Biomass Power

December 22, 2016

UMass Amherst researcher aims to improve pine biomass yield

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen recently received a grant to demonstrate that his new technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

BE&E equipment supplied to New York bioenergy plant goes online

BY Biomass Engineering and Equipment Found In:PowerBiomass Engineering and Equipment recently announced that equipment supplied to Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York, bioenergy plant has gone online. The system transforms wood and other feedstocks into electricity through the process of gasification. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

North Carolina renewable natural gas project breaks ground

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasColorado-based Carbon Cycle Energy recently broke ground on a $100 million, swine waste-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) project near Warsaw in southeastern North Carolina. The project was first unveiled in March. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

MassCEC releases 2016 report on job growth in clean energy sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalThe Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently released its 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, showing steady growth in the clean energy industry with an additional 6,300 employed during the past year, a growth of 6 percent. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

SEFA funds preparation of Uganda biomass gasification project

BY Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa Found In:PowerThe Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa has approved a $993,000 grant to the Earth Energy Company Ltd. to prepare the first-ever biomass gasification project in Uganda, expected to add 20 MW of baseload power to the national grid. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

EC approves state aid for third Drax unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 19, The European Commission announced it has determined that U.K. support for the conversion of the third generating unit of Drax Power Station from coal to biomass complies with European Union state aid rules. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

NREL releases 2015 renewable energy data book

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. The report includes data on bioenergy capacity and electricity generation, along with data on biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

EC approves French support scheme for biogas

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasOn Dec. 12, the European Commission confirmed that four French support schemes for renewable energy are in line with Eruopean Union state aid rules. One of the four schemes focuses on biogas projects. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Enviva Partners completes Sampson drop-down acquisition

BY Enviva Holdings LP Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva Partners LP has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Sampson plant in North Carolina and associated off-take contracts from Enviva Holdings LP’s joint venture with affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer facility achieves financial close

BY Wheelabrator Found In:Power, ThermalWheelabrator Technologies recently reached financial close on a new 220,000-ton-per-year energy recovery facility, with construction to commence in January 2017 on the Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire, North Wales. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

EIA begins monthly reporting of wood pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the initial results of a new survey launched in January 2016 to gather information on wood pellets and other densified biomass production, sales and inventory. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Trump nominates Perry to lead the Department of Energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas, to serve as Secretary of Energy. The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

ETI: Survey reveals public support for bioenergy in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA recent survey found strong public support for the production of bioenergy in the U.K., from both biomass and waste. Approximately 80 percent of respondents were in favor of bioenergy playing a bigger role in the country’s energy mix. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

EPA amends Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule amending specific provisions of its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule with the goal of streamlining and improving implementation of the rule and improving the quality and consistency of data collected. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

BEV to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 12, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that will finance emerging energy breakthroughs. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

Denmark's largest power station replaces coal with wood pellets

BY DONG Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor the past 18 months, Avedøre Power Station has been converting its coal-fired power station unit, and the entire combined-heat-and-power plant is now able to produce electricity and heat based on wood pellets and straw, rather than coal and gas. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

Waste washing unit takes shape at REnescience plant

BY DONG Energy Found In:Power, BiogasIn February 2016, construction of the first full-scale REnescience plant commenced, with the plant is scheduled for commissioning in spring 2017. Currently, there is plenty of activity at the project site and the plant is starting to take shape. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

DOE to open FOAs for integrated biorefineries, algae biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn early December, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to open two biofuel-related funding opportunities. One is focused on the optimization of integrated biorefineries, while the other is focused on algae-based fuels. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Highland Pellets commissions Arkansas pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerHighland Pellet’s 600,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is officially open and undergoing commissioning and is expected to be producing pellets by the end of the year. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 21. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

EIA updates 2017 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will generate 8 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2016, increasing to 9 percent in 2017. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Agrivert opens 3 MW AD project in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasU.K-based Agrivert recently announced the opening of its fourth anaerobic digestion (AD) system in Bridgend, South Wales. The facility is expected to process approximately 48,000 metric tons of organic waste per year, generating 3 MW of electricity. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Drax to acquire Opus Energy, 4 OCGT development projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Dec. 6, Drax Group plc announced plans to acquire Opus Energy Group Ltd. and four open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) development projects. Drax also said it is continuing to monitor opportunities to acquire additional wood pellet plants. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Baringa Partners appointed to lead ETI biomass logistics project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Energy Technologies Institute has appointed energy consultancy Baringa Partners to lead a project to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on U.K. logistics infrastructure development. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

NIB finances new biomass heating plant in Finland

BY Nordic Investment Bank Found In:Power, ThermalNordic Investment Bank has signed a 15-year loan with the Finnish utility Lahti Energia for the construction of the new biofuel heating plant Kymijärvi III. The project is part of the city of Lahti’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

Air Liquide to design, build landfill gas purification plant

BY Air Liquide Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasAir Liquide has announced it will design, construct and operate its first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in the U.S. at the Northeast Mississippi Landfill (NEML), in Walnut, Mississippi. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

A Few Good Plugs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsToday is the last day to submit an abstract for the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

EU publishes clean energy policy package for heating, cooling

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThis week, the European Commission released a package of policy proposals aimed at boosting the EU’s competitiveness as the world transitions to a clean energy mix. AEBIOM and REA express support and concern over certain aspects of the legislation. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Out With the Old, In With the New

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe best argument our industry has going for it in the context of a Trump administration is its ability to produce jobs, and for the next four years, we’d be wise to build our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on that premise. READ MORE