Ky. biomass power bill signed into law

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed legislation into law that could make biomass power a more attractive option for utilities within the state by them to, under certain conditions, recover some costs associated with the purchase of biomass power.
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Biogas investment tax credit introduced

Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and John Lewis, D-Ga., have introduced a bill that would provide qualifying biogas technologies with a 30 percent investment tax credit.
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Bloomberg report outlines 2013 issues to watch

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has published a white paper outlining eight issues it has identified as being central to the biofuels industry in 2013, including fuel mandates, cellulosic biofuel production, blending economics and politics.
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Minn. House Energy Policy committee addresses 2 biomass bills

On March 4, the Minnesota House of Representatives Energy Policy committee held hearings for two biomass energy-related bills, H.F. 623 and H.F. 780.
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SkyNRG jet fuel supply chain earns RSB certification

The RSB Services Foundation has announced that SkyNRG is the first biofuel operator worldwide to earn the RSB certification for their supply chain of renewable jet fuel including separation, blending and logistics.
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NREL develops faster, more precise biomass analysis tool

A screening tool from the U.S. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory eases and greatly quickens one of the thorniest tasks in the biofuels industry: determining cell wall chemistry to find plants with ideal genes.
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Dong Energy to expand biomass power generation, Inbicon plant

Denmark-based Dong Energy has released its 2012 financial results, along with a business strategy through 2020. Notably, the company intends to increase the share of biomass from Danish power stations through the end of the decade.
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Researchers look to duckweed as biofuel feedstock

The search for a less-expensive, sustainable source of biomass, or plant material, for producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel has led scientists to duckweed, that fast-growing floating plant that turns ponds and lakes green
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Biomass Secure Power secures location for La. pellet plant

Biomass Power Louisiana, a subsidiary of Biomass Secure Power Inc., secured a six-month option to lease a site where it is proposing to build a new pellet plant. The plant is a four-phase project set to be completed over several years.
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Proposed ISU bioplastics center wins NSF planning grant

The Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team at Iowa State University has received a National Science Foundation planning grant to develop a center at that will focus on bioplastics and biocomposites.
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Ind. biogas upgrading facility now operational

Anaergia Inc. has announced that the biogas upgrading facility at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana is now operational. Anaergia designed, built and now operates the facility that converts biogas from cow manure into transportation fuel.
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Ballard system to provided biomass-generated hydrogen in Calif.

Ballard Power Systems has announced the sale of a 175 kW ClearGen distributed generation fuel cell system to the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Humboldt County, Calif. The fuel cell system will be integrated with a biomass gasifier.
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Millinocket Regional Hospital commissions biomass boiler

Local and state officials joined officials from the Millinocket Regional Hospital in late February to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the commission of their wood pellet-powered steam boiler.
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Stoel Rives provides overview of proposed RIN integrity program

Stoel Rives LLP has published a white paper that provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. EPA's proposed rules for a voluntary renewable identification number (RIN) integrity program.
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NASA begins flight research campaign using alternative jet fuel

NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency's DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude.
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Plentex to focus on algae-based feed, high-value products

Australian algae company Plentex Ltd. has released its financial results for the first half of its fiscal year. Chairman Peter Streader noted that the company is focused on producing a portfolio of products from both macroalgae and microalgae.
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Obama nominates Moniz as secretary of energy

President Obama has nominated Ernie Moniz as Secretary of Energy. Moniz is a physics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A nuclear physicist, Moniz has served as director of MIT's Energy Initiative.
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Obama nominates McCarthy to lead the EPA

President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy as U.S. EPA administrator. McCarthy currently serves as assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. If confirmed, she would replace former Administrator Lisa Jackson.
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