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February 16, 2018

Connecticut to phase down value of biomass, landfill gas RECs

BY Erin VoegeleThe Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has finalized its Comprehensive Energy Strategy. The CES, in part, includes a phase-down of biomass and landfill gas renewable energy credits (RECs) in Class 1 RPS starting in 2019. READ MORE

February 16, 2018

NREL scientists model methane-eating bacteria

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory A research team including scientists from NREL recently explored the possibilities provided by the natural world by researching how the bacteria Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum 20ZR uses methane and converts it to valuable product precursors. READ MORE

February 16, 2018

Meridian, Genarex partner on bio-additives for plastics

BY Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an innovative technology and integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, recently announced a strategic partnership with Genarex FD LLC to develop a broader range of bio-additives for the plastics market. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

Letter asks EPA to take a fresh look at corn kernel fiber ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the cellulosic biofuels industry are asking the U.S. EPA to take a renewed look at commercial-ready cellulosic biofuels as the agency begins its work to develop proposed 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

Siemens selected as technology partner for biomass power plants

BY Siemens MasTec Power Corp., as the EPC contractor for Georgia Renewable Power LLC, has chosen Siemens as the technology partner for two new biomass power plants, Georgia Renewable – Franklin LLC and Georgia Renewable – Madison LLC. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

BPA adds new members Jametown Energy, Koda Energy, Forest2Market

BY Biomass Power Association Biomass Power Association recently announced that it has signed three new members, including biomass power plants Jamestown Energy and Koda Energy, and Forest2Market, a company analyzing the wood raw materials supply chain. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Pruitt commits to creating regulatory certainty for biomass

BY Erin VoegeleEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has provided New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu with a letter announcing EPA’s efforts to work towards a carbon-neutral policy for biomass and clarify federal procurement recommendations for responsibly managed forests. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Construction underway on Indiana RNG project

BY AMP Americas Renewable Dairy Fuels, a business unit of AMP Americas, has announced construction is underway on a on-farm anaerobic digester-to-vehicle fuel operation in Fair Oaks, Indiana. The facility will produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from dairy waste. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Prodesa, FutureMetrics announce partnership agreement

BY FutureMetrics Prodesa and FutureMetrics are teaming up under a new partnership agreement under which FutureMetrics operations expert, John Swaan, will lead a team that trains the operators of new Prodesa pellet plants. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Sylvatex, Valicor announce joint development agreement

BY Sylvatex Inc. Sylvatex Inc. and Valicor Inc. have entered into a joint development agreement that will oversee the development, construction, and commercialization of Sylvatex’s MicroXTM technology to convert distillers corn oil into MicroXTM renewable blendstock. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Gene improves plant growth and conversion to biofuels

BY University of Georgia A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Paper discusses impact of weather, oil prices on pellet demand

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics has published a brief white paper explaining how weather and the price of heating oil influence demand for wood pellets used for heating. The paper, published Jan. 31, was authored by William Strauss, president of FutureMetrics. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Biogen acquires Tamar Energy

BY Biogen Biogen has expanded its food waste recycling network through the acquisition of Tamar Energy, one of the largest anaerobic digestion (AD) owners and operators in the U.K. The combined group operates a network of 13 AD plants and six composting sites. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Active Energy opens Utah facility

BY Erin VoegeleU.K.-based Active Energy Group plc has announced its CoalSwitch plant in Utah officially became operational the week of Feb. 5 and is producing the company’s high-calorific, high-bulk-density biomass pellet. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

Connecticut seeks proposals for AD, wind, fuel cell projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit offers for certain Connecticut Class I renewable energy sources, including anaerobic digestion, offshore wind and fuel cells. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

ABC: Budget act extends biogas, biomass PTC through 2017

BY American Biogas Council The American Biogas Council has released a statement in response to passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which only includes a one year retroactive extension of the Production Tax Credit for biogas and biomass through 2017. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

PA Biomass Energy Association expands to Mid-Atlantic

BY Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association has expanded its focus beyond the keystone state to the region and will now be known as the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council. The material focus of the organization remains the same. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

Gevo amends isobutanol supply agreement with Musket

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has strengthened its existing relationship with Musket Corp. by amending its isobutanol supply agreement to provide Musket with the exclusive right to sell Gevo’s renewable isobutanol within a 300 mile radius of Houston, Texas. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office evaluated in new report

BY U.S. Department of Energy U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducts a biennial peer review that enables external stakeholders to provide feedback on its R&D portfolio and develop recommendations. On Feb. 6, BETO published the results of last year's peer review. READ MORE

February 09, 2018

Budget bill retroactively extends biofuel tax credits for 2017

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 9, President Donald Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 into law. The two-year funding bill ends a brief government shutdown and includes retroactive tax extenders for several biofuel-related tax incentives. READ MORE

February 09, 2018

Organic Power to install 2 MW AD plant in Puerto Rico

BY Erin VoegeleOrganic Power Ltd. is installing a Global Water Engineering Raptor anaerobic digestion plant at its green energy facility in Bega Baja, Puerto Rico. Once fully operational in mid-2018, the facility is expected to produce 2.055 MW of electricity. READ MORE

February 09, 2018

Biofuels feedstock study supports billion-ton estimate

BY South Dakota State University Researchers are trying to determine if farmers can produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock, according to North Central Regional Sun Grant Center Director Vance Owens. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

EPA expands list of non-waste fuels under NHSM rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule adding creosote-borate, copper naphthenate and copper naphthenate-borate treated railroad ties to its list of non-waste fuels under the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials regulations. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in February report

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide approximately 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2018 and 2019. READ MORE

February 08, 2018

Consumers can save a bundle by switching to wood pellets

BY New Hampshire Wood Energy Council The New Hampshire Wood Energy Council reveals modern wood heating with locally sourced wood pellet fuel is delivering significant heat cost advantages over conventional fossil heating fuels. READ MORE

February 07, 2018

FERC: US adds 268 MW of biomass capacity in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleData released by the federal government shows the U.S. added 268 MW of biomass capacity last year, more than double the 110 MW of biomass capacity that was installed in 2016. An additional 890 MW of biomass capacity is proposed to be added by 2021. READ MORE

February 07, 2018

Enerkem raises its largest financing round, adds new investors

BY Enerkem Inc. Enerkem Inc. has completed a C$280 million ($222.82 million) investment round—its largest to date. In addition to new investors BlackRock and Sinobioway, existing investors also participated in this financing. READ MORE

February 07, 2018

Nuseed, Agrisoma carinata distribution agreement takes flight

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and Nuseed confirm they are in discussions to develop a distribution agreement for carinata seed. The announcement follows last week’s world first transpacific Qantas Airways flight powered by biojet fuel made from carinata. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

Pinnacle Renewable Holdings completes IPO in Canada

BY Erin VoegeleCanadian pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. announced the successful closing of its initial public offering (IPO) and secondary offering of its common shares. The common shares began trading Feb. 6 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

ElectraTherm supplies generator to Japanese biomass plant

BY ElectraTherm ElectraTherm shipped a Power-plus Generator to Japan to generate fuel-free, emission-free electricity. The Power-plus will utilize the waste heat streams from three reciprocating engines running on biomass. READ MORE

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