Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 25, 2021

Martin Engineering: Unsafe work practices around conveyors

BY Martin Engineering Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBecause of their size, speed and high-horsepower drive motors, conveyors pose a number of risks to those working on or near them. While fault is often attributed to worker actions, safety experts say that injuries occur due to a series of factors. READ MORE

March 24, 2021

ABC board re-elects officers, Sheff to serve fourth term

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe American Biogas Council board of directors on March 24 announced the reelection of its officers, including incumbent Chair Bernard Sheff, PE from Montrose Environmental Group, who was elected to a fourth term. READ MORE

March 24, 2021

Aemetis gains approval for 32-mile extension of biogas pipeline

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAemetis Inc. on March 17 announced that the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors has issued an approval for the construction of a 32-mile extension to the existing Aemetis Biogas 4-mile private pipeline that was completed in 2020. READ MORE

March 22, 2021

RNG produced by Anaergia now flowing through SoCalGas system

BY Anaergia Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAnaergia Inc. and Southern California Gas Co. announced on March 18 that renewable natural gas (RNG) produced from diverted landfill waste is now flowing into SoCalGas’ pipeline system from the Rialto Bioenergy Facility. READ MORE

March 18, 2021

DOE awards $2 million to develop clean hydrogen technologies

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy on March 15 awarded $2 million to four research and development (R&D) projects advancing clean-hydrogen production technologies, including several that use biomass and waste as feedstock. READ MORE

March 17, 2021

Lawmakers introduce comprehensive CO2 infrastructure bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Reps. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, and David McKinley, R-W.V., on March 17 introduced the Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act, a comprehensive CO2 infrastructure package. READ MORE

March 17, 2021

ABC announces the 8 fastest growing biogas businesses

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 15, the American Biogas Council announced the eight fastest growing biogas businesses in the US: DMT, DVO Inc., Envitec Biogas, Evonik, Greenlane Biogas, Nacelle, Paques Environmental Technologies, and PlanET Biogas. READ MORE

March 16, 2021

Biomass leaders discuss policy priorities and sustainability

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 2021 International Biomass Conference & Expo kicked off March 16 with a keynote address focused on biomass sustainability and a panel discussion with association leaders that addressed policy, markets and the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 16, 2021

USDA to hold a lender forum on OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development has announced it will hold a feedback forum at 1:30 EDT on March 17 for lenders who have applied or are interested in applying to programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. READ MORE

March 15, 2021

USDA seeks public input on climate-smart ag and forestry strategy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA on March 15 announced it is opening a 45-day public comment period to gather input on its climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy, including several topics focused specifically on biofuels, bioproducts and renewable energy. READ MORE

March 12, 2021

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 770,000 tons in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 800,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in November, with sales reaching 770,000 tons. READ MORE

March 11, 2021

Ørsted, Aker Carbon Capture, Microsoft explore BECSS projects

BY Ørsted Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalØrsted, Aker Carbon Capture, and Microsoft have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore ways to support the development of carbon capture and storage at biomass-fired heat and power plants in Denmark. READ MORE

March 10, 2021

Senate votes to confirm Regan as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Senate on March 10 voted 66 to 34 to confirm Michael Regan as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Representatives of the biofuels and bioenergy industries have spoken out in support of Regan’s confirmation. READ MORE

March 10, 2021

UK government offers £4 million for sustainable biomass projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on March 9 announced it will invest £4 million ($5.57 million) in projects that aim to increase the production of sustainably sourced biomass in the U.K. READ MORE

March 08, 2021

Cardboard-to-pellet project receives $95,000 grant

BY Aurora College Found In:Pellets, ThermalAn innovative partnership between Aurora College and a Gwich’in-owned company has received $95,000 to support studying the potential to convert waste cardboard into heating pellets for homes and businesses in Inuvik and the Beaufort Delta. READ MORE

March 05, 2021

ACT, Bluesource complete first renewable thermal transaction

BY ACT Commodities Inc. Found In:ThermalOn Feb. 3, ACT Commodities Inc. and Blue Source LLC announced the completion of the first renewable thermal certificate (RTC) voluntary corporate claim on the M-RETS platform, an industry leading tracking tool for renewable certificates. READ MORE

March 02, 2021

CLEAN Future Act includes RFS, renewable energy provisions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce democrats on March 2 introduced the CELAN Future Act, which sets a goal to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. The bill includes provisions related to the RFS and bioenergy. READ MORE

March 02, 2021

Bill funds tax credit that could benefit biofuel, CCS projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., on March 1 introduced the American Jobs in Energy Manufacturing Act of 2021, which aims to incentivize domestic manufacturing of advanced energy technologies. READ MORE

March 01, 2021

Opinion: Window of Opportunity

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, ThermalAs if to underscore that 2020 would go down as the most unpredictable year in all our lives, a long-sought tax credit for wood and pellet heating appliances was signed into law in the year’s final week. READ MORE

February 27, 2021

In Depth: Staying The Course

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalA milestone for achieving the historically elusive parity of biomass heat with other renewables, the BTU Act has finally passed. Now, industry stakeholders must strategize and collaborate to capitalize on momentum. READ MORE

February 24, 2021

Opinion: Eyes on Domestic, Export Market Growth

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEditor's note from Biomass Magazine 2021 issue 1. READ MORE

February 23, 2021

Senate confirms Vilsack as ag secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTom Vilsack is once again leading the USDA. The Senate on Feb. 23 voted 92 to seven to confirm him as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack, a former two-term governor of Iowa, served as ag secretary during all eight years of the Obama administration. READ MORE

February 18, 2021

Agreement signed for Illinois RNG project

BY Will County, Illinois Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 10, Will County, Illinois, officials and its construction trade partners signed a project labor agreement (PLA) for the $45 million renewable natural gas (RNG) plant approved for construction at the county-owned Prairie View landfill. READ MORE

February 17, 2021

McKinley, Veasey reintroduce ACCESS 45Q Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsReps. David McKinley, R-W.V., and Marc Veasey, D-Texas, on Feb. 16 reintroduced the ACCESS 45Q Act. The bill extends the date for projects to begin construction to claim the 45Q tax credit by 10 years and provides a direct pay elective. READ MORE

February 16, 2021

USask researchers build a better biomass pellet

BY Greg Basky, USask research profile and impact Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA recent discovery by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) could help hasten use of cheap and plentiful agricultural waste as the go-to material for producing biobased fuel pellets used for power generation and home heating. READ MORE

February 16, 2021

Waste Knot Energy strikes pellet supply deal with Komercon

BY Waste Knot Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWaste Knot Energy has negotiated a strategic partnership agreement with international supply management company Komercon. Under the agreement, Waste Knot will supply 3.6 million metric tons of pellets to Komercon over the next five years. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsUSDA Rural Development has announced it is now accepting applications for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements through the Rural Energy for America Program. Applications must be submitted by March 31. READ MORE

February 10, 2021

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released the latest edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook on Feb. 9, predicting electricity generation from renewable sources will reach 21 percent this year, up from 20 percent in 2020. READ MORE

February 07, 2021

Opinion: Guidance on the Tax Credit for High-Efficiency Wood Heaters

BY John AckerlyFound In:Pellets, ThermalAt the end of 2020, Congress passed an omnibus relief package that included numerous provisions on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Among those was the inclusion of biomass heaters in section 25(D) of the IRS tax code. READ MORE

February 06, 2021

Opinion: Hard Work Pays Off

BY BIll BellFound In:Pellets, ThermalLate last year, the Maine Public Utilities Commission rejected attempts to add heat pumps to the state thermal renewable energy credit program and adopted all of our industry’s recommendations. READ MORE