Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

February 05, 2019

EPA urged to alter comment periods for rules impacted by shutdown

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalDemocratic members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works are urging the U.S. EPA to reopen and extend comment periods for all pending regulatory decisions impacted by the partial government shutdown, including its wood heater rule. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

Senate committee advances Wheeler’s nomination to head the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted 11 to 10 to advance the nomination of Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to fill the post of administrator of the agency. The full Senate will now consider his nomination. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

In Depth: Knowledge Management at Pellet Plants

BY Holger Streetz Found In:Pellets, ThermalOne challenge the industry faces today is that the knowledge that has been acquired over several decades is about to get lost with the first generation of managers, operators and service engineers. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

Orsted highlights bioenergy achievements in new reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasDenmark-based power producer Orsted has released 2018 financial results and published its 2018 sustainability report. Within both documents, the company highlights its bioenergy achievements and goals. READ MORE

January 28, 2019

New water removal technology increases biogas CHP performance

BY HRS Heat Exchangers Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasHRS Heat Exchangers has announced its biogas dehumidification system (BDS) removes water from biogas, protecting combined-heat-and-power (CHP) engines from corrosion and cavitation. It also comes with a heat recovery section as standard. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

UK REA launches bioenergy review with new call for evidence

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has launched a far-reaching review into the future of bioenergy in the U.K. Bioenergy is energy generated from biobased fuels, such as wood pellets and biodiesel. READ MORE

January 22, 2019

Koda Energy urges EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalShakopee, Minnesota-based Koda Energy LLC is urging the U.S. EPA to promptly process applications to allow biomass power facilities to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program by generating e-renewable identification numbers (eRINs). READ MORE

January 21, 2019

Pellet, bioenergy projects in North Carolina receive funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced four projects have been awarded funding under the Bioenergy Research Initiative, including three related to pellets and one focused on swine lagoon sludge. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

New biomass plant will increase Dartmouth’s sustainability

BY Dartmouth University Found In:ThermalDartmouth is seeking proposals to build a biomass energy heating facility and transmission system to replace the existing central heating system, marking a major step in the institution’s sustainability commitment to reduce carbon emissions. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

Nova Scotia amends regulations for waste-to-energy

BY Nova Scotia Found In:Power, ThermalNova Scotia is helping to reduce landfill waste. The province has amended its solid waste regulations to allow thermal treatment facilities to accept banned materials, such as plastic, cardboard and newsprint, and use them to create energy. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

New York sets new goals for 100% clean power, 70% renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Jan. 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that calls for the state to achieve 100 percent clean power by 2040. It also aims to set new renewable energy mandates. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts for 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EIA has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that the total share of renewable electricity generation will reach 18 percent in 2019 and 20 percent in 2020, up from 17 percent in 2018. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

PFI submits comments on minimum pellet fuel requirements in NSPS

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn Jan. 14, the Pellet Fuels Institute continued its ongoing effort to eliminate the inclusion of minimum pellet fuel requirements in the New Source Performance Standard by submitting written comments to the U.S. EPA prior to the comment deadline. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

UK Clean Air Strategy could impact coal-to-biomass conversions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. government has released its Clean Air Strategy. The U.K. REA said it welcomes the ambitions of the strategy, but called on the government to take into account contemporary evidence on the role of bioenergy in meeting carbon targets. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

Canada joins International Renewable Energy Agency

BY International Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCanada has officially become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Canada becomes the Agency’s 160th member to join the global intergovernmental organization dedicated to the widespread adoption of renewable energy. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

EU approves biomass support scheme in Portugal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe European Commission has approved, under European Union state aid rules, a scheme in Portugal to support biomass energy installations located close to forest areas regarded as critical due to the risk of fires. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

Comments due Jan. 14 on EPA’s residential wood heater proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalMembers of the public who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to amend new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters have less than a week to do so. The public comment period closes Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

Opinion: The Conspiracy Against Wood Stoves

BY John AckerlyFound In:Pellets, ThermalIn recent years, we’ve heard more and more from people who believe the government is trying to regulate wood stoves out of existence. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

In Depth: High-Tech Inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerFound In:Power, ThermalFROM THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE: Drones and robots are seeing increasing use in the energy industry, but this technical revolution hasn’t yet caught on in the biomass energy industry. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

Trump issues executive order on forest management

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAn executive order on forest management issued by President Trump in late December addresses how rural economies can benefit through the utilization of byproducts created by forest restoration efforts. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

Wood chips used to heat pool in Australia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalThe city of Albany in Western Australia has announced that a biomass boiler is now heating the leisure pool at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Center. On Dec. 5, the city announced the boiler burned its first wood chips the previous week. READ MORE

December 27, 2018

In Depth: The Effect of Biomass Fuel on Boiler Refractories

BY Justin Teiken Found In:Power, ThermalFROM THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE READ MORE

December 21, 2018

Maine Technology Institute issues forest technology RFP

BY Maine Technology Insititute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Maine Technology Institute has announced a request for responses to the Emerging Technology Challenge for Maine’s Forest Resources. The goal of the challenge is to deploy a forest industry technology in Maine. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including REAP and BCAP. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

ABC: Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard takes step forward

BY Advanced Biofuels Canada Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a significant development for the clean fuels sector, Environment and Climate Change Canada has released the Regulatory Design Paper reflecting a year of intensive consultation on the national Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

FutureMetrics: Global pellet trade up 26% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFutureMetrics has released a new white paper that features a 2018 year-end review of the pellet market. According to the paper, 2018 was one of the strongest years for the global wood pellet market in terms of growth and pricing. READ MORE

December 17, 2018

Past PFI Chair Stephen Faehner testifies at EPA NSPS hearing

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalStephen Faehner testified on behalf of the PFI at a public hearing regarding the recently proposed amendments and call for comments on the NSPS for new residential wood heaters, new residential hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces. READ MORE

December 14, 2018

OPINION: Climate and Fire, Why Biomass Matters to Both

BY Seth Ginther, U.S. Industrial Wood Pellet Association Found In:Pellets, ThermalWe need to move forward with workable solutions that meet today’s energy needs, while mitigating against climate change and protecting our forests at the same time. READ MORE

December 13, 2018

EIA updates 2018, 2019 bioenergy production, capacity forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. EIA has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide 10 percent of U.S. utility-scale power generation this year, increasing to 11 percent in 2011. READ MORE