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August 19, 2019

EPA: 1.8 billion RINS generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that nearly 1.8 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 38.92 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 19, 2019

Dominion Energy, Smithfield Foods break ground on RNG project

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods Inc. are breaking ground on a renewable natural gas (RNG) project in North Carolina through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas. The project will generate enough energy to power more than 3,500 homes. READ MORE

August 16, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 640,000 tons in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 770,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in April, with sales reaching 640,000 tons. READ MORE

August 16, 2019

Low-carbon Neste MY Renewable Diesel now available in Oregon

BY Neste Corp. With climate change at the forefront of the global conversation, Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel fuel, is making reducing CO2 emissions more accessible to fleet owners in Oregon. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

EPA: 2 additional SREs filed for compliance year 2018

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA updated its online dashboard containing small refinery exemption (SRE) data Aug. 15, showing that two more SRE petitions have been filed for compliance year 2018. Both petitions are currently pending. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Gevo discusses plans for hydrocarbon, RNG production

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. released second quarter financial results Aug. 14. During an earnings call, Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber discussed the company’s future plans for aviation fuel production and announced plans to launch a renewable natural gas (RNG) division. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Governors ask EPA to clarify biogenic CO2 not regulated under CCA

BY Erin VoegeleGovernors representing Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and North Dakota recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to clarify biogenic CO2 is not a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Novo Holdings invests $72 million in LanzaTech

BY LanzaTech Novo Holdings A/S and LanzaTech announced Aug. 6 that they have formed a partnership to grow LanzaTech’s revolutionary sustainable fuels and chemicals platform. Novo Holdings is making a $72 million investment in the company in a Series E financing. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

Bill aims to extend tax credits for biomass, other renewables

BY Erin VoegeleReps. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., and Scott Peters, D-Calif., introduced a bill Aug. 13 that aims to extend tax credits for investments in qualified renewable energy production, including closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, and municipal solid waste. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

Bioenergy DevCo receives $106 million investment, buys BTS Biogas

BY Erin VoegeleBioenergy DevCo announced Aug. 8 it has received a $106 million investment from Newlight Partners LP to grow anaerobic digestion (AD) technology in North America. The following day, the company announced the acquisition of BTS Biogas. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy generation, capacity forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration currently expects nonhydro renewables to provide 10 percent of U.S. utility-scale generation in 2019, increasing to 12 percent in 2020, according to the agency’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

Gevo to supply sustainable aviation fuel to Air Total

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. announced Aug. 13 that Air Total International SA and Gevo have entered into a partnership agreement to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use and distribution in France and other parts of Europe. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

Pinnacle discusses growth plans in second quarter earnings call

BY Erin VoegelePinnacle Renewable Energy released second quarter financial results Aug. 12, reporting significant increases to revenue and pellets sold. During an earnings call, Pinnacle officials discussed company growth plans. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

DOE seeks input on its FY 2019 EERE, BETO research priorities

BY Erin VoegeleThe Department of Energy’s Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking public input on its EERE and Bioenergy Technologies Office research priorities, including those focused on corn fiber biofuel, food waste, data efforts and algae biomass. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

SoCalGas, Electrochaea commission biomethanation pilot project

BY Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas Co. and Electrochaea announced Aug. 13 the commissioning of the nation's first scalable biomethanation reactor system at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy System Integration Facility. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

FutureMetrics analyzes changes in South Korean pellet market

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics has published a new white paper on recent developments in the South Korean industrial wood pellets market, updating an analysis the company published two years ago. The changes could dampen demand for wood pellets. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

EPA approves 31 SREs, lowers 2018 RVO by 1.43 billion RINs

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA announced Aug. 9 it approved 31 of the 38 SREs that were pending for compliance year 2018. Eight remaining SRE petitions that were pending for compliance years 2016-2018 were denied, while one for 2018 was withdrawn or declared ineligible. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

RNG continues to move passengers on the Big Blue Bus, LAX

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it has inked contracts to provide its Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) to power fleets across multiple sectors that include transit, trucking, airports, solid waste and service vehicles. READ MORE

August 08, 2019

Enviva announces new contracts, plans to increase capacity

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Partners LP released second quarter 2019 financial results on Aug. 8, reporting solid operating performance and a 25 percent increase in adjusted EBITDA. The company also announced new contracts for more than 1 million tons of wood pellets. READ MORE

August 08, 2019

RNG industry asks EPA to increase 2020 RVO for cellulosic biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleMore than 40 members of the RNG industry sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Aug. 7 urging the agency to set the 2020 RVO for cellulosic biofuel at a minimum of 650 million gallons. READ MORE

August 08, 2019

Study shows how US can maximize benefits of waste-derived fuels

BY Allison Bell, UCLA The U.S could produce enough energy each year by harnessing waste—from landfill refuse to cow manure—to power the states of Oregon and Washington, all while cutting the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of carbon, according to UCLA researchers. READ MORE

August 07, 2019

Enviva to develop deep-water terminal at Port of Pascagoula

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Holdings LP announced Aug. 6 plans to build and operate a deep-water marine terminal at the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi. On the same day, the company also issued a statement related to the air permit for its Southampton pellet plant. READ MORE

August 07, 2019

USDA: Wood pellet exports reach 694,515 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 694,515.3 tons of wood pellets in June, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Aug. 2. Pellet exports were up when compared to both May 2019 and June 2018. READ MORE

August 07, 2019

Cielo enters MOU for renewable diesel plant in Alberta

BY Erin VoegeleCielo Waste Solutions Corp. announced July 30 it has entered into a MOU with Renewable U Lethbridge Inc. to build a renewable diesel plant in Lethbridge, Alberta. The facility will feature Cielo’s proprietary technology. READ MORE

August 07, 2019

Gevo receives ISCC Plus certification

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. announced Aug. 5 it has achieved its International Sustainability and Carbon Certification under the ISCC PLUS scheme for food, feed, industrial applications, energy, and biofuels outside Europe. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Sununu vetoes bill to support New Hampshire's 6 biomass plants

BY Erin VoegeleNew Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill Aug. 5 that aimed to support operations at the state’s six biomass power plants and avoid a protracted legal flight over a biomass reform law that was enacted in 2018. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Smithfield Foods injects RNG into Missouri natural gas pipeline

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Smithfield Foods Inc. has announced that construction of a low-pressure natural gas transmission line connecting a Smithfield hog farm located in Northern Missouri with the city of Milan’s natural gas pipeline has been completed. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Doosan Babcock celebrates 10 years of safety success at Drax

BY Doosan Babcock Doosan Babcock is responsible for the provision of maintenance and outage services to Drax Power Station and is now celebrating an important safety milestone of 10 years without a lost time accident at the site. READ MORE

August 05, 2019

Oregon governor signs RNG bill

BY Erin VoegeleOregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed SB 98 into law. The bill sets voluntary renewable natural gas (RNG) goals for the state’s natural gas utilities, creating a path for RNG to become an increasing part of Oregon’s energy supply. READ MORE

August 05, 2019

Report: EU demand for wood pellets continues to grow

BY Erin VoegeleA recent report filed with the USDA FAS's GAIN predicts the EU market for wood pellets will likely grow this year but cautions future expansions could be limited by sustainability requirements introduced by individual member states. READ MORE

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