Drax announced on Feb. 27 that the company will stop burning coal by March 2021, far ahead of the U.K. government’s 2025 deadline. Drax also released full year 2019 financial results on Feb. 27 and provided an update of its biomass strategy. READ MORESHARE
Enviva Partners LP released fourth quarter and full year 2019 financial results on Feb. 27, reporting increased annual pellet production and net revenue. The company also discussed future expansion plans and announced new off-take contracts.
Torrefied wood pellets were among the products discussed during a Feb. 26 hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forests, titled “Innovative Wood Products: Promoting Rural Economies and Healthy Forests.”
On Feb. 24, Pellet Fuels Institute Executive Director Tim Portz, Board Chairman John Utter and Past-Chair Stephen Faehner testified at the OMB about the impact to pellet manufacturers of the inclusion of minimum pellet fuel requirements in the NSPS. READ MORESHARE
The U.S. EPA delivered a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Feb. 24 focused on the treatment of biogenic carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act’s permitting programs. READ MORESHARE
The USDA unveiled its Agriculture Innovation Agenda on Feb. 20. The initiative, in part, aims to support renewable fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and biomass. This includes a goal to achieve market-driven blend rates of E30 by 2050.
Biomass electricity production set a new record in the U.K. last year, according to the fourth quarter 2019 Electrical Insights Report, produced by researchers at Imperial College London in collaboration with Drax. READ MORESHARE
GE announced Feb. 5 that it will provide its renewable steam technology for the high efficiency Kamisu Biomass Power Generation plant in Japan. The facility is scheduled to start commercial operation in July 2023.
President Trump on Feb. 13 nominated Douglas Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA and Mark Wesley Menezes to serve as deputy secretary of energy. Both nominations are subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORESHARE
Leaders from the U.K.’s biomass heat industry have called on the chancellor for support ahead of the spring budget to help government meet heat decarbonisation targets, address climate change and deliver on its 30 million tree planting initiative. READ MORESHARE