IRS clarifies production tax credit language

The Internal Revenue Service has addressed some unanswered questions that resulted from the extension and modification of the Section 45 renewable electricity production tax credit.
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IEA predicts global growth in biomass power

The International Energy Agency has made its annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial, reporting that renewable technologies are one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy.
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RINs for cellulosic diesel and biogas generated in March

The U.S. EPA has published data on renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated in March. While no D3 cellulosic RINs were generated during the month, 8,332 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs representing 4,901 gallons of fuel were generated.
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USDA proposes to simplify REAP application process

The USDA has proposed a series of changes to make it easier for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to apply for renewable energy and energy efficiency funding.
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EIA releases first chapters of AEO2013, interactive data tool

On April 15, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released the initial sections of its Annual Energy Outlook 2013 (AEO2013). Additional chapters will be released periodically through May 2, when the complete AEO2013 will be available.
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Woody biomass energy database upgrade, expanded

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has updated its one-of-a-kind database of industrial and selected community-scale users of wood-to-energy facilities across North America.
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USDA, FAA extend agreement to develop biobased aviation fuel

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is extending for five years its agreement to work with the Federal Aviation Administration and other partners to help develop a viable biofuel for the aviation industry.
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ABO launches map of algae research, company and project locations

A new map of the algae industry published online by the Algae Biomass Organization shows algae production facilities and research projects stretching from coast to coast, illustrating a nationwide opportunity for a new and growing industry.
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U.S., Israel could collaborate on advanced biofuel development

An Israeli delegation of top academic and industrial biofuels research scientist and innovators met with their U.S. counterparts to discuss collaboration opportunities for advanced biofuel development.
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NexSteppe launches biomass crops for biofuel, biopower

NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for the biobased industries, has announced the launch of its first sorghum hybrid products in the U.S. and in Brazil.
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Cereplast announces 2012, preliminary Q1 2013 financial results

Cereplast's financial statements show that preliminary financial results for the three-month period ended March 31 demonstrate that total revenue for the first quarter of this year exceeds the entire revenue reported for 2012.
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DSM, Rostekhnologii to cooperate on biotechnology

Royal DSM has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a strategic partnership with Rostekhnologii (Rostec), a Russian State corporation, in the fields of biotechnology and functional materials.
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Conservation charity funds U.K. biomass thermal pilots

A U.K.-based conservation charity, the National Trust, is investing $5.35 million in five pilot products as a part of a plant to provide clean energy to 43 historic properties. The plan is being carried out in conjunction with Good Energy.
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Ceres releases Q2 financials, reports progress with sweet sorghum

Ceres Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter of its 2013 fiscal year, which ended Feb. 28. The company also provided an operational update, noting progress with its sweet sorghum and switchgrass varieties.
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Enzymes from horse feces could streamline biofuel production

University of California, Santa Barbara scientists have described the discovery of a potential treasure-trove of candidate enzymes in fungi thriving in the feces and intestinal tracts of horses that could aid in cellulosic biofuel production.
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FOG-fueled CHP plant under development in London

A consortium of companies comprised of iCON Infrastructure Partners II L.P, EEA Holdings Ltd. and 2OC Ltd. is developing a 19 MW biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) project in the Beckton region of London.
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Gevo, Butamax continue battle in patent office, courts

The patent battle between Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC is continuing with recent action in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Unsurprisingly, the two companies had different views on the event.
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