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March 16, 2017

Opinion: A West Coast Rebound

BY Tim PortzUnfortunately, the wet and cold conditions that delivered good, or by some accounts, even great, years in the U.S. West weren’t experienced all across North America, particularly in the Northeast, which experienced another soft winter. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Company aims to make cellulosic ethanol at under $1 per gallon

BY Ethanol Producer Magazine After announcing plans to purchase an aspirant cellulosic ethanol plant in Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus has released a bold cost-of-production estimate and supportive research on the economics of its cellulose-to-sugar conversion process. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

In Depth: How Trump Could Save Coal with Wood Pellets

BY William Strauss Cofiring pellets at coal-fired power stations would help achieve the new administration’s job-creating goals, as well as other positive impacts. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Opinion: Pellet Specification & Method Comparisons

BY Chris Wiberg While the PFI and ISO standards seem very similar in many ways, it is important to note the often subtle differences in the specifications and the referenced test methods, as PFI and ISO are not always comparable. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

In Depth: A Mixed Bag

BY Tim PortzAs the 2016-’17 heating season winds down, producers across the country once again confirm that, in the pellet business, Old Man Winter determines the haves and the have nots. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

Q1 2017: 50% of U.S. South pellet plants used mill, forest waste

BY Wood Resources International Wood pellet manufacturers in both the US and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fiber costs and take advantage of less utilized fiber sources, according to analysis by Wood Resources International. READ MORE

March 14, 2017

Scientists harness solar power to produce hydrogen from biomass

BY University of Cambridge A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It’s using natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass. READ MORE

March 13, 2017

Opinion: Biomass Heating Recognition in Oil Dependent Northeast

BY Charlie Niebling Despite challenging market conditions, across the northeast U.S., making heat with biomass energy technologies continues to grow in attention, and gain interest and support among elected officials and policymakers. READ MORE

March 13, 2017

In Depth: Green Heat in the Great White North

BY Ron KotrbaStakeholders discuss how to build out the domestic wood pellet heat market in Canada. READ MORE

March 10, 2017

Australia pellet plant to reopen

BY Anna SimetFive years after Plantation Energy Albany made its last pellet shipment to an overseas customer and subsequently shut down, the facility will reopen, according to consulting company Argonaut. READ MORE

March 10, 2017

EBRD commits $365 million to Greek renewable energy project

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development In a major step towards strengthening the green economy in Greece, the EBRD Board of Directors has approved a framework committing up to €300 million ($365 million) to finance renewable energy investments in the country. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

Genscape given more time to respond to US EPA's intent to revoke

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA has granted Genscape Inc. an extension to respond to the agency's Jan. 4 notice of intent to revoke the company's ability to verify RIN credits as a third-party auditor under the RFS QAP. Genscape now has until April 18 to respond to EPA. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

Valmet to supply multifuel boiler to Japan power plant

BY Anna SimetValmet will provide a multifuel boiler and flue gas cleaning system to a 112-MW power station being built plant in Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan. The advanced circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler will be capable of cofiring coal and biomass. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

UK report confirms positive impact of biomass on carbon, forests

BY U.S. Industrial Pellet Association The UK Department of Business, Energy and Industry has released a paper that refutes earlier reports suggesting the use of biomass for generating electric power results in carbon emissions that are greater than coal. READ MORE

March 08, 2017

REG 2016 financials: Revenue hits $2B with 567M gallons sold

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG's 2016 revenue was $2 billion on 567.1 million gallons sold. Net income was $44.3 million and adjusted EBITDA was $102.1 million. REG sold 192.4 million more total gallons, revenue increased by 47 percent and adjusted EBITDA was up 104 percent. READ MORE

March 07, 2017

Schmack Biogas to build second biomethane plant in France

BY Schmack Biogas Schmack Biogas, a Viessmann Group company, has been awarded a further contract for the construction of a biomethane plant in Sourdun in northern France. READ MORE

March 06, 2017

Multilab project seeks toughest algae strains for biofuel

BY Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators and diseases, and learning to detect when an algae pond is about to crash. READ MORE

March 06, 2017

Drax Biomass, AFF Launch initiative to support private landowners

BY Drax Biomass Together Drax Biomass and the American Forest Foundation have launched an initiative to support private forest landowners in northeast Louisiana and southeast Arkansas and increase the commercial and ecological value of these lands. READ MORE

March 03, 2017

BP acquires Clean Energy’s RNG business

BY Anna SimetBP plc has acquired the upstream portion of renewable natural gas producer Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s business, and signed a long-term supply contract with Clean Energy to support its continuing downstream renewable natural gas business. READ MORE

March 03, 2017

Fortum installs biggest battery in Nordics at biomass power plant

BY Fortum Corp. The biggest lithium-ion battery in the Nordic countries was commissioned on March 3 at Fortum’s Järvenpää biomass power plant, dubbed Fortum’s Batcave battery project. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Perry confirmed as US energy secretary

BY Anna SimetFormer governor of Texas Rick Perry has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as secretary of energy, in a vote of 62 to 37. Perry replaces Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist READ MORE

March 02, 2017

REG biomass-based diesel sales top 2 billion gallons

BY RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP INC. Less than three years after marking its first billion gallons of cumulative biomass-based diesel sales, Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced that the company has sold more than 2 billion gallons cumulatively of biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Standards program adds Dry Creek Products, Pacific Coast Pellets

BY Pellet Fuels Institute The Pellet Fuels Institute announced the qualification of two pellet fuels producers to the PFI Standards Program: Pacific Coast Pellets of Shelton, Washington, and Dry Creek Products of Arcade, New York. READ MORE

March 01, 2017

Connecticut food waste AD, compost plant receives permit to build

BY Anna SimetTurning Earth aims to be operational by the second quarter of 2018 to accept residential and commercial material from 16 area municipalities. READ MORE

March 01, 2017

ANL, Roeslein test wastewater sludge-to-RNG technology

BY U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy ANL is preparing to scale up its wastewater sludge-to-RNG technology with Roeslein Alternative Energy, a company experienced in operating large-scale anaerobic digester facilities. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Fiber By-Products qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute The Pellet Fuels Institute announced on Feb. 28 the qualification of Fiber By-Products of White Pigeon, Michigan, to the PFI Standards Program as the 21st pellet manufacturer and 34th facility qualified for the program. READ MORE

February 28, 2017

Drax bids to acquire two distressed pellet plants

BY Anna SimetDrax announced on Feb. 27 that it is participating in separate processes for the acquisition out of bankruptcy for the operating assets of Texas Pellets in Woodville, Texas, and Louisiana Pellets in Urania, Louisiana. READ MORE

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 has 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