Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

July 29, 2019

RNG market surpasses 100-project pinnacle in North America

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas announced July 29 that the North American RNG industry has reached the 100 facility benchmark this summer. With the addition of three recent operational facilities, there are now 101 RNG production sites. READ MORE

July 29, 2019

SoCalGas, Calgren announce completion of dairy RNG facility

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. and Calgren Dairy Fuels announced July 29 the completion of Calgren's RNG facility, which currently processes manure from four dairy farms. Calgren plans to partner with eight additional dairy farms by the end of 2019. READ MORE

July 26, 2019

EESI: Jobs in renewable fuels, biomass energy up in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Environmental and Energy Study Institute released a fact sheet on jobs in renewable energy, energy efficiency and resilience July 23 that shows U.S. jobs in renewable fuels and biomass power both increased from 2017 to 2018. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

USDA: $400 million still available for REAP loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced July 18 that more than $400 million is still available for renewable energy system and energy efficiency loan guarantees through the Rural Energy for America Program. USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet July 25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an opening meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held July 25 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

IRENA: Bioenergy employed 3.18 million people globally in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIRENA recently released the sixth edition of it Renewable Energy and Jobs report, announcing the renewable energy sector employed at least 11 million people last year, directly and indirectly. Bioenergy employed approximately 3.18 million people. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

EIA updates 2019, 2020 bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of utility-scale generation this year, increasing to 13 percent next year. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Enexor Bioenergy to expand operations in Tennessee

BY Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Enexor BioEnergy officials announced July 8 that the renewable energy company will expand its operations and move into a new manufacturing facility. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

UK law commits to net-zero emissions, REA says BECCS is needed

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. officially established a law June 27 requiring net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Earlier in the week, the U.K. REA released a paper outlining the role biorenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) can play in meeting that goal. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Wehrum leaves EPA, Isdal becomes deputy assistant administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation William Wehrum will leave his post at the agency at the end of June. Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Anne Idsal will become acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced June 24 plans to hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on June 26 in Missoula, Montana. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

Opinion: The Impact of Government Regulations

BY John Ackerly Found In:Pellets, Thermal By combining test protocol innovation with stove technology innovation, we may produce a new breed of stoves that can propel them into the 21st century. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

In Depth: Capturing the Value of Waste Heat

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalBurgess Biopower is securing unique partners to help the 75-MW plant capitalize on all it has to offer. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Lee Enterprises consulting adds team members

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLee Enterprises Consulting has added four new members to its team of 100-plus subject matter bioeconomy experts, including Chris Burk, P.E.; Daren Daugaard, Ph.D. P.E.; David Whittle; and Tad Dritz, P.E. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Letter urges Congress to make BTU Act part of tax extenders bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council and 140 members of the BTU Act Coalition are urging members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to include the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2019 as they address tax extenders legislation. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations must be submitted by June 30. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

In Depth: Self-heating Hazards of Biomass Materials

BY Vahid Ebadat Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe biomass energy sector is growing rapidly, and the number of fires and explosions in the industry is unfortunately growing along with it—it’s time to act. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA: Power generation from renewables to increase in 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. power generation in 2019, increasing to 13 percent in 2020. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs). READ MORE

June 07, 2019

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Pellet-fueled cogeneration plant opens in Croatia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalResalta, an energy developer active in Central and Eastern Europe, announced June 6 that a wood pellet-fueled cogeneration plant in Slatina, Croatia, is now operational. The facility has an electric capacity of 5 MW and a heat capacity of 12 MW. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

REA: Bioenergy needed to meet net-zero GHG goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has released the second installment of its industry-led Bioenergy Strategy, reporting that bioenergy can meeting the U.K.’s projected shortfall of the 5th Carbon Budget and the impending nuclear gap. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

Stobart increases volume of biomass fuel supplied

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalU.K.-based Stobart Group Ltd. released fiscal 2018 financial results on May 29, reporting a 51 percent increase in the volume of biomass fuel it supplied to renewable energy plants when compared to fiscal year 2017. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

Dartmouth narrows list of potential sites for biomass project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ThermalHanover, New Hampshire-based Dartmouth College has narrowed down potential locations for the Dartmouth Green Energy Project to three options. A final location is expected to be selected by the end of summer. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

Maine utility announces RNG initiative

BY Summit Utilities Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSummit Natural Gas of Maine has announced a new renewable natural gas (RNG) program under which it will partner with the state's dairy industry to produce home-grown RNG through the construction of an anaerobic digester in Clinton, Maine. READ MORE

May 29, 2019

Canadian pulp and paper mill adds biomass energy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe Canadian government has announced it will invest $13.8 million in Kruger Inc. to support two projects, including one that will allow the company’s Corner Brook, Newfoundland, location to produce biomass energy. READ MORE

May 24, 2019

Opinion: Wood Chips, GoodChips

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, ThermalBioenergy Europe has brought forward the “GoodChips” program, which is being offered as the first international certification scheme for wood chips as it pertains to their use as a solid biofuel. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

In Depth: Fiber Factors

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWet weather, the China trade war and new commercial trucking laws could soon impact fiber supply and prices for some producers, if not already. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

In Depth: Saving the Environment and Bottom Lines by Reducing Emissions

BY Becky Long Found In:Pellets, ThermalOne of the largest sources of emissions is from the creation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), by thermally damaging product in the dryer itself. READ MORE