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October 01, 2014

Bill would alter tax credit for open-loop biomass, MSW facilities

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., recently introduced legislation that aims to alter the Section 45 tax credit for renewable energy produced from certain open-loop biomass and trash facilities. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Forest Energy Corp. qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute The Pellet Fuels Institute has announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Forest Energy Corp. into the PFI Standards Program, a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for algae biofuel development

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has opened a $25 million funding opportunity for algae biofuels. The initiative aims to reduce the cost of algae biofuel to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent by 2019. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

The Earth Partners acquire South Dakota pellet plant

BY Anna SimetLand restoration and bioenergy development company The Earth Partners LP has acquired Deadwood Biofuels, a 71,000-ton wood pellet plant in Deadwood, South Dakota. The company plans to develop additional pellet projects in other regions of the U.S. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

ReEnergy awarded contract to provide power to Fort Drum

BY ReEnergy Holdings LLC The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a 20-year contract to ReEnergy Black River. Under the terms of this renewable energy supply agreement, ReEnergy Black River will provide secure, renewable electricity to Fort Drum. READ MORE

September 29, 2014

GE launches AnMBR technology, announces collaboration

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 29, GE made two announcements regarding the introduction of its anaerobic membrane bioreactor technology, a membrane-based wastewater treatment technology that combines anaerobic digestion technology with GE's ZeeWeed 500 membranes. READ MORE

September 29, 2014

Anaergia announces startup of Omnivore biogas project

BY Anaergia Inc. The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sept. 26 to mark the successful start-up of the operation of its new Omnivore biogas production system, supplied by Anaergia Inc. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

EPA: 3.5 million cellulosic biogas RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for August, reporting that nearly 3.5 million cellulosic RINs were generated during the month. More than 1.44 billion RINs were produced across all five biofuel categories. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

Canfor to add pellet production to 2 sawmill sites in Canada

BY Katie FletcherCanfor Corp. plans to collocate a pellet plant at each of the company's sawmill sites at Chetwynd and Fort St. John in Vancouver, British Columbia. The two facilities combined will have a capacity of 175,000 metric tons of pellets per year. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

EIA: Bioenergy capacity continues to increase

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, indicating total in-service bioenergy capacity equaled 13,431.4 MW as of the close of July, up from 13,368.4 MW at the close of June. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

USDA grant supports bioenergy project at Tarleton's dairy center

BY Tarleton State University Texas A&M AgriLife Research has been awarded a USDA grant to support a two-year project that will demonstrate technologies for water purification, treatment and recycling and power generation using biomass at Tarleton State University's dairy center. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of cellulosic biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Maverick Synfuels introduces modular methane-to-methanol system

BY Katie FletcherMaverick Synfuels recently announced the development of its Maverick Oasis system for methanol production. The company says the system provides producers with another way to monetize biogas reserves and natural gas. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

BIO: EPA inaction on RFS proposal has increased GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleA new report published by the Biotechnology Industry Organization indicates U.S. EPA inaction on finalizing the 2014 renewable fuel standard has resulted in a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Vega Biofuels' pilot torrefaction joint venture wins USDA grant

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Vega Biofuels Inc. has announced that its Allendale, South Carolina, joint venture project with Agri-Tech Producers LLC has been awarded a Value-Added Producer Grant from the USDA in the amount of $200,000. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Coalition examines effective alternative fuel policies

BY Sue Retka SchillLocal policies to promote alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) are among the most effective, a recent study by the Clean Energy Coalition finds. The study compares the number of alternative fuel vehicles in each state to the types of policies. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

NexSteppe raises $22 million in series C financing

BY NexSteppe NexSteppe recently announced it has raised $22 million in its third round of funding. New investors Total Energy Ventures and ELFH Holding GmbH join existing investors Braemar Energy Ventures, CYM Ventures, DuPont Ventures and others. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production

BY University of York Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have discovered variant straw plants whose cell walls are more easily broken down to make biofuels. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Schott, Algatechnologies agree to continue partnership

BY Algatechnologies Ltd. Schott AG and Algatechnologies Ltd. have signed a research and development agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

GranBio begins cellulosic ethanol production in Brazil

BY GranBio GranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern Hemisphere. The Bioflex 1, unit built in Sao Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas, has an initial production capacity of 82 MMly (21.66 MMgy). READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Montana school moving from fuel oil to wood pellets

BY Anna SimetEight years after its elementary became the one of the first schools in the state to use biomass as heating fuel, Troy Public Schools is in the process of converting its high school to wood pellets. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Southwest Airlines to purchase biojet fuel from Red Rock Biofuels

BY Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines has signed an agreement with Red Rocks Biofuels LLC to purchase low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western United States. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Neste Oil adds biopropane production to Rotterdam biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleFinland-based Neste Oil has announced plans to add biopropane production capabilities to its biorefinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Construction of the project is expected to begin immediately, with biopropane sales commencing in 2016. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Proterro, Bunge plan pilot study of sucrose production process

BY Proterro Inc. Proterro and Bunge Global Innovation LLC have announced a pilot study of Proterro's sucrose-production technology in Brazil. Two of Proterro's photobioreactors have been installed at Bunge's Moema Fazenda sugarcane mill as part of the project. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Recycled cooking oil powers Finnair flight to New York

BY Finnair Finnair operated its flight from Helsinki to New York on Sept. 23 with an Airbus A330 using environmentally sustainable biofuel, coinciding with the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on the same day. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Legislation would extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 19 aims to enact two-year extensions for several clean energy tax incentives. The bill is titled the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

ESF faculty member contributes to biogenic carbon report

BY State College of New York Robert W. Malmsheimer, a professor at the State College of New York, was part of the Society of American Foresters team that provided policy makers with a summary of the existing science regarding forest bioenergy and "carbon debts." READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany

BY Vecoplan AG Vecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

USDA announces REAP funding for bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 18, the USDA announced it is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program. Bioenergy projects were among those selected to receive funding. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

Greenlane commissions Canadian plant, faces pending acquisition

BY Katie FletcherGreenlane Biogas Technologies recently announced the commissioning of a 16,000 cubic-meter-per-hour biogas plant in Montreal. In mid-September Pressure Technologies announced an agreement to acquire the business and certain assets of the company. READ MORE