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January 04, 2017

AFPM petitions EPA to waive portion of 2016 cellulosic RVO

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. EPA asking the agency to waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume obligation, citing a shortfall in 2016 cellulosic production. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Grassley to host meeting with Pruitt, Midwest senators

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has announced plans to host a meeting on Jan. 5 with Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. EPA, and senators from states with significant jobs and investments in biofuels. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Global Bioenergies announces plans to acquire Syngip

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies recently signed a contribution agreement with the shareholders of Syngip B.V. to transfer all Syngip shares to Global Bioenergies S.A. The company has developed a process to convert gaseous carbon sources into chemicals. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Opinion: Strong O&M Programs Scale

BY Tim PortzOurs is an industry that scales well. Large or small, biomass operations must make a commitment to sound operations and maintenance fundamentals if they are to be successful. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

PGE Boardman station biomass test burns extend into 2017

BY Anna SimetPortland General Electric’s plans to conduct a 24-hour, full-scale biomass test burn at its 550-MW Boardman Power Station in Boardman, Oregon, have changed a bit, but are still moving forward. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

SkyNRG, Fly Green Fund, Swedavia supply biojet to Swedish airport

BY SkyNRG Swedavia has received its first sustainable aviation fuel at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It marks the start of deliveries of sustainable aviation fuel through the Fly Green Fund and demonstrates Swedavia’s commitment to sustainable aviation. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

LanzaTech awarded DOE funding for biofuel demonstration facility

BY LanzaTech LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy to receive a $4 million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons per year of low carbon jet and diesel fuels. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

Opinion: Biomass and the US EPA Under Trump

BY Bob Cleaves Despite plenty of media and expert analysis lamenting the new direction that Pruitt will likely take in environmental regulation, a federalist approach to biomass doesn’t diverge too far from the agency’s current approach. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

USDA: Incentives available for drop-in biofuel delivered to Navy

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

GB Railfreight announces contract with Lynemouth Power

BY GB Railfreight GB Railfreight (GBRf), one of the largest rail freight operators in the U.K., has announced it has signed a rail haulage contract with Lynemouth Power Ltd. following a successful tender submission. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

Bio-on signs agreement for PHAs bioplastic

BY Bio-on Bio-on recently signed a new multi-license contract worth 55 million euro with a major multinational company and leader in its sector. The client aims to to replace conventional plastic with biodegradable biopolymers within the next three years. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

In Depth: Big Data Pays Big

BY Katie FletcherCondition monitoring advantages biomass power producers by reducing critical equipment failure while maximizing uptime and profits. READ MORE

January 01, 2017

Opinion: Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch

BY Dave Mance III The industry needs to champion wood, lest we lose the culture and the infrastructure that has built up around its use. READ MORE

December 31, 2016

Opinion: Lean Manufacturing, Wood Supply Chain Optimization

BY Stan Parton The wood fiber supply chain involves much more than moving raw materials from point A to point B; it is a complex system that is constantly affected by a number of variables between point A and point B. READ MORE

December 30, 2016

In Depth: Bearing Down

BY Tim PortzProducers seeking to drive down overall operating expenses must find ways to prolong roller and roller bearing life. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

Hawaii releases annual energy report

BY Anna SimetHawaii has released its annual energy report documenting progress toward its renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, particularly its renewable portfolio standard goal of 100 percent by 2045. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

DOE opens FOA for algae-based biofuels, selects 6 projects

BY Katie FletcherU.S. DOE announces a funding opportunity of up to $8 million to develop algae-based biofuels and selects six projects for up to $12.9 million in funding for the manufacturing of biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

In Depth: North Country Knowhow

BY Anna SimetAcclimated to the brutal winter conditions in its Adirondack Mountain location, a New York boarding school is mastering its heating fuel logistics. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Enviva begins exports at Port of Wilmington

BY North Carolina State Ports Authority, Enviva The Enviva wood pellet domes at the Port of Wilmington are operational and began loading the first export shipment to Europe last week. The ship is expected to depart before year-end. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Ontario cooperative releases biomass agronomy guides, videos

BY Katie FletcherOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently released biomass agronomy guides and videos for switchgrass and miscanthus production. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Velocys releases strategy update with market focus

BY Katie FletcherVelocys plc recently announced results of its strategy review with mention that construction of its commercial reference gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City is complete, and commissioning is ongoing. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Advanced Biofuels USA gets grant to study energy beets

BY Ann BaileyMaryland-based Advanced Biofuels USA has been awarded a $16,893 grant by USDA to study the feasibility of making bio-jet fuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Construction of Quebec biomethane project underway

BY Infrastructure Canada & Government of Quebec Officials of the governments of Canada and Quebec visited the city of Varennes on Dec. 19 to break ground for construction of the biomethanation facilities of the Société d'économie mixte de l'est de la couronne sud (SEMECS). READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Michigan beefs up state renewable policy, raises RPS

BY Anna SimetEarly this week, Michigan legislators overhauled state energy policy, approving a 234-page plan that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 21. READ MORE

December 26, 2016

Wood pellet trade doubles over 5 years, driven by biomass power

BY RISI A new study from RISI focuses on how the European pellet supply stream may evolve. READ MORE

December 26, 2016

USDA GAIN report highlights Latvian pellet expansion

BY Katie FletcherThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network reports that pellet production will continue to moderately expand in Latvia. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

EPA: 1.66 billion RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 16.54 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

UMass Amherst researcher aims to improve pine biomass yield

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst University of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen recently received a grant to demonstrate that his new technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new institute

BY Iowa State University Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute, which is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE