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Japan's Omaezakikou Biomass Power Plant Const. Underway (Int'l.)
RENOVA
Date: 2021-04-09
In Japan, Omaezakikou Biomass Energy GK, manager of the woody biomass power specialist RENOVA-led 74.95 MW Omaezakikou Biomass power generation project in Shizuoka Prefecture, reports plant construction is underway for an expected startup in July, 2023.

Aside from Omaezakikou Biomass, RENOVA's biomass power portfolio includes the fully operational Akita Biomass power generation facility and the Kanda and Tokushima Tsuda Biomass power generation facilities, which are under construction. (Source: RENOVA, REM, 6 Apr, 2021) Contact: Omaezakikou Biomass Energy, www.renovainc.com/en/business/power_plant/omaezaki_kou_biomass; RENOVA, www.renova.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  RENOVA,  


DRAX Pinnacle Renewable Energy Acquisition Advances (M&A, Int'l.)
DRAX, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-03-17
Further to our 8 Feb., coverage, UK, Yorkshire-based power station operator Drax Group reports its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary Drax Canadian Holdings' previously announced acquisition of Vancouver, British Columbia-based wood pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy is moving forward.

The deal, which is subject to shareholder approvals, is expected to add 2.9 million tpy of biomass power production capacity to DRAX group and significantly reduce its average cost of production. (Source: DRAX, PR, Website, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Duncan Davies, CEO, 604.270.9613, 604.270.9914--fax, www.pinnaclepellet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Pinnacle Renewable Energy,  


DRAX Advancing Planned Bioenergy CCS Project (Int'l. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2021-03-03
In the UK, Yorkshire-based woody biomass power producer DRAX Group reports it plans to used bioenergy with carbon capture and ctorage (BECCS) to remove millions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and create a negative carbon footprint for the company.

The planned project is subject to its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) -- a process which takes around two years to complete. If approved construction on the first of two 8 million tpy BECCS units could get underway in 2024.

As we reopoert in Dec. 2020, an Imperial College London report for DRAX Electric Insights found the UK's electricity grid has decarbonised faster than other countries in the last decade and that renewable power has grown six-fold in the last 10 years, helping the UK cut its carbon intensity by 58 pct -- double the reduction seen in other major economies over the 2010-2120 period. The report also noted coal-fired power generation dropped from 30 pct to just 2 pct with renewables rising simultaneously from 8 pct to supplying 42 pct of the UK's electricity over the last decade.

The shift to renewables means individual UK households have cut reduced their CO2 emissions by .75 tpy, according to the report. (Source: DRAX, PR, Yorkshire Post, Mar., 2021) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Bioenergy,  CCS,  BECCS,  


Renova Ups Stake in Japanese Biomass Power Plant (Int'l. Report)
Renova,Kanda Biomass Energy, Veolia
Date: 2021-02-15
In Japan, renewable power producer Renova Inc reports it will act on its option to acquire a 10 pct stake in Kanda Biomass Energy's 75-MW Kanda Biomass power plant project in Fukuoka prefecture.

When operational this June, the plant will burn wood pellets, palm kernel shells and domestic woodchips to produce around 500,000 MWh per year.

Kanda Biomass Energy KK is a "special purpose vehicle" held by Veolia Japan KK, part of French group Veolia Environnement SA. (Source: Renova, 14 Feb, 2021) Contact: Renova Inc., www.renovainc.com; Veolia, www.veolia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova,  Kanda Biomass Energy,  Veolia,  


Pinnacle Announces Mitsubishi Contract Extension (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-01-11
British Columbia-based wood pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy is reporting an extension of a long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Japan-headquartered Mitsubishi Corporation Ltd. Under the terms of the extension, Pinnacle will supply 80,000 to 90,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to Mitsubishi beginning in Q1 2023. The industrial wood pellets will be used by a biomass power generation plant in Japan.

Wood pellet usage in Japan has continued to grow alongside the build-out of biomass generating capacity there, providing Pinnacle with a geographically advantaged opportunity to continue expanding in this market, according to the release. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Website, PR, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Duncan Davies, CEO, 604.270.9613, 604.270.9914--fax, www.pinnaclepellet.com; Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Energy,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Power,  Mitsubishi Corp,  


Japanese Woody Biomass Power Plant Plans 2022 Start-up (Int'l.)
Idemitsu
Date: 2020-12-02
Tokyo-headquartered oil refiner Idemitsu reports plans to begin commercial operations of a 50MW biomass power generation plant at its Tokuyama petrochemical complex in western Japan's Yamaguchi prefecture in December 2022.

The plant will initially use roughly 230,000 tpy of imported wood pellets and palm kernel shells to produce around 360GWh/yr of electricity, which will be sold under the country's feed-in-tariff scheme to meet demand of around 100,000 households. The company plans to eventually shift the fuel to domestically-supplied woody biomass, such as thinned and waste wood.

Idemitsu currently participates in small-scale woody biomass power ventures, including the 6.25MW Tosa and 7.34MW Fukui projects, and is developing technology to produce black pellets from sorghum. (Source: Idemitsu, PR, Argus, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: Idemitsu, ,www.idemitsu.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Sorghum,  Biomass Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  


First Samoan Biomass Power Plant Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Samoa
Date: 2020-11-16
In Apia, the Samoan government is reporting the startup of the $11.3 million Tala Afolau Biomass Gasification Power Plant. The first of its kind in the Samoan region, the facility will use weeds and invasive species like tamaligi, puluvao, coconut logs, husks and coconut shells to generate 5 million kWh of electricity -- sufficient power for up to 5,000 families, as well as save the country up to 1.2 million lpy of diesel fuel and eliminate an estimated 3.7 tpy of CO2 associated with diesel power generation.

