Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

May 31, 2017

Georgia-Pacific mill completes boiler upgrade

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalGeorgia Pacific has finished a $388 million boiler system overhaul at its Brewton, Alabama, containerboard mill. The project has enabled the mill to generate all of its own energy by burning a mix of biomass and natural gas. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

UK ADBA: RHI reform delays expected to impact biomethane projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn the U.K., the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association has lowered its forecast for new biomethane plants expected to be commissioned this year, citing a delay with Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

DTE acquires two renewable natural gas facilities

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDTE Biomass Energy has acquired two renewable natural gas projects in Texas. Ford Bend Power Producers LLC, located near Rosenberg, is currently operating, while the Seabreeze project in Angleton, Texas, is expected to begin construction in June. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

In Depth: Feedstock Sustainability Regulations in the EU

BY Hannes Lechner and John Dawson-Nowak Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSustainability of biomass supply is already a well-monitored, efficiently managed issue in some European countries, regarding supply chains for industrial-scale power and heat generation. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

U.S. Forest Service grants expand wood energy markets

BY U.S. Forest Service Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalU.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced over $8.3 million to substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. Federal funds will leverage almost $37 million in matching funds. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Renewable energy jobs push 10 million globally

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe renewable energy industry directly and indirectly employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016, an increase of 1.1 percent over the previous year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s newly released annual jobs report. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed by any president. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

EPA to reconsider rules to reduce methane emissions at landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn May 23, the U.S. EPA announced a 90-day administrative stay of two final rules announced in mid-2016 that aim to reduce methane emissions from MSW landfills. The stay will allow the agency to reconsider certain aspects of these regulations. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Lignetics acquires the Marth Companies

BY Lignetics Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalLignetics Inc. recently announced the acquisition of the Marth Companies LLC, which includes manufacturing plants in Marathon, Athens, and Peshtigo, Wisconsin, as well as the Marth Transportation trucking assets. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Dalhousie University to update biomass energy plant

BY Dalhousie University, Mary Jane Webber Found In:Power, ThermalNova Scotia-based Dalhousie University has announced plans to update its 30-year old biomass energy plant and steam distribution system. The $24.2 million project is expected to be complete by May 2018. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

USDA funding supports AD research at Clarkson University

BY Clarkson University Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., recently announced $500,000 in new federal funding for Clarkson University. The funding will advance anaerobic digestion techniques for small-to-medium-scale dairy farmers. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

California dairy digester program open for applications

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for project funding through its Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, which has enabled construction of numerous California digester energy projects. READ MORE

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