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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

June 10, 2015

REA reports increased bioenergy employment in the U.K.

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently announced employment in the country’s renewable energy sector grew by 9 percent in 2013-'14, reaching 112,026 workers. Biomass heating was the highest performing renewable energy sector. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

BY University of Georgia Researchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

DNC Energy to build biomass plant in Ukraine

BY DNC Energy DNC Energy recently announced that it plans to construct a waste wood and crop residue fired biomass electric generation plant in Ukraine's Kyiv region. The 25 MW facility is the 13th biomass plant to be built in the Ukraine. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Mayo Renewable Power closes financing for Ireland biomass plant

BY Mayo Renewable Power Ltd. Mayo Renewable Power Ltd. recently announced it has closed on the finance for its 42.5 MW electricity generating station and biomass fuel processing facility to be built in Killala in County Mayo, Ireland. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

Peel Environmental's proposed biomass plant given the green light

BY Peel Environmental Plans by Peel Environmental to develop a renewable energy center at the site of the former Houghton Main Colliery in Barnsley, England, have been approved by the local government. The bioenergy project is expected to have a capacity of 20 MW. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

Hawaii law to require 100 percent renewables by 2045

BY Erin VoegeleHawaii has become the first state in the U.S. to require 100 percent renewable energy. A bill signed by Hawaii Gov. David Ige on June 8 will require the state's utilities to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

California bill to incentivize biomass fuel passes Assembly

BY Katie FletcherLast Week, California Assembly Bill 590 passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations unanimously with bipartisan support and is on its way to the Senate. The bill will add incentives for biomass utilization of agricultural waste and forest waste. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in short-term outlook

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 2.6 percent this year. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

GE’s AD technology selected for Idaho project

BY GE GE recently announced the city of Rexburg, Idaho, has selected the company's Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion and Monsal 70 technologies to treat biosolids (sewage waste) at the city's wastewater treatment facility. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

Verdezyne signs distribution agreement with Will & Co.

BY Verdezyne Inc. Verdezyne Inc. has reached an agreement with Will & Co .for distribution of Verdezyne’s first commercial product. The exclusive agreement is for sales and distribution of BIOLON DDDA (biobased dodecanedioic acid or DC12) in Europe. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

John Cleveland College gets fired up over wood chips

BY Rural Energy A college in Leicestershire is saving money thanks to a new woodchip boiler supplied and installed by biomass heating specialist Rural Energy. The landmark project has been financed through a unique community-funded cooperative investment. READ MORE

June 09, 2015

Bill would help New York community convert to biomass

BY New York State Sen. Betty Little’s office The New York state Senate recently approved legislation that would help the town of Chester finance the cost of a new wood pellet heating system by extending the length of time it may bond for the project from 10 to 15 years. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

Drax provides update of biomass operations

BY Erin VoegeleDrax Group plc has issued a trading update, reporting progress with its U.S. pellet plants and providing an update of the company's biomass conversion projects. The trading update also addresses operational performance and contracted power sales. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

U.S. wood pellets can help EU meet renewable energy goals

BY Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Wood pellets from the southeastern U.S. could assist the EU to meet its 2020 policy goals for increased renewable energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions without decreasing U.S. forest inventories or diminishing their carbon storage capacity. READ MORE

June 08, 2015

Ensyn, Youngstown Thermal sign RFO biofuel supply agreement

BY Ensyn Fuels Inc. Ensyn Fuels Inc. has signed a contract with Youngstown Thermal LLC for the supply of RFO, Ensyn's advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn Fuels is to provide Youngstown Thermal up to 2.5 million gallons of RFO per year. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

EPA to hold public hearing on RFS proposal June 25 in Kansas

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing on June 25 in Kansas City, Kansas, on its recently released proposed rule for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) and 2017 RFS proposal for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

June 05, 2015

USDA publishes final VAPG rule, opens comment period

BY Erin VoegeleIn May, USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Value-Added Producer Grant program and opened a 60-day comment period that closes on July 7. The program can support the production of E85 and biogas. READ MORE