Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions.
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E.ON's Blackburn Meadows biomass plant generates electricity

E.ON UK plc has announced that its Blackburn Meadows biomass facility in Sheffield, England, generated electricity and synchronized with the local distribution network for the first time on June 24.
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GIB highlights achievements in annual report

The U.K. Green Investment Bank recently released its 2013-'14 annual report and announced new funding to help small and medium enterprises make investments in energy efficiency, including biomass boilers.
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Dairy farm to produce pipeline-quality biogas

George DeRuyter & Sons dairy has partnered with Promus Energy LLC to convert its current anaerobic digestion system into Promus's integrated digester-based system to produce pipeline-quality renewable natural gas and other coproducts.
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N.Y. bill would incentivize cellulosic fuels, biomass pellets

On June 19, the New York Assembly voted to pass a bill that aims to amend the state's tax law to provide tax credits for the production of cellulosic ethanol, densified biofuel and renewable fuel oil.
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Impact Bioenergy announces portable food waste digester

Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy has expanded the unique model AD185 digester design that enables facility operators to generate energy from their own food scraps and paper products. The new AD185-2 unit features five times the processing capacity.
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React Energy reports progress with bioenergy projects

U.K.-based React Energy plc has issued an operational update and announced the issuance of a GBP 1.5 million ($2.55 million) secured loan note. The company is developing several biomass power projects and recently entered the biomass thermal space.
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DOE funds bioenergy projects at 4 universities

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $100 million to Energy Frontier Research Centers with the goal of accelerating scientific breakthroughs needed to build the new energy economy. Several of EFRC awards will benefit bioenergy research.
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JBEI GT collection: A new resource for advanced biofuels research

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynthesis of plant cell walls.
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USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

Though the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value.
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$15 million available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program

The USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels.
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SCE launches solicitation for small-scale renewable projects

Southern California Edison has launched another round of solicitations for small-scale renewable source projects, including solar, wind, geothermal and biomass, with the goal of procuring up to 290 MW from smaller-scale renewable projects.
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Cleanergy launches bioenergy system for old, closed landfills

Cleanergy's GasBox has been developed to generate electricity and heat from landfill sites that are more than 10 years old. The system can take in biogas with methane concentrations as low as 18 percent.
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Celtic Renewables partners on pilot-scale biobutanol project

Celtic Renewables, a U.K.-based biofuel company, has signed an agreement with Europe's foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next stage testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current vehicles.
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Model may help growers mitigate costly droughts

A University of Florida-created model may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid crop-destroying drought, which can cost millions of dollars in a given year, according to one of the tool's creators.
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Areva delivers biomass power plant to U-Thong Bio Power

Areva successfully delivered a biomass power plant to its Thai customer U-Thong Bio Power Co. Ltd. Built jointly by Areva and its partner Ensys, this installation is located in the Suphanburi Province in Thailand.
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Vega Biofuels lands large bio-coal order from European company

Vega Biofuels Inc. has entered into an agreement with Austrian-based ECEM Salzburg Energy and Environment Consulting GmbH to sell 50,000 tons of bio-coal each year for the next five years. The deal will generate approximately $57 million in revenue.
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Neste oil announces off-take agreement with U.S. algae producer

Neste Oil and Renewable Algal Energy have signed a contingent commercial algae oil off-take agreement. Algae oil is one of the alternatives being researched by Neste Oil for use as a feedstock for producing NEXBTL renewable diesel.
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EIA: U.S. added 15.6 MW of bioenergy capacity in April

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the June issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, indicating that the U.S. added 15.6 MW of bioenergy capacity in April. The additions include capacity from landfill gas and waste biomass.
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Cemtrex to acquire bioenergy technology company

Cemtrex Inc. recently entered into a letter of intent to purchase all the assets of a foreign wastewater treatment and bioenergy plant technology company with approximately $14 million in annual sales for 2013.
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Stora Enso acquires U.S.-based biotechnology company

Stora Enso has acquired 100 percent of the shares of Virdia, a developer of extraction and separation technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into refined sugars and lignin. The upfront debt-free transaction value is about $33 million.
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May RIN data shows increased biofuel production

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May. While overall RIN generation reached nearly 1.48 billion for month, up from nearly 1.45 billion in April, no cellulosic RINs were generated in May.
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RusForest announces long-term contract for pellet sales

RusForest AB, a Swedish forestry company with operations in Russia, has signed a long-term contract for pellet sales from its pellet mill in Arkhangelsk. The contract is for 60,000 tons of pellets, a majority of the company's annual production.
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