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July 24, 2017

In Depth: Safety in Numbers

BY Anna SimetA collaborative campaign to overhaul safety protocol at Canadian wood pellet plants is evoking positive ripple effects across the industry. READ MORE

July 23, 2017

Opinion: Sustainable Biomass Partnership: Fact, not Fallacy

BY Carsten Huljus The Sustainable Biomass Partnership is a credible and robust certification system enabling users of woody biomass for energy production to demonstrate compliance with regulatory and sustainability requirements. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

EPA opens comment period on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 21, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements in the Federal Register, officially opening a public comment period that runs through Aug. 31. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Russian pellet production, exports expected to grow

BY Erin VoegeleThe Russian Federation recently filed its annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting wood pellet production and exports are expected to increase by 10 percent this year. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

UCSC awarded $250,000 grant from U.S. Forest Service

BY Scott Rappaport, University of California, Santa Cruz The U.S. Forest Service awarded a $250,000 grant to the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure at UC Santa Cruz. The center will use the grant to study the economic feasibility of developing an innovative forest industry cluster near Reno, Nevada. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Drax discusses future plans during investor presentation

BY Anna SimetReducing the cost of wood pellet production, finishing two capacity expansions and overhauling a recently acquired plant are just a few of the many focuses Drax CEO Dorothy Thompson discussed during the company’s recent investor presentation. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegelePresident Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Enviva releases updated Track & Trace data

BY Enviva Enviva has released its latest proprietary Track & Trace forestry data, highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. The data measures and demonstrates the company's sustainability practices. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

California legislature passes bills extending cap-and-trade, LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 17, the California legislature voted in favor of a package of bills that extend the state’s cap-and-trade program for 10 years, through 2030, and codify the Low Carbon Fuel Standard into law. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Oregon EfW facility celebrates 30 years of operations

BY Covanta Energy Corp. Covanta Marion is celebrating 30 years of providing sustainable solid waste disposal operations for the residents of Marion County. Opened in 1987, the energy-from-waste facility has processed over 5.5 million tons of waste. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

New Hampshire law benefits biomass power production

BY Erin VoegeleIn New Hampshire, a new law is expected to benefit the state’s biomass power producers by increasing the price of alternative compliance payments for Class III sources. It also changes the eligibility standards for landfill gas under the RPS. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

St1 to add renewable diesel production, continues ethanol work

BY St1 St1 is investing in a new hydrogen manufacturing unit that will be built in at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first step in the series of investments that will enable the facility to begin producing renewable diesel in 2020. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Shell signs agreement with SBI BioEnergy

BY Shell Canada Ltd. Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., and SBI BioEnergy Inc. have reached an agreement granting Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI's biofuel technology. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

RNG Coalition adds Kapoor to team

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has added Nina Kapoor as manager of legislative and regulatory affairs in Sacramento, California. The addition of Kapoor will bolster the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Bill aims to establish tax credit for biobased chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., recently introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017, or H.R. 3149, which aims to establish a 15-cent-per-pound production tax credit for renewable chemicals made from biomass. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Pinnacle Renewable Energy purchases 50th pellet mill from Andritz

BY Andritz Pinnacle Renewable Energy recently purchased its 50th pellet mill from Andritz Feed & Biofuel, and officials from the company visited Andritz’s manufacturing facility on June 20 to see the new biofuel pellet mill, a Sprout 26LM II, being made. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

ExxonMobil, UW-Madison extend research agreement

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil Corp. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

EIA: 460,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in April

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 10, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released new data on the U.S. densified biomass fuel industry, reporting there was nearly 12.71 million tons of capacity in place in April, with an additional 163,500 tons under development. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Engie inaugurates biomass boiler at French district heating plant

BY Erin VoegeleIn France, Engie recently announced the inauguration of a 26.5 MW biomass boiler unit at Plaine Commune Energie, a district heating plant that serves 40,000 housing units located in four municipalities. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Celtic Renewables fuels vehicle with biofuel from whisky residue

BY Erin VoegeleScotland-based Celtic Renewables Ltd. has announced the inaugural journey of the first car to be fueled with its biofuel made from whisky residue. The company produces biobased butanol using draff and pot ale left over from malt whisky production. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Australian government announces support for biorefinery project

BY Erin VoegeleThe Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue agave may also be used as a feedstock. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

New biofuel technology cuts biogas production time

BY University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus New research from a professor of engineering at University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Inslee vetoes tax break to encourage fuel switch at coal plant

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 7, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a portion of a bill that aimed to create tax incentives to support the conversion of the state’s only coal-fired plant to natural gas or biomass fuel in an effort to save jobs. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in July STEO

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total generation from renewables in the electric power sector will increase by 11 percent this year, remaining unchanged in 2018. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Analysis shows carbon-slashing promise of new biofuel technology

BY Princeton University Scientists at Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment have analyzed the use of catalytic hydropyrolysis to create fuel from wood residues, sawdust and branches in a new research paper. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Welsh Water secures EIB loan, signs contract with DONG Energy

BY Welsh Water Welsh Water Welsh Water has reached a key milestone in its drive to cut carbon emissions by ensuring that its sites across Wales and Herefordshire are now powered by green energy. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline

BY Rutgers University Experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University have demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal for Aug. 1

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE