Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 25, 2020

PFI urges states to exempt pellet plant from business shutdowns

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn March 24, the Pellet Fuels Institute sent letters to the governors of wood pellet producing states urging them to align their essential businesses policies with those outlined by the Department of Homeland Security in guidance released March 19. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

FPAC urges Canada to recognize forest industry as essential

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Forest Products Association of Canada sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 20 urging him to recognize the Canadian forest products sector as essential and critical infrastructure during the COVID-29 pandemic. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

FRA tracks impact of COVID-19 on forest products industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe federal government has classified workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products as part of the critical infrastructure workforce. Meanwhile, the FRA is tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the forest products industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Opinion: Showcasing Our Best Resources

BY Maura Adams Found In:Pellets, ThermalBy getting good stories into the world ahead of negative messaging, we can show environmentalists that wood is a heating option they can feel great about. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Enviva: Pellet production, shipments not impacted by COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva has announced production at its wood pellet manufacturing plants has not been impacted by COVID-19. “Our operations remain stable and our ships are sailing as scheduled,” said the company in a statement issued on March 20. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

USDA Rural Development implements remote operational status

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development on March 20 announced that it has implemented enterprise-wide remote operational status, effective immediately, to help protect the health of employees, customers and the greater community during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

In Depth: An Identity and Livelihood

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalWith deep family roots in the forest products industry, father and son team Dean and Tony Wood are continuing the legacy. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 850,000 tons in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 810,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in November, with sales reaching 850,000 tons. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

USIPA: US wood pellet exports continue uninterrupted

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalIn the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, U.S. industrial wood pellet producers continue operations, ensuring no supply disruptions for global customers depending on their product for renewable wood heat and power production. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

Eqtec to develop biomass gasification projects in Greece

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsU.K. based gasification company Eqtec has announced plans to develop at least two biomass gasification projects in Greece. The first will have a capacity of 500 kilowatts (kw), while second will have a 1 megawatt (MW) capacity. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Woodpellets.com assures customers of supply during pandemic

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalOnline retailer Woodpellets.com has announced it is working to avoid poetntial pellet shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic by investing in additional raw materials to secure its supply chain and building up inventory. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Opinion: The Long and Winding Road

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, Thermal

March 17, 2020

UK reports record bioenergy production for 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. government recently released provisional energy statistics for 2019, reporting that renewable energy production increased by 4.9 percent last year. Bioenergy output of was up 2.1 percent for the year. READ MORE

March 17, 2020

ABC staff initiates remote work procedures due to COVID-19

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe American Biogas Council has announced its staff will work remotely for the rest of the month, effective March 16. The organization will continue to operate at full capacity. ABC staff can be reached by phone, email and teleconference. READ MORE

March 17, 2020

In Depth: The Continual Pursuit of Fiber Consistency

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalThere are many critical considerations to deliver reliably consistent raw material streams to pellet presses, for high product quality and low operational expenses. READ MORE

March 17, 2020

In Depth: Pellet Mill Magazine's Sponsor Spotlight

BY Pellet Mill Magazine Found In:Pellets, ThermalAGRA Industries and Schaeffer Manufacturing are both family-owned businesses featured in the Sponsor Spotlight for March/April Pellet Mill Magazine. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

DOE cancels March 24-25 meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy on March 16 announced it has canceled the open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee scheduled for March 24-25 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. READ MORE

March 13, 2020

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet March 24-25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has scheduled an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development and Technical Advisory Committee for March 24-25. The meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

EPA finalizes amendments to 2015 NSPS for wood heating appliances

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe U.S. EPA on March 11 finalized amendments to the 2015 NSPS for residential wood heating appliances. The amendments remove the minimum requirements for pellet fuel and clarify a requirement regarding the use of unseasoned wood to make pellets. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

EIA predicts increase in biomass power capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts 19 percent of U.S. electricity will be generated from renewable sources this year, up from 17 percent last year, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released March 11. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Executive order expands Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order on March 10 that sets a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and outlines several steps the state will take to combat climate change, including expanding Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. READ MORE

March 06, 2020

USDA issues rule on Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. and Farm Service Agency published a final rule on March 2 implementing changes to the agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Perdue appoints Brand to lead USDA Rural Development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Feb. 28 announced the appointment of Bette Brand to serve as USDA Rural Development Deputy. Brand replaces former Rural Development Deputy Donald “DJ” LaVoy following his retirement. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Wyden introduces energy bill amendment that benefits biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., filed an amendment to the American Energy Innovation Act on March 3 that includes an expansion of the residential energy tax credit to include efficient biomass thermal boilers and furnaces. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

A novel biofuel system for hydrogen production from biomass

BY Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team, led by Professor Jungki Ryu in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST has presented a new biofuel system that uses lignin found in biomass for the production of hydrogen. READ MORE

March 02, 2020

Potential of torrefied wood pellets discussed at House hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTorrefied wood pellets were among the products discussed during a Feb. 26 hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forests, titled “Innovative Wood Products: Promoting Rural Economies and Healthy Forests.” READ MORE

February 28, 2020

Pingree introduces net-zero ag bill that supports biogas energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, has introduced legislation that sets a goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in U.S. agriculture by 2040. Anaerobic digestion technology would play a part in reaching that goal. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

In Depth: From Engineering to Start-Up

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor more than 30 years as a single-source contractor, IMI Industrial Services Group has provided a complete range of industrial contracting services and turnkey solutions, including dryer technology and the balance of plant systems. READ MORE

February 26, 2020

PFI delivers testimony to OMB on pellet requirements of EPA rule

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalOn Feb. 24, Pellet Fuels Institute Executive Director Tim Portz, Board Chairman John Utter and Past-Chair Stephen Faehner testified at the OMB about the impact to pellet manufacturers of the inclusion of minimum pellet fuel requirements in the NSPS. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

EPA delivers proposed rule on biogenic emissions to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA delivered a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Feb. 24 focused on the treatment of biogenic carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act’s permitting programs. READ MORE