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June 18, 2019

USDA: Wood pellet exports reach nearly 425,000 tons in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 424,680.5 tons of wood pellets in April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 6. Exports volumes were down from both the prior month and the same period of the previous year. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Iowa State researchers work to make biochar more useful, valuable

BY Iowa State University Iowa State University researchers have found that biochar produced as coproduct of bio-oil production during the pyrolyis process shows promise as a slow-release fertilizer that could feed crops while protecting water quality. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

ANA signs offtake agreement with LanzaTech

BY All Nippon Airways All Nippon Airways has signed an offtake agreement with LanzaTech Inc. that will allow the company to purchase sustainable aviation fuel. The current agreement targets 2021 for delivery of the sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Letter urges Congress to make BTU Act part of tax extenders bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council and 140 members of the BTU Act Coalition are urging members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to include the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2019 as they address tax extenders legislation. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations must be submitted by June 30. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Kinetrex breaks ground on RNG plant in Indianapolis

BY Kinetrex Energy Kinetrex Energy, EDL and South Side Landfill announced June 17 that they have broken ground on a new RNG facility in Indianapolis. The completed facility will convert landfill gas into approximately 8 million gallons of RNG each year. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Oberon Fuels secures $2.9 million grant for rDME production

BY Oberon Fuels Oberon Fuels was awarded a grant for $2.88 million from the California Energy Commission for a first-of-its-kind, multi-phase project to produce the first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), a clean-burning, ultra-low-carbon transportation fuel. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

In Depth: Self-heating Hazards of Biomass Materials

BY Vahid Ebadat The biomass energy sector is growing rapidly, and the number of fires and explosions in the industry is unfortunately growing along with it—it’s time to act. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

Bill aims to reform EPA’s SRE process, increase transparency

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on June 13. The bill aims to bring transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA: Power generation from renewables to increase in 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. power generation in 2019, increasing to 13 percent in 2020. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 710,000 tons in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 710,000 tons. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

UK to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

BY Erin VoegeleBritish Prime Minister Theresa May announced June 12 that the U.K. Parliament has introduced legislation that will mandate the country achieves net-zero emissions by 2050. Bioenergy is expected to help reach that goal. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs). READ MORE

June 13, 2019

ABFA: Letter urges EPA to finalize provisions in REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 15 companies sent a letter to Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum June 12 urging the agency to finalize provisions in the proposed REGS rule to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers for the production of certain biofuels. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Senators urge EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of nine senators, led by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff. Merkley, D-Ore., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to act on pending applications for electric fuel pathways under the RFS. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Senators ask EPA to end SRE approvals, reallocate waived volumes

BY Erin VoegeleA dozen democratic senators, led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to end approval of unjustified SRE applications and reallocate waived volumes. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Smithfield Foods begins construction on biogas systems

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Smithfield Foods Inc. has announced the construction of new biogas gathering systems in Missouri and Utah, which bring the company steps closer to delivering RNG to communities in multiple states using manure from its hog farms. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2019 grants

BY U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund has announced the recipients of its 2019 grants. The projects funded will help conserve a total of more than 7,450 acres and protect ecologically sensitive bottomland forests in Virginia and North Carolina. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Letter urges EPA to process pending RFS fuel pathway applications

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of 21 members of Congress, led by Reps. John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 4 urging the agency to take action on pending RFS fuel pathways. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Neste, PANYNJ collaborate on the use of sustainable fuels

BY Neste Neste and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will work together to facilitate the use of sustainable transportation fuels at Port Authority facilities and in its fleet vehicles and equipment. READ MORE

June 07, 2019

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Genomatica acquires assets of REG Life Sciences

BY Erin VoegeleGenomatica announced June 6 it has acquired certain assets of the REG Life Sciences division of Renewable Energy Group Inc. The company said the acquisition will add to its capabilities to meet increasing demand for sustainable products. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Pellet-fueled cogeneration plant opens in Croatia

BY Erin VoegeleResalta, an energy developer active in Central and Eastern Europe, announced June 6 that a wood pellet-fueled cogeneration plant in Slatina, Croatia, is now operational. The facility has an electric capacity of 5 MW and a heat capacity of 12 MW. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Active Energy provides update of Lumberton CoalSwitch plant

BY Erin VoegeleU.K.-based Active Energy Group released a progress update June 4 on its CoalSwitch manufacturing facility in Lumberton, North Carolina, reporting the company is making rapid progress in advancing construction of the project. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Neste, Air BP deliver renewable jet fuel to Swedavia airports

BY Neste Neste and Air BP are delivering sustainable aviation fuel to Stockholm Arlanda, Åre-Östersund, Malmö, Göteborg Landvetter and Umeå Airports to help Swedish airport operator Swedavia meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

United’s June 5 ‘Flight for the Planet’ fueled with biofuel blend

BY Erin VoegeleUnited Airlines made history June 5 with its Flight for the Planet. The flight from Chicago to Los Angeles was fueled with biofuel and featured zero carbon waste efforts, carbon offsetting and operational efficiencies. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

REA: Bioenergy needed to meet net-zero GHG goals

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has released the second installment of its industry-led Bioenergy Strategy, reporting that bioenergy can meeting the U.K.’s projected shortfall of the 5th Carbon Budget and the impending nuclear gap. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

GESS to build 6 anaerobic digester facilities in Idaho

BY GESS International GESS International will make a $240 million investment in Cassia County, Idaho, to develop six anaerobic digester facilities. The biogas plants will be located on several dairy cattle feedlots. Construction is expected to begin later this year. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

Research: CCS can make bioenergy carbon negative

BY Ramboll A new research project carried out by Ramboll, GEUS, DTU and SINTEF studies the feasibility of using CO2 capture at Danish biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plants. Final results of the project will be released in mid-June. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

Researchers produce renewable engine fuel from wet biowaste

BY UMass Lowell, Edwin L. Aguirre A team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and China Agricultural University in Beijing has developed a new way of converting wet biological waste into diesel-compatible fuel, using heat and water. READ MORE

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