The biomass gasification power plant began construction in February 2019 and was completed and grid connected in April 2020. The biomass project is part of Samoa's Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power Systems project and was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) via the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union and the German Government's Agency of International Cooperation (EU-GIZ ASCE). (Source: Government of Samoa, PR, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: UNDP Multi Country Office, +685 23670, laufaleaina.lesa@undp.org, www.ws.undp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


Renova Developing 75 MW Japanese Biomass Plant (Int'l. Report)
Renova
Date: 2020-10-28
Renewable energy and biomass power developer Renova Inc reports it has made a final investment decision and will proceed with the 75-MW Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

The Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project will utilise wood pellets and palm kernel shells to generate roughly 553,300 MWh annually -- sufficient power for 170,000 households.

Sumitomo Forestry, United Purpose Management, Mizuho Leasing, and Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure are participating in the project which is slated to break ground in Feb, 2021 for completion and startup in Nov., 2023. (Source: Renova,Website PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Renova Inc., www.renovainc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova ,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Netherlands Plans Woody Biomass Subsidies Phase Out (Int'l. Report)
Netherlands
Date: 2020-10-21
At the Hague, the Netherlands government is reportedly planning to phase out subsidies for woody biomass power stations, subject to the availability of affordable and environmentally suitable alternative fuel sources. To that end, the government has asked the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) for its recommendations.

Under the present subsidies program, 628 Netherland biomass installations will receive roughly €11.4bn in subsidies over the next few years.

The PBL previously noted the use of biomass may be unavoidable if the Netherlands is to meet the EU targets on energy neutrality, adding that without using biomass the Netherlands will have to increase solar and wind energy installations at a faster rate than presently underway.

The government's advisory body SER has also recommended that subsidies for biomass power be phased out. Despite the subsidy decision, the government said it "remains convinced that the use of biomass is necessary in the transition to a climate neutral and circular economy by 2030 and 2050." (Source: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, DutchNews.nl, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, www.pbl.nl

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass Subsidies,  


Japanese Woody Biomass Plant Plan Announced (Int'l. Report)
Marubeni, Chubu Electric
Date: 2020-09-30
In Japan, Marubeni Corporation and Chubu Electric Power are reporting establishment of Gifu Seino Green Power (GSGP), a special-purpose company to develop a wood-based biomass power plant in Godo Town in Japan's Gifu Prefecture.

The 7,500 kW project has a loan agreement with Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank and Juroku Bank and is slated to begin operations in March 2023. (Source: Marubeni Corporation, Chubu Electric Power, PR, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: Marubeni Corporation, www.marubeni.com; Chubu Electric Power, www.chuden.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Marubeni,  Chubu Electric,  


Reed Biomass Power Plant Planned in Kazakhstan (Int'l. Report)
Kazakh Invest
Date: 2020-09-02
A new investment project supported by In Kazakhstan, the national investment company Kazakh Invest reports it is supporting KAMYSAY ATYRAU LLP plans to construct a reed-burning biomass power plant and biochar production facility in Atyrau. The project will be "eco-friendly" and the biomass fuel will be processed without chemicals or other harmful additives.

The roughly €1 million project -- the first in Central Asia to replace fossil fuels with biofuels on an industrial scale -- "will meet the needs of the local market for 'green' thermal and electric energy in remote communities, greenhouses, schools, hospitals and industrial facilities presently using fossil fuels. As a result, the volume of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere will be significantly reduced." Additionally, the plant hopes to export over 200,000 tpy of biochar to European markets, according to a release.

Kazakh Invest is seeking project funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank (WB) and the Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK). (Source: Kazakh Invest, Website News, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: Kazakh Invest, +7 7172 620 620 www.invest.gov.kz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biochar,  


EASAC Calls for Biomass Emissions, EU ETS Review (Int'l. Report)
EASAC, Biomass
Date: 2020-08-26
In Germany, the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) is reportedly calling for EU legislators to introduce a new requirement that net carbon emissions from "biomass power stations be properly accounted for and declared under the Emissions Trading System (ETS)."

The European Commission is presently reforming the rules on monitoring and reporting for the ETS the period 2021-2030. The draft regulation requires that biomass complies with the Renewable Energy Directive Sustainability criteria to be considered carbon neutral. This is a critical point to ensure that biomass comes from sustainable managed forests, that it does not lead to a decrease to the forest carbon stock, and it doesn't damage biodiversity or soil and water quality.

The current EU ETS only accounts for smokestack emissions and rates the carbon emissions of biomass burning at zero. However, EASAC said in a statement that it "should not be possible to just assume that millions of tons of carbon coming out of a power station stack are 'zero'. The ETS should be reformed to link accounting to the real effects on CO2 levels in the atmosphere. This will require calculating the 'carbon payback period' for each biomass facility and its supply chain. Regulators need to know how long it will take until the initial perverse effects of biomass on climate are overcome and net reductions in atmospheric CO2 concentrations achieved', according to the release.

