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Pacific BioEnergy Prince George Pellet Plant Closing (Ind. Report)
Pacific BioEnergy,Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2022-01-12
In Canada, Prince George, B.C.-based woody biomass pellet manufacturer Pacific BioEnergy Corporation reports that following an agreement to assign some of its assets -- including long-term wood pellet sales contracts -- to Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., part of the UK-based Drax Group plc the PacBioEenergy pellet plant in Prince George will close permanently at a date to be announced this year. (Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corp., PR, Dec, Jan., 2022) Contact: Pacific Bioenergy Corp, (250) 562-7229, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; 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 Pacific BioEnergy,  Wood Pellet,  DRAX,  Pinnacle Renewable Energy ,  


Albioma Acquires Quebec Woody Biomass Pellet Plant (M&A)
Albioma
Date: 2022-01-03
French independent global renewable energy developer and operator Albioma is reporting acquisition of the La Granaudiere wood pellet production plant in Quebec, Canada. The plant, which has been in bankruptcy receivership and out of service since July 2021, is due to be recommissioned early this year to produce 200,000 tpy of SBP-certified pellets from wood waste or low-grade wood from sustainably managed forests.

The acquisition includes a long-term agreement granting access to a 45,000-tonne pellet storage facility in the Port of Quebec, as well as raw material supply guarantees issued by the Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP). (Source: Albioma, PR, 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: Albioma, www.albioma.com/en

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


Valmet Supplying 6th Biomass CFB Boiler to Japanese Market (Int'l)
Valmet Oyi
Date: 2022-01-03
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a new CFB (circulating fluidized bed) biomass boiler and flue gas cleaning system to Tahara Biomass Power LLC in Tahara, Japan. This is the sixth order for Valmet's CFB boiler to the Japanese market since 2016, according to Valmet.

JFE Engineering Corporation will be the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor for the Tahara Biomass Power Plant. Work is slated to get underway in 2023 for operations in 2025. 2025.

The new CFB boiler will enable the customer's power plant to achieve a stable power supply at high thermal efficiency while significantly reducing CO2 emissions, according to the release. (Source: Valmet, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: JFE Engineering Corporation, www.jfe-eng.co.jp/en; Valmet, +358 4 0505 2001, www.valmet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet Oyi,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Biomass Boiler,  


Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond (Editorials & Asides)
Enviva Biomass, IPCC
Date: 2021-12-31
The attached The Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond article is from wood pellet manufacturer Enviva Biomass, "the world's largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, a renewable alternative to coal:

"Wood-based bioenergy is part of an all-in renewables strategy to reduce carbon emissions and limit dependence on fossil fuels. The world's leading authority on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes bioenergy as a renewable energy source that is critical to our low-carbon future. The IPCC also concludes that sustainable forest management is critical to prevent forest conversion to non-forest uses. We need bioenergy both to replace fossil fuels and to keep forests as forests," according to the Enviva.

Download the Enviva The future of biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond report HERE . (Source: Enviva Biomass, Website PR, 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Exec. VP, Sales and Marketing, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Biomass Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  IPCC,  


Valmet Supplying Boiler to Japan's Tahara Biomass Power (Int'l.)
Valmet Oyi
Date: 2021-12-29
Espoo, Finland-headquartered biomass boiler specialist Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a 112 MWe CFB (circulating fluidized bed) biomass boiler and flue gas cleaning system to Tahara Biomass Power LLC in Tahara, Aichi, Japan.

The 75-MW plant will burn primarily wood pellets to generate 770 million kWh per year which will be supplied to the grid under Japan's feed-in tariff scheme.

Tahara Biomass Power LLC is a special purpose company owned by JFE Engineering Corporation, Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., Toho Gas Co., Ltd., and Tokyo Century Corporation. Valmet is a developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. (Source: Valmet, PR, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: Valmet Oyi, Jari Niemela, Director, Boilers and Gasifiers, Energy , Valmet, +358 50 3178050, Contact: Valmet, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal

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


DRAX Plans Double Pellet Production, Biomass Sales by 2030 (Int'l.)
DRAX
Date: 2021-12-03
In the UK, Yorkshire-based biomass power producer DRAX CEO Will Gardner has announce: "Drax has made excellent progress during 2021 providing a firm foundation for further growth. We have advanced our Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) project -- a vital part of the East Coast Cluster that was recently selected to be one of the UK's two priority CCS projects. And we're now setting out a strategy to take the business forward, enabling DRAX to make an even greater contribution to global efforts to reach net zero.

