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European Nations Say Yes to No-Carbon

Karen Henry

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), penetration rates of no-carbon electricity generation have increased from 50 percent to 56 percent in recent years in Europe, as European Union (EU) countries work toward renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions targets. In addition to geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, utility-scale and distributed solar, tidal and wind generation,   …Continue Reading


Canadian Power Plant Switches from Coal to Biomass

Linda Hardesty

The Atikokan Generating Station in Ontario, Canada, has been converted to a completely biomass-fueled power plant, and the station is now generating electricity. Atikokan Generating Station burned its last coal two years ago. Conversion of the station began in mid-2012 and included construction of two silos and boiler modifications to accommodate the biomass. The biomass   …Continue Reading


Canadian College Opens BioEnergy Research Center

Karen Henry

Confederation College recently celebrated the grand opening of the Ontario Power Generation BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre (OPG-BLRC). The OPG-BLRC offers opportunities for demonstration, training and applied research related to biomass energy, including fuel quality and emissions and combustion efficiency. Through the OPG-BLRC, Confederation College will be developing a market for biomass in northwestern Ontario   …Continue Reading


Europe ‘Gas Bags’ Turn Dirty Problem into Clean Energy

Karen Henry

Britain’s United Utilities Group has turned a human waste problem into a clean energy boon. When the amount of waste produced each year across the utility’s North West region reached problematic levels, it looked for a solution that wouldn’t involve dumping the waste into the Irish Sea, as had been done in the past. The   …Continue Reading


Renewables Account for 14.3% of Electrical Generation in US

Linda Hardesty

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” report, with data through June 30, 2014, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 14.3 percent of net US electrical generation. Conventional hydropower accounted for 7 percent while non-hydro renewables provided 7.3 percent. Overall, electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy   …Continue Reading


Scottish Whisky Distillery Gets Heat from $123M CHP Plant

Linda Hardesty

A new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Speyside, Scotland will provide heat in the form of steam for Macallan whisky distillery. The new biomass CHP plant will generate 87.4 GWh per year of electricity and 76.8 GWh per year of heat. The CHP facility will contribute to reducing the cost of energy at   …Continue Reading


Twinwoods Heat & Power Selects Saxlund for 3.4 MW Biomass Power Station

Karen Henry

UK bioenergy and materials handling firm Saxlund International has secured a contract to design, manufacture, install and commission a 3.4 MW waste wood biomass power station for Twinwoods Heat & Power in Bedfordshire. The plant is expected to go live in 2015. The combined heat and power (CHP) plant will produce over 27,000 MWh of electricity   …Continue Reading


NY Offers $250M for Clean Energy Projects

Karen Henry

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $250 million to fund large-scale clean-energy generation projects such as wind farms, fuel cells, biomass facilities, renewable biogas and the upgrading of small- to medium-sized hydropower projects. Contracts for these projects will be awarded for terms of up to 20 years. Funding will be provided by the New York   …Continue Reading


New Technologies, Fuels Enhance Viability of $10B District Heating Market

Karen Henry

Traditionally, buildings are fueled by petroleum, natural gas, electricity and coal, but an opportunity exists to decouple the energy source from the building, through district heating (DH) networks. According to a report from Lux Research titled “Heating for the Future: Identifying Global Hotspots for District Energy,” DH can deliver cost gains of up to 74   …Continue Reading


$27M Spent in NY for Wood Heating Program

Linda Hardesty

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched Renewable Heat NY, a $27 million initiative aimed at building a low-emissions wood heating sector in the state. “The wood-fired heating industry is an important source of energy in Upstate New York, and by launching Renewable Heat NY we are helping to shape this growing sector with a focus   …Continue Reading


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