"The European Commission, in its recent biodiversity strategy, has recognised that sustainable bioenergy is a win-win solution for energy generation and a key tool to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. EU member states, as shown in their national energy and climate plans, rely on efficient and sustainable bioenergy to decarbonise their energy mix," the release added. (Source: EASAC, Website, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: EASAC, Professor Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director, info@easac.eu, +32 2550 2332 www.easac.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS news,  Biomass news,  Biomass Emissions news,  


Big Island Hawaiian Biomass Plant Future Still Unsettled (Ind. Report)
Honua Ola Bioenergy
Date: 2020-07-20
In the Aloha State, Honua Ola Bioenergy reports it's almost completed 21.5-MW eucalyptus chip-burning biomass power plant in the Big Island community of Pepe'ekeo is likely to request the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reconsider a July 10 order that nixed a waiver of the competitive bidding process for a power purchase agreement between the project and Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO).

In a statement, Honua Ola said it appeared the PUC "opted to contravene the Supreme Court's instructions to hold a hearing and to consider Honua Ola's evidence on the reduction of (greenhouse gas emissions)." According to the company, studies show the project is carbon neutral.

Once operational, the plant will use state-of-the-art technology to generate 21.5 MW of renewable power fueled by organic material from sustainably grown, on-island feed stock from managed forests, according to the company website. (Source: Honua Ola Bioenergy, Hawaii Tribune Herald, 19 July 2020) Contact: Honua Ola Bioenergy, Warren Lee, Pres., (808) 964-1101, www.honuaolabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Honua Ola Bioenergy,  Biomass ,  


Woody Biomass Power Plant Planned for Offaly, UK (Int'l. Report)
Newleaf Energy
Date: 2020-05-29
Monkseaton, Whitney Bay, UK-based Newleaf Energy Ltd., reports it plans to construct a massive Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generating Biomass Gasification Plant with integrated Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCUS) technology on a 2.45-hectare site at Coolcor in Offaly.

The proposed development will include: biomass feedstock reception and storage bunkers; offices; gasification control building gasification plant to convert biomass into syngas to RNG; RNG filling area; two bundled thermal energy storage tanks; CHP gas engines; and other related facilities. (Source: Newleaf Energy Limited, Offaly Express, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Newleaf Energy Limited, +44 191 252 9960

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


Greenalia Commissions Spanish Woody Biomass Power Plant (Int'l.)
Greenalia
Date: 2020-03-20
On the Iberian Peninsula, Coruna-based Spanish electric power producer and supplier Greenalia is reporting the opening of its $135 million woody biomass plant which it touts as "the most technologically advanced plant in Spain."

The facility will use locally sourced forestry waste to supply sufficient energy for roughly 250,000 homes and prevent over 393,000 tpy of CO2 emissions when fully operational in 2021. (Source: Greenalia, Various Industry Media, Mar.,2020) Contact: Greenalia, Manuel Garcia, CEO (+34) 902 905 910, info@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenalia,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Cellulosic Biofuel Significantly Mitigate Climate Change (Int'l Study)
Biomass. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Date: 2020-03-11
A recent long-term field study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Michigan State University (MSU) has found cellulosic biofuels derived from switchgrass, giant miscanthus, poplar trees, maize residuals, restored native prairie, and a combination of grasses and vegetation that grows spontaneously following field abandonment, could significantly mitigate global warming by reducing carbon emissions.

The study found when compared with petroleum only emissions, cellulosic ethanol was "78--290 better in reducing carbon emissions; ethanol was 204--416 pct improved, biomass powered electric vehicles powered by biomass was 74--303 pct cleaner and biomass-powered electric vehicles combined with CSS was 329--558 pct superior." The research will next assess other environmental and economic aspects of bioenergy crops.

The study was conducted at Michigan State University's (MSU) Kellogg Biological Station and the University of Wisconsin's Arlington Research Station which is part of the U.S. DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Financial support was provided by the U.S. DOE Office of Science, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. National Science Foundation and Michigan State University AgBioResearch. (Source: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, PR, EurekaAlerts, 9 Mar.,2020) Contact: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. (212) 302-6443, info@aabgu.org, www.aabgu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethnol,  Biomass ,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


Puget Sound Energy Inks Woody Biomass Energy PPA (Ind. Report)
Puget Sound Energy,Sierra Pacific Industries
Date: 2020-03-11
Belleview, Washington-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reports it will purchase 17 MW of waste-wood, woody biomass energy from Redding, California-based Sierra Pacific Industries' co-generation plant at its lumber mill in Skagit County, Washington. The 17-year PPA with SPI starts in 2021. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, Bioenergy, Mar.,2020) Contact: Puget Sound Energy, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com; Sierra Pacific Industries, David Mills, VP Strategy, (530) 378-8000, www.spi-ind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Power,  


Valmet Supplying Flue Gas Unit to Helsinki Woody Biomass Power Plant (Int'l. Report)
Valmet
Date: 2020-02-19
In Finland, Espoo-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a flue gas condensing plant and condensate treatment equipment, including a boiler make-up water production system to the city-owner central heating and power utility Helen Ltd's Vuosaari C woody biomass powered heating plant in Helsinki.

The new bioenergy heating plant will feature very high energy efficiency, as the heat from flue gases will be recovered to increase district heat production by 69 MW, according to the Valmet release. Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and bioenergy industries, according to its website. (Source: Valmet Oyi , PR, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: Valmet, Risto Hamalainen, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, +358 4 0 505 2001, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Helen Ltd, +358 9 6171, www.helen.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Helen Ltd,  Valmet,  Bioenergy,  


Czech Firm Invests €80Mn in Woody Biomass Plants (Int'l. Report)
GEEN Holding
Date: 2020-02-03
In the Czech Republic, Prague-headquartered GEEN Holding reports it will soon break ground on its third woody biomass power plant in Gospic, Croatia. The plant is expected to be fully operational and grid connected by mid 2021.