"We believe DRAX can deliver growth and become a global leader in sustainable biomass and negative emissions and a UK leader in dispatchable, renewable generation. We aim to double our sustainable biomass production capacity by 2030 -- creating opportunities to double our sales to Asia and Europe, where demand for biomass is increasing as countries transition away from coal.

"As a global leader in negative emissions, we're going to scale up our ambitions internationally. DRAX is now targeting 12 million tonnes of carbon removals each year by 2030 by using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). This includes the negative emissions we can deliver at Drax Power Station in the UK and through potential new-build BECCS projects in North America and Europe, supporting a new sector of the economy, which will create jobs, clean growth and exciting export opportunities", according to DRAX CEO Will Gardiner. To that end, DRAX has announced:

  • New woody biomass pellet production and sales targets -- increased biomass pellet production targeting 8Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.4Mt) and biomass pellet sales to third parties targeting 4Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.2Mt)

  • Continued progress with UK BECCS and biomass cost reduction -- BECCS at DRAXPower Station -- Biomass cost reduction -- continuing to target biomass production cost of $100/t

  • £3 billion investment in 2022-30 growth opportunities -- investment in pellet production, UK BECCS, pumped energy storage, and construction of new BECCS facilities.

  • Targeting 4Mt pa of negative CO2 emissions outside of UK by 2030. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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


  • ENVIVA Forest Conservation Fund Seeks RfPs (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2021-12-03
    The Greenville, South Carolina-based U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) has released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for $500,000 project funding from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, which it administers for Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet producer Enviva Partners LP. The funding will be awarded to protect bottomland hardwood and other wetland forests in eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia. Not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and tribes are eligible to apply for grants.

    Since its inception in 2015, the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund has supported 24 projects with approximately $2.6 million invested. The projects funded to date have protected about 31,000 acres across North Carolina and Virginia. These protected forests help provide a clean drinking water source, act as a buffer to infrastructure during storms, and provide critical habitats for many species of wildlife while at the same time providing jobs and economic opportunities for rural families and private landowners. (Source: Enviva Holdings, Website PR, 30 Nov., 2021) Contact: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Alicia Cramer, Senior VP, (205) 792-8650, alicia@usendowment.org, www.usendowment.org; Enviva Forest Conservation Fund , wwwenvivaforestfund.org; Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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


    DRAX Considering Future US Biomass Plant (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Further to our Sept. 24 coverage, in the UK, Yorkshire-headquartered DRAX Group CEO Will Gardiner this week announced the company is considering building a biomass plant in the US whose power generation will absorb more emissions than it creates.

    Drax is currently developing bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology for its plant in North Yorkshire, UK. The technology could permanently remove 8 million tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere annually, accelerate economic growth for the Yorkshire and Humber region and put the region at the heart of a global green economy, said Drax. It is hoped the BECCS technology at Drax Power Station near Selby will be operational by 2027. (Source: DRAX, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  bioenergy with carbon capture and storage ,  


    UK Biomass Power Station Reports Declining Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Lynemouth Biomass Power Station
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In Northumberland, UK, the Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, the first UK coal-fired station to fully convert to biomass electric power generation , reports its CO2 emissions fell to 43 pct below grid average for 2020-21. The Station burns approximately 1.4 million tpy of woody biomass pellets, largely imported from the U.S. and Canada, to generate 420 MW of low-carbon electricity -- sufficient power for around 450,000 homes.

    Lynemouth Power Station was among leading bioenergy organisations in the COP26 launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy aiming for the sustainable growth of the bioenergy sector to 2050 and reaffirms the commitment to sustainability principles including the management of natural resources, carbon accounting and protecting biodiversity, according to the release. (Source: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, +44 191 261 1821, www.lynemouthpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lynemouth Biomass Power Station,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Enviva, J-Power Report Wood Pellet Supply MoU (Ind. Report)
    Enviva, J-Power
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet producer Enviva Partners LP is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tokyo-based utility Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. (J-Power) for the long-term, large-scale supply of U.S. produced sustainable wood biomass pellets to J-Power's coal-fired power plants in Japan.

    The agreement is designed to develop an executable and investable plan under which Enviva will build new infrastructure to produce and deliver up to 5 million metric tpy of sustainable wood pellets to permanently replace coal in J-Power's existing coal-fired power. J-Power is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, as previously reported.

