EIA Updates 2017 Bioenergy, Wood Heating Forecasts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will generate 8 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2016, increasing to 9 percent in 2017. Wood biomass is expected to be used to generate 112,000 MWh per day of electricity this …

European Support for Cheaper and Cleaner Heat and Power in Lithuania

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 190 million loan agreement with Lietuvos Energija for the greenfield construction of new combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vilnius. The project is expected to lower municipal waste landfilling, decrease energy prices as well as cut emissions and improve the security of energy …

Agreement on a 5 MW biomass fired heat plant delivery to Rantasalmi, Finland

The new plant replaces the existing boiler plant which has been in operation since 1980. Located in Susimäki industrial park, the plant produces district heat to Rantasalmi downtown area and process heat to Savopak Oy’s factory. As fuel the plant uses local forest wood chips and side products from Savopak …

The Netherlands Will Spend 150 Million Euros to Turn Cow Poop Into Biogas

Dutch farmers now have the opportunity to turn cow manure into energy. Turning cow poop into power isn’t a new idea, but the Netherlands government is banking on poo being a potent source of power for their country. The country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs will spend 150 million Euros, around …

Landin, Schienebeck: Biomass Energy is Part of a Clean Energy Solution

Congress is about to make a decision that could have profound effects on the forests of Wisconsin and the future of American energy. They are considering if the United States should treat “biomass” energy generated from forests — one of the most renewable, recyclable and greenest resources on the planet …

Honolulu Pursues New Renewable Energy Project

Environmental groups are praising Honolulu’s efforts to turn a byproduct from its wastewater treatment plant into renewable energy. City officials recently awarded a contract to Hawaii Gas to capture and process biogas at the wastewater facility into renewable energy. Jeff Mikulina, the executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation, called …

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-based Biofuels and Bioproducts

The Energy Department of USA announced on Friday, up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects will develop highly productive algal cultivation systems and couple those systems with effective, energy-efficient, and low-cost …