In Decemeber 2019, GEEN announced it had three waste wood biomass-fired power plant in operation at a total cost of €80 million. was built.

GEEN Holding a.s. is an energy, engineering and investment group which was formed by 31 companies. GEEN has six operating hydro, 10 photovoltaic power plants and e woody biomass plants in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, according to its website. (Source: GEEN Holding, Total Croatia News, 31 Jan., 2020) Contact: GEEN Holding, +420 511 111 950, geen@geen.eu, www.geen.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


NRDC Questions EU Biomass Power Generation Subsidies (Int'l.)
National Resources Defense Council
Date: 2019-11-13
Burnout: EU Clean Energy Subsidies Lead to Forest Destruction, a new report from the not-for-profit National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) highlights the environmental impact of the practice of burning biomass as fuel.

For the purpose of allocating energy subsidies, the EU defines biomass as a clean energy source; however, the process of burning wood for electric power production both releases high levels of carbon emissions and contributes to the destruction of forest ecosystems. As forests act as a "carbon sink", absorbing CO2 which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

The report, which is based on research provided by economic policy consultancy Trinomics, covers biomass subsidies in 15 EU Member States between 2105 and 2018. Overall in 2017, the 15 Member States assessed for the report spent a total of €6.6 billion in direct subsidies for energy production using biomass. The report identifies Denmark as the highest subsidiser of biomass energy per capita followed by the UK and Germany. their renewable energy subsidies on biomass production.

According to the Burnout: EU Clean Energy Subsidies Lead to Forest Destruction report, "Burning trees for electricity is not renewable and not a viable climate solution. Critically, no EU Member State has formally ruled out burning forest biomass for electricity in the future. That can and should change before we (NRDC) publish our next assessment. In the coming years, we hope and expect that in EU countries where massive biomass industry subsidies have become entrenched, policymakers will redirect this financial support toward genuinely zero-emitting and renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Countries considering new policies and incentives to replace aging fossil fuel-based energy infrastructure, both inside and outside the European Union, must rule out incentives for burning forest biomass instead of or alongside coal." (Source: NRDC, Gov. Europa, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: NRDC, Kit Kennedy, Snr. Dir. Climate and Clean Energy Programme, 212.727.2700, nrdcinfo@nrdc.org, www.nrdc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Resources Defense Council ,  NRDC,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


WA State Woody Biomass Power Projects Funded (Funding Report)
San Juan Islands Conservation District
Date: 2019-11-13
San Juan Islands Conservation District in Washington State is reporting receipt of $181,882 in grant matching funding from the Washington Department of Commerce Forest Products Financial Assistance Program for wood energy projects. On Nov. 5, the agency funded four proposed projects that provide heat, power, engineered fuel products and/or significant energy efficiency improvements.

This proposal includes a technology assessment, site analysis and conceptual design of an advanced wood energy microgrid gasifier system to generate heat and power for community facilities on Orcas.

The Forest Products Financial Assistance Program emphasizes projects that use woody biomass from forestry management activities and wood products manufacturing. to develop appropriate energy and biochar technologies to process woody biomass. Under the program, energy produced by a funded biomass plant would be around 2.6 million kilowatt-hours per year. . (Source: San Juan Islands Conservation District, Islands Weekly, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: San Juan Islands Conservation District, www.sanjuanislandscd.org; Washington Department of Commerce Forest Products Financial Assistance Program, www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/forest-products-financial-assistance

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


SaskPower, First Nations Plan Woody Biomass Plant (Ind. Report)
Saskpower
Date: 2019-10-30
On the Canadian prairies, Discover Moose Jaw is reporting SaskPower and the Meadow Lake Tribal Council have signed a PPA for up to 8 MW of biomass power from the Flying Dust First Nations-owned Meadow Lake Tribal Council Bioenergy Centre. The Center will generate power from locally sourced forest residues, woody biomass and sawmill residuals.

The plant is expected to generate sufficient electricity to power more than 5,000 homes and to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by more than one million tonnes over 25 years. A plant construction and startup date has not been set. begin. (Source: DiscoverMooseJaw.com, 27 Oct., 2019) Contact: Meadow Lake Tribal Council, www.mltc.net; SaskPower, Mike Marsh, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saskpower,  Woody Biomass,  


US Wood Pellet Shipments to Netherlands €11.4Bn Subsidized (Int'l)
Woody Biomass,Wood Pellet,Enviv,RWE
Date: 2019-10-28
Electricity power producer RWE and others will reportedly import thousands of tonnes of wood pellets from the US next year to burn in Dutch biomass power plants, with the help of a reported €11.4 billion of government subsidy. In total, 628 biomass installations in the Netherlands will receive subsidies, of which €2.6 billion is going to the RWE power plants in Geertruidenberg and Eemshaven, the paper said.

