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.”
Robert “Bob” Lee Vermeer, who drove the growth of Vermeer Corp. and its line of whole tree chippers and other wood processing equipment, died on August 17. He was 78. His vibrant love of people, passion for Christ, distinct laugh and desire to put others first is what those who knew him will remember most…
Canadian-based Peak Renewables plans to build a 180,000 metric tons per year wood pellet mill in Dothan, Ala. The $30 million project will utilize residuals from Rex Lumber sawmills in the area…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of three parts in the coverage of the Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo held March 29-30, 2022 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center and hosted by Wood Bioenergy magazine. Part one in the June issue focused on the keynote talks from producer and consultant personnel. Part two in the August issue highlighted several presentations delivered by representatives of equipment and technologies companies. The next Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo will be held March 12-13, 2024 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga…
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