Biomass Power

August 14, 2014

Researcher: Regulations needed to identify invasive feedstocks

BY University of Illinois Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn response to the need to prevent invasive species, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed both a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Opinion: Railroad Ties: An Essential Biomass Power Fuel

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerBiomass power plants use approximately 815,000 tons of railroad ties per year, distributed among 13 facilities in seven states. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Schumer introduces bill to make biogas eligible for ITC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., recently introduced legislation that aims to encourage the construction of anaerobic digestion facilities by adding biogas to the list of renewable energy sources that are eligible for a 30 percent investment tax credit. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

In Depth: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerBest Available Control Technology solutions vary according to project characteristics and site specificities. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

First international standards in solid biofuels published

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces that the first seven international standards in the expanding industry of solid biofuels have been published. In addition, work has also begun on part eight of the series. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Progress continues on development of solid biofuel standards

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalMeeting recently in Stockholm, ISO Technical Committee 238, Solid Biofuels, made measurable progress toward developing the content for a series of physical property test standards and related topics. READ MORE

August 11, 2014

Construction underway on Missouri anaerobic digestion project

BY Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC Found In:Power, BiogasConstruction is underway in Missouri on an innovative $80 million renewable energy project, developed and constructed by Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC in collaboration with Murphy-Brown of Missouri LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc. READ MORE

August 11, 2014

Stoel Rives: IRS issues new guidance on ITC/PTC

BY Stoel Rives LLP Found In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe IRS has issued guidance that clarifies and modifies prior guidance regarding the "beginning of construction" requirement for qualifying for the Section 45 production tax credit (PTC) and the Section 48 investment tax credit (ITC) READ MORE

August 08, 2014

Expansion of fiber business outlined in Rentech Q2 earnings call

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech CEO Hunt Ramsbottom outlined the company's continued efforts to expand its fiber business in a quarterly earnings call. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Drax loses appeal over CfD, expected to proceed with conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Aug. 7, Drax Group plc released a statement indicating that its second unit conversion is no longer eligible for an investment contract. Rather, the company is expected to proceed with the conversion with support under the Renewables Obligation. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Utility proposes low buyback rate for customer-sited bioenergy

BY RENEW Wisconsin Found In:Power, BiogasContained in Milwaukee-based We Energies' pending rate filing is a proposal to cut the buyback rate for new customer-sited bioenergy projects by more than half, down to 4.24 cents per kilowatt-hour beginning in January 2016. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

USDA report aims to provide uniform method for GHG assessment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a report that provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Grid synchronization achieved at Texas bioenergy facility

BY Gemma Power Systems LLC Found In:PowerGemma Power Systems LLC has completed initial synchronization of the Woodville Renewable Power Project with the electric grid operated by the Midwest Independent System Operator. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

AgriLife Research: Mesquite a complementary biofuel feedstock

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study outlines how mesquite measures up relative to other bioenergy feedstocks with regard to economic and greenhouse gas efficiency. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Bioenergy week planned in Ontario

BY Canadian Bioenergy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCanadian Bioenergy Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, Lakehead University, Confederation College and the Biomass Innovation Centre of Nipissing University are partnering to offer a full-slate of events from Sept. 8-13 in Ontario. READ MORE

August 06, 2014

Ontario pellet plant expected to begin operations in Q4

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerResolute Forest Products Inc. provided a brief update on the status of its pellet plant under development in Thunder Bay, Ontario, during its second quarter investor conference call. The facility is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter. READ MORE

August 06, 2014

USDA announces inclusion of wood products in BioPreferred program

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe USDA has issued a final rule eliminating the restrictions on including mature market wood products and other materials in the BioPreferred program. The action implements changes included in the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

August 05, 2014

ReEnergy to resume operations at Ashland biomass plant

BY ReEnergy Holdings Found In:PowerReEnergy Holdings has announced plans to resume operations at its biomass-to-electricity facility in Ashland, Maine. The 39-MW facility was acquired by ReEnergy in December 2011 and has been idle since March 2011. READ MORE

August 04, 2014

USDA, DOE and EPA release Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA has published its Biogas Opportunities Roadmap, a document that builds on progress made to date to identify voluntary actions that can be taken to reduce methane emissions through the use of biogas systems. READ MORE

July 31, 2014

WM to plans sale of Wheelabrator to Energy Capital Partners

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerWaste Management Inc. has reported second quarter financial results and announced an agreement to sell its waste-to-energy business, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., to an affiliate of Energy Capital Partners for $1.94 billion. READ MORE

July 31, 2014

Covanta reports Q2 results, provides maintenance update

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerCovanta Holdings Corp. recently released its second quarter 2014 results, reporting revenue of $432 million, up from $411 million for the same period of last year. Net income from continuing operations was $2 million. READ MORE

July 31, 2014

Miscanthus might yield more biomass in Iowa that first thought

BY Iowa State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMiscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University. READ MORE

July 31, 2014

Helping switchgrass survive winter will boost biofuel potential

BY Michigan State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMichigan State University has been awarded $1 million from a joint U.S. Department of Energy and USDA program to develop hardier switchgrass, a plant native to North America that holds high potential as a biofuel source. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

2014 PFI conference considers market outlook

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe pellet market outlook dominated presentations at the Pellet Fuels Institute annual conference held July 28-29 in Orlando, Florida. During the event, several speakers highlighted the expected growth markets around the globe. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Drax provides operational update during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe Drax Group plc has announced financial results for the first half of the year, reporting that biomass now accounts for more than 20 percent of the its output. Both the first converted unit and the enhanced cofiring unit are performing well. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Genera Energy introduces proprietary feedstock management systems

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsGenera Energy Inc. has announced the deployment of two new proprietary feedstock management systems, Energy Grange and Supply AssureBoth systems were developed through years of R&D and in-the-field testing. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

N.Y. announces biomass thermal incentives, RPS solicitation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn July 29, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made two announcements that will benefit bioenergy projects within the state, including the official launch of Renewable Heat N.Y. and the availability of funding to support clean energy generation projects. READ MORE

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