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September 06, 2018

Opinion: Not Rocket Science, But Not So Easy

BY Anna SimetHope for the best, prepare for the worst. Applicable to many life circumstances, the cliché rings particularly true when it comes to a pellet or bioenergy facility’s fiber stream. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Opinion: RNG to Provide Future RFS Environmental Benefits

BY Marcus Gillette This summer, the U.S. EPA issued its second triennial review of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Critics of the RFS program were quick to laud certain summary findings of the report. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

New Hampshire biomass industry pushes for veto override

BY Anna SimetMuch is on the line for New Hampshire’s biomass industry when state legislators reconvene in mid-September, and consider an override of SB 365. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Opinion: Biomass Utilization: Options to Realize Maximum Value

BY Bob Cleaves The success of biomass power facilities may increasingly depend on greater efficiency in operations and optimal utilization of our fuels. Fortunately, there are many opportunities in these areas. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter

BY Ron KotrbaNeste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

RNG Coalition bills pass California state legislature

BY The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas On the final day of California's 2018 legislative session, a bill sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) that would pave the way for a state renewable natural gas procurement program was approved by the legislature. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

Opinion: Midterm Elections, RVO Decisions, and Lame Duck Tax Relief

BY Michael McAdams With former U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt taking aim at the biofuels industry, what started out as a challenging year is now winding down on an ostensibly more moderate and manageable note. READ MORE

September 03, 2018

In Depth: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

BY Ron KotrbaSustainable Resources Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations turn costly waste into revenue-generating income streams, is embarking on a new project that has the potential to be the biggest initiative in company history. READ MORE

September 03, 2018

In Depth: Wood Yard Wisdom

BY Anna SimetMany factors come into play when designing the ideal wood yard and fuel handling system for a bioenergy or wood pellet operation. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

In Depth: Pellets from Pallets

BY Patrick C. Miller Perspectives vary on whether wood pallets are a suitable pellet feedstock, but those using them insist it’s a good use for the fiber, and that their product can stand up to tests. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Republic Services highlights RNG efforts in sustainability report

BY Erin VoegeleRepublic Services Inc. released its 2017 Sustainability Report on Aug 29. Within the report, the company outlines progress it has made on several environmental goals, including those related to the production and use of renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

August 30, 2018

RNG Energy, PES to develop RNG facility in Philadelphia

BY RNG Energy Solutions RNG Energy Solutions and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC have announced plans to build a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester facility named Point Breeze Renewable Energy. The facility will produce RNG for transportation use. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

SD Mines graduate generates power using microbes

BY South Dakota School of Mines & Technology A doctoral graduate at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is studying microbes discovered in the Sanford Underground Research Facility, in Lead, South Dakota, that generate electricity in a similar way to electric eels. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

California Assembly votes in favor of 100% clean power by 2045

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 28, the California Assembly passed Senate Bill 100 by a vote of 44 to 33. The legislation aims to require retail electricity suppliers within the state to secure 100 percent of their power from renewables or zero-emissions sources by 2045. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

USDA memo encourages EPA to account for small refinery waivers

BY Erin VoegeleA recent memo sent to the U.S. EPA by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist shows the USDA believes the EPA should account for the impact of small refinery hardship waivers in its annual Renewable Fuel Standard rulemaking. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

EchoPro pulse radar sensors provide reliable measurement

BY Flowline Flowline has announced its EchoPro 26 GHz pulse radar sensors work with powders, grains, pellets and aggregates in dusty environments with limited space and varying angles of material repose. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

In Depth: The Slippery Slope of Biolubricants and Biogreases

BY Raj Shah and Shana Braff

August 28, 2018

Hekotek to supply pellet plant to customer in Vietnam

BY Erin VoegeleHekotek, an Estonia-based mechanical engineering company that designs and manufactures machinery for wood processing industries, recently announced it is supplying its first pellet plant to a customer in Southeast Asia. READ MORE

August 28, 2018

GE: 25 Jenbacher gas engines to power biogas project in Rwanda

BY GE Symbion Power has named Clarke Energy as the preferred bidder for two power plants in Rwanda that will generate power from dissolved biogas from deep below Lake Kivu. The projects include approximately 25 Jenbacher gas engines from GE. READ MORE

August 28, 2018

Researcher wins DOE grant to create value from biorefinery waste

BY the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Rajesh Shende, an associate professor at SD Mines, has received a $2.16 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to research and demonstrate ways to turn waste from biorefineries into valuable products. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

Canadian competition aims to develop sustainable aviation fuels

BY Erin VoegeleNatural Resources Canada recently announced the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, which aims to stimulate the development of sustainable aviation fuel supply chains. The challenge consists of two competitions and aims to reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

CenterPoint Energy files for RNG program in Minnesota

BY CenterPoint Energy CenterPoint Energy filed a proposal Aug. 23 with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission seeking approval to introduce a renewable natural gas (RNG) green tariff pilot program to its Minnesota customers. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

Aalto University, VTT sign bioeconomy agreement

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland On Aug. 23, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland signed a collaboration agreement on the CERES flagship program and took a concrete step towards a joint innovation ecosystem in the field of bioeconomy. READ MORE

August 24, 2018

Letter urges Trump to direct EPA to complete RFS electric pathway

BY Erin VoegeleThe owners of nearly 60 anaerobic digestion (AD) projects recently sent a letter to President Trump asking him to tell the U.S. EPA to prioritize the development of an electric pathway under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 24, 2018

SAE provides update of Uskmouth biomass conversion

BY SIMEC Atlantis Energy SIMEC Atlantis Energy recently issued an update on its 220 MW conversion project in Uskmouth, Wales. Post conversion, the station will export 220 MW of baseload power to the grid using an end-of-waste energy pellet. READ MORE

August 24, 2018

Arensis secures funding to develop UK renewable energy projects

BY Arensis Los Angeles-based Arensis has announced the financial close of £13.5 million in debt funding ($17 million) from Hadrian’s Wall Secured Investments Ltd. The funding was secured for renewable energy facilities in the U.K. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreement for Hawaiian bioenergy plant

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug 20, Wärtsilä announced it has signed a 10-year maintenance and operational advisory agreement for Hawaiian Electric’s Schofield Generating Station, a 50 MW facility located on the island of Oahu that is fueled by biodiesel. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

EPA: 26.35 million cellulosic RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that nearly 1.71 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 26.35 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE