Biomass Power

July 29, 2014

Joint venture formed to develop cellulosic biorefinery in China

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA joint venture of an M&G Chemicals subsidiary and China-based Anhui Guozhen Co. Ltd. has been created to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China. The project was first announced in late 2013. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

Dalkia to design, operate biomass power plant in Canada

BY Veolia Environnement Found In:PowerDalkia and the Canadian investment fund Fengate Capital Management Ltd. are again joining forces to develop a second biomass power plant in Merritt, British Columbia. The facility is expected to have an annual capacity of 40 MW. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

Drax one step closer to securing CfD for second unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA recent regulatory filing made by the Drax Group plc indicates the company could be one step closer to securing an investment contract for a second biomass unit conversion under the Final Investment Decision Enabling (FID Enabling) mechanism. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Report discusses future of European pellet, biogas markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent report filed with the USDA indicates the European Commission expects heat and power production from biomass to account for about 45 percent of the renewable use in Europe by 2020. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Consumers Energy selects 4 Michigan farms to produce bioenergy

BY Consumers Energy Found In:Power, BiogasConsumers Energy is taking steps to diversify its energy supply and help the environment by selecting four Michigan farms to produce renewable energy with anaerobic digesters. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

DECC announces draft CfD budget, gets program approval from EC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that starting in October, renewable energy projects in the U.K. will complete for a budget of more than GBP 200 million as part of the government's reforms to the electricity market. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

U.K. DECC model confirms GHG benefits of North American pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change reported that scientific analysis has proven that biomass from North America can help decarbonize U.K. electricity supplies. The analysis was performed using a new model developed by the DECC. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Himark to construct 3 AD plants in U.S. focused on food waste

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasHimark BioGas International is expanding its presence in the U.S. through a signed agreement with NEO Energy LLC for the design, construction and start-up of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer facilities. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

New York renewable natural gas facility celebrates grand opening

BY EIF Renewable Energy Holdings Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEIF Renewable Energy Holdings and Seneca Meadows Inc. have announced the opening of Seneca Energy II, a landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas facility located at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls, New York. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Athens Energy new tax credit eligibility helps spur investments

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA biomass power plant in Athens, Maine, received certification for Maine New Markets tax credits from directors of the Finance Authority of Maine. The facility is run by Athens Energy LLC, a sister company of Maine Woods Pellets Co. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

National Raisin Co. to use Omnitek generator for biogas project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOmnitek Engineering Corp. has received an order from National Raisin Co. Inc. based in Fowler, California, for a 250 kW power generator to produce heat and electricity from biogas derived from an anaerobic digester. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

U.S. added 87 MW of bioenergy capacity during first half of 2014

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released its Energy Infrastructure Update for June 2014, reporting the U.S. added 28 new biomass power generation units during the first half of the year with a combined capacity of 87 MW. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

Poyry to provide EPCM services for AD project in Alberta

BY Poyry Found In:Power, BiogasMillar Western Forest Products Ltd. has awarded Poyry with the assignment for engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for an anaerobic bioenergy project at its Whitecourt pulp mill in Alberta, Canada. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

UCS report highlights bioenergy potential of agriculture residues

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Union of Concerned Scientists report estimates the U.S. agricultural industry could sustainably provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of manure annually by 2030 for use as feedstock to produce fuels and electricity. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

Proposed constitutional amendment in Ohio would benefit biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasA political action committee in Ohio is one step closer to getting a constitutional amendment on the state ballot that would provide funding for clean energy. Biomass energy is among the sectors that would benefit from the program. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Policy reform may hinder German biogas development

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWhen Germany passed its Renewable Energy Resources Act in 2000, it set the stage for the huge success of the country's biogas industry, with nearly 8,000 installations currently in place. A recent change in policy, however, may limit future growth. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Report: UK independent renewables generation up significantly

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasA report by SmartestEnergy found that GBP 297 million ($509.11 million) was invested in independent commercial-scale renewable energy projects in the U.K. last year, with an estimated GBP 61.7 million invested specifically in biomass projects. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsViaspace recently announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. The collaboration will further research on Giant King Grass. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Study: U.S. waste could power 13.8 million homes

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalA new report authored by Columbia University Researchers finds that if all MSW landfilled in 2011 was diverted to waste-to-energy plants, it would supply enough electricity to power 13.8 million homes. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

USDA funds state wood energy teams, wood-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe USDA has announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states. An additional $1.25 million was awarded to nine projects under the Wood-to-Energy grant program. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Ceres reports Q3 results, provides update on operations in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsCeres Inc. has released its fiscal third quarter 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $800,000 for the three months ended May 31. The company also announced progress with its sorghum evaluations in Brazil. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

Court sides with Drax in challenge to DECC subsidy decision

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn July 14, Drax Group plc announced the U.K.'s High Court has declared that the company's second unit biomass conversion was indeed eligible for an investment contract under the Final Investment Decision Enabling mechanism. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

Bluesphere biogas project receives term sheet for $15 million

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasBluesphere Corp. has received a term sheet from Energy Power Partners, a private equity fund manager, for full equity financing of over $15 million for its 3.2 MW biogas project in Johnston, Rhode Island. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

EU announces bioenergy funding under 2 major initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Union has announced funding under two major initiatives that will benefit bioenergy projects, including EUR 1 billion in NER 300 funding and a new public-private partnership that aims inject EUR 3.7 billion into the biobased economy. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

NC funds 6 cellulosic biofuel, bioenergy research projects

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNorth Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state's Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. READ MORE