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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 […]

Drax Planning To Cut Cost Of Biomass Power By A Third

Drax CEO Will Gardiner told Reuters April 20 that the company plans to cut the cost of the electricity it generates by a third over the next decade. The goal is to reduce the company’s dependency on subsidies. Improvements cited by Gardiner are more efficient turbines and cheaper wood pellets. A spokesperson for Drax told […]

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 […]

UK Lands $1.6 Million Grant For Rural Biomass Power Generation Partnership

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) has received a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop an innovative partnership in Hazard, Kentucky, that could serve as a model for future energy projects in rural Eastern Kentucky communities. The project, which is titled Gasification Combined Heat and Power from […]

Drax Sells UK-Based Wood Pellet Distribution Business

Power giant Drax has agreed to sell its wood pellet distribution business, Billington Bioenergy (BBE), to Aggregated Micro Power Holdings, an AIM-listed energy company specializing in the sale of wood fuels and the developing of distributed energy assets. Drax said the consideration for the transaction was £2m (€2.24m), comprised of £1.6m of shares in AMPH […]

Controversy Simmers Over North Carolina Wood Pellet Plant

A biomass fuel plant that processes tree scraps into wood pellets has some North Carolinians concerned about its potential environmental and health impacts. Maryland-based Enviva will soon open its fourth wood pellet plant in the southern part of the state. The new plant will be just outside the small town of Dobbins Heights, where roughly […]

Wood Pellet Fuel Deemed ‘Carbon Neutral’ In U.S. Spending Bill

A week after President Donald Trump vowed to impose new tariffs on Canadian lumber imports to help the U.S. timber industry, lawmakers passed a spending bill that could push U.S. government agencies to promote burning wood pellets to fuel power plants. The budget bill that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday, which makes […]

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 […]

UK Government Report Positive On Biomass

A report commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that using biomass instead of coal is playing a positive part in decarbonizing the power sector. The findings, by Ricardo Energy & Environment, come in a week where the biomass power sector has had to defend the technology’s reputation as […]

Drax To Buy Two Distressed U.S. Pellet Plants

Drax Group PLC is looking to buy two pellet plants in the US that have filed for bankruptcy. The owner of the UK’s largest power plant said it has submitted initial cash offers for the operating assets of Texas Pellets and Louisiana Pellets as part of auction processes to be held on 1 and 2 […]

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