Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

May 18, 2017

New York announces plan to reduce methane emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn May 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a methane reduction plan that, in part, supports energy production from biogas at farms and landfills across the state. It targets three sectors: oil and gas, landfills and agriculture. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

ASABE announces project to adopt ISO wood chip fuel standard

BY American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Found In:ThermalThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has begun the process to adopt as a national standard an ISO document on wood chips used as heating fuel. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

Capstone to upgrade New York WWTP to provide biogas power

BY Capstone Turbine Corp. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasCapstone Turbine Corp. recently announced that it received an order for a C600 Signature Series microturbine to become part of an extensive upgrade for a wastewater treatment plant in upstate New York. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

Rentech releases first quarter financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting consolidated revenues from continuing operations of $32.2 million, down from $39.9 million during the same period of the previous year. Gross loss was $700,000. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

Smithfield highlights biogas projects in sustainability report

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSmithfield Foods Inc. recently announced the release of the second installment of its 16th annual sustainability report. The Environment section highlights Smithfield’s environmental leadership in key areas, including biogas production. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

EIA updates short-term biomass power forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes 2017 and 2018 forecasts for biomass power generation. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

BETO launches Bioenergy Career Map

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Argonne National Laboratory have developed an Bioenergy Career Map, an educational tool that helps users discover traditional and nontraditional career opportunities in the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

ABC applauds Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Biogas Council applauds the recent introduction of the bipartisan Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act, which provides a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) for qualifying biogas and nutrient recovery systems. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

Technology-neutral energy tax reform bill introduced

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would even further level the playing field for biomass-derived power, heat and liquid fuels. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

Pinnacle Renewable Energy building Alberta pellet plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalParkland County officials announced on May 3 that the Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. will build a new, $85 million pellet plant near Entwistle in central Alberta. READ MORE

May 03, 2017

California Senate leader unveils 100 percent clean energy bill

BY The Office of Kevin de León Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalifornia Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, on May 2 introduced Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act of 2017, which puts the state on the path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

Omnibus bill policy rider deems forest bioenergy carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe $1 trillion Omnibus spending bill up for consideration by the House and Senate this week includes a policy rider that calls for federal recognition of forest bioenergy carbon neutrality. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

SBP releases final draft regional risk assessment for Denmark

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has published the final draft Regional Risk Assessment for Denmark. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments on the draft. READ MORE

May 01, 2017

US industrial sector has lowest CO2 profile of energy consumers

BY U.S. EIA Monthly Energy Review Found In:Power, ThermalThe relatively low carbon intensity of energy use in the industrial sector is the result of several factors, one being that the pulp and paper industry is a large consumer of biogenic material. READ MORE

May 01, 2017

DONG Energy Herning biomass CHP plant scores deal, plans upgrade

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAfter two years of negotiations, DONG Energy has reached a deal to continue delivering district heating to three Danish energy companies via its Herning, Central Jutland, Denmark, biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power plant. READ MORE

April 28, 2017

Senators propose 100 percent renewable energy in US by 2050

BY Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, along with Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, introduced climate legislation that would transition the U.S. to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

PG&E makes call for renewable energy project proposals

BY Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasPacific Gas and Electric Company has announced a call for proposals for renewable energy developers to build new projects for a clean energy program available to PG&E customers. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Five bioenergy projects score funds via DOE pilot program

BY Anna SimetFound In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE has awarded funding to 38 projects for which small businesses will team up with national lab researchers through the DOE’s Small Business Vouchers pilot program. READ MORE

April 25, 2017

Construction of England waste gasification plant begins

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Power, ThermalWork has started to build an innovative waste gasification plant in England's West Midlands, creating around 100 construction jobs and 25 new permanent jobs once operational. READ MORE

April 25, 2017

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue confirmed as US ag secretary

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn an 87-11 vote, on April 24, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue as the 31st U.S. secretary of agriculture. Perdue brings to the USDA a farming background and lengthy career of public service. READ MORE

April 24, 2017

New community wood handbook published

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council has announced the publication of the 4th volume of the Community Biomass Handbook, a companion to the three previously published volumes. READ MORE

April 24, 2017

UK operates coal-free for a day

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe United Kingdom went without coal power for 24 hours on April 21, reported National Grid, the system operator for the country’s electric grid. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

Maine wood pellet plant installs ORC system

BY Turboden Found In:Pellets, ThermalTurboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and a leader in Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerators for distributed power generation employing renewable sources and waste heat, successfully delivered an ORC system to Maine Woods Pellet Co. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

Opinion: Our Most Abundant Feedstock

BY Tim PortzFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWaste is this industry’s most available and most widely utilized feedstock. it is also the most broadly defined. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

IRS issues 2017 production tax credits, ups closed-loop biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Internal Revenue Service has published guidance pertaining to the Section 45 Production Tax Credit for 2017. The PTC provides a per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for electricity generated and sold by qualified energy resources. READ MORE

April 18, 2017

Proposed California biomass CHP plant wins NFF contest

BY National Forest Foundation Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThis year's National Forest Foundation Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge combines energy production, sustainable forestry and community development in innovative proposal receives $100,000 in prize money. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

Oregon Senate passes bill adding woody biomass to green tech list

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalPassed in a 30-0 vote, Oregon Senate has passed a bill that adds woody biomass to list of types of green energy generating technology that must be included in the construction, reconstruction or renovation of public buildings. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

In Depth: Solid Organic Waste Conversion in Small Communities

BY Babatunde Olateju, Xiaomei Li and Axel Meisen Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA study was conducted to identify the most promising technologies and their providers for converting 10,000 to 100,000 tonnes of SOW per year, generated by or in the vicinity of small and medium communities in Alberta. READ MORE

April 14, 2017

Amec Foster Wheeler wins contract for Finland biomass heat plant

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Found In:Power, ThermalAmec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by Lahti Energia Oy, a municipality-owned energy supplier, for the design, supply and assembly of a circulating fluidized-bed steam generator plant for the new biomass heating plant in Lahti, Finland. READ MORE