One US wood pellet producer -- Enviva in North Carolina -- has a contract to ship at least 200,000 tpy of wood pellets to RWE between 2020 and 2024. As previously noted, the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) warns governments should stop subsidizing biomass power plants because it is unsustainable. In addition, "burning wood does not produce very much energy and the net amount of CO2 which is released is greater than when burning coal or gas," the researchers said. It also noted that CO2 released by burning the wood pellets in the Netherlands is registered to the US which is a misleading "book-keeping trick imperiling the climate," according to the Dogwood Alliance. (Source: DutchNews.nl, 28 Oct., 2019) European Academies Science Advisory Council, www.easac.eu; Enviva Holdings LP, Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP and CSO, www.envivabiomass.com; RWE, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  RWE,  


Univ. of BC Expanding Woody Biomass Power Plant (Ind. Report)
University of British Columbia
Date: 2019-08-21
The University of British Columbia (UBC) reports it will invest $20.4 million to expand its 2012 vintage wood waste-to-energy power plant. The expansion will include installation of a new boiler and increasing the plant's capacity to generate 70 pct of the hot water needed in the university's district energy system and cutting its CO2 emissions by 14,500 tpy. The project, with $7.6 million in Canadian government support, is slated to be completed in 2020.

UBC constructed its initial biomass-fueled research and demonstration facility in 2012 in partnership with Vancouver-based bioenergy firm Nexterra Systems and General Electric. (Source: Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver Sun Aug., 2019) Contact: UBC, David Woodson, Dir. Energy Services, (604) 822-2211, www.ubc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Power,  Woody Biomass,  


Turkey Litter, Biomass Power Plant Bites the Dust (Ind. Report)
Fibrominn,Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-08-16
Following up on our 21st February, 2018 coverage, Fibrominn's 2007 vintage 55 MW biomass plant in Benson, Minnesota, the country's first turkey manure and wood chips fired power plant, has been demolished by Xcel Energy to make way for a third-party proposed new dairy manure biogas facility. The plant had reportedly become too cost inefficient to continue running. Xcel acquired the plant for $24.5 million in 2017.

The city of Benson is purchasing the site and reportedly has a letter of intent from a Californian company interested in constructing dairy manure biogas facility. (Source: West Central Trib., Aug., 2019) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Turkey Litter,  Fibrominn,  Biogas ,  


Pinnacle Inks Japanese, Korean Biomass Pellet Deals (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-15
Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc is reporting a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with Mitsubishi Corporation, a global integrated business enterprise in Japan and with GS Global Corporation, a biomass power producer in that country.

Under the terms of the Mitsubishi contract, Pinnacle will supply 110,000 to 120,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets beginning in 2021. For the Sout hKorean contract, Pinnacle will supply 100,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to GS beginning in 2022.

Pinnacle Renewable Energy is a rapidly growing industrial wood pellet manufacturer. The company produces sustainable fuel for renewable electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets, according to the company. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, PR, Lesprom Network, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Energy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Vidul Woody Biomass Power Plant Commissioned in Sri Lanka (Int'l)
Vidullanka PLC
Date: 2019-06-05
In Sri Lanka, Vidullanka PLC is reporting the commissioning and grid connection of its 3.3MW Dehiattakandiya Dendro power plant through its joint venture company, Vidul Biomass (Pvt.) Ltd. The facility will use only locally sourced , fast growing gliricidia -- aka "qickstick" -- as a feedstock.

The project is a Rs.1.45 billion investment jointly undertaken by Vidullanka and OC Energy Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Japanese construction giant, Obayashi Corporation. The investment in Vidul Biomass (Pvt.) Limited is the first of its kind for the Japanese conglomerate in Sri Lanka. The power plant is expected to supply 22 GWh of annual energy to the national grid. (Source: Vidullanka PLC, Daily Mirror, 4 June, 2019) Contact: Vidullanka PLC , Chamil Silva, CEO, + 94 11 4760000 + 94 11 4760076, info@vidullanka.com, www.vidullanka.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Energy,  


Hawaii's Hu Honua Biomass Plant Being Reviewed (Ind. Report)
Hu Honua Bioenergy
Date: 2019-05-13
In the Aloha State, Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC reports its 30-MW biomass power plant which is presently under construction at Pepeekeo, on the Big Island, has been dealt a setback by the Hawaiian Supreme Court and is now back in the hands of the state PUC.

The problem stems from an "unauthorized discharge of industrial wastewater" in November, 2018. If constructed, the planned facility would generate as much as 14 pct of the Big Island's power needs. The plant's future is now back in the hands of the PUC. (Source: Hawaii News Now, 10 Mat, 2019) Contact: Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC, Warren Lee, Pres., (808) 964-1101, www.huhonua.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hu Honua Bioenergy ,  


Straw-Fired Biomass Power Plant Slated for Ukraine (Int'l. Report)
Burmeister & Wain
Date: 2019-05-10
Interfax reports Danish technology provider Burmeister & Wain is developing a 130 MW straw-buring power plant in the Khmelnytsky region of the Ukraine. The plant will use approximately 270,000 metric tpy of baled straw from various sources as feedstock. Burmeister & Wain will design and supply the equipment for the facility. A project completion and startup date has not been announced.

Burmeister & Wain (BWSC) is a project developer, turnkey EPC contractor and O&M provider of tailor-made fossil-fueled and renewable energy power plants. The company provides in-depth support and financial stability during the project development stage, extensive turnkey power plant design and build experience during the construction phase, and operational expertise in future operation and maintenance.(Source: Burmeister & Wain, Interfax, Biofuels Digest, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Burmeister & Wain, +45 48 14 00 22, +45 48 14 01 50 - fax., bwsc@bwsc.dk, www.bwsc.com

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Andritz Supplies Boiler to 75 MW Japanese Biomass Power Plant (Int'l)
Andritz
Date: 2019-05-10
Austrian international technology group Andritz reports receipt of an order from Hitachi Zosen Corp., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system for a new Tokushima Tsuda Biomass Power Plant in Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island, southwest of Tokyo.