    Previously this year, Enviva announced its Net-Zero Commitment to reduce, eliminate, or offset all of its direct emissions by 2030. Enviva agreed to adopt innovative and improved lower-emission processes through investments in projects that result in real, additional, and third-party verified net-carbon reductions as part of this ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions from fossil fuels and improve energy efficiency. (Source: Enviva, PR , 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english

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


    Enviva Inks SAF, Biodiesel Production Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2021-11-10
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Enviva is reporting a contract with a European processor of solid biomass into refined liquids that become high-grade renewable fuels including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biodiesel.

    According to the company website, Enviva aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tpy in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida. (Source: Enviva, PR, Website, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    DRAX Building Arkansas Woody Biomass Pellet Plants (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-09-24
    In the UK, Yorkshire-headquartered DRAX Group reports construction is underway on the second of three satellite woody biomass pellet plants being constructed in . Russellville, Arkansas. The new facility is part of a $40 million project and is expected to be operational in 2022. The three pellet plants together are expected to produce 120,000 metric tpy of sustainable biomass pellets from locally sourced sawmill residues.

    Drax owns and has interests in 17 pellet mills totaling 4.9 million tpy in the southern United States and western Canada. The plant's export wood pellets to DRAX power plants in England and Scotland. DRAX aims to increase biomass self-supply to 5 million tpy by 2027. (Source: DRAXPR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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


    UBC to Develop Bioenergy Products, Systems (Ind. Report, R&D)

    Date: 2021-09-22
    In Vancouver, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is touting its new $8 million, Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), a research and demonstration facility aimed at accelerating the development of low-carbon, market-ready bioenergy products and carbon-negative energy systems .

    Building on work conducted at UBC's Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), BRIC will bring together top academic researchers and industry partners to create and asses cutting-edge technologies for technical effectiveness and economic potential. Then, working with partner companies, the UBC team will create prototypes and demonstrate their ability to produce first-class bioproducts at scale, including:

  • Advanced two-stage fluidized bed gasification technologies to convert forest, agricultural and municipal waste into low-carbon biofuels;
  • Novel microwave-assisted fluidised bed catalytic pyrolysis technology to improve the quality of two intermediate products in the biofuel production process: bio- and biochar;
  • Novel horizontal pulsating fluidized bed torrefaction technology that will produce second-generation (torrefied) wood pellets for power plants and energy-intense applications .

    "By using biomass residues to their full potential, BC could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 pct of its 2005 levels and its consumption of fossil fuels by nearly a third," according to UBC researcher Dr. Xiaotao Bi. (Source: UBC, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: University of British Columbia, Dr. Xiaotao Bi, Prof. Chemical and Biological Engineering, Dir. BRIC, CERC, 604 822 3238, tony.bi@ubc.ca, www.ubc.ca


  • DRAX, NFU Cooperating on UK Energy Crop Production (Int'l.)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-09-22
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based power producer DRAX Group reports it is partnering with the UK National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) to identify opportunities to scale-up and develop a roadmap for the production perennial energy crops.

    The partnership will support DRAX's plan to source sustainable biomass from UK farmers and to develop bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to help address climate change. DRAX currently imports the majority if its woody biomass pellet requirements from the US and its US and Canadian subsidiaries. (Source: DRAX Group, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: National Farmers Union of England and Wales, www.nfuonline.com; DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BECCS,  DRAX,  UK National Farmers Union,  Biomass,  Energy Crop,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    Equis' 50MW Japanese Biomass Power Plant Finds Funding (Int'l.)
    Equis Development
    Date: 2021-08-30
    Singapore-headquartered Asian renewable energy and waste infrastructure developer Equis Development Pte. (Equis) reports it has secured $282 million in funding for construction of the 50 MW Niigata East Port Biomass Power Plant in Niigata, Japan, the company's third biomass plant in Japan.

    When fully operational in October, 2024, the plant will generate sufficient electric power for roughly 117,000 households from sustainable wood pellets or palm kernel shells and save approximately 190 tpy of carbon emissions. Construction is expected to break ground in May 2022. (Source: Equis Development Pte., 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: Equis Development Pte, +65 6220 0040, equis@equis.com, www.equis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equis Development ,  Biomass Power,  


    Renova Increases Stake in Kanda Biomass (Int'l. Report)
    Renova,Kanda Biomass
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Further to our 15 February coverage, Japanese renewable power developer Renova reports it will increase its holdings in the Kanda biomass power plant in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan, with the purchase a 10 pc stake from Japanese water and energy firm Veolia for an undisclosed sum. The transaction will bring Renova's stake to 53.07 pct when completed on 28 July as scheduled.

