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BECSS project in Sweden earns planning permission

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By Erin Voegele

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Carbon CapturePowerThermal

A bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project under development in Sweden by Stockholm Energi was awarded planning approval on March 28 by the country’s Land and Environmental Court.

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Waste-to-energy provider Covanta has announced the next milestone in its strategic evolution as a pioneering sustainable waste solutions company with its new identity: Reworld.

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The U.S. DOE has opened a funding opportunity making up to $25 million available to support clean energy technology deployment on Tribal lands. Projects fueled by biomass, biogas, RNG or renewable hydrogen are among those eligible for the funding.

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The International Biomass Conference & Expo was held in Richmond, Virginia, in early March.

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FuelCell Energy Inc., announced that its carbonate fuel cell technology will be used in a biogeneration project developed by Ameresco for the Sacramento Area Sewer District (Sacramento Sewer) to convert on-site biofuel into clean electricity.

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TEXEL Energy has announced it has signed an agreement with Jord AB to adapt TEXEL's energy production technology to generate electricity from Jord's pellets and briquettes, made from C4 grass.

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If you attended the annual International Biomass Conference and Expo in Richmond, Virginia, last month, you were among the first to learn that the Biomass Power Association has changed its name to the American Biomass Energy Association

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration currently expects renewables to account for 24% of U.S. electricity generation this year, increasing to 25% in 2025, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released April 9.

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California Ethanol + Power on April 3 announced that Booker Tate Ltd. will help guide sugarcane cultivation plans for Sugar Valley Energy, a proposed bioenergy project in California that is expected to produce ethanol, biogas, power and SAF.

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Ameresco Inc. has entered a $140 million contract to develop and construct an advanced technology biogas cogeneration facility for the Sacramento Area Sewer District located at the EchoWater Resource Recovery Facility near Elk Grove, California.

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Japan-based Renova Inc. on March 28 announced its 75-megawatt (MW) Ishinomaki Hibarino Biomass Power Plant has commenced operations. The facility is fueled by wood pellets and palm kernel shells (PKS).

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Japan Petroleum Expansion Co. Ltd. (JAPEX) on March 29 announced that the initial 25,000-metric-ton shipment of wood pellets that will be used to fuel the Ozu Biomass Power Plant arrived at the Nagahama Port on March 25.

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Drax Group has announced an MOU with Viking CCS, the Humber-based CO2 transportation and storage network led by Harbour Energy, together with non-operated partner bp, to assess options to transport and store CO2 in the Humber region.

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The Michigan Public Service Commission on March 15 rejected applications by Consumers Energy Co. for early termination of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with biomass plant operators.

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Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on March 11 each introduced legislation that aims to allow facilities generating renewable electricity from forest biomass, such as woodchips or sawdust, to participate in the RFS.

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Renewables are currently expected to account for 24% 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 March 12.

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The Biomass Power Association has rebranded as the American Biomass Energy Association. The announcement was made by ABEA Executive Director Carrie Annand at the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo.

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On Feb. 29, West Biofuels LLC announced it was selected for up to $30 million in award negotiations from the U.S. DOE Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to provide low-carbon, stable energy for two rural communities in California.

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Drax Group plc released 2023 financial results on Feb. 29, reporting its pellet production segment achieved robust performance in a challenging market environment. The company also discussed progress on its BECCS projects in the U.S. and U.K.

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Drax has become the latest founder member of the University of Sheffield’s newly-launched Energy Innovation Centre. The new partnership will drive forward research into next-generation carbon capture technology, including innovations in BECCS.

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New independent analysis by Public First, ‘Mind the gap: Exploring Britain’s energy crunch’, commissioned by Drax Group, reveals that the U.K. will hit an energy security “crunch point” in 2028.

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Sugar Valley Energy, a new 160-acre bioenergy campus planned in California’s Imperial Valley has added New York-based TerraNova Capital Equities, Inc. to its finance team to lead marketing and placement of equity capital for the $1 billion project.

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Ameresco Inc. on Feb. 21 announced its award from Hawaiian Electric Co. for the proposed 'Ūkiu Energy 40-MW renewable energy site in Maui. The proposed facility will include a biofuel-powered generator with six dual-fuel engines.

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The Government of Ontario is supporting economic growth and creating jobs with the second phase of funding under the new Forest Biomass Program. The $9.4 million investment support 14 initiatives, including several bioenergy projects.

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Epson plans construction of biomass power plant

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By Seiko Epson Corp.

February 15, 2024

Seiko Epson Corp. has announced that it is planning the construction of the company's first biomass power plant, in Iida City, in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Epson hopes to have the plant in operation in the 2026 fiscal year.

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Strategic Biofuels and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corp., have entered into a joint development agreement for the proposed Louisiana Green Fuels project in Louisiana, which has now shifted its focus to SAF production.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration currently expects renewables to account for 24% of U.S. electricity generation in 2024, increasing to 26% in 2025, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released on Feb. 6.

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Biomass Magazine has announced the general session speakers for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 4-6, 2024 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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Global renewable energy company Drax Group plc has announced that it plans to establish a new independent business unit that will focus on becoming the global leader in delivering large-scale and high-integrity carbon removals.

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Japan-based Renova Inc. on Jan. 24 announced that startup of its 75-MW Ishinomaki Hibarino Biomass Power Plant will be delayed. The plant, originally expected to be operational in January, is now expected to commence operations in March.

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