The PowerFluid boiler to be supplied by Andritz features lowest emissions, high efficiency and availability, as well as highest fuel flexibility. It forms an essential part of a high-efficiency biomass power plant for supply of green energy to the national grid.

The biomass power plant, which will be fired with wood pellets and palm kernel shells, will generate around 74.8 MWel of power when it comes online in early 2023. (Source: Andritz, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, oliver.pokorny@andritz.com, www.andritz.com

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Ending Woody Biomass Power Gen. Subsidies Urged in UK (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2019-05-03
In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and other environmental groups are calling for an end to the government's multi-billion pound subsidy programme for wood-fired electric power generation on the grounds that woody biomass does not fit the government's net-zero GHG by 2050 plan.

Environmental groups, including to Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance, and the Southern Environmental Law Center, have noted that relying on woody biomass with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve climate targets is "misguided" and will prove overly expensive. Biomass power generation reached a record 35.6 TWh in 2018, up by 12 pct year-on-year, according to government statistics.

The environmental organizations say the UK should rely on genuinely zero-emission renewables like wind, wave, and solar power, energy efficiency and conservation, and smart resources like energy storage, rather than woody biomass power generation. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Renewables,May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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U.Maine Advances Honeywell Renewable Energy Project (Ind Report)
University of Maine,Honeywell
Date: 2019-04-08
Following up on our 22 May, 2018 report, the University of Maine System trustees are reporting the authorization of up to $5.7 million to advance negotiations with Honeywell International for a long-term energy contract worth up to $165 million to shift the University of Maine systems Orono campus from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources including biomass.

The newly approved funds begin the second phase of negotiations, providing Honeywell up to $4.2 million to solidify the design and provide more precise information on the project scope and financials. The other $1.5 million is for the university to hire experts for its own work on the project. Once the second phase is completed, Honeywell will provide "a firm fixed price" for the Board's approval.

The energy system conversion is being driven in part by University of Maine's goal of virtually eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Honeywell says its project will achieve 85 percent of that goal. The university presently spends $10 million +- per year on electricity and heat. That expense could be cut to $4.3 million with a proposed new biomass power plant and solar array.

The proposed on campus 6-MW central heating and power plant would burn approximately 70,000 tpy of wood chips from sustainably harvested local timber. The CHP plant would use natural gas and oil or liquid biofuels as backups for its boilers, as well as the 40MW solar array. A similar but smaller biomass facility at the University of Maine at Farmington campus burns 4,000 tpy of locally harvested hardwood chips, and replaced nearly 400,000 gallons of oil. (Source: University of Maine, Portland Press Herald, 5 April, 2019) Contact: University of Maine Orono, https://umaine.edu; Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

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Cheshire UK 21.5MW Biomass Plant Begins Operations (Int'l. Report)
Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
Date: 2019-03-27
In the UK, the Reading-based Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) reports its new 21.5MW , Ince Bio Power biomass power station in Cheshire has completed testing and is now in production. The plant uses advanced thermal treatment to produce a combustible gas by heating waste wood in a near oxygen-free environment. This gas is then burnt to generate electricity. The power station will process up to 170,000 tpy of waste wood and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65,000 tpy.

BIG presently operates multiple biomass and energy-from-waste plants in the UK and has several more under development or construction, according to the company. (Source: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Utility Week, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Neil Bennett, CEO, +44 118 929 8350, bioenergyinfrastructure.co.uk

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Templeborough Biomass Power Plant Begins Operation in UK (Int'l)
Copenhagen Infrastructure II
Date: 2019-03-06
Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II), a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is reporting its 42-MW, Templeborough woody biomass power facility in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, has begun commercial scale operations. The facility operates under the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) regime for power, producing renewable power with locally sourced waste wood as fuel.

Babcock & Wilcox Volund and Interserve served as the EPC contractors for the $210.7 million project, while Babcock & Wilcox Vølund is expected to continue as the O&M contractor. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure, Compelo Energy Mar., 2019)Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

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Valmet Renews Croatian Woody Biomass Plant O&M Agreement (Int'l)
Valmet
Date: 2019-02-25
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Corp and Uni Viridas are reporting the signing of a ten-year operation and maintenance agreement for the biomass power plant in Babina Greda, Croatia. The companies began working together in 2011, and in 2015 Valmet began to operate and maintain the biomass power plant on behalf of the customer. Valmet and Uni Viridas will continue their cooperation and maximize the plant's performance until 2029.

The biomass power plant, delivered by Valmet, is a fluidized bed boiler -- BiowerPower 8 -- plant with an electrical output of up to 10 MWel and a heat output of up to 16 MWth. The fuel utilized is forest wood and wood chips.

Uni Viridas d.o.o. is a special-purpose entity of Unit Investment N.V. in Croatia. Unit Investment has the vision of increasing efficiency in primary material use, respecting the environment, creating employment, raising social awareness, and hence, contributing to economies. (Source: Valmet, PR, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Valmet, +46 70 610 5727, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal

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GTI Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes Study Released (Report Attached)
GTI
Date: 2019-02-15
The Des Plaines, Illinois-headquartered Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has released a site-specific engineering design titled Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes, a blueprint for converting an existing biomass facility into an RNG production site, using the wood waste feedstock.

New RNG production facilities using the commercial technologies outlined in the analysis could reduce criteria pollutants by approximately 99 pct compared to existing operational biomass power plants and produce a very low carbon fuel in the base case and below zero in the case including carbon sequestration technologies, according to the study.