    As previously reported, the Kanda biomass power plant is designed to burn around 360,000 tpy of biomass fuels, including wood pellets from North America, palm kernel shell, wood chips, forestry waste and other woody biomass material.

    Veolia Japan will continue to operate and maintain the project through its Veolia Jenets subsidiary. Wood product producer Sumitomo Forestry holds a 41.5pc stake, renewable power supplier Kyushu Mirai Energy has 5pc and local construction firm Mihara Grope owns 0.43pc.

    Kanda Biomass Energy KK is a "special purpose vehicle" held by Veolia Japan KK, part of French group Veolia Environnement SA. (Source: Renova, PR, 26 July, 2021) www.renovainc.com; Veolia, www.veolia.com

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


    FutureMetrics White Paper Investigates "Black" Wood Pellet Potential (Ind. Report)
    FutureMetrics
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Bethel, Maine-based wood pellet sector consultancy FutureMetrics LLC is offering a new white paper that discusses the market challenges associated with "black" wood pellets and illustrates how new innovations are enabling fuel pellets to gain market share.

    The white paper is available om the company website . (Source: FutureMetrics, Website, July, 2021) Contact: FutureMetrics, William Strauss, Pres., 207-824-6702 . Fax: 207-824-4816. Info@FutureMetrics.com, www.futuremetrics.com

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


    Delta Biofuel Plans $70Mn La. Pellet Plant (Ind. Report)
    Delta Biofuel
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Tasso Renewable Energy subsidiary Delta Biofuel Inc is reportedly evaluating a location in Iberia Parish Louisiana as the site for a new $70 million wood pellet plant. If constructed, the facility would produce make biomass fuel pellets from residual sugarcane bagasse supplied by 4 sugar mills in Iberia, St. Mary, and St. Martin parishes. The company is also seeking multi-year fuel pellet purchase agreements with European and Asian energy production plants.

    Work on the facility is expected to commence this September and reach completion in September, 2022. (Source: Delta Biofuel Inc, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Tasso Renewable Energy , Delta Biofuels Inc., Philip Keating, CEO, www.rocketreach.co/philip-keating-email_6275220

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Delta Biofuel,  Wood Pellet,  Tasso Renewable Energy,  


    Enviva Finalist for "Best Sustainability Reporting" Award (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood biomass pellet manufacturer Enviva reports it has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 ESG Reporting Awards under the "Energy and Utilities" category. The ESG Reporting Awards program is devoted to assessing and evaluating the best public companies in the areas of sustainability and climate-related reporting.

    Over the last year, Enviva developed and deployed a Track and Trace standard enabling the company to engage a third-party auditor to verify and ensure the company has and will continue to follow T&T procedures and reporting accurately. The company is aiming for net zero in its operations by 2030. (Source: Enviva, PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: Enviv, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; ESG Investing Awards, +44 (0)1483 573 150, info@esginvesting.co.uk, www.esginvesting.co.uk/esgreporting-awards-2021

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Renewable Fuel,  CCS,  


    Wood Biomass Pellet Plant Planned for Port Alberni (Ind. Report)
    San Group
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Port Alberni, British Columbia based San Group reports it will invest $100 million into its forestry operations -- $15 million of which will be used to construct a biomass facility to produce wood pellets from woody biomass wastes.

    The investment also includes $50-$60 million for an agreement to ship lumber via container ships from Port Albertni's deep sea port, $15 million to upgrade its Coulson sawmill and $15 million for increased automation and CNC technology. (Source: San Group, PR, , Alberni Valley News, 21 June, 2021) Contact: San Group, Kamal Sanghera, CEO, 604-881-4848, info@sangroupinc.com, www.sangroupinc.com

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


    Biofuels 17 pct of US 2020 Renewables Consumption (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2021-06-18
    According to recent EIA data, consumption of renewable energy in the U.S. grew for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, reaching a record 11.6 quadrillion Btu -- 12 pct of total U.S. energy -- while fossil fuel and nuclear power consumption declined.

