In Texas, the City of Austin is looking into the waste wood-burning plant at Nacogdoches Operating Facility in East Texas operated by Austin Energy and Southern Power that is costing the utility’s customers $54 million per year but has produced hardly energy in the past four years. Lawyers have been contracted to investigate the contract […]
Energy Department Requests Information on Revolutionary Biomass Supply Systems Supporting a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy Vision
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office announced a request for information today, seeking feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders to support a “billion-ton bioeconomy.” This RFI asks for input about specific aspects in the development of large-scale supply systems and technologies […]
By Mahmood Ebadian, Ph.D. Special to The Digest Regardless of the type of industry, the primary goal of any supply chain is to fulfill the customers’ needs efficiently and effectively over the lifetime of the business. An efficient supply chain is capable of maximizing the use of resources across the supply chain as planned while […]
In Washington, dozens of environmental NGOs have sent a letter to the chairwoman of the voicing concern over the definition of forest-derived biomass as “carbon neutral” as included in an amendment to the Energy Policy and Modernization Act, Senate Bill 2012 approved last week, as well as an amendment that refers to “net carbon” negativity […]
In Finland, Fortum suggests clear EU-level sustainability criteria for biomass and a transition to a market-driven system must replace complex subsidy systems. The uncertainty regarding biomass-related regulatory policy has increased in the EU, which adds instability to the biomass markets and reduces the investment willingness. The biggest policy risks impacting bioenergy are related to sustainability […]
This month, we held a well-attended webinar on USDA Biomass programs. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, by the USDA’s Mark Brodziski. The recorded version of the USDA Biomass Programs webinar can be accessed here.
Oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some. But in the Advanced Bioeconomy, oxygen is not your friend — it could be an existential threat. In today’s Part II, another 4 workarounds. Part I of this story can be found here. In the advanced bioeconomy, the Big, Bad Barrier is the Oxygen Problem. That […]
How much biomass can be sustainably produced globally by 2050? How much of the demand for food, feed, materials, bioenergy and biofuels can be met by this supply? Dr. Stephan Piotrowski, Michael Carus and Roland Essel of Germany’s nova-Institut authored this detailed view of possible scenarios for a sustainable supply of biomass until the year […]
With 3 acquisitions, the biomass consolidation czars consolidate as markets expand. Funding will enable company to expand biomass supply chain services across U.S. In Oregon, Pacific Ag has received a $7M investment from Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners, a $154.5-million fund, licensed as a Rural Business Investment Company by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, focusing on […]
In Lithuania, biomass for heating prices are set to be up to 30% lower this next winter which ought to reduce consumers’ heating bills by up to 15% due to feedstock accounting for roughly half of the overall heating bill. The estimate is based on long-term feedstock contracts that major heating companies have recently signed.