Biomass Power

January 06, 2015

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. A final rule for REAP was published in late 2014. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

This Just In

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power

January 02, 2015

USDA publishes final rule for REAP program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 29, the USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register for the Rural Energy for America Program. The program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Grant funds research into nanomaterials effect on feedstock yield

BY University of Arkansas at Little Rock Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Canadian researchers pressure cook farm waste into energy

BY University of Guelph Found In:Power, ThermalIt takes some cooking, but turning wet and green farm waste into biofuels is now possible and makes economic sense, according to preliminary research from the University of Guelph. READ MORE

December 31, 2014

Waste Management publishes 2014 sustainability report

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasWaste Management recently released its 2014 sustainability report "Creating a Circular Economy," which documents the company's progress on recycling, energy production, transforming waste into valuable resources. READ MORE

December 31, 2014

Belgian power sector resumes firing of wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerAn updated report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Information Network indicates the Belgian power sector has resumed firing wood pellets following a government decision to once again grant Green Certificates for their use. READ MORE

December 30, 2014

Eagar, Arizona, biomass power project to break ground mid-2015

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerAt a December Eagar, Arizona, town council meeting Concord Blue Energy Inc. shared construction plans for a 1 MW biomass power plant expected to break ground late spring or early summer 2015. READ MORE

December 30, 2014

SBP accepts biomass producers as applicants for certification

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, PowerSustainable Biomass Partnership announced five certification bodies have been accepted as applicants, including, BM Trada, Bureau Veritas Latvia, Control Union, NEPCon and National Science Foundation. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

2015 biomass conferences to colocate in Minneapolis

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBBI International, owners and organizers of the International Biomass Conference & Expo, recently reported Heating the Midwest, a regional conference focusing on biomass derived thermal energy, will be colocated with this year's conference. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

UK Green Investment Bank funds several recent biomass projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.K. Green Investment Bank has made several biomass investments in recent months, including investments in a waste wood renewable energy facility, an energy-from-waste treatment plant and the installation of biomass heating on a poultry farm. READ MORE

December 28, 2014

Opinion: It's in the Way that You Use It

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz previews the January issue of Biomass Magazine and the vital nature of its operations and maintenance theme for bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 27, 2014

Opinion: Transitioning from Pulverized Coal to Pulverized Pellets

BY William Strauss Found In:PowerFutureMetrics president and founder outlines the opportunity to drive massive amounts of carbon out of the North American coal fleet using the impressive pellet production and delivery infrastructure currently under construction. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

EPA seeks nominations for new Agricultural Science Committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNominations are due Jan. 30 for the U.S. EPA's new Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to advise EPA on matters impacting farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

Opinion: EPA’s Biogenic Carbon Framework: A New Chapter For Biomass

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerBob Cleaves offers his reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency's November release of the Revised Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Station Sources. READ MORE

December 24, 2014

Website shines light on renewable energy resources

BY Angie Brown, University of Arizona Institute of the Environment Found In:PowerUniversity of Arizona researchers and a group of partners have developed a tool that will help utility companies better understand the long-term impact of renewable energy on the power grid and provide insight on how to integrate these resources. READ MORE

December 23, 2014

Oregon lawmakers consider incentives to replace old wood stoves

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources recently introduced draft legislation to direct the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to study the creation of incentives to encourage homeowners to replace old wood stoves. READ MORE

December 23, 2014

In Depth: Tuning A Power Station's Turbine Heart

BY Katie FletcherFound In:PowerSteam turbine generators are reliable machines, but require surveillance to remain problem-free and keep electricity pumping. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Obama signs short-term tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 19, President Obama signed a bill that retroactively extends several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014, including several incentives that benefit biofuel and bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Toyota to power Kentucky manufacturing facility with landfill gas

BY Toyota Found In:Power, BiogasToyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, with help from Waste Services of the Bluegrass, is converting methane from a local landfill into renewable electricity to power Toyota's Georgetown assembly plant. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator celebrates opening

BY County of Ottawa, Michigan Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAt a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick-off of the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, a nonprofit helping farmers and entrepreneurs turn their ideas and inventions into successful businesses. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

Vencor International enters agreement to produce bio-coal

BY Venco International Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVenco International Inc. recently announced it has entered into an five-year agreement with Vega Biofuels Inc. to produce bio-coal, a form of torrefied wood pellets. The initial order of 3,000 tons will be produced and ready to ship in early 2015. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

FutureMetrics paper focuses on biomass conversions

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics LLC recently published a white paper on the conversion of old pulverized coal plants to use advanced solid biofuel rather than coal, noting biomass conversions are a low-cost solution to comply with state renewable portfolio standards. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

SUNY wins DOE grant to support feedstock logistics research

BY SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

USDA improves forest health by harvesting biomass for energy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. This summer, 19 energy facilities in 10 states participated in BCAP. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Wood Resources International: U.S. pellet exports up in Q2

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. South increased pellet exports to Europe by 10 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 through the second quarter of 2014. During the same period, Canada decreased exports to Europe by 25 percent, but significantly increased exports to Asia. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

U.K. DECC proposes RO changes for biomass cofiring, conversions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change is proposing to make changes to its Renewables Obligation for certain biomass facilities, including those that carry out new conversions from coal to biomass or increase the levels of cofiring. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

USDA provides greater protection for specialty crop growers

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance, including energy crops. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

California report emphasizes need for renewable gas standard

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasThe nonprofit Bioenergy Association of California has published a report detailing why California needs a renewable gas standard. The report concludes that the biogas sector needs an effective regulatory framework and greater long-term certainty. READ MORE