Biomass Power

August 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in August STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting electricity generation from renewable sources will reach 1.857 million MWh per day in 2017, falling to 1.836 MWh per day in 2018. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Enviva reports increased productivity from modified plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Aug. 3, Enviva Partners LP released second quarter financial results, providing an update on efforts to modify it pellet production process to improve pellet quality. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

U.K. releases 2016 energy statistics

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe United Kingdom is currently ahead of its renewable energy targets laid out in the 2009 European Union Renewable Energy Directive, according to the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

Covanta provides updates of Dublin, Fairfax EfW facilities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerCovanta Holding Corp. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting its Dublin energy-from-waste (EfW) facility is on track to begin commercial operations before the end of the year. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Fiber costs for North American pellet plants trend downward

BY North American Wood Fiber Review Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWith the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry and forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 and early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Canadian government invests $2.6 million in Sustane Technologies

BY Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalCanadians will benefit from well-paying jobs and business opportunities created by a Halifax-based company that turns landfill waste into clean-burning fuel, thanks to a $2.6-million investment by the government of Canada. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Self-Reflection and Realities

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalProducers who have embraced safety and are aggressively pursuing best practices in dust management are finding that, in addition to increased employee safety and retention, these measures are introducing new efficiencies into plants and increasing pr READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

In Depth: Powering Up New Feedstock Demand

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn-site biomass power production is the latest chapter in a decades-long story of the Linkletter family adding value to Maine’s robust wood fiber resource. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

Sumitomo buys stake in Canadian wood pellet producer

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerWordwide general trading company Sumitomo Corp. has acquired a 48 percent stake in Canadian wood pellet producer Pacific BioEnergy Corp. The company said that is is seeking to establish a steady wood pellet supply for the long-term. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Russian pellet production, exports expected to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Russian Federation recently filed its annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting wood pellet production and exports are expected to increase by 10 percent this year. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

UCSC awarded $250,000 grant from U.S. Forest Service

BY Scott Rappaport, University of California, Santa Cruz Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Forest Service awarded a $250,000 grant to the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure at UC Santa Cruz. The center will use the grant to study the economic feasibility of developing an innovative forest industry cluster near Reno, Nevada. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Drax discusses future plans during investor presentation

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerReducing the cost of wood pellet production, finishing two capacity expansions and overhauling a recently acquired plant are just a few of the many focuses Drax CEO Dorothy Thompson discussed during the company’s recent investor presentation. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Enviva releases updated Track & Trace data

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva has released its latest proprietary Track & Trace forestry data, highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. The data measures and demonstrates the company's sustainability practices. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Oregon EfW facility celebrates 30 years of operations

BY Covanta Energy Corp. Found In:PowerCovanta Marion is celebrating 30 years of providing sustainable solid waste disposal operations for the residents of Marion County. Opened in 1987, the energy-from-waste facility has processed over 5.5 million tons of waste. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

New Hampshire law benefits biomass power production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerIn New Hampshire, a new law is expected to benefit the state’s biomass power producers by increasing the price of alternative compliance payments for Class III sources. It also changes the eligibility standards for landfill gas under the RPS. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

RNG Coalition adds Kapoor to team

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has added Nina Kapoor as manager of legislative and regulatory affairs in Sacramento, California. The addition of Kapoor will bolster the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

EIA: 460,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn July 10, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data on the U.S. densified biomass fuel industry, reporting there was nearly 12.71 million tons of capacity in place in April, with an additional 163,500 tons under development. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Australian government announces support for biorefinery project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue agave may also be used as a feedstock. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Inslee vetoes tax break to encourage fuel switch at coal plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerOn July 7, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a portion of a bill that aimed to create tax incentives to support the conversion of the state’s only coal-fired plant to natural gas or biomass fuel in an effort to save jobs. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in July STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total generation from renewables in the electric power sector will increase by 11 percent this year, remaining unchanged in 2018. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Welsh Water secures EIB loan, signs contract with DONG Energy

BY Welsh Water Found In:PowerWelsh Water Welsh Water has reached a key milestone in its drive to cut carbon emissions by ensuring that its sites across Wales and Herefordshire are now powered by green energy. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

Enviva Partners extends contracts at Port Panama City

BY Enviva Found In:Pellets, PowerEnviva has announced that it is extending its contracts with the Panama City Port Authority, the Bay Line Railroad LLC and SSA Gulf Inc. through 2023. This commitment supports operations at the company’s Cottondale facility. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Opinion: It’s Settled: Biomass is a Carbon-Saving Fuel

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerIn May, the Biomass Power Association completed and released a yearlong study of the carbon emissions of biomass power. The results were decisive in proving the carbon benefits of biomass. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

IEA Bioenergy Task 40 updates report on pellet industry, trade

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIEA Bioenergy Task 40, an initiative established by the International Energy Agency in 2003 to focus on international bioenergy technology, recently published a new report on the global wood pellet industry and trade. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Valmet to supply biomass plant, automation system to DONG Energy

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:PowerValmet Corp. will supply a biomass power plant to DONG Energy's Asnaes Power Station located in Kalundborg, Denmark. The delivery consists of a 140 MWth biomass-fired HYBEX power boiler plant featuring bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology. READ MORE