Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 17, 2016

Report quantifies employment, turnover impacts of EU bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study commissioned by the Belgium-based Biobased Industries Consortium has determined the European bioeconomy employs 18.3 million people and results in EUR 2.1 trillion ($2.31 trillion) in turnover. READ MORE

March 15, 2016

Oregon governor signs bill to expand RPS, phase out coal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasOn March 11, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation that doubles the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) while eliminating coal from Oregon’s energy sources. The measure also includes provisions related to biomass energy. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

WSM announces BioPrep organics processing system for compost, AD

BY West Salem Machinery Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWith the growing need for high volume processing of organics for compost and anaerobic digestion (AD) conversion, WSM has introduced the WSM BioPrep Organics Processing System, a complete high-capacity system to convert waste into feedstock. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

House hearing focuses on DOE loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 3, two subcommittees associated with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. Abengoa projects were among those discussed during the event. READ MORE

March 10, 2016

BTEC announces new executive director Jeff Serfass

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe board of directors of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council officially announced the appointment of Jeff Serfass to take over for Joel Stronberg as BTEC's executive director. Serfass led the organization in its formative years in 2009 and 2010. READ MORE

March 09, 2016

Finalists chosen for international pellet stove competition

BY Alliance for Green Heat and NYSERDA Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Alliance for Green Heat and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recently announced that seven pellet stoves have been chosen as finalists in the Pellet Stove Design Challenge. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

Maine bill encourages the purchase of locally produced pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalLegislation recently introduced in Maine aims to support local pellet producers by encouraging public postsecondary educational institutions to give preference to Maine producers when entering into heating fuel contracts. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

UT, Genera Energy harvest hybrid poplar stand

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and a bioeconomy. READ MORE

March 04, 2016

UK proposal to reform RHI negatively impacts biomass, biogas

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasOn March 3, the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change launched a consultation on reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive. READ MORE

March 04, 2016

Oregon ups RPS, goes coal free

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, ThermalOregon has passed a bill that doubles its renewable portfolio standard (RPS), phases out coal power by 2025 and provides incentives to energy efficiency, small- and community-scale renewable projects and some existing biomass energy plants. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

In Search of Greatness

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEvery year since 2012, Biomass Magazine and BBI International have given out two awards at the International Biomass Conference & Expo: the Groundbreaker of the Year Award, and the Excellence in Bioenergy Award. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

GIB, Equitix acquire Scotland district heat biomass project

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalThe U.K. Green Investment Bank plc and Equitix, an infrastructure project management and delivery company, have jointly acquired a biomass district heating plant in northern Scotland, with working plans to expand the network. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Vilsack defends biofuels, bioenergy during House hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of the rural economy featuring testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Biofuels and bioenergy were among the topics discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

EC seeks input, comments on post-2020 bioenergy policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe European Commission is seeking public input on its post-2020 sustainable bioenergy policy. The three-month consultation period began Feb. 10 and concludes May 10. Those who wish to weigh in are asked to complete a nine-part online survey. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

USDA highlights bioeconomy investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a fact sheet highlighting its investments in rural America, including several related to sparking innovation in America’s bioeconomy to support the development of biomanufacturing and advanced biofuels. READ MORE

March 02, 2016

Vermont program to support switch to pellet boilers expands

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Northern Forest Center is expanding a program that helps Vermonters switch to high-efficiency wood pellet boilers to provide heat for homes, businesses and other properties in the Northeast Kingdom. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

EPA: Chartered SAB to review biogenic framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has scheduled a public meeting of the chartered Science Advisory Board March 31-April 1. During the meeting, the SAB is expected to conduct a quality review of a draft report on the accounting framework for biogenic carbon emissions. READ MORE

February 29, 2016

DOE schedules biomass committee meeting for March 8-9

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for March 8-9 in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Federal biomass board releases bioeconomy report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biomass Research and Development Board, an interagency collaboration composed of senior decision-makers from federal agencies and the White House, recently published a report, titled “Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy.” READ MORE

February 26, 2016

ElectraTherm ORC to generate clean energy from biomass in UK

BY ElectraTherm Found In:Power, ThermalElectraTherm has shipped the Power+ Generator 4400 to a chicken farm in the United Kingdom, its second application in the country to utilize biomass to generate emission-free electricity. The project is expected to be commissioned this spring. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Best regions for growing bioenergy crops identified

BY University of Illinois Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have identified regions in the United States where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing effects on water quantity and quality. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

National Trust: Former home of Shell Oil chairman goes green

BY National Trust Found In:Pellets, ThermalU.K.-based National Trust has announced its first completed Renewable Energy Investment Programme project, Upton House, Warwickshire, has made the switch from oil to a renewable energy heating system. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Biomass report finds significant reductions in GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalA report released to the European Union Directorate-General for Energy, titled “Carbon impacts of biomass consumed in the EU: quantitative assessment,” confirms using bioenergy has significant carbon savings and can reduce greenhouse emissions. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

National Trust: Getting warmth from the woods

BY National Trust Found In:ThermalAmber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, visited Croft Castle in Herefordshire countryside to see how a new biomass heating system is getting the property off oil, reducing costs and benefiting the environment. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Opinion: Risk Abated

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRisk drives project developers to more carefully consider every aspect of a project, identify potential problems within it, and develop and deploy measures to protect against them whenever possible. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

Astec reports annual results, highlights pellet plant activities

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite a challenging quarter that saw a 10 percent decrease in net sales, Astec Industries President and CEO Benjamin Brock said the future of Astec is bright, and highlighted pellet plant quoting as an active area in its business. READ MORE

February 22, 2016

Opinion: Utilizing Urban Wood Waste

BY Meghan Martin Found In:Pellets, ThermalAs efforts to conserve and recycle natural resources increase, urban wood waste utilization projects are becoming more popular in cities across the U.S. READ MORE

February 21, 2016

In Depth: The Ultimate Biomass Heating Package

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:ThermalVia a contractual arrangement unique to biomass heat in the U.S., Wilton, New Hampshire-based High Mowing School replaced fuel oil with a biomass district heating system from Xylogen. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

Enviva reports strong operational performance in 2015

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalDespite challenging market conditions in the broader energy sector, Enviva LP completed 2015 with continued strong operating performance, said Chairman and CEO John Keppler during the company’s Q4 2015 and year-end financial earnings call. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

PFI hosts webinar on standards program tailored toward retailers

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn Feb. 18, Pellet Fuels Institute hosted a webinar on its standards program, with information tailored to pellet retailers in order to familiarize participants with the program and why it matters to customers. READ MORE