Hawaii bill would establish a hemp remediation, biofuel program

Pending legislation in Hawaii aims to develop a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel crop pilot program. The program would be administered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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ABP makes investments in port pellet terminals to support Drax

Associated British Ports has announced that it has signed a 15-year contract with Drax Power Ltd., operating subsidiary of Drax Group Plc, which will see terminal investments of up to GBP 100 million to handle wood pellet shipments at three ports.
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ARS researcher studies home heating with switchgrass pellets

Studies by a USDA scientist have provided a complete cost-benefit breakdown of using switchgrass pellets, which are potentially a cheaper source of energy, instead of fuel oil to heat homes and businesses in the Northeast.
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Pellet stoves make huge gains in market share

In 1999, pellet stoves only had an 11 percent share of the stove market. Nine years later in 2008, they had a nearly 43 percent market share.
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U.S. added 18 MW of biomass power capacity in February

In mid-March the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published its Energy Infrastructure Update for February 2013. The update notes that 11 biomass generation units were placed in service in February, including both new build and expansion projects.
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UK reaches 100 anaerobic digestion plants milestone

The burgeoning anaerobic digestion (AD) industry in the U.K. has reached a significant milestone, as the number of AD plants outside of the water industry has passed 100 for the very first time.
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Calif. Energy Commission awards funding to two biomass projects

The California Energy Commission awarded San Diego State University and Humboldt State University a combined $189,993 for their biomass research projects. One project focuses on electroporation pretreatment, the other on chemical energy production.
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UK DECC publishes heat strategy, provides RHI scheme update

The U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change has published its heat strategy and provided an update of the renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme. The residential RHI scheme is expected to be up and running next spring.
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EIA publishes biomass power data for 2012

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March 2013 issue of its Monthly Energy Review, which includes biomass power data for all 12 months of 2012. Power generation from both woody biomass and waste biomass increased last year.
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Primus, Princeton University sign GTL research agreement

Primus Green Energy announced it will financially support Princeton University engineers to research synthetic fuels and assess gas-to-liquid (GTL) technology.
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WBA: enough land for more food, feed, biofuels

There is enough land available to produce more food, more feed and more biofuels, which are not the cause of global malnutrition problems, according to the World Bioenergy Association. WBA makes this declaration in a new fact sheet.
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European Commission publishes progress report on RED

On March 27 the European Commission published its first Renewable Energy Progress Report under the Renewable Energy Directive, showing that the EU as a whole is on its trajectory towards the 2020 RED targets.
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Auburn researcher receives NSF CAREER award to study biofuels

Maobing Tu, an assistant professor in Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has received a $401,155 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for his research in biofuels and bioenergy.
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Research may result in biofuel production from atmospheric CO2

Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. The discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from atmospheric carbon dioxide.
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DOE gives Southern Research Institute $925,000 for bio-oil work

Southern Research Institute won a $925,000 energy award from the U.S. DOE to develop a mild liquefaction process to convert biomass to petroleum refinery-ready bio-oils.
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Peach genome aids breeding strategies for biofuels crops

The relationship between a peach and a poplar may not be obvious at first glance, but to botanists both trees are part of the rosid superfamily, which includes not only fruit crops like apples, strawberries, cherries, and almonds.
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