Biomass Power

May 04, 2016

Poet reports Project Liberty in ‘ramp-up’ phase

BY Poet LLC Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsProject Liberty in Emmetsburg, Iowa, has produced and shipped several tank cars of cellulosic ethanol even as the plant is ramping up to its full 20 million gallon-per-year capacity. READ MORE

May 03, 2016

Nippon Paper to install torrefied pellet demonstration plant

BY Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalNippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. signed a joint research and development agreement with Phoenix Pulp and Paper Public Co. Ltd. to install demonstration facilities in Thailand for the production of torrefied pellets. READ MORE

May 02, 2016

DECC releases first quarter 2016 RHI program deployment data

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasU.K. DECC published monthly statistics and summary of quarter one deployment data for RHI program. During the quarter, there was a large number of biogas applications for the nondomestic scheme and fewer biomass applications in the domestic scheme. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Astec points to pellet division as bright spot

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite an off year overall for the global pellet market, Astec Industries reported that its pellet division continues to be a bright spot for the company. In its Q1 2016 financial earnings call, Astec reported net sales for Q1 as $278.7 million. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Looking For Landfill Gas, Biogas Projects

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasFor the next several months, Biomass Magazine plans to run a project spotlight series in the biogas/landfill gas section of the print edition. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

New York opens $150 million RFP for large-scale renewable energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasOn April 21, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $150 million in funding to support large-scale renewable energy projects. The funding will be provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Covanta announces shutdown of Maine, California biomass plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerCovanta Holding Corp. has released first quarter financial results, reporting that the company’s biomass assets have recently been idled. Overall, total revenue increased to $403 million compared to $383 million during the same period of 2015. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

DOE BETO hosts bioenergy event with 4-H youth leaders

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12. The roundtable was part of the larger National 4-H Conference. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Pentair Haffmans introduces CO2 recovery system for biogas

BY Pentair Haffmans Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasPentair Haffmans has launched a compact enclosed skid CO2 recovery system that can be connected to any existing biogas upgrading plant. The system helps maximize yield and minimize environmental impact. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Ohio bill would extend freeze on RPS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerLegislation recently introduced in Ohio aims to extend a freeze on the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) at 2.5 percent for three additional years, through 2019. In June 2014, a law was signed to freeze the RPS for two years. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Eastern Pennsylvania natural gas consumers enrolling in RNG offer

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Energy Co-op, an independently-owned, local, nonprofit energy supplier, launched a renewable natural gas product to residential consumers in the Philadelphia Electric Company natural gas territory to offset their pipeline gas consumption. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

USDA opens Value-Added Production Grant funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe USDA is making up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses through its Value-Added Producer Grant program. On-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) systems are among the projects eligible for the program. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

BTEC applauds Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council expressed its support for the recent Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act. Two key BTEC-supported provisions that benefit biomass were included in this legislation. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Opinion: What’s in a Name?

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat is waste? Initially, the question seems rhetorical, but in practice, the answers have significant impacts on the industry. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

In Depth: Out With the Old

BY Linda Graham Found In:PowerThe city of Quebec has achieved major cost savings by replacing its 34-year-old cranes with modern, automated versions. READ MORE

April 24, 2016

In Depth: Sponsor Spotlight: Hurst Boiler

BY Anna Simet Found In:Power, BiogasHurst Boiler is equipped with the knowledge, technology and drive to expand global waste-to-energy applications. READ MORE

April 23, 2016

Opinion: Biomass at a Crossroads

BY Bob Cleaves Found In:PowerThere’s nothing better than low-priced natural gas, unstable renewable energy credit markets and a stalled Clean Power Plan to motivate the biomass power sector to flip over every rock looking for additional economic value. READ MORE

April 23, 2016

In Depth: Export Industry’s Impacts on Southern Forests, Markets

BY Tracy Leslie Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalForest2Market data disproves claims regarding the wood pellet export industry and its impacts on forest inventory and fiber prices. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

ZooShare holds groundbreaking ceremony for Toronto biogas plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasZooShare held a formal groundbreaking ceremony this week to celebrate the start of construction on its 500 kW biogas facility, located across from the Toronto Zoo, which will generate renewable power for the Ontario grid from zoo and food waste. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Gov. LePage signs bill to boost Maine’s biomass industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerMaine Gov. Paul LePage has signed legislation that will inject up to $13.4 million into the state’s biomass sector via renewed and new power purchase agreements. The legislation passed the state House and Senate April 15. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Biogas could replace more than one quarter of UK LNG imports

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasA new report by the U.K. Renewable Enery Association’s biogas sector group outlines the potential for Britain to produce the equivalent of more than 45 LNG tankers’ worth of renewable natural gas (in the form of biomethane) per year by 2035. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

In Depth: Playing by the Nonwaste Fuels Rules

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalThree forms of wood waste got the green light under the U.S. EPA’s nonhazardous secondary materials rule, but the amended regulation’s impact appears narrow. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Pellet producer Viridis Energy for sale

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPublically traded Canadian pellet production company Viridis Energy Inc. is up for sale. The company is is working with FutureMetrics LLC to solicit interest for the potential sale of Viridis Energy and all of its assets. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Senate passes Energy Bill with pro-biomass amendment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn April 20, the U.S. Senate passed new energy legislation by a vote of 85 to 12. The bill, titled the Energy Policy Modernization Act, or S. 2012, contains an amendment that recognizes the carbon neutrality of biomass energy. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Nova Scotia ends must-run requirement for Port Hawkesbury plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PowerIn early April, the government of Nova Scotia, Canada, announced it had ended a legal requirement to operate the Nova Scotia Power biomass plant in Port Hawkesbury as a must-run facility. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Rallying for a Rebound

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAll week, I have been working to catch up after the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Maine passes bill to boost biomass industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:PowerMaine’s struggling biomass power industry can breathe a little easier with the passage of a bill that will inject a maximum of $13.4 million into the sector via renewed and new power purchase agreements. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Vecoplan Midwest introduces containerized pellet plant

BY Vecoplan Midwest Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVecoplan Midwest has introduced its containerized pellet plant, which has the capacity to produce 1 to 2 tons of pellets per hour. The turnkey pellet production plant is housed in standard shipping containers. READ MORE