    EIA data shows that biofuels, including fuel ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels, accounted for approximately 17 percent of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020, despite an 11 percent drop in biofuel consumption caused by market factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Wood and waste energy, wood pellets, and biomass waste from landfills accounted for about 22 pct of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2019. (Source: U.S. EIA, Monthly Energy Review, 16 June, 2021) Contact: IS EIA, www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=48396, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  US EIA,  


    Enviva Biomass Announces Public Share Offering (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-06-07
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood biomass pellet manufacturer Enviva Partners, LP is reporting a public offering of 4,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests. The Partnership expects to grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 460,000 common units from the Partnership at the issue price of the Offering.

    Offering proceeds will fund a portion of the aggregate purchase price for the acquisitions of a wood pellet production plant in Lucedale, Mississippi, a deep-water marine terminal in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and three long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy Japanese counterparties. The Offering is not conditioned on the consummation of the above acquisitions.

    Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., BMO Capital Markets Corp., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the Offering. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities, LLC and USCA Securities LLC are acting as co-managers for the Offering. (Source: Enviva Biomass PR, Website, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Enviva Partners, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVIVA news,  Biomass news,  Wood Pellet news,  


    DRAX Building Biomass Pellet Plants in Arkansas (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-05-10
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based woody biomass power producer DRAX Group reports construction is expected to get underway on the first of three new Arkansas "satellite" woody biomass pellet plants before the month end and the other two plants shortly thereafter.

    Together, the new facilities will produce roughly 120,000 tpy of sustainable biomass pellets from sawmill and forestry dry waste.

    DRAx will invest $40 million in the project. The company is aiming to be carbon negative by 2030. (Source: DRAX, PR, May, 2021) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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


    ENVIVA Releases 2021 Responsible Sourcing Policy (Ind. Report)
    ENVIVA, Biomass
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Bethesda, Maryland-based sustainable wood bioenergy specialist and woody biomass pellet maker ENVIVA reports the release of its 2021 Implementation Plans, a detailed proposal of goals and initiatives designed to continue to deliver on the company's commitment to responsible and sustainable wood sourcing.

    The 2021 Implementation Plans define the company's measurable goals relative to: sustainable forestry standards; verification and transparency; and conservation leadership across the U.S. Southeast where the company owns and operates its wood pellet production plants.

    Download ENVIVA's Responsible Sourcing Policy HERE; (Source: ENVIV, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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


    Hyuga Biomass Power Generation Co. Launched in Japan (Int'l.)
    ITOCHU Corporation
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Tokyo-headquartered ITOCHU Corporation is reporting the launch of Hyuga Biomass Power Generation , a new firm jointly funded by Osaka Gas Company, Tokyo Century Corporation, and Tokyo Energy & Systems , to construct a 50 MW biomass plant in Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture. The new plant is expect to come online in November, 2024.

    For the project, ITOCHU will provide a long-term supply of wood pellets and Green Power Fuel, of Osaka Gas, will provide domestic woodchips. The plant will operated and maintained by Tokyo Energy & Systems . (Source: ITOCHU Corporation, Website PR, 15 Apr., 2021) Contact: ITOCHU Corporation, www.itochu.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ITOCHU Corporation,  


    DRAX Completes Pinnacle Pellet Producer Acquisition (M&A)
    DRAX, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Following up on our 17 March covereage, UK-based energy company DRAX is reporting closing of its previously reported purchase of B.C.-based wood pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.

    With the purchase, DRAX becomes the world's leading sustainable bioenergy generation and supply company, operating across North America, the UK, Europe and Asia. The purchase of Pinnacle's 11 sites will increase DRAX' operations to 17 pellet plants and development projects and boosts its production capacity to 4.9 million from 2.9 million. DRAX will also gain a terminal in Prince Rupert.

    Pinnacle will operate as a subsidiary of DRAX and remain headquartered in British Columbia. (Source: DRAX, PR, Yahoo, 17 Apr., 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 DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Pinnacle Renewable Energy,  


    Okinawa Power Plant Co-burning Coal, Woody Biomass (Int'l.)
    Okinawa Electric Power
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Japanese power producer Okinawa Electric Power reports it has begun co-burning coal and woody biomass pellets at its Kin coal-fired power plant as part of normal operations. The plant can burn wood pellets made from domestically-supplied construction waste at the 220MW No.1 and No.2 coal-fired units, with the ratio of biomass mixture at around 3 pct.

    Okinawa Electric Power also uses woody biomass at its 312MW Gushikawa coal-fired power plant and forecasts using a total 30,000 tpy of wood pellets for both plants and cutting its CO2 emissions by around 40,000 tpy.

