8.1 million tonnes of wood pellets certified in 2016

8.1 million tonnes of wood pellets certified in 2016

The European Pellet Council (EPC) has announced a record year for its wood pellet quality scheme, with over 8.1 million tonnes certified worldwide in 2016.

How to stop a pellet plant explosion 

How to stop a pellet plant explosion 

One single ounce of oxygen.

A heated market fuels local wood pellet producer

A heated market fuels local wood pellet producer

When New England Wood Pellet (NEWP) started out in a garage in Massachusetts in 1992, the pellet business was barely a blip on the map.

Heat local: group says wood pellets make sense in the North Country 

Heat local: group says wood pellets make sense in the North Country 

A regional not-for-profit is trying to get more people to consider next generation wood pellet furnaces to heat their homes.

Controversy simmers over NC wood pellet plant 

Controversy simmers over NC 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.

Shares of Chattanooga-based Astec fall on wood pellet plant redesign costs

Shares of Chattanooga-based Astec fall on wood pellet plant redesign costs

Shares of Chattanooga-based Astec Industries fell 6 percent Monday after the company said its third quarter earnings will take a hit because of design upgrades for a pair of its wood pellet plants.

Drax powers ahead with plan to cut down on coal

Drax powers ahead with plan to cut down on coal

Beneath the distinctive grey curve of a coal plant cooling tower, the yellow of two JCB diggers is stark against a plane of black.

New Brunswick schools choose biomass boilers

New Brunswick schools choose biomass boilers

Two New Brunswick high schools are receiving an education in biomass boiler heating systems thanks to an initiative by the province to reduce its carbon footprint and promote the use of locally sourced wood.

New papers examine coal, wood pellet cofiring at US power plants 

New papers examine coal, wood pellet cofiring at US power plants 

If the U.S. wants to begin replacing coal with wood pellets at power plants, the government must provide incentives similar to the ones that solar and wind currently receive, according to University of Georgia researchers.

Using wood energy for residential heating in rural regions 

Using wood energy for residential heating in rural regions 

Although the region is heavily forested (including the 17 million acre Tongass National Forest), there are no commercial wood pellet mills capable of supplying the region’s needs.

Communication ‘breakdown’ cause of Enviva concerns

Communication ‘breakdown’ cause of Enviva concerns

When asked who in the packed room at the Dobbins Heights Community Center was a resident of Dobbins Heights at the meeting between members of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus and the two opposing sides on the issue of Enviva’s new Richmond County plant, virtually everyone in attendance — save for media, activists and corporate representatives — raised their hands.

Biomass-produced electricity in the US possible, but it’ll cost

Biomass-produced electricity in the US possible, but it’ll cost

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.

Coal no more: Pushing for biomass conversion

Coal no more: Pushing for biomass conversion

Executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) Gordon Murray said the industry received the confirmation it needed regarding the government’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions and making bioenergy more widespread across Canada.

Controversy brews over new North Carolina wood pellet facility

Controversy brews over new North Carolina wood pellet facility

A controversy with reverberations across the Atlantic Ocean is brewing in Hamlet, North Carolina – a literal hamlet 120 miles northwest of Wilmington – where a new wood-pellet facility is already in the initial stages of construction.

EEX to launch Wood Pellet Futures

EEX to launch Wood Pellet Futures

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) is to introduce futures on wood pellets, which will be available for Trade Registration soon.

Retirement system to make $26M loan to pellet company

Retirement system to make $26M loan to pellet company

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System will make a short-term loan of up to $26 million to Highland LLC, which operates a wood pellet manufacturing plant in the Pine Bluff industrial park near White Hall, the system’s board of trustees has decided.

Enviva opposition continues as work begins on plant

Enviva opposition continues as work begins on plant

Engineers have completed the early erosion control and site grading measures for the new Enviva plant being built north of Dobbins Heights, according to interim County Manager Bryan Land.

Report: Italian wood pellet consumption expected to grow 

Report: Italian wood pellet consumption expected to grow 

Italy recently filed a report on its wood pellet market with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, predicting its use of wood pellets will reach 5 million metric tons in 2020.

PA Pellets qualifies under PFI Standards Program 

PA Pellets qualifies under PFI Standards Program 

The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of PA Pellets of Ulysses, Pennsylvania, to the PFI Standards Program as the 38th facility qualified for the program.

The changing pellet storage landscape

The changing pellet storage landscape

Structural design, dust management and fire safety features are making domes a popular choice for large-scale wood pellet storage.