Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

December 27, 2014

Opinion: What EPA Leadership Looks Like

BY John Ackerly Found In:Thermal

December 26, 2014

EPA seeks nominations for new Agricultural Science Committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNominations are due Jan. 30 for the U.S. EPA's new Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to advise EPA on matters impacting farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

December 23, 2014

Oregon lawmakers consider incentives to replace old wood stoves

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources recently introduced draft legislation to direct the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to study the creation of incentives to encourage homeowners to replace old wood stoves. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Obama signs short-term tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 19, President Obama signed a bill that retroactively extends several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014, including several incentives that benefit biofuel and bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator celebrates opening

BY County of Ottawa, Michigan Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAt a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick-off of the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, a nonprofit helping farmers and entrepreneurs turn their ideas and inventions into successful businesses. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

Vencor International enters agreement to produce bio-coal

BY Venco International Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalVenco International Inc. recently announced it has entered into an five-year agreement with Vega Biofuels Inc. to produce bio-coal, a form of torrefied wood pellets. The initial order of 3,000 tons will be produced and ready to ship in early 2015. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

SUNY wins DOE grant to support feedstock logistics research

BY SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Mono County biomass project in California receives $215,000 grant

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalCalifornia's Mono County thermal biomass project is one of three ventures awarded funding through the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Grant Program. The project received $215,000 to replace a propane boiler with biomass boiler system. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

USDA improves forest health by harvesting biomass for energy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. This summer, 19 energy facilities in 10 states participated in BCAP. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Wood Resources International: U.S. pellet exports up in Q2

BY Wood Resources International LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. South increased pellet exports to Europe by 10 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 through the second quarter of 2014. During the same period, Canada decreased exports to Europe by 25 percent, but significantly increased exports to Asia. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

USDA provides greater protection for specialty crop growers

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance, including energy crops. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

Genera announces investment from WindSail Capital Group

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that provides growth financing to companies advancing energy innovation and sustainability. READ MORE

December 11, 2014

Paul Smith's College, NYSERDA partner on renewable energy

BY Paul Smith's College Found In:Pellets, ThermalPaul Smith's College is installing a highly sustainable, state-of-the-art wood-pellet boiler system, which will heat its three academic buildings. The project was partially supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. READ MORE

December 09, 2014

Enviva joint venture to construct S.C. pellet, export facilities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Holdings LP and John Hancock Life Insurance Co. announced plans to develop wood pellet plants and export terminals in the southeastern U.S. Construction on a pellet plant and export terminal in South Carolina is expected to begin this month. READ MORE

December 09, 2014

Danish ministry announces biomass sustainability agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building recently posted a notice to its website announcing a new voluntary agreement formed with members of its domestic energy industry on sustainable biomass. READ MORE

December 09, 2014

Hurst boiler selected for New Hampshire district heating project

BY Hurst Boiler & Welding Company Inc. Found In:ThermalSullivan County, New Hampshire, has purchased a Hurst biomass boiler district heating system with a backpressure steam turbine/generator. The Hurst system will serve the county's nursing home, prison complex and two smaller onsite buildings in Unity. READ MORE

December 05, 2014

Pennsylvania school receives $500,000 grant for biomass boiler

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ThermalIn late October, $12.5 million in Pennsylvania Energy Department Authority grants were awarded to 28 local governments, schools and businesses for alternative and clean energy projects, including those for biomass and biogas. READ MORE

December 05, 2014

Stobart announces strategic partnership, CHP project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalU.K.-based biomass supplier Stobart Energy has entered into a strategic partnership with Imperative Energy Ltd., a provider of biomass energy solutions. The board of Stobart Group Ltd. also recently announced the development of a cogeneration plant. READ MORE

December 05, 2014

Greatest Show on Earth

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEyeing up the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo and working to deliver the kind of day in and day out diversity the Biomass Magazine team experiences for our attendees. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

RFP issued for Windham County Vermont modern wood heat program

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalA request for proposals to design and administer a modern wood heating program for Windham County, Vermont, has recently been issued by the Vermont Public Service Department's Clean Energy Development Fund. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

DOE awards $7 million to 2 feedstock logistics projects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Australian government funds biomass harvester development

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $2 million funding support to develop a solution for collecting renewable biomass from fast growing trees.The project is scheduled for completion in 2017. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Montana Western recognized for using energy from burning wood

BY University of Montana Western Found In:ThermalThe Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation recently presented the University of Montana Western with a plaque to honor the university's commitment to wood energy. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Model evaluates where bioenergy crops grow best

BY University of Illinois Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFarmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Valmet to deliver biomass boiler to project in Finland

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:ThermalValmet Corp. and Nokianvirran Energia Oy signed a letter of intent for a delivery of a biomass-fired boiler plant to a steam heating station in Finland. The new heating station will supply process steam for a paper mill and district heating project. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Forest Service exceeds yearly forest restoration goals

BY U.S. Forest Service Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Forest Service recently announced that it exceeded its forest restoration goals for fiscal year 2014, highlighting the agency's continued commitment to improving the health of the America's National Forests. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Opinion: Partners in Profit

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn the midst of producing the final issue of Biomass Magazine in 2014, dedicated to biomass integrations, conversions and colocations, the International Panel on Climate Change released a report urging a phase-out of fossil fuel energy this century. READ MORE

November 22, 2014

In Depth: Test to Tradition

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWith double the events from last year, National Bioenergy Day is evolving into an annual tradition. READ MORE

November 21, 2014

Southern Oregon University considers biomass conversion

BY SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY Found In:Power, ThermalAs part of an ongoing effort to become 100 percent carbon neutral by 2050, Southern Oregon University is considering replacing its existing natural gas-fired steam boilers with a biomass cogeneration facility. READ MORE

November 21, 2014

Opinion: Paving the Way to a Clean Energy Revolution

BY Justin Price Found In:Power, ThermalNew products such as biochar, liquid fuels, and chemicals all made from some form of biomass will be aided directly in their process by the use of steam or by colocation to the generation of steam. READ MORE