Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

January 07, 2021

IRS issues final rule for 45Q tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS on Jan. 6 issued final regulations regarding the section 45Q tax credit for qualified carbon oxide sequestration. The Carbon Capture Coalition said the rule provides overdue regulatory and financial certainty. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods complete RNG project in Utah

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Inc. have completed the first renewable natural gas (RNG) project through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas. Located in Milford in southwestern Utah, the project is now producing RNG. READ MORE

January 06, 2021

DOE: ‘Energy for Space’ strategy addresses biomass for energy, ag

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy on Jan. 6 released its “Energy for Space” strategy, which states that knowledge gained through advances in genomic science will enable the development of sustainable biomass for energy and agriculture in space environments. READ MORE

January 05, 2021

Florida PSC approves RNG service for Florida City Gas

BY Florida Public Service Commission Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Florida PSC has approved a new RNG Service tariff for Florida City Gas. FCG can now offer services to convert biogas into usable RNG, and receive and transport RNG through its distribution system on behalf of the biogas producer. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

Albioma commissions 48 MW bioenergy plant in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalFrance-based power producer Albioma announced on Dec 29 the successful commissioning its 48-megawatt (MW) bagasse-fired Vale do Paraná Albioma cogeneration plant, which is located in Suzanápolis, São Paulo, Brazil. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Trump signs COVID-19 relief, tax extenders package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsPresident Trump on Dec. 27 signed a legislative package that includes tax extenders, $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, and government funding, averting a government shutdown and providing a new tax credit for residential wood heating. READ MORE

December 23, 2020

Cornell to extract energy from manure to meet heating demands

BY Cornell University Found In:Thermal, BiogasCornell University is developing a system to extract energy from cattle manure to meet the campus's peak demands for heat in the winter months. The manure will be sourced from 600 cows at the school's dairy farm. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

COVID relief bill will be a gamechanger for residential wood heat

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe $900 billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on Dec. 21 includes provisions of the BTU Act and will enact a three-year investment tax credit (ITC) for high-efficiency home heating equipment that fires wood pellets, chips or cordwood. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

Biden to nominate Regan as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Michael Regan as his nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S EPA. Representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing hope that Regan will bring a change in philosophy to the agency. READ MORE

December 14, 2020

Dartmouth abandons plans for biomass heating plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalDartmouth College on Dec. 10 announced it will not move forward with plans to replace its current central heating plant with a system that is fueled with biomass. Other components of the Dartmouth Green Energy Project are moving forward. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

Biden to nominate Vilsack as ag secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Joe Biden has announced he will nominate Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack is a former two-term governor of Iowa who served as secretary of agriculture during all eight years of the Obama-Biden administration. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

EPA changes how it considers costs, benefits of CAA rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA on Dec. 9 released a final rule that changes the way the agency will consider the costs and benefits of all significant Clean Air Act rulemakings. The EPA said the impacted rulemakings will be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget shows BECCS needed to achieve net zero

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Climate Change Committee on Dec. 9 released its Sixth Carbon Budget, which provides guidance on GHG reductions needed achieve net zero emissions. The budget shows BECCS is one technology necessary to meet the U.K.'s GHG goals. READ MORE

December 08, 2020

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in December STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Dec. 8, predicts electricity generation from renewable energy sources will reach 20 percent in 2020 and 21 percent in 2021, up from 18 percent in 2019. READ MORE

December 08, 2020

45Q CCUS Tax Credit Amendments Act of 2020 introduced in Senate

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 45Q Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Tax Credit Amendments Act of 2020 was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Dec. 7. The bill makes targeted statutory changes to maximize the utility of the credit. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

Biofuel, bioenergy groups urge Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSeveral biofuel and bioenergy groups are among nearly 70 trade organizations that sent a letter to congressional leadership last month urging the passage of tax extenders legislation before the 116th Congress adjourns sine die. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

EERE launches new portal for applying to funding opportunities

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency has introduced the EERE Program Information Center, EERE’s new portal for funding opportunities. Several training opportunities on the new system are available in December and January. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

EIA seeks comments on extension of densified biomass fuel report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe EIA is inviting public comments on a proposed three-year extension of its form to collect data for the Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which features data on the manufacture, shipment, export, energy characteristics and sales of densified biomass. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

Greenlane signs $10 million supply contract for US RNG project

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGreenlane Renewables Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., signed a $10 million (US$7.7 million) contract for a new RNG project in the United States owned by an international energy company. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

EPA fails to extend sales deadline for Step 1 wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association posted a notice to its website on Nov. 18 announcing it has received confirmation from the U.S. EPA that the agency will not be providing a sell-through period for Step 1 residential wood heating appliances. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

USDA solicits FY 2021 REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for FY 2021 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program. Biomass energy systems, including biogas and anaerobic digesters, are among those eligible for the program. READ MORE

November 25, 2020

CenterPoint Energy gains approval for made-in-Minnesota RNG

BY CenterPoint Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCenterPoint Energy announced Nov. 19 it has received approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to open its natural gas distribution system to made-in-Minnesota renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

November 24, 2020

EU seeks comments on review of RED II, biomass sustainability

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe European Commission has launched a public consultation on the EU's review of its Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) focused on aligning RED II targets with the European Green Deal and a review of sustainability criteria for for forest biomass. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Governors urge EPA to address biogenic CO2 barrier

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition on Nov. 19 commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. governors who are urging the U.S. EPA to take prompt, science-based action to keep the United States from falling behind its competitors in the international bioeconomy. READ MORE

November 23, 2020

Senate hearing addresses Forest Health and Biomass Energy Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA county official from Arizona offered testimony in favor of the Forest Health and Biomass Energy Act during a Senate hearing held Nov. 18. The bill aims incentivize the removal of dangerous overgrowth in forests. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

Quebec’s green economy plan addresses RNG, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe government of Quebec on Nov. 16 unveiled its 2030 Plan for a Green Economy. The plan focuses primarily on clean electricity, but also addresses the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) and bioenergy for heating. READ MORE

November 18, 2020

UK 10-point plan addresses SAF, move to zero-emissions vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. government on Nov. 18 issued its 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which addresses sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and an accelerated phase-out of the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles. READ MORE

November 18, 2020

Alliance for Green Heat urges Biden to support wood heating

BY The Alliance for Green Heat Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Alliance for Green Heat congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their 2020 presidential victory and welcome their commitment to scale up renewable energy and energy efficiency. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

Wood-fired district heating plants result in climate savings

BY University of Copenhagen Found In:Pellets, ThermalA new report from researchers at the University of Copenhagen shows that the burning of wood is significantly more climate friendly than coal and slightly more climate friendly than natural gas over the long run. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

Nodel, IncubEx launch RIN futures and options, new REC contracts

BY Nodel Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsNodal Exchange and IncubEx on Nov. 17 announced the successful launch of eight new renewable identification number (RIN) futures and options contracts, plus seven new renewable energy certificate (REC) contracts. READ MORE