Biomass Power

June 18, 2014

EPA opens 120-day comment period on Clean Power Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants in the Federal Register on June 18, officially opening a 120-day comment period. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 16. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

ND inventor reports heightened interest in BIONRG biocoal

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorman Miller, an entrepreneur from Mapleton, N.D., calls himself the father of biocoal. Among his inventions is the Tri-Pack machine that combines coal and biomass with a proprietary additive into a biocoal that can be left as a powder or densified. READ MORE

June 17, 2014

Bluesphere initiates multiple biogas projects in Northeast US

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBluesphere Corp. has expanded to the Northeast U.S. The company recently received one of the most difficult permits to obtain for its waste-to-energy project in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is developing projects in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. READ MORE

June 17, 2014

Legislation to freeze Ohio's RPS becomes law

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerOhio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill into law that will freeze the state's renewable portfolio standard for two years. Ohio first enacted its RPS in 2008. With the new law, the current 2.5 percent requirement will remain in place through 2016. READ MORE

June 16, 2014

USDA announces funding for 2 Farm Bill bioenergy programs

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA also announced the availability of its new Bioeconomy Tool Shed. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Report highlights benefits of coal-to-biomass conversions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA new report published by FutureMetrics shows that converting old coal plants to burn wood pellets provides a ready-to-go solution for meeting carbon mitigation goals while creating jobs. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Cornell University center funds 4 bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCornell University's David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has awarded $1.4 million from its Academic Venture Fund to 12 new university projects, including several related to biomass and bioenergy production. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Cirque Energy to develop biomass gasification project in Texas

BY Cirque Energy Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalCirque Energy Inc. announced the signing of a development agreement for a project to install a 2.5 MW biomass gasification power plant to be known as the Midland Biomass Energy Station in Midland, Texas. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

Virgin Islands FIT Act supports small biomass, renewables

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasU.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John deJongh has a bill that will allow residents to construct renewable energy projects and sell the electrical output to the local utility, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

WBA report illustrates global increase in bioenergy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe World Bioenergy Association recently released a report, titled "WBA Global Bioenergy Statistics 2014," that determined renewables contributed 18.3 percent of the global energy mix, with bioenergy alone contributing approximately 14.1 percent. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

Landfill gas power plant inaugurated in France

BY Clarke Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOfficials from French waste management company Veolia Proprete, energy services company Dalkia and distributed power services provider Clarke Energy recently celebrated the inauguration of the new Electr'od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

USDA to accept applications for BCAP matching payments

BY Anna Simet and Erin Voegele Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has published a notice of funds availability for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the notice, the USDA will provide $12.5 million in BCAP matching payments this year, with $12.5 million spent on technical assistance. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

UK energy projects sign contracts for renewable energy incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced eight renewable energy projects have officially signed the first contracts under the government's electricity market reforms. The list includes previously-announced biomass projects. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

Delaware utility buys power from landfill gas-to-energy project

BY Delaware Electric Cooperative Found In:Power, BiogasDelaware Electric Cooperative is now purchasing power produced at the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's landfill in Sandtown, Delaware. The nonprofit utility is purchasing 2 MW of power generated at the site. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

Agriculture to rely on drones despite regulatory lag

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUAS hold great promise in agriculture, but the FAA is lagging in its understanding of how important drones are becoming to farmers, and in developing regulations, according to panelists at the Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum. READ MORE

June 09, 2014

Corn forum: Stover market emergence tipping forward

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe collection and handling of corn stover was the focus of a panel discussion at the Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum, an event collocated with the 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

June 06, 2014

Northeast Wood Products purchases Pennington Seed pellet mills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNortheast Wood Products LLC has acquired Pennington Seed Co.'s 65,000-metric-ton-per year pellet plant in Peebles, Ohio, along with assets from a facility in Virginia. The company is also in the process of acquiring a pellet plant in Indiana. READ MORE

June 06, 2014

UK wood pellet company invests in screening, handling equipment

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMidland Bio Energy Ltd., a wood pellet company in Warwickshire, England, has invested GBP 20,000 ($27,319) in new handling and screening equipment to improve the quality of the pellets they deliver and efficiency of the operating systems. READ MORE

June 06, 2014

Trade mission to Peru to address biomass, biofuel opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration is organizing a renewable energy and energy efficiency trade mission to Peru in November that will promote the export competitiveness of U.S. technologies. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Report provides global overview of bioenergy, biofuel development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new report published by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) provides a global overview of advances in renewable energy development, including development related to bioenergy, ethanol and other types of biofuels. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Genera Energy COO to speak at Fuel Ethanol Workshop

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsKeith Brazzell, chief operating officer of Genera Energy Inc., is scheduled to speak at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo June 9-12 in Indianapolis. He will discuss the company's biomass feedstock supply solutions. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Opinion: No Injuries Reported

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMaking energy products from biomass has inherent risks, and it is our obligation to the public to mitigate those risks as much as is humanly possible, especially as the industry continues to grow. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Opinion: Small Town Big on Biomass

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerBiomass energy doesn't just promote healthy, economically viable forests, but also sustainable communities where land can be kept in production and where young people have opportunities to follow in the footsteps of generations before them. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

Flemish decision on subsidies reportedly impacts pellet cofiring

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerA recent report filed with the USDA Global Agricultural Information Network indicates the Flemish power sector may have stopped cofiring wood pellets due to a recent reinterpretation of Flemish law that restricts the approval of Green Certificates. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

In Depth: Hampering Hazards

BY Chris HansonFound In:PowerExplosion suppression, spark detection and extinguishing technology help stave off dust explosions at biomass power plants. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

Danish government: biomass, wind, contenders for renewable goals

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Danish Energy Agency has released a report that concludes it is technically possible the country could become fossil fuel independent by 2050, as well as reach the government's goal of fossil fuel independent electricity and heating by 2035. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

Opinion: Safety Essential to Global Biomass Use

BY Nicole Forsberg Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSafety should be considered a core value, not a priority or a separate bullet point, that top management strives to combine with productivity, quality or even profitability. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Stobart reports growth of biomass segment in financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe Stobart Group Ltd. recently reported financial results for the fiscal year ended Feb. 28. The company's biomass operations increased supplied tonnage by 41 percent during the year, reaching more than 900,000 metric tons. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Opinion: Response to Tragedy Can Make or Break a Business

BY Cam McAlpine Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOrganizations with well-thought-out communications strategies fare better in the face of crises. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Texas A&M study: Bioenergy sorghum could help with GHG emissions

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy sorghum may offer more than another energy supply; it may offer a "sink" for greenhouse gases, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study funded by the AgriLife Research Cropping Systems bioenergy program and a USDA grant. READ MORE