OMB reviewing final rule to set 2018 RFS RVOs

The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the U.S. EPA’s final rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume requirements (RVOs), along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel.
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Port of Tyne handles record-setting cargo of wood pellets

Docking at the Port of Tyne, the bulk cargo vessel St. Dimitrios has discharged the biggest cargo of wood pellets ever handled at the port. In total, 62,000 metric tons of wood-pellets will be unloaded over five days.
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Stefanik introduces bill to extend biomass, biogas tax credits

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., recently introduced legislation that aims to extend the Section 45 production tax credit (PTC) for electricity produced from closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, MSW and certain other technologies.
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Astec bullish on pellet plant market outlook

Though some design flaws at two of the large-scale wood pellet plants Astec delivered required unexpected investments this quarter, CEO Benjamin Brock said the company is still confident in the sector and its place in the company’s future.
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Stobart impacted by biomass plant commissioning delays

Stobart Group Ltd. has released interim results for the six months ended Aug. 31, reporting its Stobart Energy division was impacted by continued delays in the commissioning of third-party power plants in Europe.
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Covanta: Dublin EFW facility has begun commercial operations

Covanta Holding Corp. recently released third quarter financial results, reporting that the company’s energy-from-waste (EFW) facility in Dublin, Ireland, has begun commercial operations and is performing in line with expectations.
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EPA: 21.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in September

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for September, reporting that nearly 1.6 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 21.36 million cellulosic RINs.
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DOE schedules meeting of biomass advisory committee

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C.
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Wolf asks Trump for RFS waiver, RFA responds

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently asked President Donald Trump to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for Northeast refiners, citing high renewable identification number (RIN) prices.
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Velocys: Oklahoma City plant on track to reach final capacity

Velocys has announced that production at Envia Energy’s Oklahoma City gas-to-liquids plant has reached an operational capacity of 200 barrels per day (bpd). The plant will continue ramping up to its target operational capacity of 250 bpd.
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FPInnovations purchases land at Technoparc de Montréal

FPInnovations recently purchased land from Technoparc Montréal. The purchase is a first step toward building an integrated international biomaterials innovation center under FPInnovations' leadership.
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Slash and build: Study aids forestry biofuel industry

Researchers from Washington State University, Oregon State University and the University of Montana have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue that is available for wood-based biorefineries to use.
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New biomass plant to cut SFU’s greenhouse gases by two-thirds

Simon Fraser University and SFU Community Trust are collaborating with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc. on a $33-million community-based biomass project called the Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility.
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Enviva’s Track & Trace data demonstrate sustainability commitment

Enviva has released its latest Track & Trace sourcing data, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. The data system allows Enviva to monitor every truckload of wood the company procures.
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USDA invests in agricultural technology research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing demand for food, fuel, and fiber.
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