    The move to woody biomass pellet fuel is in line with the utility's plan cut greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Okinawa Electric Power, Korea Herald, Mar 29, 2021) Contact: Okinawa Electric Power, www.okiden.co.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Okinawa Electric Power,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Carbon Emission,  


    USTC Takes Majority Stake in CM Biomass (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    USTC Group, CM Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Danish logistics and commodities trader USTC Group has acquired 60 pct interest in Kobenhavn-based CM Biomass, a major independent wood pellet trading company.

    CM Biomass will form a new, separate entity in the USTC Group portfolio that already includes companies such as Bunker Holding, Uni-Tankers, and Unit IT. (Source: USTC, CM Biomass Partners, PR. Mar., 2021) Contact: USTC Group, Nina Ostergaard Borris, Owner and COO, www.ustc.dk; CM Biomass, +45 39 96 53 30, www.cmbiomass.com

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    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends, Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-19
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

    Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation.

    In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement -- sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

    Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase.

    ENVIVA is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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    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

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    ENVIVA Targets Net-Zero Operations by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Biomass, Finite Carbon
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered ENVIVA, a leading global renewable energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy, has announced its goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations by 2030.

    This commitment to climate action reinforces ENVIVA's core purpose to displace coal, grow more trees, and fight climate change. It sets forth an ambitious plan for eliminating GHG emissions from its operations in keeping with international climate goals, including the Paris Agreement's goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degree C. To that end, ENVIVA will:

  • Reduce, eliminate or offset all of its direct emissions. Enviva will immediately work to minimize the emissions from fossil fuels used directly in its operations -- its Scope 1 emissions.

  • Source 100 pct renewable energy by 2030with an interim target of at least 50 pct by 2025.

  • Drive innovative improvements in its supply chain and proactively engage with partners and other key stakeholders to adopt clean-energy solutions.

  • Transparently report progress. Enviva will track and publish its progress in reducing its emissions annually and intends to disclose climate-relevant data and risks through CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) by the end of 2022.

    ENVIVA's sustainably sourced wood is used to manufacture wood pellets as a drop-in alternative to fossil fuels. ENVIVA exports its sustainable wood pellets primarily to the U.K., Europe, the Caribbean and Japan, enabling its customers to reduce their carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis, helping them reach their greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets with renewable energy, according to the ENVIVA release. (Source: ENVIVA, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

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  • 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

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    DRAX Acquiring Pinnacle Renewable Energy (M&A, Ind. Report)
    DRAX, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-02-08
    UK-headquartered DRAX Group is reporting a £226 million agreement for its wholly-owned subsidiary DRAX Canadian Holdings' acquisition of British Columbia-based wood pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy. The deal, which is subject to DRAX shareholder, regulatory approval and other customary conditions, is expected to close in Q3 this year.

    According to the release, DRAX and Pinnacle combined will have 17 wood pellet plants, 3 major fibre baskets, 4 deep water ports, 4.9 Mt capacity from 2022 with 2.9 Mt available for self-supply, 2.6 GW of renewable biomass generation, with potential for BECCS, global growth opportunities for sustainable biomass. (Source: DRAX, Website, Various Media, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Duncan Davies, CEO, 604.270.9613, 604.270.9914--fax, www.pinnaclepellet.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation.

  • In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement -- sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase.

    ENVIVA is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by ENVIVA Holdings, LP, the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer:
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) -- is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

  • COVID 19 Pandemic aftermath -- Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels and energy will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIV Holdings owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports pellets primarily to formerly coal-fired power plants in the U.K, Europe and Japan. ENVIVA makes pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

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  • 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

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    Enviva Reports Biomass Traceability Pilot Results (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood bioenergy specialist Enviva Partners LP and blockchain firm GoChain are reporting the results of a pilot programme to enhance the traceability of sustainable biomass.

    The pilot programme leveraged GoChain's blockchain to identify a select group of suppliers from Enviva's U.S. wood sourcing regions to monitor forest tract locations, load weights, fibre commodity types, forest types and other related data.

