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DNV gives greenlight to methodology for carbon removals delivered by BECCS

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By Drax Group plc

June 21, 2024

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DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider, has validated a new methodology for the certification of net carbon dioxide removals delivered using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

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Toyota Tsusho Corp. on June 17 announced that the 75-MW Yatsushiro Biomass Power Plant has begun commercial operations. The facility, located in Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, can be fueled with both wood chips and wood pellets.

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Valmet has announced it has been selected to supply a 50-megawatt (MW) pellet-fired heating plant to a district heating facility in Mölndal, Sweden. The new heating plant is expected to begin operations in late 2026.

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Drax Group was recognized with a BritishAmerican Business Transatlantic Growth Award in the Midsize Growth and Investments category. Drax received the award for its plans to deploy and develop BECCS projects the U.S.

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Renewables are currently expected to account for 23% of U.S. electricity generation in 2024, increasing to 25% in 2025, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released June 11.

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The government of Quebec has awarded a three-year $1.15 million grant to the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Industrial Bioprocesses in Quebec (CRIBIQ), which will use that funding to provide financial assistance to bioenergy projects.

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In a series of meetings at the annual National Tribal Forum on Air Quality, experts voiced a consistent message: as we install heat pumps in tribal homes, we should also keep wood stoves, according to the Alliance for Green Heat.

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The U.S. exported 819,341.5 metric tons of wood pellets in April, down from 938,662.3 metric tons the previous month, but up from 720,209.2 metric tons in April of last year, according to data released by the USDA on June 6.

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CPM, a leading solutions provider of process equipment and engineered technologies, has acquired Innovative Pelleting Solutions GmbH and its high-capacity, direct drive pellet mill technology invented by Graf Equipment GmbH.

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The U.S. EPA’s OIG on May 22 issued a memorandum outlining gaps in oversight of the agency’s Wood Heater Program. The Alliance for Green Heat is calling on the agency to address systematic enforcement issues impacting the program.

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CHAR Technologies Ltd. has announced the imminent commencement of a production run of 500 metric tons of pelletized biocarbon. The production run is an important milestone in the ongoing commercial upgrades at CHAR Tech’s Thorold facility.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on May 28 announced the renewal of its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. The agency is also seeking nominations for committee membership.

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Brown Gibbons Lang & Company has announced the recapitalization of Musser Biomass and Wood Products, a producer of wood fiber, biochar, wood pellets, and wood briquettes, by the Watermill Group.

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U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 890,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in February, according to the May edition of the U.S. EIA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report. Sales of densified biomass fuel reached 840,000 tons.

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The U.K. Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) on May 15 released a statement highlighting the ongoing importance of biomass power in reaching the U.K.’s net zero goals.

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Drax Group, NYK Line, NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers, and TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co. Ltd. have signed a MOU to develop both the world’s first biomass-fueled ship (bioship) and the technology that could power it.

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And the Survey Says…

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By Anna Simet

May 21, 2024

Editor's note from the Issue 2, 2024, edition of Pellet Mill Magazine.

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Timing is Everything

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By Tim Portz

May 21, 2024

While the Pellet Fuels Institute considered its federal policy strategy for 2024, we were committed to once again executing an in-person fly-in to build upon the relationships that we’ve been working to establish, and to expand our reach by finding new super fans within the House and Senate.

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BTEC will henceforth be doing business as the BioThermal Energy Council.

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The biomass market’s fire detection landscape has significantly advanced.

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Survey results indicate overall job satisfaction is high in the wood pellet industry, career duration is long and many facilities are seeing growth and new opportunities.

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India’s Ministry of Power on May 14 issued a revised policy on biomass cofiring, announcing it will now require certain coal-based thermal power plants to begin cofiring 5% biomass within one year. The requirement ramps up to 7% two years later.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a meeting May 22 in Washington, D.C.

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The Alliance for Green Heat has designed a new survey to gain insight into how and why people use pellet stoves, and what they like and don’t like about them. The survey is open to anyone who has used a pellet stove for home heating in the past year.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration currently predicts renewables will account for 23% of U.S. electricity generation this year, increasing to 25% next year, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released May 7.

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The U.S. exported 938,662.3 metric tons of wood pellets in March, up from 696,692.9 metric tons in February and 909,787.1 metric tons in March of last year, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on May 2.

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U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 830,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in January, according to the April edition of the U.S. EIA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report. Sales of densified biomass fuel reached 650,000 tons.

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The U.S. Department of Energy 2023 Billion-Ton Report: An Assessment of U.S. Renewable Carbon Resources identifies sustainable forestry as a key pillar in the effort to increase the nation’s biomass production.

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Drax issues Q1 trading update

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By Erin Voegele

April 25, 2024

Drax Group plc on April 25 released a first quarter 2024 trading update, reporting that the company’s wood pellet production business has started the year well despite challenges. Drax Power Station also performed well during the quarter.

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