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DOE selects 6 projects to advance wood heater innovation and reduce wood heater pollution

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By U.S. Department of Energy

February 20, 2024

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The U.S. DOE announced at the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, up to $2 million in Phase 1 funding for six projects to accelerate wood heater innovation and develop the next generation of efficient and clean wood heaters.

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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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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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The USDA on Jan. 22 announced it is investing $207 million in 682 renewable energy and domestic fertilizer projects through the Rural Energy for American Program and Fertilizer Production Expansion Program.

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The U.S. EPA on Jan. 11 proposed to strengthen CAA standards for large facilities that burn MSW. The proposed standards would apply to 57 facilities with 152 units that have the capacity to combust more than 250 tons per day of MSW.

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Renewables are expected to account for 24 percent of U.S. renewable electricity generation this year, increasing to 26 percent in 2025, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Jan. 9.

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Prairie Clean Energy in 2023 received a $1.2 million grant to support its flax straw-to-pellets project. As part of that project, the company is now partnering with the Sustainability-Led Integrated Centres of Excellence at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

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West Biofuels LLC was awarded $4 million from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) Business and Workforce Development Grant Award to support the development of clean, renewable energy projects.

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U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 930,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in September, according to the December edition of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report.

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The Ontario government is investing more than $1.5 million in 15 research, innovation and modernization initiatives that will develop the untapped economic potential and environmental benefit of new and emerging uses of forest biomass.

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Renewables are currently expected to account for 24 percent of U.S. renewable electricity generation in 2024, up from 22 percent in 2023 and 21 percent in 2022, according to the U.S. EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook.

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Biomass Magazine on Dec. 6 released the agenda 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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U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 930,000 tons of densified biomass fuels in August, according to the November edition of the U.S. EIA’s Monthly Densified Biomass Fuels Report. Sales of densified biomass fuel reached 1.06 million tons.

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The call for presentation abstracts for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, produced by Biomass Magazine, is now open. The event will take place March 4-6, 2024, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration currently expects renewables to account for 22 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year, increasing to 24 percent next year, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook.

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The USDA’s Forest Service on Oct. 18 announced it is making nearly $50 million in grant funding available through the agency’s Wood Innovations Grant, Community Wood Grant and Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Grant Programs.

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Valmet on Oct. 10 announced it has received an order to supply a biomass-fueled boiler system and related equipment to Göteborg Energi AB for a new renewable energy and district heating facility under development in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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The number of U.S. households that use wood as a primary heating fuel is expected to fall by 1 percent this winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Winter Fuels Outlook 2023-24, which was released on Oct. 11.

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Renewables are expected to account for 25 percent of U.S. electricity generation next year, up from 22 percent in 2023, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Oct. 11.

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Biomass continued to be the second largest source of renewable electricity in the U.K. last year, trailing only offshore and onshore wind, according to a report released by the U.K. Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology on Oct. 4.

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The U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 28 announced it is awarding $1.44 million to support a biomass-fueled district heating project under development by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Cloquet, Minnesota.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts renewables will account for 25 percent of U.S. electricity generation next year, up from 22 percent this year, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Sept. 12.

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Divert Inc.on Sept. 7 announced the groundbreaking on its Integrated Diversion & Energy Facility in Longview, Washington. The new facility will have the capacity to process 100,000 tons of wasted food a year into carbon-negative renewable energy.

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DOE announces Wood Heater Design Challenge winners

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By U.S. Department of Energy

September 08, 2023

The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office, in collaboration with BNL, LBNL, and the Alliance for Green Heat, has announced the winning teams for the Wood Heater Design Challenge, offering a total of $120,000 in prize funds.

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The USDA on Aug. 30 awarded $266 million to 1,334 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program. Biofuel, biobased power, biogas and wood pellet projects are among those that will benefit from the funding.

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Bioenergy Devco announced on Sept. 6 that it has received permitting approval for construction of its organics recycling facility at its Bioenergy Innovation Center in Seaford, Delaware. The project will convert food waste into RNG.

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The European Union consumed a record 24.8 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2022, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network. Consumption is expected to grow to 25.6 million metric tons this year.

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The Canadian government on Aug. 30 announced it is investing up to $5.3 million in an initiative that aims to support the development of biomass supply chains and cutting-edge technologies to produce biomass and value-added agricultural products.

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A school located in the south-central region of Canada's Yukon Territory, roughly 250 miles northeast of Juneau, Alaska, will source up to 90 percent of its heat from biomass under an agreement announced on Aug. 22.

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