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February 21, 2018

Former Ineos Bio site purchased for conversion into eco-district

BY Erin VoegeleA consortium of investors and project developers led by Texas-based Frankens Energy recently purchased the former Ineos Bio Indian River Biorefinery in Vero Beach, Florida, and has announced plans to convert the site to an eco-district. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

Neste biofuels reduced GHG emissions by 8.3 million tons in 2017

BY Neste Replacing fossil fuels with Neste's renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion kilograms in 2017. This is equal to removing 3 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

Process could allow treated wood to be used in pellet production

BY Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – INRS INRS researchers have developed a process that successfully removed more than 90 percent of the contaminants present in treated wood waste. Once decontaminated, the wood could be used to manufacture particleboard or heating pellets. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

DOE to fund energy infrastructure deployment on tribal lands

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $11.5 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. Bioenergy projects are among those eligible to apply for the funding. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

Bridgestone, Versalis partner to expand guayule research efforts

BY Bridgestone Americas Inc. Bridgestone Americas and Versalis, a major producer in the polymers and elastomers industry, are forming a strategic partnership to develop and deploy a comprehensive technology package to commercialize guayule. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

Partners consider renewable methanol project in Rotterdam

BY Enerkem Inc. A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam has signed a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam. READ MORE

February 19, 2018

UK biomass CHP plant begins commissioning

BY Erin VoegeleA biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) project in southwest England is beginning the final phase of commissioning and is on track to begin commercial operations in August. The facility will generate more than 27 MW of electricity. READ MORE

February 19, 2018

Enviva completes acquisition of South Carolina wood pellet plant

BY Enviva Holdings LP Enviva announced Feb. 16 that it has completed the acquisition of a wood pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina, and related assets from The Navigator Co. S.A., a Portuguese paper and pulp company. READ MORE

February 19, 2018

Stora Enso launches lignin product to replace oil-based phenol

BY Stora Enso Stora Enso has announced the launch of Lineo, a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. READ MORE

February 16, 2018

Connecticut to phase down value of biomass, landfill gas RECs

BY Erin VoegeleThe Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has finalized its Comprehensive Energy Strategy. The CES, in part, includes a phase-down of biomass and landfill gas renewable energy credits (RECs) in Class 1 RPS starting in 2019. READ MORE

February 16, 2018

NREL scientists model methane-eating bacteria

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory A research team including scientists from NREL recently explored the possibilities provided by the natural world by researching how the bacteria Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum 20ZR uses methane and converts it to valuable product precursors. READ MORE

February 16, 2018

Meridian, Genarex partner on bio-additives for plastics

BY Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an innovative technology and integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, recently announced a strategic partnership with Genarex FD LLC to develop a broader range of bio-additives for the plastics market. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

Letter asks EPA to take a fresh look at corn kernel fiber ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the cellulosic biofuels industry are asking the U.S. EPA to take a renewed look at commercial-ready cellulosic biofuels as the agency begins its work to develop proposed 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

Siemens selected as technology partner for biomass power plants

BY Siemens MasTec Power Corp., as the EPC contractor for Georgia Renewable Power LLC, has chosen Siemens as the technology partner for two new biomass power plants, Georgia Renewable – Franklin LLC and Georgia Renewable – Madison LLC. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

BPA adds new members Jametown Energy, Koda Energy, Forest2Market

BY Biomass Power Association Biomass Power Association recently announced that it has signed three new members, including biomass power plants Jamestown Energy and Koda Energy, and Forest2Market, a company analyzing the wood raw materials supply chain. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Pruitt commits to creating regulatory certainty for biomass

BY Erin VoegeleEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has provided New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu with a letter announcing EPA’s efforts to work towards a carbon-neutral policy for biomass and clarify federal procurement recommendations for responsibly managed forests. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Construction underway on Indiana RNG project

BY AMP Americas Renewable Dairy Fuels, a business unit of AMP Americas, has announced construction is underway on a on-farm anaerobic digester-to-vehicle fuel operation in Fair Oaks, Indiana. The facility will produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from dairy waste. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Prodesa, FutureMetrics announce partnership agreement

BY FutureMetrics Prodesa and FutureMetrics are teaming up under a new partnership agreement under which FutureMetrics operations expert, John Swaan, will lead a team that trains the operators of new Prodesa pellet plants. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Sylvatex, Valicor announce joint development agreement

BY Sylvatex Inc. Sylvatex Inc. and Valicor Inc. have entered into a joint development agreement that will oversee the development, construction, and commercialization of Sylvatex’s MicroXTM technology to convert distillers corn oil into MicroXTM renewable blendstock. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Gene improves plant growth and conversion to biofuels

BY University of Georgia A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Paper discusses impact of weather, oil prices on pellet demand

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics has published a brief white paper explaining how weather and the price of heating oil influence demand for wood pellets used for heating. The paper, published Jan. 31, was authored by William Strauss, president of FutureMetrics. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Biogen acquires Tamar Energy

BY Biogen Biogen has expanded its food waste recycling network through the acquisition of Tamar Energy, one of the largest anaerobic digestion (AD) owners and operators in the U.K. The combined group operates a network of 13 AD plants and six composting sites. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Active Energy opens Utah facility

BY Erin VoegeleU.K.-based Active Energy Group plc has announced its CoalSwitch plant in Utah officially became operational the week of Feb. 5 and is producing the company’s high-calorific, high-bulk-density biomass pellet. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

Connecticut seeks proposals for AD, wind, fuel cell projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit offers for certain Connecticut Class I renewable energy sources, including anaerobic digestion, offshore wind and fuel cells. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

ABC: Budget act extends biogas, biomass PTC through 2017

BY American Biogas Council The American Biogas Council has released a statement in response to passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which only includes a one year retroactive extension of the Production Tax Credit for biogas and biomass through 2017. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

PA Biomass Energy Association expands to Mid-Atlantic

BY Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association has expanded its focus beyond the keystone state to the region and will now be known as the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council. The material focus of the organization remains the same. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

Gevo amends isobutanol supply agreement with Musket

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has strengthened its existing relationship with Musket Corp. by amending its isobutanol supply agreement to provide Musket with the exclusive right to sell Gevo’s renewable isobutanol within a 300 mile radius of Houston, Texas. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office evaluated in new report

BY U.S. Department of Energy U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducts a biennial peer review that enables external stakeholders to provide feedback on its R&D portfolio and develop recommendations. On Feb. 6, BETO published the results of last year's peer review. READ MORE

February 09, 2018

Budget bill retroactively extends biofuel tax credits for 2017

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 9, President Donald Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 into law. The two-year funding bill ends a brief government shutdown and includes retroactive tax extenders for several biofuel-related tax incentives. READ MORE

February 09, 2018

Organic Power to install 2 MW AD plant in Puerto Rico

BY Erin VoegeleOrganic Power Ltd. is installing a Global Water Engineering Raptor anaerobic digestion plant at its green energy facility in Bega Baja, Puerto Rico. Once fully operational in mid-2018, the facility is expected to produce 2.055 MW of electricity. READ MORE

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