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July 06, 2015

White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

U.K. AD plant to convert cheese production residues into biogas

BY Clearfleau Ltd. Clearfleau Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of onsite anaerobic digestion-based treatment solutions for the food and beverage sector, has finished the first stage in a major sustainability project for First Milk at a U.K. cheese creamery. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

Grontmij converts power plant from natural gas to biomass

BY Grontmij Grontmij has been appointed by Helsingor Utilities to convert the Helsingør combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Denmark from natural gas to biomass. Helsingor aims to reduce its CO2 emissions through the conversion. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

Senators ask federal agencies to recognize biomass benefits

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 46 senators, led by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., have sent a letter urging leaders of the U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Energy, and USDA to recognize the benefits of bioenergy in federal policy. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

University of Louisville partners on wood-to-energy project

BY John R. Karman III, University of Louisville The University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has formed a partnership with a South Carolina company to accelerate commercialization of a coal-like product made from wood and biomass materials. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

Amyris announces update on SMA Industria Quimica joint venture

BY Amyris Inc. Amyris Inc. has announced an update and clarification with respect to media reports regarding its inactive manufacturing joint venture with Usina Sao Martinho, SMA Industria Quimica S.A, or SMA., noting its Brotas facility is exceeding targets. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

OMB weighs in on biomass language included in appropriations bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement detailing its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related biogenic emissions. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

G3P to develop waste-to-diesel plant in Florida

BY BioPower Operations Corp. BioPower Operations Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won an award to build a $175 million renewable energy facility that will convert waste into ultra-low sulfur synthetic green No. 2 diesel. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

EIA: Hawaii, Vermont set high RPS targets

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Two states have passed legislation requiring increases in renewable electricity generation. Hawaii has updated legislation setting a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2045.Vermont passed a bill creating a 75 percent RPS by 2032. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

EU approves funding for circular bioeconomy projects

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, has approved the funding of 10 projects totaling EUR 120 million ($132.66 million). READ MORE

July 01, 2015

McInnis Cement, ACF - St. Elzear sign biomass agreement

BY McInnis Cement McInnis Cement and the Forestry Cooperative Association - St. Elzear have announced the signing of a cooperative agreement to study the feasibility of using forest biomass as an auxiliary fuel for the cement plant under construction in Quebec. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

DOE announces intent to fund innovative bioenergy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) targeting innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Clean fuel standards face political attacks in Washington, Oregon

BY Erin VoegeleClean fuel standards under development in Oregon and Washington have been under attack by their respective state legislatures in recent weeks. While the threat against the Oregon program has passed, the Washington program could still be eliminated. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

United Airlines purchases stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy

BY United Airlines United Airlines has announced a $30 million equity investment in U.S.-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., a pioneer in the development and commercialization of converting municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Amyris, Total proceed with jet fuel JV, restructuring plans

BY Amyris Inc. Amyris Inc. has announced that it has agreed on key business terms with Total Energies Nouvelles Activites USA for restructuring its fuels joint venture to open the way for proceeding with commercialization of its jet fuel technology. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Unlocking fermentation secrets opens the door to new biofuels

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reserachers have uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing insights for biofuel development. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

U.K. GIB announces results, plans to raise private capital

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Green Investment Bank has announced 2014-'15 results and a plan to raise private capital. The organization also noted that after 2.5 years of operations, it has reached profitability. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Amyris: Volkswagen renewable diesel evaluation program complete

BY Amyris Inc. Amyris Inc. has announced the successful completion of a diesel demonstration program with Volkswagen of America Inc. that was designed to test the commercial readiness of Amyris renewable diesel and its ability to enhance VW's diesel technology. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Euronext launches wood pellet contract

BY Euronext Euronext has announced that it will be launching a new wood pellet commodities futures contract in the autumn of 2015, subject to regulatory approval. The contract is aimed at producers, wholesalers and retailers and targets the heating sector. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

USDA publishes rule for revamped Biorefinery Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service has published an interim final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, formerly known as the Biorefinery Assistance READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Opinion: The Inevitable Battle

BY Tim PortzBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz reflects on the July issue and the battles faced by the entire biomass energy industry. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

RFS supporters testify at EPA hearing, participate in rally

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 25, the U.S. EPA held a hearing to address its proposed rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuels standard (RFS) in Kansas City, Kansas. More than 250 people were scheduled to testify at the event. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Bill aims to extend master limited partnerships to renewables

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have announced the reintroduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which aims to level the playing field for renewables. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Oregon declares biomass carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetAfter a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Canada funds 2 projects to develop new landfill gas technology

BY Erin VoegeleIn mid-June, the Canadian government announced funding for two biogas projects. One award will support the development of a technology that converts landfill gas into renewable liquefied natural gas. The other supports purification of landfill gas. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Professor wins funding to scale up energy-from-waste system

BY Morgan State University Morgan State University professor Seong W. Lee and his research team are the recipients of a $100,000 Phase 1 award from the Maryland Innovation Initiative to transition his CycloBurn Combustion System from prototype to commercialization. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Spero Energy receives $1 million in funding from DOE

BY Spero Energy Inc. Spero Energy Inc., a company that licenses Purdue intellectual property, has received federal funding to develop its one-step, patent-pending technology that could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Microvi ethanol technology validated at LBNL

BY Microvi Biotechnologies Microvi Biotechnologies, working with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has demonstrated breakthrough improvements to biological ethanol production. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Opinion: California Biomass Support Sets Good Example

BY Bob Cleaves Biomass Power Association Bob Cleaves discusses challenges currently being faced by the California biomass power industry. READ MORE

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