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North American Pellet Prices Trend Upward For Canada, Down For U.S.

The U.S. and Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices increased in early 2018, driven mainly by higher demand for pellets in Europe and Asia, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The pellet feedstock price indices for North America, launched by WRI in 2013, have trended upward in Canada during most of 2017 and early […]

Drax To Convert Fourth Coal-Fired Plant To Biomass

On June 6 Drax Power Station in Yorkshire, UK, took its fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline as it prepares to convert it to running on sustainable biomass. Drax has already converted half its power stations and ‘associated supply chain infrastructure’ to use sustainable biomass instead of coal. Having already invested £700 million into the […]

Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Signs Pellet Contract With Japanese Company

Pinnacle Renewable Holdings announced on 22 May that it has entered into a long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Hanwa, a large, diversified trading company in Japan. Pinnacle will supply 75,000 metric tonnes of industrial wood pellets to Hanwa each year from early 2022. The industrial wood pellets will be used by a biomass power generation […]

Georgia Wood Pellet Industry Commended In Air Quality Report

Georgia won praise last week in a report largely critical of an issue portrayed as lax enforcement of air quality regulations of the wood pellet industry. Criticism also was laid on the new federal policy that power plants fueled by biomass don’t create carbon pollution. “Georgia has definitely played a leadership role in this [wood […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. Pellet Exports Boom As Europe Tries To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Worse than coal. Exploits a carbon loophole. Creates a carbon deficit. No, we are not talking about drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Rather, these are a few of the complaints critics level against burning wood pellets in place of coal to reduce Europe’s carbon footprint. You might assume that exporting a […]

UGA Study: U.S. Biomass Electricity Possible But Costly

If the U.S. wants to start using wood pellets to produce energy, either the government or power customers will have to pay an extra cost, a new University of Georgia study has found. Right now, “it’s just not economically feasible to use wood pellets in energy production,” said Bin Mei, associate professor of forest resource […]

North American Wood Pellet Producers Eye Asia’s Energy Market

Asian countries are showing a strong interest in consuming more wood pellets in order to replace coal in their power grids and to shift away from nuclear power, according to an industry expert speaking at the Argus Biomass 2017 conference. Giving a presentation entitled ‘A statistical review of the consumption of biomass for heat and […]

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