Comment period open until Jan. 28 for proposed 2014 RFS volumes

The U.S. EPA officially published the proposed rule Friday that would set the 2014 volumes for the renewable fuel standard (RFS), marking the opening of the 60-day comment period that will close Jan. 28.
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Rollcast, Atlantic Power complete asset swap

Rollcast Energy and Atlantic Power Corp. have completed an asset swap, exchanging Rollcast's ownership interest in the Piedmont Green Power and Cadillac Renewable Energy biomass plants for Atlantic Power's interest in Rollcast.
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New biomass power capacity came online in October

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects has published its October 2013 Energy Infrastructure Update, reporting four biomass units with a combined capacity of 124 megawatts (MW) were placed into service during the month.
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CCC sells sugar under FFP, announces new purchase invitation

The USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. has announced the results of an offer made on Nov. 14 to sell sugar to bioenergy producers under the Feedstock Flexibility Program. The CCC also published a new invitation to purchase sugar under the program.
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NOVEC fires up Halifax County biomass plant

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and its development partner, NOVI Energy, recently celebrated the grand opening of the 49.9-megawatt (MW) NOVEC Energy Production Halifax County Biomass plant in South Boston, Va.
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Green Dot introduces new bioplastic product

Green Dot's Terratek WC wood-plastic composites now come in a smaller pellet size ideal for injection molding and sheet extrusion. The innovation allows for the use of wood-plastic composites in a wider range of plastics applications.
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Report highlights benefits of a comprehensive Farm Bill

A new government report highlights the economic importance of passing a comprehensive Farm Bill. It discusses many benefits of a strong Farm Bill, including those related to the bioeconomy and clean energy.
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Raizen breaks ground on Iogen facility in Brazil

Iogen Corp. and Brazilian ethanol giant Raizen have started construction of a commercial 10 MMgy biomass-to-ethanol facility using Iogen Energy's (a joint venture between Raizen and Iogen Corp.) advanced cellulosic biofuel technology.
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Scientists capture 'redox moments' in living cells

Scientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that's big in the world of biofuels research. The findings about how a fast-growing organism conducts its metabolic business bolster scientists' ability to create biofuels.
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GE, Sasol's new technology cleans waste water, generates biogas

General Electric's power and water division and energy and chemical company Sasol announced they have jointly developed a new technology that cleans waste water while generating biogas for power production.
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UK students convert landfill waste to bioplastic

Students from Imperial College London have been recognized for a projects that uses harmless engineered bacteria to turn landfill waste into a biodegradable plastic or bioplastic at at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition.
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Scripps Oceanography researchers enhance algae biofuel production

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae by targeting a fat-reducing enzyme without compromising growth.
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Arcadia Biosciences, DuPont Pioneer collaborate on sorghum

Arcadia Biosciences Inc. and DuPont Pioneer have announced their intention to collaborate to develop enabling technology to help manage pollen flow in sorghum, which will help facilitate the development and deployment of agronomic and quality traits.
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EPA appoints scientific integrity official

The U.S. EPA has appointed Francesca Grifo as its new scientific integrity official. In her new role, Grifo will coordinate and carry out the agency's scientific integrity policy. She will also chair a standing EPA scientific integrity committee.
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