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Mar 15, 2022
SBP to suspend biomass certificates in Russia and Belarus
Pellets News
Mar 15, 2022
The cost of wood pellets in the UK is rising, as pellets are no longer being sourced from Russia. UK Pellet Council chair, Mark Lebus, said the organisation is working with overseas partners to help ensure a continuous supply of biomass wood pellets for UK customers, as wood pellets will no longer be sourced from Russia or imported from Russian producers. “Given... [Read More]

Biomass News
Mar 14, 2022
Placer County in California has authorised staff to restart the feasibility evaluation for a biomass plant in North Lake Tahoe. A plan for the project was initially approved in 2013; however, Placer County paused moving forward due to uncertainty surrounding the long-term economic feasibilities. With the rise in defensible space and fuel reduction efforts seen in... [Read More]

Biomass News
Mar 8, 2022
Danish utility HOFOR is seeking to reduce or eliminate the share of Russian biomass used in its Amager power plant and has pledged to not buy any Russian biomass in the future. The company currently has agreements in place meaning the Amager facility could receive biomass sourced from Russia to produce district heating and electricity. In a statement, HOFOR’s CEO... [Read More]

Other News
Mar 8, 2022
BECoop, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, has released a bioenergy self-assessment tool for community projects. Horizon 2020 was the EU's research and innovation funding programme from 2014-2020 with a budget of nearly €80 billion. The initiative has been succeeded by Horizon Europe. Earlier studies by BECoop have shown that the knowledge and acceptance... [Read More]

Pellets News
Mar 7, 2022
Pacific BioEnergy (PacBio) has closed its plant in Prince George, British Columbia. The plant was shut down at 4 am on 4 March, following an announcement by PacBio in December. At the time, the company said it had reached an agreement to assign some of its assets, including the wood pellet long-term sales contracts, to Drax Group. The closure of the PacBio pellet... [Read More]

Pellets News
Mar 7, 2022
Drax has stopped sourcing biomass from Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The company said it has ceased the supply of a “very small percentage” of Russian biomass used at its power station in Yorkshire and is working with its suppliers and customers to identify any further links to Russia. Drax also announced it is donating £280,000 (€339,000)... [Read More]

Biomass News
Mar 4, 2022
Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah, US, are utilising dead trees from wildfires as biomass suitable for power plants. Wildfires are becoming more prevalent in the Western US. One contributing factor to these fires is bark beetles – small beetles that burrow and reproduce under the bark of trees and eventually cause the tree to decay and die, if... [Read More]

Pellets News
Mar 2, 2022
Last year, Enviva expanded wood pellet production capacity by 17% to 6.2 million MTPY, the company announced in its full-year and fourth-quarter 2021 results. Enviva also announced plans to accelerate the construction of a third pellet plant and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to supply pellets to facilities across the UK and Europe. The MOU was signed... [Read More]

Biomass News
Mar 1, 2022
Solvay, a global leader in materials, solutions and chemicals, is adapting one of its existing boilers to increase its co-combustion rate with biomass. The boiler is located at Solvay’s largest European soda ash (sodium carbonate) plant in Devnya, Bulgaria. By powering the boiler with 30% biomass, the CO2 emissions related to energy production activities will be reduced... [Read More]

Biomass News
Feb 28, 2022
Ørsted has stopped sourcing biomass and coal for its power stations from Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine. Ørsted said it finds the situation “deeply disturbing” and that the Russian aggression goes against everything the company stands for. Regarding gas from Gazprom that is supplied to Denmark, Ørsted said it recommends a clear and coordinated... [Read More]

Pellets News
Feb 25, 2022
Origin Materials and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards have announced a major new facility to process wood residues into hydrothermal carbon for fuel pellets, and PET products. Subject to the finalisation of economic incentives, Origin has selected a site in Geismar, Louisiana, for the construction of its first world-scale manufacturing facility – Origin 2. Origin’s... [Read More]

Biomass News
Feb 25, 2022
Canfor Corporation has shared plans to sell its forest tenure in the Mackenzie region of British Columbia (BC). Canfor, a global leader in producing sustainable wood building solutions, has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with McLeod Lake Indian Band and Tsay Keh Dene Nation to sell its forest tenure, and a separate agreement with Peak Renewables to sell its Mackenzie... [Read More]

Pellets News
Feb 24, 2022
Drax Group said 2021 was a “transformational year” for the company in its full-year financial results. The organisation reported adjusted EBITDA of £398 million (€477 million), compared to £412 million (€493 million) in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was £378 million (€453 million), up from £366 million (€438 million) in 2020. Pre-tax... [Read More]

Biomass News
Feb 23, 2022
High winds have severely damaged a Canadian biomass power plant, causing it to shut down. The Nova Scotia facility, owned by Emera Energy, will be out “for the foreseeable future”, according to reports. The site generates energy using a 30 MW steam turbine powered by biomass. Emera Energy’s spokesperson Dina Bartolacci Seely confirmed to CBC News that high... [Read More]

Biomass News
Feb 23, 2022
The first-ever biocoal trial to be undertaken on a standard gauge steam locomotive has been completed on a railway in West Yorkshire, UK. On 14 February, the 2-6-0 locomotive was fired using a batch of Homefire Ecoal developed by CPL Industries, which uses a blend of biomass. The trial took place on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and has been hailed a ‘milestone’... [Read More]


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