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December 07, 2016

Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

BY Erin VoegelePresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Drax to acquire Opus Energy, 4 OCGT development projects

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 6, Drax Group plc announced plans to acquire Opus Energy Group Ltd. and four open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) development projects. Drax also said it is continuing to monitor opportunities to acquire additional wood pellet plants. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Baringa Partners appointed to lead ETI biomass logistics project

BY Katie FletcherThe Energy Technologies Institute has appointed energy consultancy Baringa Partners to lead a project to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on U.K. logistics infrastructure development. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

University of St. Andrews commissions biomass plant

BY University of St. Andrews The University of St. Andrews’ strategic aim to become the U.K.’s first carbon neutral university for energy usage took a major step forward Dec. 6 when the biomass plant at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge was officially commissioned. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Leaf Resources, Novozymes launch biomass-to-sugars collaboration

BY Leaf Resources Leaf Resources recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources’ innovative biomass conversion technology. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts

BY Katie FletcherNov. 18 marked the official opening of Maine Energy Systems’ wood pellet distribution facility and heating equipment showroom with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the project site in North Oxford, Massachusetts. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

EPA holds hearing on REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 6, the U.S. EPA held a hearing on its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule in Chicago. Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association were among the organizations that testified at the event. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

Senate committee hearing focuses on GAO’s RFS reports

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 1, the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to discuss the U.S. EPA’s management of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and two Government Accountability Office reports released on Nov. 28. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

NIB finances new biomass heating plant in Finland

BY Nordic Investment Bank Nordic Investment Bank has signed a 15-year loan with the Finnish utility Lahti Energia for the construction of the new biofuel heating plant Kymijärvi III. The project is part of the city of Lahti’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

UMass Amherst: Engineers boost biobased p-xylene production

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst A team of chemical engineering researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an ingredient of plastics. The new method has a 97 percent yield and uses biomass as the feedstock. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

EPA sets cellulosic waiver credit price for 2017 at $2.00

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA recently published a notice to its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2017 at $2.00. The CWC price for 2016 was set in at $1.33 in November 2015. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

Air Liquide to design, build landfill gas purification plant

BY Air Liquide Air Liquide has announced it will design, construct and operate its first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in the U.S. at the Northeast Mississippi Landfill (NEML), in Walnut, Mississippi. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

Green Biologics certified under USDA BioPreferred program

BY Green Biologics Inc. Green Biologics Inc. recently announced that its high purity biobased n-butanol and acetone have received official certification under the USDA BioPreferred program. The products are marketed under the BioPure brand. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Grant funds test of market potential for jet fuel research

BY Washington State University Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Blue Sphere provides biogas project updates

BY Anna SimetAs of mid-November, Blue Sphere’s 5.2-MW biogas plant in Charlotte, North Carolina is connected to the grid, and all three generators are now operating, the company recently reported. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Colombo Energy becomes 17th qualified into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute On Nov. 30, the Pellet Fuels Institute qualified Colombo Energy of Greenwood, South Carolina, into its Standards Program, which now represents 17 pellet manufacturing companies, among them 29 facilities. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

EU publishes clean energy policy package for heating, cooling

BY Katie FletcherThis week, the European Commission released a package of policy proposals aimed at boosting the EU’s competitiveness as the world transitions to a clean energy mix. AEBIOM and REA express support and concern over certain aspects of the legislation. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Out With the Old, In With the New

BY Tim PortzThe best argument our industry has going for it in the context of a Trump administration is its ability to produce jobs, and for the next four years, we’d be wise to build our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on that premise. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Active Energy scores plant funding, provides testing update

BY Active Energy Group Active Energy announced that it has achieved certain milestones in line with its strategy to commercialize its CoalSwitch technology, which utilizes low-value wood, timber, forestry and pulp mill/ saw mill byproducts to produce drop-in biomass fuel. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Trump Wins, Now What?

BY Bob Cleaves While the new administration takes shape, the Biomass Power Association is watching the key issue areas that may affect the industry. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Vermont launches wood, pellet stove change-out program

BY Anna SimetA new wood and pellet stove change-out program in Vermont aims to help residents update existing systems with cleaner, more efficient models. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Maximizing Decarbonization, Maintaining Grid Reliability

BY William Strauss The economics of power generation, combined with the need to keep the grid energized under all scenarios, can provide guidance for determining the least costly way to avoid carbon emissions while maintaining grid reliability. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

California’s Tajiguas Landfill to construct AD project in 2017

BY Katie FletcherIn July, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved a resource recovery project at the Tajiguas Landfill. Project developers are currently finalizing agreements between the cities it would serve and hope to begin construction in 2017. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Finland outlines energy, climate actions to 2030 and beyond

BY Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland The Finland government approved the national energy and climate strategy to 2030 on Nov. 24. The strategy will be submitted as a government report to the Parliament, where discussion on it started Nov. 30. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Opinion: The Difficulty of Getting Good Biomass Heating Data

BY Ben Bell-Walker Amidst what seems like a deluge of half-truths and hyperbole about biomass and its effects, it’s important for the industry not to shy away from rigorously showing the real-world benefits that this form of renewable energy can bring. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

GAO RFS reports paint incomplete picture of advanced biofuels

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. Government Accountability Office issued two reports Nov. 28 suggesting that the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding the U.S. renewable fuels sector. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

In Depth: Scandinavian Swap-Out

BY Tim PortzLeveraging sea routes that connect to vast quantities of regional biomass, combined-heat-and-power stations across Scandinavia are retooling to capitalize on the carbon-neutral fuel. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

In Depth: An Unconventional Conversion Facility

BY Katie FletcherChip Energy’s unique biomass recycling venture will turn waste wood into wood pellets, briquettes and more. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

New Hampshire biomass plant celebrates 10 years of operations

BY Eversource Energy After a decade of generating clean energy for customers throughout the region, the Northern Wood Power biomass unit at Eversource’s Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, continues to be an engine for the state’s forestry industry. READ MORE

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