Biomass Power

January 13, 2021

DMT Clear Gas Solutions: Iowa RNG plant begins operations

BY DMT Clear Gas Solutions Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIowa’s second renewable natural gas (RNG) plant at Sioux City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant is operational thanks to Bartlett & West and DMT Clear Gas Solutions. The project converts 800 SCFM of biogas to RNG for injection in the natural gas pipeline. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

IRS issues final rule for 45Q tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS on Jan. 6 issued final regulations regarding the section 45Q tax credit for qualified carbon oxide sequestration. The Carbon Capture Coalition said the rule provides overdue regulatory and financial certainty. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods complete RNG project in Utah

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Inc. have completed the first renewable natural gas (RNG) project through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas. Located in Milford in southwestern Utah, the project is now producing RNG. READ MORE

January 06, 2021

DOE: ‘Energy for Space’ strategy addresses biomass for energy, ag

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy on Jan. 6 released its “Energy for Space” strategy, which states that knowledge gained through advances in genomic science will enable the development of sustainable biomass for energy and agriculture in space environments. READ MORE

January 05, 2021

FutureMetrics: BECCS can achieve negative carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics LLC published a new white paper on Dec. 30 that shows bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECSS), when used with sustainably sourced biomass fuels, can achieve significant carbon-negative outcomes. READ MORE

January 05, 2021

Florida PSC approves RNG service for Florida City Gas

BY Florida Public Service Commission Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Florida PSC has approved a new RNG Service tariff for Florida City Gas. FCG can now offer services to convert biogas into usable RNG, and receive and transport RNG through its distribution system on behalf of the biogas producer. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

Albioma commissions 48 MW bioenergy plant in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalFrance-based power producer Albioma announced on Dec 29 the successful commissioning its 48-megawatt (MW) bagasse-fired Vale do Paraná Albioma cogeneration plant, which is located in Suzanápolis, São Paulo, Brazil. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Trump signs COVID-19 relief, tax extenders package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsPresident Trump on Dec. 27 signed a legislative package that includes tax extenders, $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, and government funding, averting a government shutdown and providing a new tax credit for residential wood heating. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

Biden to nominate Regan as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Michael Regan as his nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S EPA. Representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing hope that Regan will bring a change in philosophy to the agency. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

Past NFU presidents urge Biden to advance ag, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFour former presidents of the National Farmers Union sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden on Dec. 15 urging his administration to blaze a new trail in harnessing the power of U.S. agriculture to protect our planet for future generations. READ MORE

December 15, 2020

Drax to sell gas assets, will use proceeds on biomass initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax on Dec. 15 announced it has reached an agreement to sell its natural gas-fueled power generation assets. The company said it will use the proceeds from the sale to develop its biomass supply chain and support its plans to become carbon negative. READ MORE

December 14, 2020

UK white paper says BECCS, RNG will help meet net zero goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. government on Dec. 14 published a white paper that describes how the country will clean up its energy system and reach net zero emissions by 2050. BECSS and RNG will play an integral role in reaching that goal. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

Power plant on Reunion Island to be converted to biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA 108-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant located on an island in the Indian Ocean located approximately 500 miles east of Madagascar will soon be converted to biomass, according to France-based power producer Albioma. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

Biden to nominate Vilsack as ag secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Joe Biden has announced he will nominate Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack is a former two-term governor of Iowa who served as secretary of agriculture during all eight years of the Obama-Biden administration. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

EPA changes how it considers costs, benefits of CAA rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA on Dec. 9 released a final rule that changes the way the agency will consider the costs and benefits of all significant Clean Air Act rulemakings. The EPA said the impacted rulemakings will be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget shows BECCS needed to achieve net zero

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Climate Change Committee on Dec. 9 released its Sixth Carbon Budget, which provides guidance on GHG reductions needed achieve net zero emissions. The budget shows BECCS is one technology necessary to meet the U.K.'s GHG goals. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

Atlantic Power announces PPA extension for Ontario biomass plant

BY Atlantic Power Corp. Found In:PowerAtlantic Power Corp. announced on Dec. 8 a one-year extension of the power purchase agreement for its biomass-fired Calstock power plant in Ontario and a final settlement of the insurance claim for its Cadillac plant, a biomass facility in Michigan. READ MORE

December 08, 2020

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in December STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Dec. 8, predicts electricity generation from renewable energy sources will reach 20 percent in 2020 and 21 percent in 2021, up from 18 percent in 2019. READ MORE

December 08, 2020

45Q CCUS Tax Credit Amendments Act of 2020 introduced in Senate

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 45Q Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Tax Credit Amendments Act of 2020 was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Dec. 7. The bill makes targeted statutory changes to maximize the utility of the credit. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

McKinley, Veasey introduce ACCESSS 45Q Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasReps. David McKinley, R-W.V., and Marc Veasey, D-Texas, on Dec. 3 introduced the ACCESS 45Q Act, which extends the date for projects to begin construction to claim the credit by 10 years and provides a direct pay elective. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

Biofuel, bioenergy groups urge Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSeveral biofuel and bioenergy groups are among nearly 70 trade organizations that sent a letter to congressional leadership last month urging the passage of tax extenders legislation before the 116th Congress adjourns sine die. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

EERE launches new portal for applying to funding opportunities

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency has introduced the EERE Program Information Center, EERE’s new portal for funding opportunities. Several training opportunities on the new system are available in December and January. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

EIA seeks comments on extension of densified biomass fuel report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe EIA is inviting public comments on a proposed three-year extension of its form to collect data for the Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which features data on the manufacture, shipment, export, energy characteristics and sales of densified biomass. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

Enviva commemorates first shipment of wood pellets to Japan

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP on Dec. 2 announced that its first shipment of sustainable wood pellets is on its way from Port Panama City in Florida to Japan’s Iwakuni Port. The shipment consists of approximately 28,000 metric tons. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

Greenlane signs $10 million supply contract for US RNG project

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGreenlane Renewables Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., signed a $10 million (US$7.7 million) contract for a new RNG project in the United States owned by an international energy company. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

Innio technology selected for WtE project in China

BY Innio Found In:Power, BiogasInnio has announced that Wuhan Environmental Investment and Development Co. Ltd has selected Innio Jenbacher’s J320 gas engine technology for the Wuhan Jiangxia Changshankou Municipal Solid Waste landfill project. READ MORE

December 02, 2020

Idemitsu breaks ground on 50 MW biomass plant in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerJapanese energy company Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. announced on Nov. 30 a groundbreaking ceremony for its 50 megawatt (MW) Tokuyama biomass plant, a facility under development in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

USDA solicits FY 2021 REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for FY 2021 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program. Biomass energy systems, including biogas and anaerobic digesters, are among those eligible for the program. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

Covanta: Protos energy-from-waste project reaches financial close

BY Covanta Holding Corp. Found In:PowerCovanta Holding Corp., Green Investment Group Limited and Biffa plc have announced financial close and the commencement of construction on the Protos Energy Recovery Facility (Protos ERF) in Cheshire, England. READ MORE

November 25, 2020

UK details plans for future of the CfD scheme

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. government on Nov. 24 confirmed that coal-to-biomass conversion projects will be excluded from future allocation rounds under its CfD scheme. Dedicated biomass with combined-heat-and-power (CHP) will continue to be eligible. READ MORE