Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

March 25, 2016

In Depth: 2016 Producer Survey Perfect Storm

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalUnseasonably warm winter weather clouded the success of this year’s heating season for many pellet producers. Coupled with other conditions, the trend may continue. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Massachusetts invests $700,000 in woodstove rebate program

BY Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Found In:Pellets, ThermalMassachusetts is investing $700,000 in the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program, which provides rebates to homeowners who replace their older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, U.S. EPA-certified woodstove and pellet stove models. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

ETI calls for more emphasis on CCS, bioenergy

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute has called for greater emphasis on progressing carbon capture and storage and building a U.K. bioenergy sector in the next 15 years if the U.K. is to meet its targets for decarbonizing its energy system. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Opinion: What a Difference a Year Makes

BY Charlie NieblingFound In:Pellets, ThermalFor the past two years, the U.S. experienced very different heating seasons, which, Niebling says, have left producers having to respond to a perfect storm of factors impacting the domestic heating pellet industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

Penn State announces first harvest of shrub willow

BY Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and biobased economic development, according to researchers. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

In Depth: A Challenging Cycle: Pellets, Cheap Oil & A Warming Planet

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, ThermalThe domestic wood pellet heating market is battling low crude oil prices and warm winters to keep—and grow—its position in the thermal arena. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

ETI seeks partners for UK biomass logistics project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute has announced it is seeking partners for a new six-month bioenergy project that aims to improve the understanding of the future of biomass logistics in the U.K. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

Opinion: Automatic Pellet Heating: A Tough Nut to Crack

BY Christiane EggerFound In:Pellets, ThermalAt the annual European Pellet Conference held recently in Wels, Austria, Egger says one of the key topics discussed was how to increase the market share for pellet heat. READ MORE

March 21, 2016

Financial assistance available for installing wood pellet boilers

BY Northern Forest Center Found In:Power, ThermalNorthern 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 18, 2016

UMF completes biomass heating project

BY Anna SimetFound In:ThermalLess than one year after construction began, the University of Maine at Farmington’s $11 million biomass district heating project is complete. The plant is officially online and has been sending heat to 95 percent of the campus for about a month. READ MORE

March 18, 2016

Big Month for Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFor the bioenergy industry, it's going to be a busy and interesting several weeks. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

Rentech reports Drax shipments made early this year in Q4 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalOn March 16, Rentech Inc. released its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, reporting the company’s fiber businesses Fulghum Fibers and New England Wood Pellets generated record EBITDA in 2015. READ MORE

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