Biomass Power

February 26, 2016

Best regions for growing bioenergy crops identified

BY University of Illinois Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have identified regions in the United States where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing effects on water quantity and quality. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

GE to build world’s largest commercial biomass-fired power plant

BY GE Found In:PowerGE recently announced that it has been selected by Mechelen-based Belgian Eco Energy to build the largest greenfield, 100 percent biomass-fired power plant in the world. The plant will be powered by wood chips and agro residues. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Biomass report finds significant reductions in GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report released to the European Union Directorate-General for Energy, titled “Carbon impacts of biomass consumed in the EU: quantitative assessment,” confirms using bioenergy has significant carbon savings and can reduce greenhouse emissions. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Bio plant for handling household waste to be built in UK

BY DONG Energy Found In:Power, BiogasA world first bio plant for handling unsorted household waste will be built in Northwich, Cheshire by DONG Energy. The facility will handle unsorted household waste, without prior treatment, using enzymes. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Opinion: Risk Abated

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRisk drives project developers to more carefully consider every aspect of a project, identify potential problems within it, and develop and deploy measures to protect against them whenever possible. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

FutureMetrics comments on why CPP opponents should reconsider

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, PowerFutureMetrics published a white paper on why opponents to the Clean Power Plan should change their minds. Amongst the reasons is a demonstration why cofiring industrial wood pellets with coal should be part of a plan to a more decarbonized future. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

Astec reports annual results, highlights pellet plant activities

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite a challenging quarter that saw a 10 percent decrease in net sales, Astec Industries President and CEO Benjamin Brock said the future of Astec is bright, and highlighted pellet plant quoting as an active area in its business. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

Opinion: Senate Recognizes Biomass’s Carbon Benefits

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerWhile significant growth would be welcome news for biomass, what we need now is solid help for existing facilities that are facing challenging market conditions. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

In Depth: Building Big in British Columbia

BY Bruce Dorminey Found In:PowerTwo firms with long histories of investment in alternative energy are partners in a Canadian biomass power venture. READ MORE

February 22, 2016

Washington bill incentivizes conversion of last coal plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerWashington’s last coal-fired power plant may have a new incentive to convert to a cleaner fuel, rather than closing down in less than a decade. SB 5575 would provide the 1,340-MW plant with incentives to convert to biomass or natural gas. READ MORE

February 22, 2016

Louisiana pellet mill files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerOn Feb. 18, subsidiaries of German Pellets associated with its Louisiana-based pellet plant filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

Enviva reports strong operational performance in 2015

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite challenging market conditions in the broader energy sector, Enviva LP completed 2015 with continued strong operating performance, said Chairman and CEO John Keppler during the company’s Q4 2015 and year-end financial earnings call. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

Rhode Island bill aims to extend RES program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasLegislation recently introduced in Rhode Island aims to extend the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) through 2035. The program, originally established in 2014, currently ramps up renewable energy use through 2020. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

PFI hosts webinar on standards program tailored toward retailers

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Feb. 18, Pellet Fuels Institute hosted a webinar on its standards program, with information tailored to pellet retailers in order to familiarize participants with the program and why it matters to customers. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

Tour a New Biogas Plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasBiomass Magazine recently launched registration for the International Biomass Conference & Expo tour sites; one of the destinations is Blue Sphere Corp.’s new 5.2-MW biogas plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Covanta provides operational update during investor call

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerCovanta Energy executives discussed progress on ongoing projects, new prospects and upgrades of existing facilities during its Q4 2015 and full-year results conference call on Feb. 17. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Tasmania considers biomass to increase energy diversity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerThe government of Tasmania, Australia, has announced it is actively considering the use of biomass as a renewable energy source. Specifically, the government is considering the use of residues from value-added forest operations. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

EPA biogenic emissions panel posts updated draft report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, PowerThe U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board is continuing its work to complete a biogenic carbon emissions framework. On Feb. 8, the SAB’s Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel posted an updated draft report to the EPA’s website. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

ART announces investment in biomass CHP project

BY Alpha Real Trust Ltd. Found In:Power, ThermalAlpha Real Trust Ltd. announces it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire a the long leasehold interest in a site in Scotland for the installation of a wood-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

PPG signs MOU with Green Biofuels

BY Plutus PowerGen plc Found In:Power, Advanced FuelsPlutus PowerGen plc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U.K.-based Green Biofuels Ltd. for the supply of its proprietary renewable fuel Green D+ for use across the company's power generation projects. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

Saxlund announces another bioenergy order from Babcock & Wilcox

BY Saxlund Found In:PowerSaxlund has won another large order from Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S, Denmark for the delivery of its first-class management of bioenergy projects in Teesside, near Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. READ MORE

February 16, 2016

McCarthy addresses RFS, role of biomass in CPP during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 11, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on U.S. EPA policies that impact the rural economy. The renewable fuel standard (RFS) and Clean Power Plan were among the programs discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE

February 16, 2016

EPA deems C&D wood, railroad ties, paper waste as nonwaste fuels

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has finalized an amendment to its nonhazardous secondary materials (NHSM) rule that will add three sources of fuel to its list of categorical nonwaste fuels, potentially making it easier for biomass energy facilities to make use of them. READ MORE

February 15, 2016

Geodynamics broadens involvement in Australian biogas sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasGeodynamics has set its sights on becoming a diversified clean technology company. The first step in this process was the acquisition of Quantum Power, a biogas company focused on the growing Australian agribusiness and municipal waste sectors. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

Republic Services releases Q4, full-year financial results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasOn Feb. 11, Republic Services Inc. released financial results for the fourth quarter of 2015, reporting a net income of $172.3 million, or 49 cents per share, compared to $50.3 million, or 14 cents per share, for the comparable period in 2014. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

Army to lease land to Hawaiian Electric for bioenergy project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe Army has announced the availability of the record of decision (ROD) to lease land and grant easements on Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield to Hawaii Electric Co. for the development of a 50 MW biofuel-fueled power plant. READ MORE

February 11, 2016

UK research supports AD food-based digestate use as fertilizer

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWRAP has released results from The Digestate and Compost in Agriculture field experiments, providing an evidence base to support the use of food-based digestate, a product of anaerobic digestion, and composts by growers as renewable fertilizers. READ MORE

February 11, 2016

German Pellets files for insolvency

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Feb. 11, German Pellets GmbH announced a German court has appointed a provisional insolvency administrator with regard to insolvency proceedings that have been initiated against the assets of the company. READ MORE

February 11, 2016

Active Energy Group announces launch of AEG CoalSwitch

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.K.-based Active Energy Group Plc recently announced the launch of its AEG CoalSwitch division. According to the company, its AEG CoalSwitch technology creates a biomass-based drop-in replacement for coal. READ MORE

February 11, 2016

North American pellet exports increased during the third quarter

BY North American Wood Fiber Review Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNorth American overseas pellet exports increased for the second consecutive quarter in the third quarter of 2015, rising 15 percent from the previous quarter to reach a new record high of just over 1.6 million tons. READ MORE