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May 29, 2015

EPA releases proposed 2014, 2015, 2016 RFS volume requirements

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released a proposed rule containing 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with a proposed 2017 RVO for biomass-based diesel ahead of its June 1 judicial deadline. READ MORE

May 29, 2015

USDA announces investment to boost renewable fuel infrastructure

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the USDA will invest up to $100 million in a Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers. READ MORE

May 29, 2015

Opinion: A People-Powered Industry

BY Tim PortzBiomass Magazine Executive Editor discusses the impact that dedicated contributors have on the industry's growth and momentum. READ MORE

May 29, 2015

UMF breaks ground on biomass heating plant

BY University of Maine at Farmington The University of Maine at Farmington broke ground on a new 5,885-square-foot biomass central heating plant on May 26. The plant is expected to replace 390,000 gallons of heating oil now used to heat the buildings through individual systems. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

DOE previews 2016 Billion-Ton Update in webinar

BY Erin VoegeleA recent U.S. Department of Energy webinar included preview of the 2016 U.S. Billion-Ton Study update, which is currently scheduled for release in June 2016. The event was presented by DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Report highlights Mexico’s renewable growth potential

BY Anna SimetMexico has the potential to quadruple its use of renewable energy over the next 15 years, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. Biomass shows potential for use in the electricity, heat and transportation sectors. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Viridis Energy reports continued revenue growth in Q1 results

BY Katie FletcherOn May 27, Viridis Energy Inc. released its first quarter 2015 results, reporting a revenue increase of 55 percent to $8.8 million from 2014 quarter one. The increase represents the fifth quarter of sequential growth, up 5 percent from last quarter. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Renewables share of U.S. energy consumption highest since 1930s

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of total domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Coalition announces Biomass101 campaign

BY American Forest & Paper Association A leading coalition of forest owners, wood suppliers and manufacturers of pulp and paper goods have announced the creation of Biomass101.org, a clearinghouse for scientifically sound information on carbon-neutral bioenergy. READ MORE

May 28, 2015

Opinion: Annual Fly-In Covers Pressing Industry Issues

BY Bob Cleaves Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves discusses events at the organization's annual fly-in. READ MORE

May 27, 2015

Pew report tracks bioenergy investments in emerging markets

BY Erin VoegeleThe Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report, titled "Power Shifts: Emerging Clean Energy Markets," that shows clean energy investment in developing countries has grown in real and relative terms. READ MORE

May 27, 2015

ElectraTherm commissions whole-log woody biomass power plant

BY ElectraTherm ElectraTherm partnered with Air Burners to develop the first whole-log wood waste burner utilizing ElectraTherm's organic rankine cycle (ORC) power generating technology. The PGFireBox eliminates large amounts of wood waste without any preprocessing. READ MORE

May 27, 2015

Viaspace conducting engineering plan for 2 MW biogas plant

BY Viaspace Inc. Viaspace Inc. announced that it has been engaged by Clean Energy Solutions Pacific to provide engineering and design work for a 2 MW biogas power plant fueled by Giant King Grass. CES is an independent power producer focused on emerging markets. READ MORE

May 27, 2015

In Depth: PHOTO REVIEW: International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY Biomass Magazine Staff A photo review of the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo in Minneapolis. READ MORE

May 26, 2015

DOE hosts webinar on biofuel affordability

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced it will host a webinar on biofuel affordability on May 27. The event, titled "A Changing Market for Biofuels and Bioproducts," will address research related to biomass supply. READ MORE

May 26, 2015

Drax’s Haven Power signs deal with Thames Water

BY Drax Group Haven Power, the specialist electricity supplier to U.K. businesses and part of Drax Group plc, has signed a deal with Thames Water to supply their electricity requirements in a deal worth more than GBP 500 million ($769.31 million) over five years. READ MORE

May 26, 2015

ACT biomass boilers receive critical certification

BY Advanced Climate Technologies Advanced Climate Technologies, a New York-based manufacturer of fully automatic wood chip and wood pellet boilers used for heating commercial buildings, announced it has received the Intertek/ETL listing. READ MORE

May 26, 2015

In Depth: OPG’s Biomass Brothers

BY Anna SimetBrent Boyko and Faron Rollins are the faces of the standout utility’s biomass initiatives. READ MORE

May 25, 2015

Opinion: Targets, Policy for State-Level Thermal Energy Markets

BY Adam Sherman Biomass Energy Resource Center Manager Adam Sherman discusses how financial, regulatory, and program support policies are needed to move the market. READ MORE

May 24, 2015

Opinion: Team RNG: Bringing a New Fuel to Market

BY Stephanie Thorson Stephanie Thorson, associate at the Biogas Association, highlights contributions of those working in the biogas-to-compressed natural gas sector. READ MORE

May 23, 2015

In Depth: Setting the Scene

BY Katie FletcherIn Europe, the stage for biomass heat is set and industry leaders are engaging crowds, ready for the next act. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

Envia Energy joint venture breaks ground on GTL plant in Oklahoma

BY Katie FletcherEnvia Energy, a joint venture between Waste Management Inc., Ventech Engineers International LLC, NRG Energy Inc. and Velocys plc, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, located adjacent to WM's East Oak Landfill. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

EPA: Nearly 8 million cellulosic RINs were generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that more than 1.44 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.82 cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

California bill calls for state to share biomass fuel costs

BY Katie FletcherLegislation pending in the California legislature aims to transfer funds within the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for the purpose of maintaining the current level of biomass generation. The bill, S.B. 590, was introduced in February. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

Pallmann, Standard Bio develop new biorefinery concept

BY Pallmann Group Pallmann Group is joining forces with Standard Bio, an expert in novel biomass conversion technologies, to develop a new biorefinery concept that will use low-value organic waste as a resource for clean energy, natural fertilizers and animal protein. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

Cristal Union, Global Bioenergies to produce biobased isobutene

BY Global Bioenergies Cristal Union and Global Bioenergies have announced the formation of IBN-One, a joint venture to build and operate a facility in France that converts renewable resources into isobutene. The plant is expected to have a 50,000 metric ton capacity. READ MORE

May 22, 2015

In Depth: Advancing Landfill Gas

BY Ron KotrbaAria Energy Business Development Manager Chris Voell discusses his long, impactful career in waste management and landfill gas energy development. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

Senate hearing addresses RES legislation, biomass thermal

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 19, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on 26 pieces of legislation related to energy supply, including recently introduced legislation to establish a national renewable energy standard. READ MORE

May 21, 2015

Vermont company plans to pipe digester gas to college

BY Anna SimetA Vermont company is waiting on permission from the Vermont Public Service Board to construct a project that will transport dairy digester-derived biogas to Middlebury College to displace around 640,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil annually. READ MORE

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