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June 19, 2015

In Depth: Udder Confusion: Dairy Digester Development in California

BY Ron KotrbaThe Golden State has borderline personality disorder regarding promotion and discouragement of dairy biogas projects. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

BIOFerm, Viessmann selected for biogas project in New York

BY Whitney Beadle, BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group North Elba, New York, has selected BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group as the anaerobic digester technology provider for a community organic diversion project expected to begin this year. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

Illinois economists examine long-term trajectory of proposed RVO

BY Sue Retka SchillUniversity of Illinois economists Scott Irwin, Darrell Good continue analysis of the implications of the EPA's proposed RVO, this time through 2022. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

Opinion: A Look at EPA’s RVO Proposal

BY Michael McAdams Advanced Biofuel Association President Michael McAdams discusses the U.S. EPA's renewable fuel standard renewable volume obligation proposal. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Wastech opens British Columbia landfill gas plant

BY Anna SimetWastech has officially commenced operations of a landfill gas-to-energy plant at the Cache Creek Landfill in British Columbia, Canada, a disposal site that serves the Metro Vancouver area. Construction of the 4.8-MW project began in last summer. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Report highlights EU progress in reaching 2020 renewables goals

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 16, the European Commission published a progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets, reporting that the EU is on track to meets its 20 percent renewable energy targets. Biomass accounted for 47 percent of renewables in the EU last year. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Capstone Turbine releases fourth quarter financial results

BY Katie FletcherOn June 15, Capstone Turbine Corp. released its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, reporting three, big headwinds contributed to a challenging year, but the company is moving forward. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Farmers, biofuel industry call on Congress to leave RFS alone

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 17, Fuels America hosted a press call during which farmers and representatives of the biofuel industry discussed how legislative changes to the renewable fuel standard would threaten America’s security, consumers, climate and rural economy. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Bioproducts industry contributes $369 billion to U.S. economy

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry is generating substantial economic activity and American jobs. It builds on the "Why Biobased?" report released by the USDA in October. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

NMMA endorses use of Gevo’s isobutanol in marine fuel market

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has received a key endorsement for the use of its renewable isobutanol by the marine industry, following support and recommendation for the use of isobutanol by the National Marine Manufacturers Association as an alternative to ethanol. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Genomatica advances development of feedstock for biochemicals

BY Genomatica Genomatica announced progress in harnessing cellulosic biomass for commercial production of high-quality chemicals rather than just fuels. Genomatica's work sets the stage to increase the range of feedstock choices for making biobased chemicals. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

In Depth: Crunching the Numbers

BY Anna SimetFirst- and second-generation ethanol leaders discussed challenges, priorities and successes at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Minneapolis. READ MORE

June 16, 2015

USDA publishes final rules on biobased products

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA's Office of Procurement and Property Management has published final rules in the Federal Register amending regulations for the voluntary labeling program for biobased products and the designation of biobased products for federal procurement. READ MORE

June 16, 2015

EBI researchers develop process for drop-in aviation biofuel

BY U.S. DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory While biofuels have proven to be an effective, renewable, low-carbon alternative to gas and diesel, jet fuels pose unique challenges. These challenges have now been met with a technique developed by researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute. READ MORE

June 16, 2015

DOE initiatives launch as part of Clean Energy Investment Summit

BY U.S. Department of Energy The Department of Energy has announced several new and expanding initiatives as part of the administration's Clean Energy Investment Summit, including the launch of a Clean Energy Impact Investment Center. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Comment period open on proposed discretionary changes to BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced its intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) to assess the potential environmental consequences associated with proposed discretionary changes to the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Viridis Merchants announces European supply agreement

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Viridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., has secured a European supply agreement for up to 20,000 metric tons of ENplus certified premium wood pellets per year. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Veolia appointed operator of biomass power plant in Ireland

BY Veolia Veolia, through its subsidiary in Ireland Veolia Energy Services, has been awarded a 15-year contract to operate a biomass power plant in Killala, Co. Mayo, in Ireland, by Mayo Renewable Power. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

USDA accepting applications for biofuels infrastructure funding

BY USDA The USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. has announced that all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., may now apply for up to $100 million in grants under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership. READ MORE

June 15, 2015

Everbright International secures biomass project in China

BY China Everbright International Ltd. China Everbright International Ltd. recently announced that it has signed an investment agreement with the People’s Government of Rugao City of Jiangsu Province for the investment, construction and operation of a biomass power generation project READ MORE

June 12, 2015

SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel schedules 3 teleconferences

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board has announced the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold three teleconferences over the next several months to review the EPA's biogenic carbon emissions framework. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

UPM’s ValChem project receives EU funding

BY UPM UPM’s ValChem project, which is focused on value-added chemicals from wood lignin, has received EUR 13.1 million ($33.89 million) funding from the EU. Sekab, METabolic EXplorer and Technische Universitat Darmstadt are cooperating on the project. READ MORE

June 12, 2015

Synbio startups average 7.4 years to launch first product

BY Lux Research Synthetic biology start-ups developing technologies to convert biomass and other non-petroleum feedstocks into chemicals and materials need, on average, 7.4 years to launch a product, according to a Lux Research analysis. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

Fuels America holds call to discuss new EPA memo on RIN prices

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 11, Fuels America hosted a conference call to discuss a memo from the U.S. EPA that demonstrates the renewable fuel standard (RFS) does not increase retail gas prices. Rather, it can decrease them. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

Unlocking the biofuel energy stored in plant cell walls

BY Cherie Winner, Penn State Penn State plant scientist Daniel Cosgrove has devoted decades to studying the cell walls that make plant matter resistant to chemical conversion. His research aims to overcome that challenge and enable greater energy production. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

E4tech to lead ETI project focused on biomass processing options

BY Energy Technologies Institute The Energy Technologies Institute has selected E4tech to lead a consortium that will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a techno-economic assessment of biomass pre-processing. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

EPA opens public comment period on RFS rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 10, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in the Federal Register, officially opening the public comment period on the proposal. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

EIA to collect, publish data on densified biomass

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced plans to conduct regular surveys of U.S. pellet producers. Data gathered through the surveys will be published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Vermont CEDF releases RFP for wood heat systems

BY Anna SimetVermont's Clean Energy Development Fund has released a request for proposals (RFP) to select recipients of grants that will help cover the cost of installing new advanced wood heating systems in public schools and low-income housing developments. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

FutureMetrics publishes strategy to cofire wood pellets with coal

BY Katie FletcherIn light of upcoming federal policy, like the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, William Strauss, founder and president of FutureMetrics, published a paper describing a strategy for a gradual transition to a less carbon-intensive power generation sector. READ MORE