Forestry, Paper Industries Prevail On Biomass In Omnibus Draft

Emissions from forest biomass would continue to be treated as carbon-neutral and the EPA would be barred from regulating lead in bullets and fishing tackle under the draft omnibus spending bill, congressional aides told Bloomberg Environment. Both the ammunition and forest biomass regulatory provisions would be retained from previous spending measures. The biomass language would […]

Pinnacle’s New B.C. Pellet Plant To Provide Energy To Asia

The decision to redevelop the former NewPro particleboard facility into a wood pellet production plant was celebrated last Monday at the side of a giant pile of wood chips. Shovels with green ribbons were used to signify the groundbreaking that will happen when construction crews move in soon. Production is expected to start in the […]

U.S. BECCS Potential Revealed In New Study

A comprehensive new study is aiming to offer unprecedented detail on the potential for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology in the US. BECCS involves taking the CO2 produced from burning biomass for electricity, and permanently storing it underground. With the feedstock plants grown to produce the biomass absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere […]

Pinnacle To Redevelop B.C. Particleboard Facility To Produce Pellets

Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. says it’s moving forward with plans to redevelop an existing Smithers, B.C., particleboard facility to produce wood pellets. The company is redeveloping the site under the Smithers Pellet Limited Partnership, in which it owns a 70 percent interest and West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. owns the rest. Pinnacle says the facility […]

Bord na Móna Abandons Plans For U.S. Wood Pellet Factory

State energy company Bord na Móna has dropped plans to spend €60 million building a wood pellet factory in the US. The news comes as the company prepares to announce plans designed to safeguard 2,100 jobs in the midlands by supplying fuel to power plants. Last year, Bord na Móna said it wanted to spend […]

Fire At Enviva Terminal In Virginia

Local press reported 28 February that a fire started at Enviva’s Chesapeake, Virginia deep-water marine terminal. The company reports that the fire is now under control. Onsite personnel, the terminal’s fire suppression systems and emergency services fought the blaze. No injuries have been reported. According to a release from the local fire department, first responders […]

Biomass Market Slows Amid Low Gas And Oil Prices

Analysis of the woody biomass energy sector given the low oil and gas prices suppressing the market. There are some positives though with Japan growing as a market and new programs being proposed in the U.S. While specific biomass opportunities, such as pellets, remain strong, the overall biomass market remains soft, according to Tim Gammell, […]

Japanese Demand A Boon For U.S. South Wood Pellet Manufacturers

Over the last decade, European utilities have learned that displacing coal with sustainable wood pellets is one of the most efficient means of meeting renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction targets, leading to significant demand growth in global wood pellet markets. Now, their counterparts in Asia are learning the same thing. To meet their growing […]

Enviva Completes Acquisition Of South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant

Enviva Holdings, LP, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, announced recently that it, through its previously announced joint venture, Enviva JV Development Company, LLC, has completed the acquisition of a wood pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina and related assets from The Navigator Company, S.A., a Portuguese paper and pulp company. This […]

EPA Chief Signals Push To Declare Wood Energy Carbon-Neutral

During his New Hampshire visit Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt signaled plans for new federal energy policies that could bolster a struggling regional industry – biomass. In a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu, Pruitt suggests the agency plans to add biomass, including wood and other plant-based fuels, to its “‘all of the above’ […]


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