Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

February 20, 2015

Sen. Wyden issues letter to GSA in support of biomass energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., recently issued a letter to Dan Tangherlini, administrator of the General Services Administration, and Thomas Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, advocating for the use of biomass energy in federal buildings. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

Albany Green Energy to develop 50 MW biomass plant in Georgia

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, ThermalProctor & Gamble Co. and Constellation Energy have announced the development of a 50 MW biomass plant that will provide all of the steam needs for P&G's largest U.S. facility in Albany, Georgia. The plant will also sell electricity to Georgia Power. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

NREL 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book includes biopower statistics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, which features statistics on U.S. and global renewable energy generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

Forest Research, E.ON to lead ETI U.K. feedstock project

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Technologies Institute has announced that Forest Research and E.ON will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a study into the characterization of bioenergy feedstocks. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

ANSI to be accreditation body for biomass GHG certification

BY American National Standards Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American National Standards Institute has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass. READ MORE

February 18, 2015

BTEC, PFI thank Sen. King, Rep. Welch for commitment to BTU Act

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Pellet Fuels Institute have thanked Senator Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. for their commitment to renewable biomass energy and plans to ensure biomass thermal is represented in the tax code. READ MORE

February 17, 2015

Report highlights growth of EU pellet consumption

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe EurObserv'ER has published a new edition of its Solid Biomass Barometer, reporting consumption of solid biomass in the European Union increased to 91.5 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2013, up 2.9 Mtoe from the previous year. READ MORE

February 17, 2015

Regenis, DVO launch AD facility at California ethanol plant

BY Regenis Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSustainable energy production has entered a new era in California as a consortium of American companies recently joined together with state energy officials to launch the Calgren Ethanol Biodigester, which utilizes waste from dairy farms. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

IRENA report highlights bioenergy growth potential in the U.S.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a report that highlights the realistic potential for higher renewable uptake in all sectors of the U.S. energy system, including power, industry, building and the transportation sector. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

BNEF publishes Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasBloomberg New Energy Finance recently released the 2015 edition of its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. The report includes information on biomass, biogas, waste-to-energy, and a variety of other renewable energy technologies. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

EIA updates short-term forecasts for bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting that total renewables use for electricity and heat generation is expected to grow 3.8 percent this year. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

Report: European pellet demand could increase U.S. forest area

BY U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recently released study led by U.S. Forest Service scientists finds that demand for U.S. pellets in Europe and other areas could provide new markets for U.S. timber exports, increase wood prices, and lead to increases in forestland area. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

USDA holds media call on $280 million REAP funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 10, the USDA hosted a media call announcing more than $280 million is being made available to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted recent improvements made to REAP. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

University of Maine at Farmington to build biomass heating plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalAt the end of January, the University of Maine at Farmington received approval from the University of Maine System Board Of Trustees to move forward with plans to construct an $11 million biomass heat plant on campus. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

DECC publishes 12th survey on renewable energy public attitudes

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently published its findings from an updated survey that tracks public attitudes towards renewable energy. The results include information on public attitudes towards biomass heating. READ MORE

February 09, 2015

Paper considers the future of biomass heating in the U.K.

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalCPL Industries, a distributor of wood pellet heating solutions in the U.K., has published a paper exploring the benefits of incorporating biomass into long-term heating strategies for 2020 and beyond. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

RSB solicits public comments on its principles and criteria

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has opened a 60-day comment period on a revision of the RSB Principles & Criteria. Comments gathered will inform discussions among RSB members over the forthcoming Version 3.0 of the P&Cs. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Understanding air pollution from biomass burners used for heating

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Pellets, ThermalResearchers studying fine particulate emissions from a biomass burner found that emissions varied as the fuel went through different stages of combustion. The findings could help industry design better wood burning units. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Opinion: Legal Issues for Biomass Thermal Offtake Contracts

BY Todd Taylor Found In:ThermalBiomass thermal projects are becoming increasingly popular. Taylor says thermal energy offtake agreements are an important component and complex. He advises to take care, plan early and consult experienced advisors before getting started. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

EPA finalizes NSPS for residential wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule establishing new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters. The rules limit the amount of pollution that wood heaters manufactured and sold in the future can emit. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

PHI Group partners with AG Materials on Florida pellet plant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPHI Group Inc., a company focused on energy and natural resources, announced in late January it has signed an agreement with AG Materials LLC to jointly establish a 200,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Live Oak, Florida. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Enerpellets announces plans to develop pellet plant in Florida

BY Enerpellets Group Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnerpellets Group took the decision to internationalize its biomass pellets production activity by building a state-of-the-art unit in Florida with a real production output capacity of 250,000 tons per year. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Clarkson University, SUNY Canton research wood heating systems

BY Clarkson University Found In:Pellets, ThermalClarkson University and State University of New York Canton researchers are evaluating a new generation of wood pellet boilers that were developed in Austria and now are being manufactured in New York State. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Stories Untold

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalExecutive Editor Tim Portz talks about what it means when story sources are reluctant to talk "on the record". Conversations about pellets as absorbents are loosening up, while folks remain tight lipped about their opinions on big box customers. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Fire suppressant provider targets biomass industry

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGelTech Solutions Inc., the creator of the patent-pending fire suppressant compound called FireIce, recently began working in the agriculture industry and is now initiating outreach to some biomass producers. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

Government app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA group of federal agencies are developing an interactive app that will serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exports. U.S.-based suppliers of certain energy solutions are invited to apply to participate in the pilot phase. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

DOE accepting comments on engineered high-energy crop proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is accepting public comments on an environmental impact statement related to proposed confined field trials of engineered high-energy crops for use in bioenergy applications. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

NHWEC releases video on modern wood heating

BY New Hampshire Wood Energy Council Found In:ThermalThe New Hampshire Wood Energy Council, one of 16 state wood energy teams funded in part by the USDA, has released a 5 minute video overview of heating commercial and institutional buildings with advanced wood chip and wood pellet heating systems. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

EPA: Agricultural Science Committee nomination deadline extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late 2014, the U.S. EPA invited the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board's Agricultural Science Committee. The deadline for submitting those nominations has been extended to March 30. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Vencor acquires bio-coal purchase order, anticipates expansion

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVencor International Inc. recently announced an agreement to acquire the exclusive rights to torrefaction equipment and technology from Torretherm Inc. The company has also announced a purchase order from Vega Biofuels Inc. READ MORE