Forest Service opens wood-to-energy funding opportunities

The U.S. Forest has announced it is seeking proposals for two separate wood-to-energy funding opportunities, including the Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy (W2E) Grant program and the Statewide Wood Energy Team cooperative agreement program.
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DECC finalizes early CfDs, Drax challenges subsidy change

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change is offering investment contracts to eight renewable energy project, including three biomass projects. The government cut subsidy to one of two Drax projects, a decision that Drax is challenging.
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EPA reduces the 2013 cellulosic RFS to reflect actual production

The U.S. EPA has taken action to revise the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirements under the renewable fuels standard (RFS) to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons, the volume for which cellulosic RINs were generated in 2013.
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DOE announces draft solicitation for Section 1703 loan guarantees

The U.S. DOE has announced its intent to offer up to $4 billion in Section 1703 loan guarantees to support a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Public comments are being accepted on the scope of the final solicitation.
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Proposed Neb. plant to produce biomass fuel, bioenergy

A proposed project under development by Southwest Renewable Resources aims to develop a unique biomass fuel production facility and up to 25 MW of bioenergy capacity in South Sioux City, Neb.
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Biodigester turns campus waste into campus energy at UC Davis

On Earth Day, the University of California, Davis and Sacramento-based technology partner CleanWorld officially unveiled the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) at the campus' former landfill.
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New ISO wood pellet standards published; safety effort begins

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for solid biomass fuels will be available for purchase in the next week in the ISO store.
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Viridis Energy lands grant, new equipment to draw fuel suppliers

The Nova Scotia government has awarded Viridis Energy with a CA$517,500 ($469,000) grant to purchase new equipment at the company's pellet manufacturing subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Ltd., in Middle Musquoboit, Nova Scotia.
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Comment period on SBP biomass standards closes April 25

A comment period on five draft biomass standards developed by the Sustainable Biomass Partnership closes on April 25. The standards make up the SBP's Biomass Assurance Framework. North American pellet producers are encouraged to comment.
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Waste Management releases Q1 earnings information

Waste Management Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, which highlighted a 1.8 percent, or $60 million, revenue growth. The company's waste-to-energy operations were briefly highlighted during the announcement.
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North American wood pellet exports to Europe double in 2 years

Wood pellet exports from North America to Europe have doubled in two years to reach 4.7 million tons in 2013 with the U.S. South accounting for 63 percent of the volume, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.
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NexSteppe sells its Palo Alto high biomass sorghum in Brazil

NexSteppe recently announced that it sold more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of its Palo Alto high biomass sorghums for biopower in Brazil this past growing season. The feedstock can be used alongside bagasse to provide renewable power.
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Proterro reaches sugar-making milestones

Proterro CEO Kef Kasdin recently reported that his company reached its Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones. "While sugar production has begun at low levels, it has been controllable," he said.
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Thermogen loan guarantee reduced, developers still committed

The Finance Authority of Maine has approved a $16 million taxable bond for Thermogen's black pellet project in Millinocket, Maine, reducing its initial commitment, approved in October, by $9 million.
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Bloomberg: global renewable investments down, but power share up

While global investments in renewable energy technologies dropped in 2013, continuing a two-year trend, there are several silver linings to that observation, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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Iowa cows generate electricity with help from Alliant Energy

Iowa customers of Alliant Energy are getting some of their electricity from cows. The more than 2,400 head of cattle at Sievers Family Farms near Stockton, Iowa, are among the latest to start generating renewable energy in the state.
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Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo's renewable jet fuel

Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has come to an agreement with Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo's renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use.
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Siegenthaler, BTEC, and HeatSpring launch biomass design course

Hydronics expert John Siegenthaler, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and HeatSpring have teamed up to launch a 10-week online course, titled "Hydronic-Based Biomass Design."
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USDA researchers simplify pyrolysis for bio-oil production

Innovations at the USDA are bringing researchers one step closer to developing "green" biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets.
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Biofuel industry criticizes study on corn stover and soil carbon

The biofuel industry is speaking out against a study completed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers that claims cellulosic biofuels actually generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline due to the impacts of crop residue removal from fields.
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Biofuel groups oppose Big Oil's requested delay in RFS challenge

The American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers recently filed a motion to sever and hold in abeyance their legal challenge to the 2013 renewable fuel standard. Biofuel groups are opposing the move.
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OilRigged campaign launches on Earth Day to defend biofuels

The Fuels America coalition has launched a new advertising campaign dubbed "Oil Rigged" on Earth Day to counter what biofuels industry leaders called Big Oil's deliberate campaign to distort the facts.
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Alternative financing options subject of Calif. workshop

The California Energy Commission conducted a workshop aimed at alternative financing options and strategies to support the development and implementation of transportation technologies which reduces greenhouse gas and criteria emissions.
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UK funds projects to generate bioenergy from wetlands biomass

Three British companies have been awarded a share of over GBP 1.3 million ($2.19 million) to spur on innovation in turning reeds and rushes from wetlands into bioenergy, U.K. Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced April 17.
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