The engineering design illustrated in the report was performed by GTI, Black & Veatch, Andritz, and Haldor Topsoe. The engineering design study was funded by California Air Resources Board (CARB), PG&E, SoCalGas, Northwest Natural and SMUD.

Download Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes report HERE. (Source: GTI, Feb., Green Car Congress, 15 Feb., 2019) Contact: GTI, Vann Bush, VP Technology Technology Development and Commercialization, (847)768-0500, www.gastechnology.org

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Toshiba Advancing 44-MW Japanese Biomass Project (Int'l Report)
Toshiba
Date: 2019-01-21
Following up on our 28th November coverage, Tokyo-headquartered Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp reports its subsidiary Sigma Power Ariake Corp. has inked an agreement to construct two, 22-MW biomass power facilities at Shinkomachi and Nishiminatomachi in the city of Omuta, Fukuoka prefecture.

The two biomass projects are expected to come in at approximately ¥20 billion ($176.1 million) and come online in the spring of 2022. The plant will be operated by Sigma Power Ariake Corp. (Source: Toshiba Corp., PR, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Toshiba Corp., www.toshiba.co.jp

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Coal-Biomass Excluded from Japanese FiT Scheme (Int'l Report)
Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry
Date: 2019-01-11
In Tokyo, the Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry (Meti) reports it plans to exclude a new biomass- and coal-fired power generation project from its feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme from the April 2019-March 2020 fiscal year.

The exclusion is in response to a recent Meti study finding that overall costs to maintain a co-fired power plant are lower compared with a dedicated biomass power plant that uses woody biomass, liquid biomass or construction waste. Biomass such as pruned branches, wood shavings, paper, food debris, waste cooking oil and black liquor will be excluded from the FiT scheme from 2021-22 for co-firing with coal.

The decision, if approved by the government, will be applied to the country's biomass power tender for 2019-20, which will exclude projects co-fired with coal. (Source: Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, LinkedIn, Argus, Jan., 2019) Contact: Japan Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry , www.meti.go.jp/english

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£702Mn DRAX Acquisition Increases Biomass Power Capacity (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2019-01-02
In the UK, Drax Power Station, near Selby, in North Yorkshire, is reporting the completion of its £702 million acquisition of Spanish firm Iberdrola's low-carbon and renewable assets - including hydroelectric and biomass plants in Scotland and combined cycle gas turbine stations in England .

The new power station acquisitions will increase DRAX's electric power generation capacity by 60 pct and add 2.6GW of generation.

DRAX, the UK's largest renewable energy generator, operates biomass units at its site near Selby, following a decade-long conversion of two-thirds of the plant from coal fired to more sustainable biomass. (Source: DRAX, PR, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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DRAX Woody Biomass Power Plant CCS Pilot Underway (Int'l. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2018-11-28
Further to our August 20th coverage, in the UK DRAX Energy reports it has begun work on a pilot project to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions at its biomass plant in North Yorkshire. The facility burns woody sawdust pellets to operate the world's first carbon negative power station, according to DRAX.

The UK aims to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct compared with 1990 levels by 2050. (Source: DRAX, Investing.com, 26 Nov., 2018))Contact: DRAX Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

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Toshiba Plans $176Mn Japanese Biomass Power Investment (Int'l)
TOshiba
Date: 2018-11-28
In Tokyo, Toshiba Corp reports it will invest ¥20 billion ($176 million) in a planned biomass power plant to be constructed by Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp's subsidiary Sigma Power Ariake Corp. in the city of Omuta, Fukuoka prefecture.

The plant will be operated by Sigma Power Ariake Corp. Construction is slated to get underway in the autumn of 2019 for commissioning and operation early in 2022, according to a company statement. (Source: Toshiba Corp., PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: Toshiba Corp, www.toshiba.co.jp

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Pakistan, UNIDO Consider Biomass Power Plant Grants (Int'l)
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Date: 2018-11-23
In Karachi, the Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is reportedly seeking proposals for, and considering a program of financial grants to support private sector development of biomass-fired power plants in off-the-grid locations in the country. The grants would support the purchase of equipment and would top out at $40,000 for developing up to 25KW biomass gasification-based power plants.

The grant program is intended to stimulate investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, to promote biomass gasification technology and help reduce carbon emissions.(Source: AEDB, Nov., 2018) Contact: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, www.unido.org; Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, www.aedb.org

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Andritz Scores Japanese Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
Andritz
Date: 2018-11-21
Austrian technology group Andritz AG is reporting receipt of an order from Toyo Engineering Corporation fpr delivery of a fluidized bed boiler for installation at a 50-MW biomass power plant to be constructed for Obayashi Kamisu Biomass Power Generation Corporation in Kamisu, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan.

The woody pellet burning power plant, which is slated for commissioning in 2021, will generate sufficient power for 110,000 households. (Source: Andritz, Renewables 19 Nov., 2018)Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, oliver.pokorny@andritz.com, www.andritz.com

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UK Committee on Climate Change Tables Woody Biomass Report (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-19
W In London, the UK government advisory Committee on Climate Change's recently released Biomass in a Low Carbon Economy report is recommending waste wood biomass should be reused and recycled as an "end-of-life" solution to delay or prevent the release of CO2 back into the atmosphere. The report also calls for the integration of carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology with waste wood burning for energy generation wherever possible.

