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June 10, 2016

Ontario finalizes cap and trade program, releases action plan

BY Anna SimetThree weeks after Ontario finalized its cap and trade program, which takes effect July 1, the provincial government released the full version of its new Climate Change Action Plan. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

REA reports UK energy growth threatened by recent policy changes

BY Katie FletcherU.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently published its annual statistical REView 2016 report on the U.K renewable energy industry, reporting that despite record employment levels in 2015 recent policy changes threaten renewable energy growth. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemistry lessons from bacteria may improve biofuel production

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers study how a certain group of bacteria called Streptomyces may improve biofuel production. The study identifies important enzymes produced when Streptomyces flex particular genes. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemists settle debate on how methane is made biologically

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemists study two competing ideas for how microbes make the main component of natural gas. The winning chemical reaction involves a molecule less favored by previous research, something called a methyl radical. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Cooperative establishes checkoff to grow Ontario biomass sector

BY Katie FletcherOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently launched an effort to make it easier for its members to sell the miscanthus and switchgrass they produce to various markets. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Biofuel supporters call for strong RFS during Fuels America event

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 9, Fuels America held a press conference at the site of U.S. EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. During the event, biofuel advocates voiced their support for the RFS program. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Global companies unite in below50 to scale up sustainable fuels

BY World Business Council for Sustainable Development Businesses are partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Sustainable Energy for All through a new global initiative called below50 to promote sustainable fuels. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

EIA revises short-term bioenergy forecasts in June outlook

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase 13 percent this year and 3.3 percent next year. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

Research assesses AD’s ability to remove drugs, germs from manure

BY Charlotte Hsu, University at Buffalo Researchers from four U.S. universities are teaming up with dairy farms to study the effect of three different manure management techniques on preventing the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria an antibiotic residues. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

Sorghum Checkoff announces $500,000 investment

BY Sorghum Checkoff The Sorghum Checkoff recently announced a $500,000 investment in sorghum research, made at the inaugural Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture program field day at the University of Arizona's Maricopa Agricultural Center. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

Vermont clean energy jobs report features wood energy data

BY Erin VoegeleA recent report on Vermont’s clean energy industry has determined the state has the highest number of per capita clean energy jobs in the nation. The wood energy industry is among the clean energy industry segments addressed in the report. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

EPA announces call-in information for June 9 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for the June 9 hearing on its recently proposed rule to set 2017 renewable fuel standard volume obligations. The hearing will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, and is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

Alaska Airlines to fly on Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has announced the first two commercial flights using its renewable alcohol-to jet-fuel took place June 7, originating in Seattle and flying to San Francisco International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, respectively. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

DOE accepting nominations for biomass committee members

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting nominations for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

UK government proposes cuts to feed-in-tariffs for AD

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association The U.K. Department for Energy and Climate Change recently proposed completely cutting the feed-in tariff for larger 500 kWe anaerobic digestion (AD) sites, and severely removing the tariffs for small and medium plants. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

Wild sorghum shows potential for biofuel production

BY PLOS ONE Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia has the potential to yield over 10,000 liters of ethanol per hectare per year. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

IRENA: Global renewable energy jobs increased in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year. The report includes data on bioenergy employment. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

RIT, Synergy Biogas partner in algae biogas project

BY Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester Institute of Technology and Synergy Biogas are exploring the environmental benefits of microalgae to clean agricultural wastewater and make biofuels. A three-month pilot program is growing microalgae on digested biomass. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Repreve Renewables celebrates grand opening of processing center

BY Repreve Renewables LLC Repreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. The company's primary crop is giant miscanthus, a high-yielding, low-input and drought tolerant perennial that improves soil and water quality. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

Ontario slates $100 million toward renewable natural gas

BY Anna SimetOntario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to foster growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the province. The Canadian Gas Association has also outlined new targets for country’s natural gas sector. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

Licella, Canfor form joint venture for biocrude production

BY Erin VoegeleAustralia-based Licella Fibre Fuels Pty Ltd. and Canada-based Canfor Pulp Products Inc., through its subsidiary Canfor Pulp Ltd., have signed an agreement to form the Licella Pulp Joint Venture. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

Enviva to supply pellets to Lynemouth

BY Enviva Holdings LP Enviva Partners LP has announced the execution of a new take-or-pay off-take contract to supply wood pellets to Lynemouth Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Energeticky a prumyslovy holding (EPH). Deliveries are expected to start next year. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

OSU researching bacteria to begin biofuel production process

BY Oklahoma State University The popular method of breaking down lignin to convert biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is done by using fungi. However, researchers at Oklahoma State University are turning that process on its head. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

CRFA changes name to Renewable Industries Canada

BY Renewable Industries Canada Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has relaunched under the name Renewable Industries Canada. The change from the reinforces the 32 year-old non-profit association's mission to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

Idaho pellet project works to overcome challenges

BY Anna SimetThough an Idaho pellet plant project announced last spring hasn’t yet come to fruition, the project is still alive and working to overcome final hurdles. Centennial Renewable Energy plans to build the project on the site of a former timber plant. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

REA report shows food waste collected separately will save money

BY Katie FletcherA recent report released by U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association shows that food waste collected separately in a majority of situations can reduce costs for businesses and local authorities. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

USDA awards $8.8 million under Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 27, the USDA announced more than $8.8 million in awards through its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which makes payments to producers for advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass other than corn kernel starch. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

GE’s gas engine, biosolids technology selected for UK project

BY GE GE recently announced that M+W group has selected its Jenbacher gas engines and Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion system for Surrey County Council’s new Eco Park waste treatment and biogas-to-energy facility. READ MORE

June 01, 2016

UK GIB invests in 5.4 MW biomass plant

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Construction work will soon commence on a new green energy facility in Wrexham Industrial Estate, north Wales, after developers secured a commitment of GBP 25 million ($36.03 million) from U.K. Green Investment Bank plc and Equitix. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

Impact Bioenergy’s microdigester testing waste at Seattle brewery

BY Katie FletcherSeattle-based Impact Bioenergy, a small startup focused on distributed energy with its portable, prefabricated anaerobic digestion technology, deployed its first microdigester at the Fremont Brewery Co. in Seattle in April. READ MORE