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March 20, 2015

In Depth: Renewable Heat Wave

BY Katie Fletcher Incentives help pellet use gain traction in the UK, funneling products and services, at least for now, into the heat market. READ MORE

March 20, 2015

In Depth: The Clean Warmth of an Engineered, Regulated Fire

BY Ron KotrbaCompanies and organizations speak out about U.S. EPA’s new source performance standards for residential wood-fired appliances. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Obama signs executive order to reduce federal GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegelePresident Obama has signed an executive order focused on planning for federal sustainability in the next decade. Renewable energy targets and compliance with the USDA's BioPreferred program are among the issues addressed in the executive order. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

EIA report illustrates biofuel, bioenergy subsidies

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published a report on direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy for fiscal year (FY) 2103. The report responds to a request from two members of Congress. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Supercomputers help solve puzzle-like bond for biofuels

BY University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center One of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a science team researching biofuels with the help of supercomputers. Their find could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food waste plants. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Bioenergy projects selected for CEC funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe California Energy Commission recently approved $21 million in grants for energy innovation and efficiency programs. Several bioenergy projects were among those selected for funding. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Cleanergy announces first deployment of GasBox

BY Cleanergy Cleanergy recently announced the first deployment of its GasBox at a waste water treatment plant. The Jesenice plant in the north west of Slovenia is now using Cleanergys combined-heat-and-power system to generate electricity and heat from methane. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Propel launches rollout of high-performance renewable diesel

BY Propel Fuels Propel Fuels has launched high performance renewable diesel at its locations across northern California. The fuel uses Neste Oil's NEXBTL renewable diesel, a low-carbon renewable fuel that meets petroleum diesel specifications. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Aria Energy begins operations at landfill gas-to-energy facility

BY Erin VoegeleAria Energy, a leading provider of baseload renewable energy, has announced the beginning of commercial operations and renewable energy production at Sarasota County's Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex located in Nokomis, Florida. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Scientists harness enzymes to break down tough cell walls

BY Canadian Light Source Researchers at the University of Toronto Bioproducts Research Lab studying ways to isolate components of plant cell walls so they can be used to create renewable fuels, high-value chemicals, and novel bio-based materials. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Scotia Atlantic Biomass receives fiber inventory loan

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Viridis Energy Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd., has received a working capital loan of $2 million from Cornwall Investments LLC, which will be used to procure wood fiber for pellet production. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Ontario Power Generation reports strong year

BY Anna SimetOn top of opening the largest biomass-fired power station in North America, Ontario Power Generation reported 2014 income at $568 million before extraordinary gain, a 334 percent increase compared to $135 million in 2013. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

IRS issues guidance on Section 45, Section 48 tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 11, the Internal Revenue Service published guidance pertaining to the Section 45 Production Tax Credit and Section 48 Investment Tax Credit. Legislation signed into law in late 2014 extended the credits through the end of 2014. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Alstom signs two more biomass contracts in the U.K.

BY Alstom Alstom has signed two contracts with Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor for geared reaction steam turbines (GRT) to be used in two U.K. biomass projects. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Progressive Waste Solutions opens renewable natural gas facility

BY Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. recently celebrated the official opening of its renewable natural gas facility, the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The facility is located in Terrebonne, Quebec, near Montreal. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Dragonair to fuel flight with biofuel blend

BY Dragonair Dragonair has announced that it will operate its first-ever commercial flight using a certified sustainable biofuel blend in March, highlighting its commitment, and the commitment of the Cathay Pacific Group as a whole, to sustainable development. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Rentech releases 2014 results, nears completion of pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherOn March 17, Rentech Inc. announced 2014 financial results, reporting the company is commissioning its 45,000 metric ton Atikokan, Ontario, pellet plant and nearing the end of construction at its 450,000 metric ton Wawa, Ontario, facility. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

EPA to open comment period on pennycress oil GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website inviting comment on an analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) attributable to the production and transport of pennycress oil for use in biofuel production. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Minnesota bill aims to create cellulosic biomass incentives

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation pending in Minnesota aims to establish state production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The measure was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate in February. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Flagship Ventures invests in Red Rock Biofuels

BY Red Rock Biofuels LLC Red Rock Biofuels LLC has unveiled a strategic partnership with Flagship Ventures that sets the stage for the construction of its first commercial scale refinery in Lakeview, Oregon. As part of the partnership, Flagship will invest in Red Rock. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Tempe approves ASU food waste-to-energy study

BY City of Tempe, Arizona The city of Tempe and Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability are teaming up on a study that will analyze food waste and fats, oils and grease (FOG) to determine the feasibility of turning this material into renewable energy. READ MORE

March 16, 2015

BioAmber begins commissioning Sarnia plant

BY Erin VoegeleBioAmber Inc. has released 2014 financial results and announced commissioning has begun at its 30,000 metric ton succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The facility is expected to reach commercial production by the third quarter. READ MORE

March 16, 2015

Dyadic releases annual results, calls 2014 a turning point

BY Erin VoegeleDyadic International Inc. recently released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $12.5 million, down from $17.1 million the prior year. The decrease is primarily attributed to a $6 million BASF upfront license fee in 2013. READ MORE

March 16, 2015

BASF now offers biobased PolyTHF

BY BASF BASF has made biobased Polytetrahydrofuran 1000 (PolyTHF 1000) available for the first time. The company is now providing this intermediate to selected partners for testing various applications in a large scale. READ MORE

March 13, 2015

E2 report highlights 2014 biofuel, bioenergy job announcements

BY Erin VoegeleEnvironmental Entrepreneurs (E2) recently released its fourth quarter and year-end 2014 jobs report, which shows continued growth of clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the U.S. READ MORE

March 13, 2015

Researchers combine biomass, solar energy conversion

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion. READ MORE

March 13, 2015

Blazing a trail for biomass apprentices

BY re:heat Leading players in the U.K.'s biomass industry have joined forces to develop a skills standard under the British government's Apprenticeship Trailblazers program. The Biomass Installation Engineer program is led by Neil Harrison of re:heat. READ MORE