According to the CCC report, "There is significant potential to increase domestic production of sustainable biomass to meet between 5 pct and 10 pct of energy demand from UK sources by 2050. The lower end of this range can be delivered by fully exploiting the UK's organic waste resource (after reduction, reuse and recycling) whilst maintaining today's level of agricultural and forest residue use." The report also recommends the government "not provide further policy support (beyond current commitments) to large-scale biomass power plants that are not deployed with CCS technology." It also called for the government to limit support for bioenergy use in buildings to biomethane produced from anaerobic digestion, thus creating a demand for UK sourced food and garden waste.

Access the full biomass report HERE. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Nov., 2018) Contact: The Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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UK CCC Recommends CCS-Equipped Bioenergy Plants (Int'l Report)
UK Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-16
In the UK, a newly released study from the government watchdog Committee on Climate Change is predicting bioenergys' contribution to the country's energy mix could meet between 5 and 15 pct of the UK's energy demand and slash the UK's total emissions by 50 MtCO2e/yr by 2050. The report also estimates that as much as 65 megatons of CO2, equivalent to up to around 15 pct of current UK CO2 emissions, could be sequestered through combined biomass and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plants.

Accordingly, the CCC recommends that the BEIS Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department (BEIS) and Treasury create a value for removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it by extending carbon pricing. CCC also recommends that future biomass power plants receive government support only if they incorporate CCS technology. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Utility Weeks, 15 Nov., 2018) Contact: CCC, Chris Stark, CEO, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, communications@theccc.gsi.gov.uk, www.theccc.org.uk

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Cuban Biomass Power Plant Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
Biomass
Date: 2018-10-22
In Havana, Prensa Latin is reporting Havana Energy Biopower S.A. is constructing a biomass powered electric power plant in the agroindustrial complex Ciro Redondo sugar factory of Ciego de Avila province.

The plant is expected to be commissioned in mid-2019 and will generate 60 MW of electricity per day from 1500 tpd of marabou and other invasive plant biomass.

Biopower is a mixed-capital Cuban company, of which HE owns 49 pct with 51 pct held by the Cuban company ZERUS S.A. Biopower plans to construct 5 bioelectrical plants that will generate about 300 MW of power from sugar cane bagasse in the harvest season and marabou chips outside this season. (Source: Biopower S.A., Prensa Latina, 21 Oct., 2018) Contact: Havana Energy, +537 204 7748, Biopower S.A., www.he-limited.com/biopower-sa

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N.H. Legislators Want Biomass Power Included Under RFS (Ind Report)
New Hampshire
Date: 2018-10-10
New Hampshire federal legislators Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D), Maggie Hassan (D) and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Annie Kuster (D) have asked Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to resolve outstanding issues impeding the agency's ability to process biomass and waste-to-energy fuel pathways submitted under the RFS program. Expanding the RFS program to include power from biomass sources will incentivize renewable biomass power generation while simultaneously reducing pollution and GHG emissions, according to the letter.

The letter, dated October 3, notes that EPA issued its proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule in 2016 in an effort to gather additional information about the potential configurations of this new renewable electricity pathway but to date has failed to finalize the REGS rule or issue an approved renewable fuel pathway for biomass, waste-to-energy and other fuel sources.

The letter calls for Wheeler to immediately address all outstanding RIN registration requests and finalize a regulatory structure for biomass and waste-to-energy fuel pathways under the RFS program.

New Hampshire is currently home to There are currently seven biomass power facilities in New Hampshire that are on the verge of closing due to challenging power markets, the letter notes. (Source: Office of Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, www.shaheen.senate.gov

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Osaka Gas Building 5th Japanese Woody Biomass Plant (Int'l. Report)
Osaka Gas
Date: 2018-10-05
Japan Today is reporting that Osaka Gas Co Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiary Gas and Power Co Ltd will construct a 75-MW woody biomass power plant in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The project, Osaka Gas group's fifth biomass power generation project, will burn primarily U.S. produced wood pellets as fuel. (Source : Osaka Gas Co., Japan Today, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Osaka Gas Co., www.osakagas.co.jp/en

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Equis Bioenergy Advancing 50 MW Japanese Biomass Project (Int'l)
Equis Bioenergy
Date: 2018-10-01
Singapore-headquartered biomass project specialist Equis Bioenergy reports it has issued a Notice to Proceed on its 50 MW woody biomass-wood pellet fired biomass power plant in Toyama , approximately 250 km north-west of Tokyo, Japan.

Toyo Engineering will undertake the construction work under a full turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract. Construction is expected to get underway in Q2 2019, and the Project is scheduled to come online in Q3 2021.

The power plant, which will incorporate an Andritz boiler and a Siemens turbine and generator, will sell power to the Hokuriku Electric Power Company under Japan's renewable energy Feed-In-Tariff regime. The plant is expected to generate sufficient power approximately 75,000 households. (Source: Equis Bioenergy, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Equis Bioenergy, www.equisbioenergy.com

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Albioma Completes Martinique Bagasse/Biomass Plant Tests (Int'l.)
Albioma
Date: 2018-10-01
Independent french overseas renewable energy -- biomass and PV -- specialist Albioma reports completion of pre-startup testing and EDF validation of its &euro:210 million, 40 MW biomass power plant in Martinique.

When fully operational, the plant will supply electricity for the island's electricity grid. The plant will burn bagasse, a fibrous residue of sugar cane, and other locally sourced plant biomass and wood residues from sustainably managed forests.

Albioma, which is established in Overseas France, Mauritius and Brazil, has worked for 20 years with the sugar industry to produce renewable energy from sugarcane bagasse. (Source: Albioma, PR, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Albioma, Charlotte Neuvy, +33 (0) 47 76 67 00, www.albioma.com

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