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February 27, 2017

Minnesota bill proposes doubling of state renewable power goal

BY Anna SimetMinnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith introduced HF 1772, which would raise the state's current renewable portfolio standard, enacted in 2007, from 25 percent by 2025 to 50 percent by 2030. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Wood stove competition to focus on automation, electricity

BY The Alliance for Green Heat The Alliance for Green Heat have announced the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge, returning to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in November 2018. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Alliance Bioenergy makes offer on IneosBio Vero Beach property

BY Alliance Bioenergy Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. announced it has submitted an offer to purchase a 145-plus acre ethanol plant previously owned by INEOS New Planet Bioenergy in Vero Beach, Florida. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Opinion: A Matter of Scale

BY Tim PortzThough the completion dates of two projects featured in the March issue of Biomass Magazine were critical for vastly different reasons, despite the massive difference in scale, the construction approaches to hit each deadline had a lot in common. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Airex Energy inaugurates Quebec torrefaction plant

BY Airex Energy On Feb. 24, Airex Energy officially inaugurated its biomass torrefaction plant, located in the La Prade industrial park in Bécancour, Quebec. The industrial-size demonstration plant showcases Airex's trademarked CarbonFX technology. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

Alberta Innovates issues EOI for waste-to-energy technologies

BY Anna SimetAlberta Innovates, a provincial agency focused on advancing energy and environmental technology, has released a call for expression of interest (EOI) for companies to showcase waste conversion technologies fit for small and urban rural communities. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

In Depth: Biologicals and BMPS: A Modern Digester's Blueprint for Success

BY Will CharltonEnsuring a digester has the right bacteria to work in conjecture with methanogens can lead to higher-than-anticipated yields and a more profitable operation. READ MORE

February 23, 2017

REA corrects inaccuracies in Chatham House biomass report

BY Renewable Energy Association The Renewable Energy Association has corrected several inaccuracies in a recent Chatham House report, “The Impacts of the Demand for Woody Biomass for Power and Heat on Climate and Forests,” which was released Feb. 23. READ MORE

February 23, 2017

Enviva reviews solid year, sees global pellet market growth

BY Anna SimetEnviva Partners LP reported solid operational performance and financial results for full year 2016, with net revenue increasing 1.5 percent from 2015 to $464.3 million, and an adjusted EBITA increase of 16 percent, or $12.4 million, from 2015. READ MORE

February 23, 2017

Opinion: Biomass: A 2017 Policy Outlook

BY Bob CleavesAs the new administration settles into office and the 115th Congress takes shape, the Biomass Power Association is looking ahead at potential policy opportunities for the biomass industry in 2017. READ MORE

February 23, 2017

In Depth: Commercial Proving Grounds

BY Ron KotrbaWith help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable diesel technology at a shuttered, gutted biodiesel plant in Alberta. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

OPG expands opportunities for advanced wood pellet producers

BY Wood Pellet Association of Canada OPG is seeking to expand its experience and knowledge about advanced wood pellets, and is collaborating with Natural Resources Canada on a project aimed at evaluating advanced biomass fuels for use in power generation and other industrial sectors. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

In Depth: The New Stacks in Town

BY Anna SimetA state-of-the-art, waste-to-energy plant at Dublin’s Poolbeg Peninsula is readying to fire up. Built by Covanta Energy Inc., the facility will generate enough power for 80,000 homes, and eventually, district heat as well. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Opinion: Biomass Thermal Legislative Advances

BY Aaron Aber The Biomass Thermal Energy Council is beginning the year with a strong focus on developing codes and standards for biomass thermal energy in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Opinion: The RFS in 2017: A Brave New World

BY Michael McAdamsAdvanced Biofuel Association President Michael McAdams provides an overview of the outstanding issues confronting the industry, and outlines priorities of the next six months. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Astec weighs in on strong year, future wood pellet projects

BY Anna SimetAstec Inc. reported a solid year in 2016, having grown both revenue and net income quarter-over- quarter and year-over-year, on top of an end-of-year record backlog and a larger-than-anticipated number for pellet plant revenue. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

In Depth: True Sustainability in Pine Bluff

BY Katie FletcherWhile pellets produced at Highland Pellets’ new facility leave for overseas, the benefits remain in the surrounding community of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Opinion: Trump, Obama and Wood Stoves

BY John AckerlyEven though President Trump is a climate change skeptic and put the head of Exxon in charge of our state department, could he still do something good for our modest slice of the residential renewable energy movement? READ MORE

February 21, 2017

In Depth: North Central Area’s Biomass Reboot

BY Tim PortzAfter 30-plus years of operation, a biomass heating system at a school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was replaced by the company that originally built it. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Poet-DSM plans enzyme manufacturing facility at Project Liberty

BY POET-DSM POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Pellet producer Equustock acquires South Dakota, New York plants

BY Ron KotrbaEquustock LLC announced two recent plant acquisitions in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Kingsbury, New York. The Rapid City plant is the former Mountain Pine Management facility and the site in Kingsbury is the former location of Royal Wood Shavings. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Pruitt confirmed as US EPA administrator

BY Anna SimetIn a 54-46 vote, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. EPA. He has served as attorney general of Oklahoma since November 2010. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Alabama company buys closed Maine biomass power plant

BY Anna SimetAlabama company 42 Railroad Ave LLC has purchased shuttered biomass power plant Sherman Power Station in Stacyville, Maine, and plans to restart the facility as early as June. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX cellulosic ethanol pilot plant

BY D3MAX Stanley, Wisconsin-based ACE Ethanol will host a pilot-scale plant from D3MAX as part of the planned commercialization of the technology. Installation will be complete by mid-March. Start-up and testing will progress over the next two months. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Drax reports good operational year, discusses future in biomass

BY Anna SimetDrax Group has released its preliminary results for 2016. Via webcast, CEO Dorothy Thompson discussed challenges and successes over the past year, as well as some of the company’s future goals for biomass conversions and wood pellet production. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

PFI qualifies 20th pellet producer to standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Fiber Energy Products and Forest Energy Corp. each had a wood pellet manufacturing plant qualify for the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program, bringing the total number of qualified facilities to 20. READ MORE

February 15, 2017

EnviTech Biogas commissioning two New York dairy digesters

BY Anna SimetGlobal digester developer EnviTech Biogas is in the processing of commissioning its third and fourth digesters at New York dairy farms. READ MORE

February 15, 2017

Jungbunzlauer, Green Biologics partner on biobased plasticizers

BY Green Biologics Inc. Green Biologics entered an exclusive collaboration with Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg GmbH for supply of n-butanol from Green Biologics' Little Falls, Minnesota, production facility. Jungbunzlauer will produce tributyl citrate and acetyl tributyl citrate. READ MORE

February 14, 2017

Illinois senator introduces legislation to boost in-state biotech

BY The Office of Senator Chapin Rose Illinois Senate Bill 1656 provides incentives to Illinois businesses to produce and sell new renewable products made from biomass and other renewable sources. READ MORE

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