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April 18, 2018

House committee passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The bill reauthorizes many bioenergy programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Partnership aims to make biocoal accessible to everyone

BY Clean Electricity Generation At several locations around the world, a partnership of international companies initiated by Clean Energy Generation and Stork, a Fluor Co., plans to construct facilities for the commercial-scale production of biocoal. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Seaweed-into-biofuel project gets Department of Energy support

BY Colorado State University A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). READ MORE

April 18, 2018

BSP licenses technology from RBE, plans Louisiana biocoal plant

BY Biomass Secure Power Inc. Biomass Secure Power Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with River Basin Energy Inc. The IP covered under the agreement includes technology that will be deployed at BSP’s Louisiana plant for the manufacture of biocoal. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Veolia launches UK online marketplace for organic resources

BY Veolia Veolia is launching an online trading platform in the U.K. that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. The BioTrading website will be a sales and auction marketplace that connects buyers to the rest of the value chain. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

McConnell introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Ence selects boiler manufacturer for biomass power project

BY Erin VoegeleSpain-based Ence Energía y Celulosa S.A. has announced Gestamp Biomass Solutions will construct the boiler for its new 40 MW biomass power plant that is under development in Huelva, a city in southwest Spain. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Enviva releases latest Track & Trace data

BY Enviva Holdings LP Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, April 12 released its latest Track & Trace sourcing data, which marks two years of publicly available reporting of the company’s sourcing material. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Global Bioenergies: Audi fuels vehicle with 34 percent biofuel

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies recently used an EN228-compliant gasoline blend containing over 34 percent of renewable, isobutene-derived, compounds to fuel a car on a circuit. The fuel blend incorporated both ETBE and isooctane. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Senators ask EPA to cease issuing RFS ‘hardship’ waivers

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the RFS. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Northern Forest Center, Calgren Dairy Fuels win industry awards

BY Biomass Magazine BBI International and Biomass Magazine named its annual industry award winners at the 11th International Biomass Conference & Expo underway in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

New UK biofuel targets take effect April 15

BY Erin VoegeleIn the U.K., the new Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation came into force on April 15, requiring fuel companies to nearly triple the amount of renewable fuel they supply by 2032. The new regulations also introduce incentives for waste-based fuels. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

Enviva: Chesapeake terminal to resume operations by June 30

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Partners LP has announced its deep-water marine terminal in Chesapeake, Virginia, is expected to resume full operations by June 30 following a previously announced fire that damaged the facility on Feb. 27. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

NUS engineers pioneer new technique for biofuel production

BY National University of Singapore Engineers from the National University of Singapore recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

IRENA: Global bioenergy capacity increases in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released new data that shows global renewable power generation capacity increased by 167 GW in 2017, reaching 2,179 GW. This represents an annual growth of approximately 8.3 percent. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

Senators issue statement against EPA attacks on RFS

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office In response to a January letter sent by Sens. Grassley, Thune, Blunt, Fischer and Ernst, EPA has again confirmed that oil refiners aren’t negatively impacted by compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Draft 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation reauthorizes many bioenergy-related programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Trump pledges support for year-round E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 12, President Donald Trump pledged his support for allowing year-round sales of E15. Representatives of the ethanol industry are speaking out in support of his announcement. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Detroit Zoo plans giveaway for guests who visit its AD display

BY Detroit Zoological Society The Detroit Zoological Society is hosting GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo on April 14. The first 1,000 guests to visit the anaerobic digester educational display will receive a token for a 5-gallon bucket to be filled with compost from the digester. READ MORE

April 11, 2018

Perdue discusses RFS waivers during Senate hearing

BY Erin VoegeleAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue briefly addressed the U.S. EPA’s misuse of Renewable Fuel Standard hardship waivers during an April 11 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture. READ MORE

April 11, 2018

Duke delays plans for CHP plant, focuses on biogas options

BY Duke University Duke University has delayed indefinitely plans to build a freestanding combined-heat-and-power plant and will instead focus its attention on expanding opportunities to use biogas and other environmentally friendly fuels for its growing energy needs. READ MORE

April 11, 2018

Turboden provides power unit to biomass project in Turkey

BY Turboden Turboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, leader in Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerators for distributed power generation employing renewable sources and waste heat, signed an order with AGT A.Ş. for a 5.5 MWe power-only unit. READ MORE

April 10, 2018

EIA predicts increased bioenergy capacity in 2018, 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 10 percent of electricity generation this year, increasing to 11 percent in 2019. READ MORE

April 10, 2018

Drax joins Powering Past Coal Alliance

BY Drax Group On April 9, Drax Group, owner of the largest power station in Western Europe, signed up to the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a global coalition of counties, states, cities and businesses committed to ending coal generation. READ MORE

April 10, 2018

Smithfield partners with Anuvia on biobased fertilizer products

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Smithfield Foods Inc. and Anuvia Plant Nutrients are pleased to announce a new partnership to create sustainable fertilizer from renewable biological materials collected from manure treatment systems at Smithfield's hog farms. READ MORE

April 09, 2018

Senators ask Trump to stop EPA from misusing waiver authority

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 9, five republican senators from the Midwest sent a letter to President Trump asking him to direct the U.S. EPA to stop misusing waivers that are exempting large oil refining companies from meeting their legal obligations under the RFS. READ MORE

April 09, 2018

DVO commissions anaerobic digester installation in Pennsylvania

BY DVO Inc. Installation and construction are complete on a DVO Inc. anaerobic digester at Ar-Joy Farm, a dairy farm in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. This is DVO’s first installation in Pennsylvania, bringing the number of states with a DVO digester to 19. READ MORE

April 09, 2018

Alliance BioEnergy Plus announces sublicense agreement

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. announced April 5 that it has signed a sublicense agreement with Phoenix Biomaterials Thomaston LLC for the use of its licensed and patented CTS process in a plant Phoenix intends to build in Thomaston, Georgia. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

UK bioenergy capacity, generation up in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released provisional 2017 energy data, reporting renewable energy generation reached a record high of 98.9 terawatt hours (TWh) last year, up 18.8 percent when compared to 2016. READ MORE

April 05, 2018

Court approves PES bankruptcy settlement

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 4, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the U.S. EPA’s proposed settlement with Philadelphia Energy Solutions that allows the bankrupt refiner to waive a significant portion of its RVOs under the RFS. READ MORE

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