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November 30, 2018

Algae testbed experiment yields data useful for future projects

BY Erin VoegeleA unique experiment that explored how well algae grows in specific regions of the United States yielded data that could prove useful as the industry moves forward, according to research from NREL and ASU. READ MORE

November 30, 2018

Report: Pro-innovation policies, biotech advances are linked

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization A study released Nov. 19 highlights strategies, policies and best practices that have been successful in creating an environment in which biotechnology innovation can flourish around the world, according to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

USDA rule to help speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is taking action to allow agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

Trucking company reports less downtime after switch to biofuel

BY Neste US Inc. 18 Trucking, a construction trucking services company based in Hayward, California, is reporting reductions in maintenance costs and less downtime for their fleet after switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

Drax takes action to cut shipping supply chain emissions

BY Drax Group Drax has partnered with Smart Green Shipping Alliance, Ultrabulk, and Humphreys Yacht Design to tackle the issue of CO2 emissions from the shipping industry. A feasibility study will examine the potential to use Fastrig technology on Ultrabulk ships. READ MORE

November 28, 2018

Biomass UK calls CCUS action plan ‘a strong step forward’

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 28, the U.K. government released an action plan that aims to enable the development of the nation’s first carbon capture, usage and storage project. Biomass U.K., an affiliate of the U.K. REA, has spoken out in support of the action plan. READ MORE

November 28, 2018

Pinnacle begins pellet production at new British Columbia plant

BY Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. announced Nov. 27 that it has commenced initial pellet production at its new production facility in Smithers, British Columbia, which is owned 70 percent by Pinnacle and 30 percent by West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. READ MORE

November 28, 2018

Dalhousie University opens biomass energy plant

BY Dalhousie University Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus has its sights set on being completely carbon neutral—a goal highlighted at the opening of the new biomass energy plant, which celebrated its grand opening Nov. 20. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

EPA proposes to amend 2015 NSPS for residential wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has issued a proposed rule to amend its 2015 NSPS for residential wood heaters that would provide retailers additional time to sell existing inventories of heaters and forced air furnaces. The agency also issued a related ANPR. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

New tax, oversight bill aims to extend biofuel tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleHouse Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, has released a tax and oversight legislative package that includes extensions for several biofuel-related tax credits, including those for renewable diesel and second-generation biofuels. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods form RNG joint venture

BY Smithfield Food Inc. Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Inc. are forming a joint venture called Align Renewable Natural Gas that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into clean renewable energy for heat and power applications. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

Drax: Bioenergy carbon capture, storage pilot now underway

BY Drax Group The commissioning of an innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot plant at Drax Power Station has started, with the first carbon dioxide expected to be captured in the coming weeks. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

Pöyry selected as EPCM contractor for torrefied pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 21, Pöyry announced Baltania OÜ has awarded the company an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract for a torrefied pellet plant under development in Vägari, Estonia. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

Researchers develop, test system for making biobased chemicals

BY Iowa State University Iowa State University researchers will test a new way of producing biobased chemicals that’s backed by 10 years of working in laboratories, partnering with industries and launching startups. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Draft bill would sunset RFS, establish national octane standard

BY Erin VoegeleA discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act was released on Nov. 21. The bill aims to sunset the RFS and enact a national octane specification. Those in the biofuels industry are criticizing the bill for its treatment of the RFS. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

DOE awards $98 million in ARPA-E funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is awarding $98 million to support 40 transformative energy technology projects under ARPA-E's latest open funding opportunity. Biofuel-related projects are among those to receive funding. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Grassley weighs in on EPA’s expected RFS ‘reset’ rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has spoken out regarding a Nov. 20 Reuters report indicating the U.S. EPA plans to issue a rulemaking in January to “reset” the Renewable Fuel Standard targets, noting the action could further weaken the RFS. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Canadian government funds project to produce biobased nylon

BY Erin VoegeleThe Canadian government has announced funding to support the development of biomass-based alternative material that could replace traditional nylon used in automobile manufacturing and other industries. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Andritz to supply fluidized bed boiler for biomass plant in Japan

BY Andritz International technology group Andritz has received an order from Toyo Engineering Corp., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid Circulating Fluidized Bed boiler with flue gas cleaning system for a new biomass power plant to be built in Kamisu. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

USDA: 2 national labs win BioPreferred Program procurement awards

BY USDA The USDA recently announced that two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories have received USDA’s Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards for Fiscal Year 2018 for testing and adopting biobased products within their operations. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

New York City to expand use of renewable diesel in city vehicles

BY NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services announced Nov. 14 that it will expand use of renewable diesel fuel, which reduces CO2 emissions by 65 percent compared to the petroleum-based version. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Verbio completes sale of DuPont plant, wins IEDA support

BY Erin VoegeleDuPont’s 30 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, is now under new ownership. Verbio North America Corp. completed its purchase of the plant on Nov. 20 and will soon move forward with plans to convert the facility to produce RNG. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Caribbean power plant to convert from coal to biomass

BY Erin VoegeleA coal-fired power plant on the French island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean is set to be converted to biomass following the approval of a draft power purchase agreement between the facility and the French energy regulator. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

GESS International breaks ground on North Carolina biogas plants

BY GESS International GESS International broke ground on two North Carolina biogas plants in November. Both facilities will process swine waste and green biomass and are expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2020. READ MORE

November 19, 2018

EPA: 29.5 million cellulosic RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 29.5 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

November 19, 2018

NREL shifts carbon fiber research into second gear

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Ongoing research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory could lead to a cleaner method of transforming acrylonitrile (ACN) into carbon fiber, replacing petrochemicals with biomass as the starting point. READ MORE

November 16, 2018

EPA: No new small refinery waivers filed, approved in past month

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 16, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard showing that no new petitions were filed or approved between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10. READ MORE

November 16, 2018

Valmet to supply a biomass-fired boiler to project in Finland

BY Valmet Corp. Valmet will supply a biomass-fired boiler plant to Elenia Lämpö Oy's Vanaja power plant in Hämeenlinna, Finland. The investment will enable the company to raise the share of renewable fuels used in the city's district heat production. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Report finds biomass can play bigger role in UK energy production

BY Erin VoegeleOn Nov. 15, the U.K. Committee on Climate Change published a report on biomass that has determined sustainably sourced biomass feedstocks can play a fundamental role in decarbonizing the U.K. economy. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Renewable diesel increasingly used to meet California LCFS

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Renewable diesel net supply to California’s fuel market has increased since the state’s LCFS program went into effect in 2011, reaching 100 million gallons during the second quarter of 2018, or 10.1 percent of the total diesel supplied. READ MORE