    In total, more than 1,000 loads of woody biomass were delivered from the forest to the production facility and recorded 'on-chain' during the pilot. The results yielded considerable insights and the pilot has the potential to further increase the accuracy of Enviva's proprietary Track & Trace system, which provides publicly available data and tracks exactly where the low-value wood used in the production of Enviva biomass comes from.(Source: Enviva, PR, Bioenergy Insight, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; GoChain, www.gochain.io

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    Enviva Touts First Biomass Pellet Shipment to Japan (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2020-12-04
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood bioenergy specialist Enviva Partners, LP reports its first shipment of approximately 28,000 metric tons of wood pellets made from low-value wood sourced in the U.S. Southeast is on its way from Port Panama City in Florida to Japan's Iwakuni Port.

    Enviva Partners is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. The Partnership sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Partnership owns and operates nine plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 4.9 million MTPY in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida. In addition, the Partnership exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia and the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina and from third-party marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida, according to the company. (Source: Enviva Partners, PR, 2 Dec., 2020) Contact: Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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    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

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    Pinnacle Sets Wood Pellet Production Record (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-11-11
    Vancouver-headquartered Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. is reporting a record 587,000 metric tons of wood pellet production during Q3, 2020 -- up 13 pct when compared to the Q2 of this year and up 33 pct when compared to Q3, 2019.Download the full report HERE.

    Pinnacle produces sustainable industrial wood pellet fuel for large-scale thermal power generators. The company operates eight industrial wood pellet production facilities in western Canada and one in Alabama, and owns a port terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C. Pinnacle also has long-term take-or-pay contracts with utilities in the U.K., Europe and Asia that represent an average of 108 pct of its production capacity through 2026. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Website PR, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, (604) 270-9613, investors@pinnaclepellet.com, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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    Enviva Releases First Corp. Sustainability Report (Report Attached)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered wood bioenergy -- wood pellet -- specialist Enviva is reporting the release of its first Corporate Sustainability Report. The report highlights the company's progress in helping southeaster U.S. landowners keep and use generational forestland and address climate change. The Sustainability Report notes:
  • Enviva has displaced approximately 16 million metric tons of coal and eliminated 31 million metric tons of CO2 emissions globally -- equivalent of the CO2 emissions of 8 coal-fired power plants in one year or more than 71 million barrels of oil.

  • Enviva aims to displace an additional 87 million metric tons of coal and eliminate an additional 172 million metric tons of CO2 emissions between 2020 and 2044.

  • Enviva is a leader in the wood products industry by comprehensively controlling operations emissions and using industry-proven air emission controls to reduce emissions from its manufacturing process.

  • Enviva partnered with The Longleaf Alliance to help conserve rare and threatened species and ecosystems and to help restore longleaf pine, a critical species in the pine forest ecosystem in the U.S. Southeast, through responsible wood sourcing.

  • Enviva provided more than $1.9 million in grants through its Forest Conservation Fund, resulting in more than 24,000 acres of forestland conserved across the U.S. Southeast.

    Enviva owns and operates nine plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 4.9 million MTPY in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida.

    Download the full Enviv sustainability report HERE. (Source: Enivia, Website PR , 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enviva, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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  • 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

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    EIA Projects Increased Wood Biomass Consumption (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2020-10-09
    According to the just released U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Winter Fuels Outlook and an updated Short-Term Energy Outlook , approximately 1.4 pct -- 1.8 million U.S. households will use cord wood or wood pellets as their primarily residential spacing heating fuel during the 2020 – 2021 winter. The EIA report forecasts that U.S. residential energy consumption will be higher than the 2019 -- 2020 heating season.

    In the electric power sector, biomass expected to be used to generate 27.9 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity this year, including 15.6 billion kWh from waste biomass and 12.3 billion kWh from wood biomass. Generation from biomass reached 28.8 billion kWh in 2019, including 15.7 billion kWh from waste biomass and 13 billion kWh from wood biomass. In 2021, generation from biomass is expected to increase to 31.2 billion kWh, including 16.4 kWh from waste biomass and 14.9 billion kWh from wood biomass. The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.233 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass this year, down from 0.236 quad in 2019, but increasing to 0.244 quad in 2021. The sector consumed 0.211 quad of wood biomass in 2019, with consumption expected to fall to 0.2 quad in 2020, and increase to 0.241 quad in 2021.

    In the electric power sector, biomass generating capacity was at 6,672 MW in 2019, including 3,945 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,727 MW of wood biomass capacity. Capacity by the end of 2020 is expected to fall to 6,628 MW, including 3,902 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,727 MW of wood biomass capacity. Biomass capacity is expected to reach 6,638 MW by the end of 2021, including 3,912 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,727 MW of wood biomass capacity.

