Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

June 15, 2020

Perdue issues memo on modernization of Forest Service

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on June 12 issued a memorandum to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen providing direction that will serve as a blueprint to help modernize the agency’s systems and approaches. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 680,000 tons in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 680,000 tons. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

EPA urged to address treatment of biogenic emissions from crops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 9 urging the agency to seek public comments on the regulatory treatment of biogenic CO2 from annual agriculture crops. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

Report: Investment in biomass, waste-to-energy up 9% last year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA report released by the UN Environment Programme, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and BloombergNEF on June 10 shows biomass and waste-to-energy received $123 billion in financing for new projects between 2010 and 2019. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

Glennmont Partners sells UK biomass power plant to Greencoat

BY Glennmont Partners Found In:Power, ThermalGlennmont Partners has completed the sale of Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant to Greencoat Capital. Sleaford REP is an operational 39 MWe renewable CHP plant that uses a blend of straw and sustainable woodchip to generate power and heat. READ MORE

June 09, 2020

EIA: Growth in renewable power expected to continue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasU.S. electricity generation from renewable sources is expected to reach 21 percent in 2020 and 23 percent in 2021, up from 17 percent in 2019, according to date released by the EIA in its Short-Term Energy Outlook on June 9. READ MORE

June 05, 2020

$17 million available for biomass utilization in Tuolumne County

BY Rural Community Assistance Corp. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA new $17 million program in Tuolumne County, California, will provide loans to increase the use of low- and no-value wood from Tuolumne County forests and provide an alternative to pile burning of forest waste. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Bill would help farmers, foresters participate in carbon markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Growing Climate Solutions Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate on June 4. The bill aims to break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Fagus GreCon adds Todd Havican as new director of sales

BY Fagus GreCon Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFagus GreCon Inc. has added Todd Havican as director of sales. Havican officially joined the organization as of May 4, 2020 with over 25 years of experience leading sales teams in a variety of industries. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

Xebec signs LOI for Alberta RNG project, launches investment fund

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsXebec Adsorption Inc. has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for a commercial renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Alberta and has partnered with Fonds de solidarité FTQ to launch an investment fund to increase RNG production in Quebec. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Renewable energy advisory committee to meet June 4

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting via WebEX on June 4. The meeting will be the final of REEEAC's current term. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Biomass boiler delivered for district heating project in Finland

BY KPA Unicon Found In:ThermalThe bio-heating boiler plant delivered for Fortum to Espoo, Finland, was handed over for commercial use on May 5. Unicon Renefluid bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boiler plant generates district heating for residents of Espoo utilizing wood biomass. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Xcel seeks information from RNG project developers, marketers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasXcel Energy is seeking general and technical information from RNG project developers, marketers and others that may deliver RNG supply in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition asks EPA to reconsider delay in rulemaking

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition released a video on May 27 highlighting the need for a rulemaking to clarify the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from the processing of annual agricultural crops. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

In Depth: Intelligent Spark Detection and Extinguishing

BY Pellet Mill Magazine Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalSPOTLIGHT: Fagus GreCon delivers smart technology that identifies and squelches potential sources of fires and explosions before it’s too late. The system can differentiate between dangerous sparks and harmless incidences of extraneous light. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

In Depth: Pellet Plant Safety Rooted in Planning, Practice

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe lines of communication between pellet facility employees, management and local fire and emergency response personnel begin with robust training and planning. But even the best-laid plans are only as good as a plant's practice regimen. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

In Depth: Changes to Dust Fire and Explosion Standards

BY Jeff Davis Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalAccording to National Fire Protection Association standards for combustible dust, facilities utilizing wood-based products, including pellet mills and other biomass processing plants, must have a dust hazard analysis completed by early September. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

In Depth: Explosion Protection for Dust Collection

BY David Grandaw Found In:Pellets, ThermalSound explosion prevention and protection strategies are critical in the most susceptible areas of a pellet plant. One process vessel especially prone to a dust explosion is the air-material separator, due to the very dry, fine dust it pulls in. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

Opinion: Understanding Ash

BY Chris Wiberg Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalFor operations struggling with ash and slagging, the solution can often be found in the management of potential contamination sources. It's important to understand differences between tree species, and varying inclusion rates of bark, dirt and dust. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Senate hearing addresses wood stoves, RFS and biomass neutrality

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to extend the sales deadline for Step 1 wood heaters, rulemaking to classify biomass as carbon neutral and issues associated with the RFS and SREs were among the topics discussed during a May 20 Senate hearing. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

EPA proposal aims to improve transparency of guidance documents

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA has released a proposed rule that aims to establish consistent requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance documents. The agency said the rule will increase transparency and improve its process for managing guidance documents. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

ACE 2020 conference ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with the FEW

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Coalition for Ethanol is pleased to announce its 33rd annual conference will be held in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International on Aug. 25, in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 18, 2020

EPA proposes to extend deadline for Step 1 wood heater sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe EPA on May 15 proposed to allow manufacturers and retailers additional time to sell residential wood heating devices that meet Step 1 standards under the 2015 new source performance standards due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 18, 2020

Andritz supplies equipment to biomass project in Brazil

BY Andritz Found In:Power, ThermalAndritz has received an order from Klabin for a complete biomass gasification plant and a new biomass handling line for its Ortigueira mill in Brazil. The new equipment will allow the mill to replace the use of heavy fuel oil with biomass. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

USIPA: Wood biomass given all clear by Europe’s highest court

BY U.S. Industrial Pellet Association Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Industrial Pellet Association on May 11 welcomed an order from the European Court of Justice dismissing a case against wood biomass. The court ruled the applicants lacked standing to challenge the EU’s inclusion of wood biomass in the RED. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

EIA: COVID-19 to impact US electricity consumption

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe COVID-19 pandemic is expected to impact U.S. electricity consumption. The EIA's latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released on May 12, predicts total U.S. electric power sector generation will decline by 5 percent in 2020. READ MORE

May 11, 2020

Ag groups ask Congress to address GHG emissions from annual crops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition is asking lawmakers to direct the U.S. EPA to promptly publish a rule that states neither agricultural biomass nor woody biomass contribute to excess greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. READ MORE

May 10, 2020

Opinion: How Biomass Power Association Is Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

BY Carrie Annand Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalBiomass facilities have been deemed 'essential critical infrastructure' by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, meaning that not only are they exempt from stay-at-home directives, but they also have a special responsibility to keep operating. READ MORE

May 09, 2020

In Depth: Wood Biomass Harvesting: Delivering Efficiencies

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalInnovations in biomass harvesting, hauling and transport are reducing raw material costs for end users. From large-scale harvests to small-scale logging, foresters are pairing smart technique with novel equipment to get jobs done more efficiently. READ MORE

May 08, 2020

In Depth: Wood Pellet Data: Crunching the Numbers

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, ThermalYear over year, the 2019-’20 heating season in the U.S. was warmer, but production, sales and revenue were up. Lower feedstock costs drove higher seasonal production, alleviating widespread industry concerns about low inventory from last year. READ MORE