Biomass Power

June 23, 2015

New U.K. port facility to provide pellets to Drax

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerU.K.-based Peel Ports Group has announced plans for a new biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool that will be capable of handing up to 3 million metric tons of pellets per year. The facility will supply pellets to the Drax power station in Selby. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

Tennessee awards $250,000 grant to waste-to-energy project

BY PHG Energy Found In:PowerA $250,000 matching funds grant has been awarded to the city of Lebanon, Tennessee, to assist with construction of a new waste-to-energy facility that will reduce landfill usage and provide clean electrical power. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

Enviva inflates first pellet storage dome at North Carolina port

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerLast week Enviva Partners LP inflated the first of two 170-foot wood pellet storage domes located on North Carolina State Ports’ property in Wilmington for shipment to Europe. Now that the outer shell is up, work has begun inside the dome. READ MORE

June 20, 2015

In Depth: Thermal Reinforcement

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalWhile some states are juggling attempts to freeze, lower or dismantle state renewable portfolio standards, others are strengthening and fine-tuning them. READ MORE

June 19, 2015

BPA highlights letter of biomass support from Congress to EPA

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:PowerU.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., and Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Airzona, sent a bipartisan letter of support for biomass power to the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

BIOFerm, Viessmann selected for biogas project in New York

BY Whitney Beadle, BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group Found In:Power, BiogasNorth Elba, New York, has selected BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group as the anaerobic digester technology provider for a community organic diversion project expected to begin this year. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Wastech opens British Columbia landfill gas plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasWastech has officially commenced operations of a landfill gas-to-energy plant at the Cache Creek Landfill in British Columbia, Canada, a disposal site that serves the Metro Vancouver area. Construction of the 4.8-MW project began in last summer. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Capstone Turbine releases fourth quarter financial results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn June 15, Capstone Turbine Corp. released its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, reporting three, big headwinds contributed to a challenging year, but the company is moving forward. READ MORE

June 16, 2015

DOE initiatives launch as part of Clean Energy Investment Summit

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy has announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the administration's Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Comment period open on proposed discretionary changes to BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) to assess the potential environmental consequences associated with proposed discretionary changes to the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Veolia appointed operator of biomass power plant in Ireland

BY Veolia Found In:PowerVeolia, through its subsidiary in Ireland Veolia Energy Services, has been awarded a 15-year contract to operate a biomass power plant in Killala, Co. Mayo, in Ireland, by Mayo Renewable Power. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Everbright International secures biomass project in China

BY China Everbright International Ltd. Found In:PowerChina Everbright International Ltd. recently announced that it has signed an investment agreement with the People’s Government of Rugao City of Jiangsu Province for the investment, construction and operation of a biomass power generation project READ MORE

June 12, 2015

SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel schedules 3 teleconferences

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board has announced the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold three teleconferences over the next several months to review the EPA's biogenic carbon emissions framework. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

Cutting NOx at Covanta Burnaby

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalCovanta, which operates 43 waste-to-energy (WTE) and wood-fired biomass power plants worldwide installed an updated emission control system at its Metro Vancouver WTE plant. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

Unlocking the biofuel energy stored in plant cell walls

BY Cherie Winner, Penn State Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPenn State plant scientist Daniel Cosgrove has devoted decades to studying the cell walls that make plant matter resistant to chemical conversion. His research aims to overcome that challenge and enable greater energy production. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

E4tech to lead ETI project focused on biomass processing options

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Energy Technologies Institute has selected E4tech to lead a consortium that will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a techno-economic assessment of biomass pre-processing. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

EIA to collect, publish data on densified biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced plans to conduct regular surveys of U.S. pellet producers. Data gathered through the surveys will be published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

FutureMetrics publishes strategy to cofire wood pellets with coal

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerIn light of upcoming federal policy, like the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, William Strauss, founder and president of FutureMetrics, published a paper describing a strategy for a gradual transition to a less carbon-intensive power generation sector. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

REA reports increased bioenergy employment in the U.K.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently announced employment in the country’s renewable energy sector grew by 9 percent in 2013-'14, reaching 112,026 workers. Biomass heating was the highest performing renewable energy sector. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

DNC Energy to build biomass plant in Ukraine

BY DNC Energy Found In:PowerDNC Energy recently announced that it plans to construct a waste wood and crop residue fired biomass electric generation plant in Ukraine's Kyiv region. The 25 MW facility is the 13th biomass plant to be built in the Ukraine. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Mayo Renewable Power closes financing for Ireland biomass plant

BY Mayo Renewable Power Ltd. Found In:PowerMayo Renewable Power Ltd. recently announced it has closed on the finance for its 42.5 MW electricity generating station and biomass fuel processing facility to be built in Killala in County Mayo, Ireland. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Peel Environmental's proposed biomass plant given the green light

BY Peel Environmental Found In:PowerPlans by Peel Environmental to develop a renewable energy center at the site of the former Houghton Main Colliery in Barnsley, England, have been approved by the local government. The bioenergy project is expected to have a capacity of 20 MW. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

Hawaii law to require 100 percent renewables by 2045

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerHawaii has become the first state in the U.S. to require 100 percent renewable energy. A bill signed by Hawaii Gov. David Ige on June 8 will require the state's utilities to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

California bill to incentivize biomass fuel passes Assembly

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerLast Week, California Assembly Bill 590 passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations unanimously with bipartisan support and is on its way to the Senate. The bill will add incentives for biomass utilization of agricultural waste and forest waste. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in short-term outlook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 2.6 percent this year. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

GE’s AD technology selected for Idaho project

BY GE Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasGE recently announced the city of Rexburg, Idaho, has selected the company's Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion and Monsal 70 technologies to treat biosolids (sewage waste) at the city's wastewater treatment facility. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

Drax provides update of biomass operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc has issued a trading update, reporting progress with its U.S. pellet plants and providing an update of the company's biomass conversion projects. The trading update also addresses operational performance and contracted power sales. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

U.S. wood pellets can help EU meet renewable energy goals

BY Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWood pellets from the southeastern U.S. could assist the EU to meet its 2020 policy goals for increased renewable energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions without decreasing U.S. forest inventories or diminishing their carbon storage capacity. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

USDA publishes final VAPG rule, opens comment period

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn May, USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Value-Added Producer Grant program and opened a 60-day comment period that closes on July 7. The program can support the production of E85 and biogas. READ MORE