    Download the EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook HERE. (Source: US EIA, PR, Oct., 2020)

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    $13Mn Supports Cdn. First Nations Woody Biomass Heating (Funding)
    Biomass
    Date: 2020-09-23
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources (NRCAN) reports it is investing nearly $13 million in woody biomass projects in First Nation communities across northern Canada.

    The $13 million investment includes $2.4 million for the Wiikwemkoong Development Commission to demonstrate the effectiveness of forest-based biomass for heating in the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.

    The Wiikwemkoong community has converted 102 homes to wood biomass boilers and wood pellet furnaces to reduce the community's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Canada Minister of Natural Resources, PR, 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: Canada Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan, www.narcan.gov.ca

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    Enefit Green Acquiring Finnish Wind Development (Int'l, M&A)
    Enefit Green,Eesti Energia
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Tallnin, Estonia-headquartered Enefit Green, Eesti Energia's renewable energy subsidiary reports acquisition of the Tolpanvaara wind farm development from the Finnish state forest manager Metsahallitus. The 100-MW, 22-turbine Tolpanvaara wind farm will be owned by Enefit Green's Finnish subsidiary Tolpanvaara Wind Farm Oy.

    Eesti Energia Group owns 20 wind farms, 4 cogeneration plants, 36 solar power plants, a wood pellet plant and a hydroelectric power plant. (Source: Enefit Green, ERR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Enefit Green, Aavo Karmas, CEO, www.enefitgreen.ee; Metsahallitus, www.mesa.fi

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    Notable Quotes
    NRDC
    Date: 2020-09-04
    "Our two biggest global environmental challenges -- climate change and biodiversity loss -- are inextricably linked so keeping forests standing must be a priority of all governments.

    "Much of the wood burned in UK power plants is cut down and shipped from ecologically sensitive forests in the US Southeast. Those forests are efficient and powerful carbon- capture systems and support unique wildlife found nowhere else in the world. But they can't serve that important purpose if the trees are cut and turned into wood pellets, and don't grow back for decades." -- Sasha Stashwick, Natural Resource Defense Council www.nrdc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  NRDC,  


    Fonterra's first wood pellet-fuelled plant will fire up in September
    Fonterra
    Date: 2020-08-10
    Fonterra is one step away from pushing the go button on its first factory to convert from coal to wood pellet energy. The dairy company’s Te Awamutu plant in the Waikato is putting the finishing touches on the $11 million power source conversion which could be used as a blueprint for its other factories around the country. It was part of the company’s move to renewable energy and to reduce emissions as it worked towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050. When fully operational the new wood pellet burner will eliminate 84,000tpy of carbon emissions and reduce Fonterra’s coal energy consumption in New Zealand by 10 per cent. (Source: Fonterra Stuff NZ, 9 Aug., 2020) Contact: Fonterra, www.fonterra.com.nz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fonterra news,  Wood Pellet news,  


    Enviva Nails GA. Biomass Pellet Plant Purchase (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Enviv
    Date: 2020-08-07
    Following up on our 22nd June report, Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet specialist Enviva Partners LP is reporting completion of its previously announced acquisition of an industrial-scale, 800,000 metric tpy wood pellet production plant in Waycross, Georgia. The Waycross plant is now called "Enviva Pellets Waycross."

    With this acquisition, Enviva operates nine wood pellet production plants and five deep-water export terminals across Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Enviva's total annual wood pellet production capacity is approximately 4.9 million metric tpy. (Source: Enviva Partners, Aug., 2020) Contact: Enviva Partners, (240) 482-3856. ir@envivabiomass.com, www.envivabiomass.com

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


    Pinnacle Completes Woody Biomass Pellet Plant Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In British Columbia, Vancouver-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy reports its Williams Lake facility has rebooted operations following months of capital upgrades.

    The completed upgrades included equipment that can process wetter fiber. Instead of primarily relying on the shavings and sawdust of sawmills, the plant can also process up to 80,000 additional tpy of woody biomass debris, damaged and dead wood.

    Between upgrades at the Williams Lake facility and the previously reported work on its Meadowbank facility in Quesnel, the company has invested roughly $30 million in the region over the past year.

    (Source: Pinnacle, PR, Biomass Mag., 22 June, Contact: Pinnacle, Robt. McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, investors@pinnaclepellet.com, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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

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