Industrial Thermal Energy & District Heating

October 12, 2017

UK releases Clean Growth Strategy, plans next CfD auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government has released its Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to cut carbon emissions while driving economic growth. As part of the announcement, the government confirmed up to £557 million for the next Contracts for Difference auction. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

Rentech to voluntary delist common shares from Nasdaq

BY Rentech Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalRentech Inc. has notified Nasdaq of its intention to voluntarily withdraw its common shares from listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market prior to market opening on Oct.16. Rentech's common shares will be listed on the OTCQB Market effective Oct. 16. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

EIA predicts a rise in heating costs this winter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook and Winter Fuels Outlook, predicting average household expenditures for all major home heating fuels will rise this winter. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

NYC proposes to expand food waste separation requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) recent published a proposed rule that aims to expand organic waste source separation requirements for large commercial food retailers and food service establishments. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

National wood chip heating fuel standard open for comment

BY Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC Found In:ThermalA revised draft of the proposed national wood chip heating fuel technical quality standard for the U.S. is now open for stakeholder feedback and comment. Comments are limited to recent proposed changes and must be submitted by Dec. 4. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Biotech Energy announces acquisition, name change

BY Biothermal Technologies Inc. Found In:Pellets, ThermalBiotech Energy Inc. recently announced that it has been acquired 100 percent by its North American management team, and is changing its name to Biothermal Technologies Inc. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Opinion: The Missing Link

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalWhat this industry needs is more retailers like Coastal Farm & Ranch, who ably carry the value proposition of pellet heating forward to customers, winning them over one by one. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Wärtsilä to acquire Puregas Solutions

BY Wärtsilä Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe technology group Wärtsilä has reached an agreement to acquire Puregas Solutions, the Sweden-based provider of turnkey biogas upgrading solutions. Puregas utilizes a unique process to convert biogas to biomethane and renewable natural gas. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Opinion: Forestry Sector Supports Wood Energy

BY Bill Bell Found In:Pellets, ThermalWhen the pellet industry in Maine started up eight years ago, other forest product sectors were less than enthusiastic, but wood energy now has support from the entire forestry sector. READ MORE

September 30, 2017

In Depth: Pressing for a Good Season

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, ThermalFall has arrived, and pellets are moving off the shelves. Meanwhile, producers play the annual wait-and-see game. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

WE&RF awards research contract to support co-digestion

BY Water Environment & Reuse Foundation Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Water Environment & Reuse Foundation has awarded a contract to the Environmental Law Institute to support a project that aims to develop alternative sustainable business cases for wastewater resource recovery facilities to co-digest food waste. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

In Depth: Port Investments in Pellet Handling

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Pellets, ThermalVarious North American ports have recently completed or will soon begin major investments in wood pellet storage, handling and loading capabilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

P&G, Constellation complete 50 MW biomass CHP plant

BY Constellation Found In:Power, ThermalThe Procter & Gamble Co. and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. recently announced the completion of a 50-MW biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

Froling Energy installs biomass boiler at corrections facility

BY Froling Energy Found In:ThermalFroling Energy of Peterborough, New Hampshire, recently completed the installation of a biomass boiler system at the Merrimack County Department of Corrections facility in Boscawen, in partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

In Depth: To Market, To Market

BY Tim Portz Found In:Pellets, ThermalOver two decades, Pacific Northwest retailer Coastal Farm and Ranch has grown its pellet appliance and fuel business from a seasonal offering to a year-round, vital aspect of what it provides its customers. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

Webinar highlights transportable biomass conversion facilities

BY Waste to Wisdom Found In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTransportable biomass conversion facilities and the economics of using forest harvest residues to produce biochar, briquettes, and torrefied wood is the topic of a Sept. 27 webinar hosted by the Waste to Wisdom research project. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

EIA: Densified biomass production reaches 570,000 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced respondents providing data for its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report produced 570,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, and sold 430,000 tons. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

EIA predicts increased bioenergy capacity in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for electricity production and generation capacity from wood and waste biomass. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Vermont PUC approves RNG program for Vermont Gas customers

BY Vermont Public Utility Commission Found In:Thermal, BiogasThe Vermont Public Utility Commission has approved a program for Vermont Gas Systems Inc. that allows retail customers to buy renewable natural gas in amounts equal to 10 percent, 25 percent, 50 percent, or 100 percent of their monthly requirements. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

UK awards CfDs to 2 dedicated biomass with CHP projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced Contracts for Difference (CfD) have been awarded to 11 new projects, including two dedicated biomass power plants with combined-heat-and-power (CHP). READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Report: Italian wood pellet consumption expected to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, ThermalItaly recently filed a report on its wood pellet market with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, predicting its use of wood pellets will reach 5 million metric tons in 2020. READ MORE

September 07, 2017

Saxlund provides fuel handling systems to 2 UK bioenergy plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ThermalIn the U.K., Saxlund International recently announced it is supplying fuel handling systems to the Tansterne Advanced Biomass Project and a green gas generation plant under construction by Advanced Power and Cadent. READ MORE

September 07, 2017

PA Pellets qualifies under PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Found In:Pellets, ThermalThe Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of PA Pellets of Ulysses, Pennsylvania, to the PFI Standards Program as the 38th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

DMT to supply desulfurization process to California AD facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDMT Clear Gas Solutions recently announced that Calgren Dairy Fuels LLC is going to install DMT’s desulfurization technology, Sulfurex BR. The anaerobic digestion facility is located adjacent to Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC, a 55 MMgy ethanol plant. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Tooke sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalTony Tooke was sworn in as chief of the U.S. Forest Service by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Sept. 1. Tooke replaced former Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, who announced his retirement in August. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Trump nominates Northey to serve as USDA under secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced his nominations for three USDA posts, including the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as under secretary for farm production and conservation. READ MORE

September 01, 2017

In Depth: Fire and Ice

BY Tim PortzFound In:Power, ThermalAs temperatures fall and the demand for fuel increases, the challenges for biomass aggregators increase. Two industry veterans talk about what it takes to keep material moving, and fires burning. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFollowing Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE