Biomass Power

January 09, 2019

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

EU approves biomass support scheme in Portugal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe European Commission has approved, under European Union state aid rules, a scheme in Portugal to support biomass energy installations located close to forest areas regarded as critical due to the risk of fires. READ MORE

January 04, 2019

Arizona Corporation Commission action supports bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe Arizona Corporation Commission has announced a new effort to expand bioenergy production. On Dec. 19, the group announced its commissioners recently voted to adopt a policy statement addressing the role of forest bioenergy in Arizona. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

UK sets new quarterly record for renewable electricity generation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe U.K. government recently released updated quarterly energy statistics showing that the renewables share of electricity generation increased to a record 33.1 percent during the third quarter of 2018. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

In Depth: Corrosion Management of Anaerobic Digesters and Sludge Tanks

BY Marina Silva and Tom Belli Found In:Power, BiogasFROM THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE READ MORE

January 02, 2019

Drax completes purchase of Scottish power assets

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax is set to play a bigger role than ever in Great Britain’s energy system following the completion of the purchase of Spanish company Iberdrola’s portfolio of flexible, low-carbon and renewable assets for £702 million. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

In Depth: High-Tech Inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerFound In:Power, ThermalFROM THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE: Drones and robots are seeing increasing use in the energy industry, but this technical revolution hasn’t yet caught on in the biomass energy industry. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

In Depth: A Rightful Role in the RFS

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFROM JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE: The electric vehicle market is predicted to soar, and, pending overdue action by the U.S. EPA, biomass power producers are positioned to help meet goals set forth in the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

WM discusses LFGTE, RNG projects in 2018 sustainability report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWaste Management recently released its 2018 sustainability report, highlighting its achievements in using landfill gas to generate electricity and produce renewable natural gas (RNG) for use as transportation fuel. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

Trump issues executive order on forest management

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAn executive order on forest management issued by President Trump in late December addresses how rural economies can benefit through the utilization of byproducts created by forest restoration efforts. READ MORE

December 27, 2018

In Depth: The Effect of Biomass Fuel on Boiler Refractories

BY Justin Teiken Found In:Power, ThermalFROM THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE READ MORE

December 26, 2018

California biomass project receives grant

BY Yuba Water Agency Found In:PowerA new biomass facility near Camptonville, California, is one step closer to becoming a driving force in ensuring a healthy forest with the help of a $186,500 grant from Yuba Water Agency. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including REAP and BCAP. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

ABC: Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard takes step forward

BY Advanced Biofuels Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a significant development for the clean fuels sector, Environment and Climate Change Canada has released the Regulatory Design Paper reflecting a year of intensive consultation on the national Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

FutureMetrics: Global pellet trade up 26% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics has released a new white paper that features a 2018 year-end review of the pellet market. According to the paper, 2018 was one of the strongest years for the global wood pellet market in terms of growth and pricing. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

Valmet supplies automation technology to biomass plant in Finland

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:PowerValmet will supply automation technology to Pori Energia Oy's Aittaluoto biomass power plant in Pori, Finland, as part of a project to modernize the facility. Valmet's automation will improve plant availability and emissions control. READ MORE

December 13, 2018

EIA updates 2018, 2019 bioenergy production, capacity forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EIA has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide 10 percent of U.S. utility-scale power generation this year, increasing to 11 percent in 2011. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

House passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 369 to 47 on Dec. 12. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump’s desk. Trump is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

Anaergia: Construction underway at Rialto Bioenergy Facility

BY Anaergia Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAnaergia Inc. has announced construction is underway at the Rialto Bioenergy Facility in California. When operational in 2020, the facility is expected to be the largest food waste diversion and energy recovery facility in North America. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 11, the Senate voted 87 to 13 to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. The vote came one day after House and Senate ag committee leaders released the text of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report. The bill will now be considered by the House. READ MORE

December 10, 2018

NYSERDA offers $16M in funding for anaerobic digestion projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 4, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority announced it is making $19 million available to accelerate the use of clean energy technologies on farms. Most of that funding will support anaerobic digestion projects. READ MORE

December 07, 2018

EIA: 760,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 760,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in August, with sales reaching 730,000 tons. READ MORE

December 07, 2018

Doosan Babcock strengthens partnership with Drax Power

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDoosan Babcock and Drax Power Limited have agreed a new long-term contract for the provision of maintenance and outage services to the U.K.’s largest power station. The relationship between the two companies dates back to construction of the plant. READ MORE

December 06, 2018

Surplus assets of former Ineos Bio plant to be sold at auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsSome of the land and equipment associated with the former Ineos Bio Energy 8 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and associated 6 MW bioenergy plant in Vero Beach, Florida, is being offered for sale via an auction with Maas Companies. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

UK government publishes bioeconomy strategy for 2018-2030

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. BEIS has published a national bioeconomy strategy for 2018 to 2030. The U.K. REA spoke out in support of the strategy, noting it endorses the use of biobased resources as fundamental to U.K. goals for decarbonization and economic growth. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

EPA recognizes biogas projects under PISCES program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn November, the U.S. EPA recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. Biogas projects were among those recognized. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

North American RNG industry celebrates new 2018 production plants

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas kicked off its annual conference by recognizing 12 companies for their development roles in eight of the RNG production facilities completed across the U.S. in 2018. READ MORE

December 03, 2018

Years-long biomass study shows promising results

BY Humboldt State University Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe results are in from a four-year, $5.88-million biomass study led by researchers at Humboldt State University. The research project, called Waste to Wisdom, found strong near-term potential for biochar production. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

USDA rule to help speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is taking action to allow agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

Drax takes action to cut shipping supply chain emissions

BY Drax Group Found In:Pellets, PowerDrax has partnered with Smart Green Shipping Alliance, Ultrabulk, and Humphreys Yacht Design to tackle the issue of CO2 emissions from the shipping industry. A feasibility study will examine the potential to use Fastrig technology on Ultrabulk ships. READ MORE