Biofuel leaders advocate for RFS during day 1 of House hearing

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Power is holding a two-day hearing on the renewable fuels standard (RFS). The first day featured two panels discussing the impact of the RFS on fuel production, fuel sales and use.
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Day 2 of House RFS hearing focuses on agriculture, food

On July 24 House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Power hosted the final panel of its two-day hearing on the renewable fuels standard (RFS), titled "Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Stakeholder Perspectives."
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House version of BTU Act introduced

Rep. Mike Michaud, R-Maine, has introduced the House version of the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013. The bill provides incentives to install residential, commercial and industrial biomass heating systems.
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Pellet industry addresses carbon monoxide issue in storage spaces

The U.S. pellet industry is learning from its European counterparts as well as conducting research here in response to the deaths of two individuals in Europe from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with offgassing of stored pellets.
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Sale of 30 MW Nova Scotia biomass power plant closes

On July 25 the Nova Scotia government announced the sale of the 30 MW biomass-fired Brooklyn Power Corp. plant is complete. Emera Energy Inc. purchased the facility for $25 million. The province originally announced the sale in December.
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Alaska Airlines, Hawai'i BioEnergy sign purchase agreement

Alaska Airlines and Hawai'i BioEnergy LLC have announced they have signed an agreement for the carrier to purchase sustainable biofuel for its aircraft. The feedstock for the biofuel is anticipated to be woody biomass-based.
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Biofuel infrastructure to attract $69 billion in investment

A recent report from Navigant Research, titled "Market Data: Biofuels," indicates annual revenue from biofuels production will reach $7.6 billion by 2023, with $69 billion invested in new production capacity worldwide over the next 10 years.
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ecoFUELS plans pellet facility for Portsmouth, Va., port

A new wood pellet port storage facility is being planned at the deepwater Portsmouth Marine Terminal in Portsmouth, Va. The developer, ecoFUELS Pellet Storage LLC is conducting a nonbinding offering for capacity.
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UK approves 100 MW biomass plant in Northumberland

U.K.-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. has received government approval to construct a 100 MW biomass power plant in Blyth Harbour, Northumberland. The wood-fired facility will produce enough electricity to power 170,000 households.
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Ekman & Co. to market pellets for Viridis Energy subsidiary

Viridis Energy Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company, Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Ekman & Co AB. Under the agreement, Ekman will market the company's entire wood pellet production.
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Private sector partnerships help NCERC break new ground

The NCERC at Sothern Illinois University Edwardsville is again reaping the benefits of its partnerships with the private sector in the form of donated equipment that enables the center to conduct advanced biofuels research.
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Colorado State wins NSF grant to study bacteria-derived biofuels

The National Science Foundation has presented Colorado State University researchers with $2 million to investigate biofuels derived from cyanobacteria, which will be modified to convert carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons through photosynthesis.
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EIA data shows biomass power production up in May

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has issued the July issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, which includes date through May. The report shows that net power generation from wood and wood-derived fuels is up compared to prior years.
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Gevo supplies Coast Guard with isobutanol-blended gasoline

Gevo Inc. has begun supplying the U.S. Coast Guard Research & Development Center with initial quantities of finished 16.1 percent renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline. The fuel is being used for a long-term operational study on marine engines.
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Australian researchers identify promising algae species

Newly trialed native algae species provide real hope for the development of commercially viable fuels from algae, a University of Queensland scientist has found. The fast-growing, hardy algae are being tested at a pilot plant in Brisbane, Australia.
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Heat Smart Plus announces biomass boiler gains EPA approval

Heat Smart Plus Inc., the factory representatives for Manitoba-based Piney Manufacturing, has announced that the company's new biomass heating system has gained U.S. EPA qualification for North American distribution.
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Fuels America launches new ad campaign

Fuels America coalition members have announced the launch of a new ad campaign. The ads highlight the fact that there is a choice when it comes to our energy future. We do not have to be beholden to oil.s monopoly over our gasoline supply.
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