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October 30, 2014

In Depth: Advanced Biofuels’ Beltway Crusader

BY Tim PortzMike McAdams discusses work on Capitol Hill, founding of the Advanced Biofuels Association and the importance of engaging in the ongoing public debate about renewable fuels. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Opinion: Engaging Communities Nationwide with Bioenergy

BY Bob Cleaves Oct. 22 marked the second annual National Bioenergy Day. What started as a grassroots effort to help bioenergy organizations engage better with their communities is becoming a widespread recognition of the benefits of the many types of bioenergy. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

WM to close sale of Wheelabrator in late 2014, early 2015

BY Anna SimetWaste Management is nearing completion on the sale of waste-to-energy business subsidiary Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., WM President and CEO David Steiner reported during an Oct. 29 quarterly earnings call. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Rentech commences start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility

BY Rentech Inc. Rentech Inc. announced Oct. 28 that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing and final commissioning. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

KiOR to be delisted from NASDAQ

BY Erin VoegeleDocuments filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Oct. 27 indicate KiOR Inc. will be delisted from the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, effective Nov. 6. KiOR did not appeal the decision. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Novozymes announces increased bioenergy sales in Q3 results

BY Erin VoegeleNovozymes recently released third quarter financial results, reporting a 9 percent organic sales growth for the quarter. During the first nine months of the year, sales grew organically by 8 percent. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Herty launches Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions

BY Georgia Southern University The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center has announced the launch of the Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energy Solutions, which aims to spearhead development of commercially-viable, advanced wood-to-energy products. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Biomass industry welcomes record pellet demand in Northeast

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council The Pellet Fuels Institute and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council have announced the biomass industry is experiencing record demand for wood pellet heating fuel in the United States, particularly in the Northeastern region. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Gemma announces completion of biomass power plant in Texas

BY Gemma Power Systems LLC Gemma Power Systems LLC has completed construction of the East Texas Electric Cooperative Woodville Renewable Power Project three months ahead of schedule. The 49.9 MW biomass plant in Woodville, Texas, has been turned over to ETEC. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

NCSU announces biofuel breakthroughs

BY North Carolina State University North Carolina State University scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

In Depth: Toughing Out Turbulence

BY Anna SimetA concentrated group of serious industry players committed to the advanced biofuel and chemical industry gathered downtown Minneapolis in mid-October, for an intimate discussion of policy issues, progress, new technologies and the industry’s outlook. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Enviva files $100 million IPO

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Partners LP has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed $100 million initial public offering (IPO). The Form S-1 registration was filed on Oct. 28. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Lygos Inc. receives two grants for microbial technology projects

BY Katie FletcherLygos Inc., a company that evolved from the U.S. DOE's Joint BioEnergy Institute, recently received two grants from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research program. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Enerkem announces partnerships with 3 Chinese companies

BY Erin VoegeleEnerkem Inc. announced agreements with three Chinese companies in October. Under each agreement, Enerkem is expected to license its waste-to-biofuel technology. The final business structure and sites for each project have not been disclosed. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Covanta releases Q3 results

BY Erin VoegeleCovanta Holding Corp. has released third quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $414 million, down from $425 million during the same period of 2013. Net income from continuing operations for the quarter was $6 million. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Harvest Power raises $20 million in new financing

BY Harvest Power Inc. Harvest Power Inc. has announced a $20 million financing round. The lead investors were Chicago-based True North Venture Partners, San Francisco-based Industry Ventures, and London-based Generation Investment Management. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Nanoparticle technology triples the production of biogas

BY Autonomous University of Barcelona Researchers have developed BiogasPlus, a technology that allows biogas production to be increased by 200 percent with a controlled introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles to the process of organic waste treatment. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

REG Geismar plant begins production, sales of renewable diesel

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. recently announced that commercial-scale quantities of renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) produced at the company's Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery are now available for sale. READ MORE

October 27, 2014

BlueFire announces LOI from China EXIM to finance Fulton project

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 23, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced that it has received a letter of intent from the Export Import Bank of China to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its proposed biorefinery project in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 27, 2014

Tibbar Energy USVI biogas project construction to begin Q1 2015

BY Anna SimetDespite financing hurdles, Tibbar Energy USVI is moving toward construction of its 7 MW biogas plant at the end of Q1 2015.The project will utilize Viaspace Inc.-licensed Giant King Grass, fats, oils, greases and food waste as feedstock. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

National Bioenergy Day: Minnesota event features pellet boiler

BY Katie FletcherThe U.S. Forest Service Chippewa National Forest Ranger Station in Walker, Minnesota, celebrated the second annual National Bioenergy Day Oct. 22 by hosting an open house at its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified facility. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

EPA: Cellulosic fuel production continues in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for September, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

Pennsylvania pellet plant to be sold at auction in November

BY Maas Companies The former Great American Pellets facility, real estate and equipment assets, will be sold during an online, lender-owned auction Nov. 11. The auction is being conducted in conjunction with Comly Auctioneers & Appraisers and Maas Companies. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Fiberight still working at MSW plant in Iowa

BY Holly JessenDespite delays, Fiberight's plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a few interested people and money is starting to come in. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

EPA funds student bioenergy projects under P3 program

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA recently awarded funding to 42 student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental problems as part of its People, Prosperity and Plant program. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

New catalyst could improve biofuels production

BY Washington State University, Tina Hilding Washington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. It is made of iron with a tiny amount of rare palladium. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Cooper Tire begins testing tires made with guayule

BY Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has completed tire builds using rubber derived from guayule plants and new guayule related materials. The tires are being evaluated by Cooper's technical team using rigorous wheel, road and track tests. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies

BY Iowa State University The Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

LSU AgCenter releases sweet sorghum production guide

BY Louisiana State University To help guide commercial production of Sweet sorghum, the Louisiana State University AgCenter has released the Sweet Sorghum Production Guide. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

CREW sues EPA for release of RFS-related documents

BY Erin VoegeleCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, has announced it is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to release documents related to oil industry efforts to influence the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

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