$1.7M grant will improve barge access for proposed pellet plant

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration announced on Oct. 20 a $1.7 million grant to improve barge access at the Port of Epes Industrial Park in Alabama. The project will benefit Enviva’s pellet plant under development at the site. “The Trump Administration is co ... Read more

UK government to issue new biomass strategy in 2022

The U.K. government announced on Oct. 15 that it intends to publish a new biomass strategy in 2022. The U.K. Renewable Energy Association welcomed the announcement, stressing that bioenergy is essential to the renewables revolution. The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy c ... Read more

UK bioenergy generation, capacity increase in Q2

Renewables accounted for a growing share of U.K. electricity generation during the second quarter of 2020. Generation from bioenergy was up nearly 10 percent during the period, according to data released by the U.K. government on Oct. 8. Renewables accounted for 44.6 percent of U.K. electricity gen ... Read more

Drax, Velocys help launch Coalition for Negative Emissions

U.K.-based companies Drax Group and Velocys are among 11 organizations that have launched the Coalition for Negative Emissions, which aims to achieve a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 by developing pioneering projects that can remove carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the atm ... Read more

Oral arguments held in challenge to EPA’s ACE rule

Oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging U.S. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Program were held before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Oct. 8. One portion of the arguments focused specifically on the program’s treatment of biomass co-firing. The EPA released the final rule for it ... Read more

California bill expands definition of RNG

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Sept. 30 that significantly expands the definition of renewable natural gas (RNG) to include energy that comes from additional forms of organic waste, including vegetation removed for wildfire mitigation. The bill, AB 3163, was introduced in February. ... Read more

USIPA welcomes resolution of European Forest Strategy

The U.S. Industrial Pellet Association today welcomed the European Parliament’s resolution on the “European Forest Strategy—the Way Forward.” The resolution recognizes that forests and the entire forest-based value chain are fundamental to the further development of the circular bio ... Read more

Denmark announces new biomass sustainability requirements

The Danish government announced a political agreement on Oct. 3 that establishes new sustainability requirements for woody biomass used to produce heat and electricity in Denmark. The U.S. Industrial Pellet Association applauded the agreement, calling the sustainability criteria strict but workable ... Read more

IRENA: Bioenergy accounted for 3.58M jobs globally in 2019

Jobs in the renewable energy sector reached 11.5 million globally in 2019, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on Sept. 29. Bioenergy accounted for 3.58 million jobs, up from 3.18 million in 2018. According to the report, liquid biofuels accounted for ... Read more

DOE solicits applications for Technology Commercialization Fund

The U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 23 issued its fiscal year (FY) 2021 solicitation for the Technology Commercialization Fund, which aims to advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and deploy lab-developed technologies to the marketplace. “The Technology Commercializati ... Read more