company specializing in providing low-cost, long-term green energy contracts using biomass. READ MORE

February 08, 2016

Resolute Forest Products releases fourth quarter results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerResolute Forest Products Inc. recently released its fourth quarter financial results, reporting its wood products segment generated an operating loss of $8 million in the quarter, but shipments rose 6 percent due to capacity enhancement initiatives. READ MORE

February 05, 2016

A Call For Columnists

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHave a great idea for content, or a message to share? I want to hear about it. READ MORE

February 04, 2016

Drax: Further details of EU investigation now available

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe EU recently published additional details pertaining to its in-depth investigation to assess whether the U.K.’s plans to support the conversion of an additional unit of the Drax power plant to operate on biomass are in line with state aid rules. READ MORE

February 04, 2016

Sustane Technologies wins seed investment from Innovacorp

BY Innovacorp Found In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsSustane Technologies, a Chester, Nova Scotia-based company that turns municipal waste into fuel pellets and biofuels is receiving a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp to take its technology to market. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

Energy Bill amendments aim to impede biofuels, benefit bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate is currently considering the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. To date, lawmakers have introduced more than 275 amendments to the bill, including several that would impact biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

UK Green Investment Bank to establish a special share

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government recently announced that the U.K. Green Investment Bank will create a “special share” in the company as part of the process to introduce private capital to the organization. READ MORE

February 02, 2016

Biofuels industry speaks out following results of Iowa caucus

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 1, the Iowa caucus officially kicked off the primary election season. Twelve of the 14 candidates who participated in the Iowa caucus are supportive of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

February 01, 2016

Kingdom Pellet plans Vermont plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:PelletsVermont-based Kingdom Pellet plans to build a 30,000-ton-per-year pellet plant at the site of a former paper mill in the state’s Northeast Kingdom. The project was awarded some tax incentives through the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Tradition celebrates the launch of new environmental markets hub

BY Tradition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTradition, an interdealer broker in commodity and financial products, has announced the launch of Tradition Green, a business hub thst brings together all environmental products brokered by Tradition under one brand. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Calling On Pellet Producers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalPellet Mill Magazine is conducting a survey to find out how the warmer winter and low fuel oil prices are affecting the industry. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Opinion: Bullish on the Baltics

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalPellet Mill Magazine's first issue of 2016 takes a deep dive into pellet markets ascending in eastern Europe. The Baltic States and Russia are increasing pellet production and exports to surrounding European countries. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

EPA sets date for Clean Power Plan biomass workshop

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. EPA has set a date for its previously announced biomass workshop regarding its role in the Clean Power Plan. The workshop will be held on April 7 at the EPA William J Clinton East building in Washington, D.C., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Drax Biomass shelves plans for Pike BioEnergy pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Biomass has ceased development of a proposed pellet plant that was under development in Pike County, Mississippi. The project was being developed under the name Pike BioEnergy LLC. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Scottish Equity Partners invests in Ardor Energy

BY Scottish Equity Partners Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalScottish Equity Partners is investing up to £9 million ($12.92 million) from its Environmental Capital Fund to establish Ardor Energy,a new heat project focused platform that will fund a pipeline small–scale heat and combined-heat-and-power projects. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Opinion: Facts Matter

BY Seth GintherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United States Industrial Pellet Association and many of its members are making new waves on social media through Twitter, Facebook and other mediums to cut through the white noise and spread the message that #factsmatter. READ MORE

January 27, 2016

Opinion: Pass Me Along

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThreaded throughout this issue, in which Biomass Magazine once again turns it editorial gaze to dust management and plant safety, is a continued call for greater education, regardless of an employee’s position within a facility. READ MORE

January 27, 2016

States ask Supreme Court to block Clean Power Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Jan. 26, a group of 29 states, led by Texas and West Virginia, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block implementation of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan until a legal challenge filed in a lower appeals court is resolved. READ MORE

January 27, 2016

In Depth: Waking Up the Bear

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs demand for wood pellets continues to grow across Europe, Russia’s wood pellet industry asserts itself to earn its fair market share, constrained only by a lack of adequate infrastructure. READ MORE

January 26, 2016

Opinion: Wood Stoves and Washington Lobbyists

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, ThermalInfluenced by states and groups that want to deploy more of the cleanest and most efficient appliances, the EPA is slowly beginning to treat the wood stove sector not just as an emitter of particulates, but also as a way to reduce fossil fuels. READ MORE

January 26, 2016

Opinion: What the World Can Learn From Europe

BY Michelle RebiereFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFollowing the Paris Climate Conference, Rebiere says the heat market remains significant, but she believes the real strides in greenhouse gas emission reduction will be in the zero-carbon power generation sector. READ MORE