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May 14, 2015

Lux Research: Biofuel developers can thrive despite cheap oil

BY Lux Research While alternative fuels like biofuels had obvious appeal when oil prices were well over $100 a barrel, the plummet in oil prices to $50 levels can threaten the cost-competitiveness of alternative fuels. READ MORE

May 14, 2015

Research highlights potential of double-cropping for food, fuel

BY University of Illinois ACES The use of double-cropping systems, a winter annual biomass crop is grown then harvested in the spring, followed by a summer annual crop, has been suggested as an option to produce biofuel feedstocks. READ MORE

May 13, 2015

Senators introduce bill to establish national RES program

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Tom Udall, D-N.M, has introduced legislation that aims to establish a national renewable electricity standard (RES). The bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. READ MORE

May 13, 2015

Wyden Introduces bill to boost biomass energy

BY Sen. Ron Wyden's office Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced a bill that would spur the use of low-carbon biomass energy to heat and power homes and businesses, while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas. READ MORE

May 13, 2015

SRS celebrates groundbreaking of biomass heating plant

BY Ameresco On May 11, senior officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Ameresco, Inc. gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the start of a new project for a biomass heating plant. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

Gevo Q1 results highlight isobutanol batches, jet fuel agreement

BY Katie FletcherOn May 12, Gevo Inc. released financial results for the first quarter, with an update on recent corporate highlights, including successful isobutanol batches run at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant and the recent jet fuel agreement with Alaska Airlines. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

Hawaii set to be first state with 100 percent renewables goal

BY Anna SimetAccording to the Hawaiian government, billions of dollars are diverted from the state’s economy each year because of its dependence on imported fossil fuels. A bill that sits on the governor’s desk will set a goal of 100 percent renewables by 2045. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

Biofuel trade groups discuss RFS rulemaking, announce ad campaign

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 12, representatives of two biofuel trade organizations discussed the choice the White House and U.S. EPA face in proposing upcoming renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

U.S. pellet exports increased during the fourth quarter

BY Wood Resources International LLC Exportation of wood pellets from North America to Europe and Asia reached an all-time high rising 22 percent in 2014 from the previous year, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Shipments from the US were up 40 percent year-over-year. READ MORE

May 12, 2015

DONG Energy divests its last waste-fired CHP plant

BY DONG Energy DONG Energy has entered into an agreement to divest the waste-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant near Holstebro, Mabjerg CHP Plant, to the Danish utility companies Struer Forsyning Fjernvarme A/S and Vestforsyning Varme A/S. READ MORE

May 11, 2015

Rentech highlights Canadian pellet plant production in Q1 results

BY Katie FletcherOn May 11, Rentech Inc. released its 2015 first quarter financial results, reporting both its Canadian industrial facilities are producing pellets; Atikokan production rates exceeding the external forecast and Wawa commissioning better than expected. READ MORE

May 11, 2015

2014-'15 RFS rule under review by White House OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA's proposed rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements is undergoing review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, marking a final step before the rule is released for public review. READ MORE

May 11, 2015

UPS to purchase RNG from Clean Energy

BY UPS UPS has entered into an agreement to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) for its delivery vehicle fleet from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. UPS fueling stations in Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles will utilize Clean Fuels's Redeem RNG fuel. READ MORE

May 08, 2015

BioAmber progresses with construction, commissioning of Sarnia

BY Erin VoegeleBioAmber Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting construction and commissioning of its biorefinery in Sarnia, Ontario, is progressing on time and on budget. The facility is expected to being operations during the third quarter. READ MORE

May 08, 2015

Biofuel industry reacts to API, AFPM letter to EPA

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 10 biofuel trade associations and companies recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in response to a May 1 letter issued by the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. READ MORE

May 08, 2015

Researchers produce jet fuel compounds from fungus

BY Washington State University Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable aviation biofuels within five years. READ MORE

May 08, 2015

Biomass Market Assessment Service launched in U.K.

BY Scotland’s Rural College Scotland's Rural College teamed up with sustainability software and data company Ecometrica to de-risk the investment in the U.K. biomass energy industry by combining a powerful computer model with state of the art mapping software. READ MORE

May 07, 2015

Solazyme's Q1 results focus on progress at Brazil algal oil plant

BY Katie FletcherOn May 6, Solazyme Inc. released its financial results for the first quarter of 2015, reporting updates on the year's commercial activity and algal oil manufacturing facilities, with the company’s focus being on its Brazil Bunge Oils Moema facility. READ MORE

May 07, 2015

Biofuel industry requests meeting with White House to discuss RFS

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 12 biofuel trade organizations and companies recently sent a letter to President Obama, requesting a high-level White House meeting to discuss rulemaking related to the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

May 07, 2015

Gevo, Alaska Airlines sign renewable jet fuel agreement

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Alaska Airlines to purchase Gevo's renewable jet fuel and fly the first-ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). READ MORE

May 07, 2015

REG Q1 report 'reflects challenging market conditions,' Oh says

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31. Revenues for the quarter were $230.9 million. Compared to the first quarter of 2014, REG sold 26.6 percent more gallons of biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

May 07, 2015

Report explains how bioenergy supports sustainability goals

BY U.S. Department of Energy According to an international report on bioenergy and land use, informed management of bioenergy crops can alleviate factors contributing to food insecurity, as well as provide practical avenues to achieve a wide variety of benefits. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

Amyris releases financial results, achieves positive cash flow

BY Erin VoegeleAmyris Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter, reporting that the company delivered on its goal of achieving positive cash flow. The company also highlighted the performance of its Brotas plant and discussed new product lines. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

BTEC partners for new course on small, biomass heating systems

BY Katie FletcherHeatspring Learning Institute, in partnership with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and instructor John Siegenthaler, will launch a shortened rendition of their 10-week online course, hydronic-based biomass heating systems on May 11. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

Renmatix acquires former Mascoma production unit

BY Renmatix Inc. Renmatix has acquired existing assets of the former Mascoma Corp.'s 56,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Rome, New York. The new feedstock processing facility utilizes proprietary Plantrose process conditions to convert biomass to sugars. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

Nebraska Forest Service offers assistance for biomass heating

BY Nebraska Forest Service Seasonal heating costs can be unpredictable for the more than 325 Nebraska nursery greenhouse operations with enclosed plant growing structures. With that in mind, the Nebraska Forest Service is promoting the use of woody biomass heating. READ MORE

May 06, 2015

Algae.Tec ships photobioreactor to India

BY Algae.Tec Algae.Tec has announced the on-time dispatch of the first algae photobioreactor to Jamnagar province in India. The milestone is part of the contract with Reliance Industries that features an agreement for the development of a pilot plant. READ MORE

May 05, 2015

Fulcrum awards Abengoa EPC contract for 10 MMgy biofuel plant

BY Katie FletcherOn May 5, Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc., announced it awarded Abengoa with a $200 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the construction of the Sierra Biofuels Plant, the company’s first waste-to-transportation fuel facility. READ MORE

May 05, 2015

Novozymes releases Q1 results, announces deal with St1 Biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleNovozymes recently issued its interim financial report for the first quarter of 2015 and announced a deal to supply enzyme technology to St1 Biofuels for its proposed cellulosic biofuel plant in Finland. READ MORE

May 05, 2015

BIO analysis illustrates impact of RFS delays on investment

BY Erin VoegeleThe Biotechnologies Industry Organization recently released an analysis that shows delays in renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking by the U.S. EPA over the past two years have chilled investment in advanced and cellulosic fuels. READ MORE