Key Committee Boosts Biomass Before Fall EU Parliament Vote
Working on the EU’s upcoming Renewable Energy Directive III (REDIII) that will update the Union’s renewable energy policies, the EU Parliament’s Industry Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee recently voted to not only uphold policies that treat wood pellets as carbon neutral, but also expand the use of wood pellets as a coal substitute. The move pushed back against a May 2022 vote by the EU Environmental Committee that called for stricter limits on “primary biomass” (trees), although an ITRE spokesman says the group still has issues with definitions of primary and secondary biomass. The full European Parliament will take up the Renewable Energy Directive in September and consider REDIII revisions from both the ENVI and ITRE committees.
Officials with top pellet producer Enviva applauded the vote, which was supported federal and state officials as well as industry groups. Pellet mills have become key timber markets for Southern U.S. landowners. According to an Enviva statement, “We are encouraged by today’s vote of the EU ITRE Committee, in particular their decision to expand the scenarios under which power-only plants using forest biomass can continue to receive support.”
Drax Group has signed an agreement with Princeton Standard Pellet Corporation (PSPC) to acquire its pellet plant in Princeton, British Columbia, Canada. The acquisition is expected to be complete in the third quarter of this year. The plant, which has been operating since 1995, has the capacity to produce 90,000 tonnes of wood pellets a year, primarily from sawmill residues. Around half of the output from the plant…
Brazil particleboard manufacturer Berneck S.A. is implementing what is believed to be the world’s largest drum dryer—36 m long and a diameter of 7.8 m—at its plant in Curitibanos, Santa Catarina. Dieffenbacher is supplying the drum dryer as well as an 84 MW energy system…
Stela Laxhuber GmbH celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 24 at its operations in Massing, Germany. In the course of a century, the company has developed from a wind well producer to an agricultural machinery dealer to today’s world-renowned specialist for drying systems of all kinds…
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