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May 24, 2018

Portland General Electric opens RFP for 100 MW of renewable power

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 22, Portland General Electric Co. opened a request for proposals (RFP) seeking an additional 100 average megawatts of renewable power generating resources. Eligible projects must be at least 10 MW in size. Bids are due June 15. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Senate democrats ask Trump to lower gas prices, protect the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 23, the democratic leadership of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to take action to lower gas prices ahead of Memorial Day weekend. One suggested action is to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes Marathon’s RFS waiver request

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives and supporters of the U.S. biofuels industry are criticizing Marathon Petroleum Corp. for seeking a small refiner hardship waiver for one of its refineries that would exempt that facility from meeting its RFS blending obligations. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Ontario government invests in bioplastics, AD research

BY University of Guelph Two University of Guelph research collaborations for turning waste into new products and technologies will receive more than $6 million from the Ontario government. One project focuses on plastics, while the second focuses on AD technology. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Project shows advanced biofuels can be produced very efficiently

BY Chalmers University of Technology Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology say they can see an array of new technological achievements following 10 years of energy research into biomass gasification. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: The “S” Word, Points and Counterpoints

BY Anna SimetBiomass’ carbon neutrality and forest sustainability have been two topics of heated debate, especially over the past decade, as the global wood pellet industry has flourished. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: Mathematics of Demand

BY Tim PortzThe most obvious challenge the pellet industry will confront as we work to turn demand around is our lack of touchpoints with consumers when they are making home and space heating decisions. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Opinion: Busy Time for ISO TC 238

BY Chris Wiberg While the efforts of ISO TC 238 are ongoing, they are greatly accelerated each year during the annual plenary and working group meetings, which are being held in Espoo, Finland, May 28 to June 1. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: The Ideological Divide

BY Ron KotrbaUnderstanding the positions of those opposed to the wood pellet industry is critical to overcoming and reconciling differences. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: Pressing for Wider Profit Margins

BY Anna SimetSwedish company Drinor has developed a machine it believes could be a game-changer for pellet production. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: Wood Pellets in the Emerging Asian Biomass Market

BY Racheal Levinson There is no doubt that Asia’s demand for biomass is growing rapidly, but a big unknown is how much of a role wood pellets will play in meeting the emerging demand, and where will those pellets come from. READ MORE

May 22, 2018

Opportunities for wood pellets made of sawdust in the Netherlands

BY Erin VoegeleThe government of the Netherlands has filed a report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network outlining current market opportunities for wood pellets, primarily those made of sawdust. READ MORE

May 22, 2018

Pennsylvania offers funding for alternative fuels, vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleThe Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it is accepting applications for its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which offers funding for the purchase and use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. READ MORE

May 22, 2018

Leandro, California, fuels municipal vehicles with Neste biofuel

BY Neste The City of San Leandro, a suburban city in Alameda County, California, announced May 22 that it has switched all municipal vehicles from using petroleum diesel to only running on Neste MY Renewable Diesel. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

Drax to pilot Europe’s first carbon capture storage project

BY Drax Group Drax has announced that it is to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe, which, if successful, could make the renewable electricity produced at its North Yorkshire power station carbon negative. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

EPA: 20.78 million cellulosic RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for April, reporting that nearly 1.59 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 20.78 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

Sandia researchers tailor E. coli to produce biobased chemicals

BY Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria that could make it economically feasible to produce a variety of products from renewable plant sources. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

House votes down 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 198 to 213 to defeat the 2018 Farm Bill. One day prior to the vote, members of the House defeated a proposed amendment by a vote of 75 to 340 that would have repealed the Farm Bill’s Energy Title. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

US Forest Service awards Wood Innovation Grants

BY U.S. Forest Service On May 16, USDA Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen announced the award of almost $8 million in Wood Innovation Grants to expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

Graanul Invest increases efficiency of pellet plants

BY SIA Graanul Invest SIA Graanul Invest has concluded an agreement with the Central Finance and Contracting Agency of Latvia and the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia on the realization of the project to increase the efficiency of its pellet plants. READ MORE

May 17, 2018

IRENA: Renewable energy industry employs 10.3 million

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Renewable Energy Agency has announced the renewables industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally last year, a 5.3 percent increase from 2016. Approximately 10.3 million are now employed by the renewable energy industry. READ MORE

May 17, 2018

Fulcrum Bioenergy breaks ground on Sierra Biofuels Plant

BY Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. announced May 16 the start of site construction for Phase 2 of its first waste-to-fuels project, the Sierra BioFuels Plant, with a groundbreaking event at the plant site in McCarran, Nevada, to celebrate this milestone. READ MORE

May 17, 2018

Xebec to supply Sapio Group with biogas upgrading plants

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc. signed an agreement with Sapio Group under which Sapio has entered a minimum purchase order commitment for multiple Xebec biogas upgrading plants. Up to 40 facilities could be built under the agreement over the next five years. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

California executive order on forest fires recognizes bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 10, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order that aims to protect communities from wildfire and climate impacts. The California Biomass Energy Alliance said it is encouraged that Brown recognizes the importance of biomass energy. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Bioenergy, ag groups urge Congress to oppose House Farm Bill

BY American Biogas Council The American Biogas Council in conjunction with the Agriculture Energy Coalition and the Biomass Power Association is urging Congress to oppose H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Catawba Biogas to build $15 million facility in North Carolina

BY Anson Economic Development Partnership Anson Economic Development Partnership has announced Catawba Biogas plans to locate a new poultry waste to natural gas conversion plant in Anson County, North Carolina. The project is expected to fully operational next year. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

Grassley discusses E15 timing, Pruitt

BY Erin VoegeleIn a press conference May 15, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, discussed the timeline for year-round E15 sales and threatened to call on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign if he doesn’t carry out President Trump’s commitment to the RFS. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

North American RNG industry advocates on Capitol Hill

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Stakeholders from across the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry descended on Capitol Hill May 15 for more than 65 meetings with U.S. Federal lawmakers to communicate the importance of continuing to develop RNG biofuels. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

Gevo to focus on ethanol production, improvements at Luverne

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting that the company currently sees ethanol as a pathway to profitability. The company’s near-term plans include making improvements its plant in Luverne, Minnesota. READ MORE

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