Biomass Power

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Drax appoints new chief executive

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerDrax Group plc recently announced that Will Gardiner will be appointed as group chief executive, effective Jan. 1. His appointment follows Dorothy Thompson’s decision to step down from the position at the end of the year. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

New papers examine coal, wood pellet cofiring at US power plants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, PowerIf the U.S. wants to begin replacing coal with wood pellets at power plants, the government must provide incentives similar to the ones that solar and wind currently receive, according to University of Georgia researchers. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

FERC: US adds biomass power capacity in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released its Energy Infrastructure Update for July, reporting that 206 MW of biomass power capacity were installed during the first seven months of 2017, up from 50 MW during the same period of 2016. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

DOE publishes report on algae cultivation for carbon capture

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently published the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop Summary Report. This summary report shares the results of stakeholder discussions held in May. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

WE&RF awards research contract to support co-digestion

BY Water Environment & Reuse Foundation Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Water Environment & Reuse Foundation has awarded a contract to the Environmental Law Institute to support a project that aims to develop alternative sustainable business cases for wastewater resource recovery facilities to co-digest food waste. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

P&G, Constellation complete 50 MW biomass CHP plant

BY Constellation Found In:Power, ThermalThe Procter & Gamble Co. and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. recently announced the completion of a 50-MW biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

Ontario biogas projects earn FIT contracts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasOntario’s Independent Electricity System Operator recently announced it will offer contracts for 390 projects representing approximately 150 MW of small-scale renewable generation, including eight biogas projects. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

Studies show corn stover provides a business opportunity

BY Trestle Energy LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsTrestle Energy LLC has announced that two new studies show that generating energy from corn stover can fuel a billion-dollar business opportunity for the farm economy by replacing coal in power plants. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

Webinar highlights transportable biomass conversion facilities

BY Waste to Wisdom Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTransportable biomass conversion facilities and the economics of using forest harvest residues to produce biochar, briquettes, and torrefied wood is the topic of a Sept. 27 webinar hosted by the Waste to Wisdom research project. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

WM, MCE bring 3.9 MW landfill gas-to-energy project online

BY Waste Management Found In:Power, BiogasMCE and Waste Management’s Redwood Landfill recently celebrated the opening of a new landfill gas-to-energy plant in California that will generate enough renewable electricity to provide service to more than 5,000 MCE customers. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

CEC approves grants for forest biomass, biogas projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasA forest biomass-to-power project and two biogas projects were recently approved for grants by the California Energy Commission, via its Electric Program Investment Charge program. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

EIA: Densified biomass production reaches 570,000 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced respondents providing data for its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report produced 570,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, and sold 430,000 tons. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

UK proposes reduced support for biomass under RO, seeks comments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. government is seeking public comments on two proposed options aimed at controlling costs of non-grandfathered biomass conversion and co-firing units under the Renewables Obligation. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Fremont Regional Digester reopens in Michigan

BY Generate Capital Inc. Found In:Power, BiogasFremont’s biodigester has reopened under new ownership and management, converting 165,000 tons of organic waste every year into renewable electricity that can power more than 2,500 Michigan homes. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Wisconsin dairy manure AD project wins funding

BY Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Found In:Power, BiogasThe Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved a conditional $15 million Focus on Energy grant to BC Organics LLC for a bioenergy system in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy farm manure and other waste. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Switchgrass could help China’s air quality

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:PowerResearchers from the have proposed an idea that could improve China’s air quality, but they’re not atmospheric scientists. They’re agronomists who say switchgrass could help stop erosion loss while displacing coal use at power plants. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

EIA predicts increased bioenergy capacity in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for electricity production and generation capacity from wood and waste biomass. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

UK awards CfDs to 2 dedicated biomass with CHP projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced Contracts for Difference (CfD) have been awarded to 11 new projects, including two dedicated biomass power plants with combined-heat-and-power (CHP). READ MORE

September 09, 2017

Opinion: Emphasizing Biomass Benefits on State Levels

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerAs always, we in the industry must remain alert for state changes that can negatively—or positively—affect our businesses. READ MORE

September 07, 2017

Saxlund provides fuel handling systems to 2 UK bioenergy plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalIn the U.K., Saxlund International recently announced it is supplying fuel handling systems to the Tansterne Advanced Biomass Project and a green gas generation plant under construction by Advanced Power and Cadent. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

Stobart impacted by commissioning delays at biomass plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerStobart Group Ltd. has released interim results for the first half of 2017, reporting that its energy division has been impacted by commissioning delays at third-party biomass power plants. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

DMT to supply desulfurization process to California AD facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDMT Clear Gas Solutions recently announced that Calgren Dairy Fuels LLC is going to install DMT’s desulfurization technology, Sulfurex BR. The anaerobic digestion facility is located adjacent to Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC, a 55 MMgy ethanol plant. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

Weir restores valves as part of Lynemouth biomass conversion

BY Weir Engineering Services Found In:Pellets, PowerWeir Engineering Services has partnered with Lynemouth Power Station to contribute to the project that will convert the plant from a coal fired to a biomass fired power station, including the overhaul of eleven butterfly valves and gearboxes. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Tooke sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTony Tooke was sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Sept. 1. Tooke replaced former Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, who announced his retirement in August. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Trump nominates Northey to serve as USDA under secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced his nominations for three USDA posts, including the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as under secretary for farm production and conservation. READ MORE

September 04, 2017

In Depth: From High Hazard to Bioenergy Boost

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerIn California, several large-scale biomass power plants have new leases on life via five-year power purchase agreements and stipulations to use high-hazard forest material. Meanwhile, a new wave of small-scale plants continues to navigate developme READ MORE

September 01, 2017

In Depth: Fire and Ice

BY Tim PortzFound In:Power, ThermalAs temperatures fall and the demand for fuel increases, the challenges for biomass aggregators increase. Two industry veterans talk about what it takes to keep material moving, and fires burning. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

FERC: 198 MW of biomass capacity added during first half of 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects recently released its Energy Infrastructure Update, reporting that 198 MW of biomass power capacity was placed into service during the first half of 2017. READ MORE