Biogas & Landfill Gas

July 17, 2014

Policy reform may hinder German biogas development

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasWhen Germany passed its Renewable Energy Resources Act in 2000, it set the stage for the huge success of the country's biogas industry, with nearly 8,000 installations currently in place. A recent change in policy, however, may limit future growth. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Report: UK independent renewables generation up significantly

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasA report by SmartestEnergy found that GBP 297 million ($509.11 million) was invested in independent commercial-scale renewable energy projects in the U.K. last year, with an estimated GBP 61.7 million invested specifically in biomass projects. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsViaspace recently announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. The collaboration will further research on Giant King Grass. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

Bluesphere biogas project receives term sheet for $15 million

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasBluesphere Corp. has received a term sheet from Energy Power Partners, a private equity fund manager, for full equity financing of over $15 million for its 3.2 MW biogas project in Johnston, Rhode Island. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

Developer constructs 3 MW digester project in rural Indiana

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasA $7 million anaerobic digestion facility to convert area dairy farm manure to electricity is under development in Elkhart County, Indiana. The 3 MW project is expected to be operational in September. READ MORE

July 07, 2014

World Bank: climate-smart development benefits lives, jobs, GDP

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAdvanced biofuels and biomass play supporting roles in several scenarios examined in a recent report from the World Bank Group looking at climate-smart development. The report introduces a new holistic modeling framework. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

CR&R breaks ground on California AD facility

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsCR&R Environmental Services, a recycle and waste collection company in Southern California, entered into the construction phase of its anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Perris, California. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

New technology to demonstrate cost-effective biogas use

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, BiogasA $1.6 million grant from the California Energy Commission is supporting a project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to develop a combustion system that that can switch between biogas, propane and natural gas in real time. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

CE&P gets $3.1 million tax credit for job creation

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalifornia Ethanol & Power LLC in southern California landed a tax credit from the California Competes Tax Credit Committee worth $3.1 million through 2018, if the company successfully meets the milestones in the contract. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

EPA finalizes RFS rules establishing new pathways, QAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn July 2, the U.S. EPA published two final rules pertaining to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. The first establishes new fuel pathways, while the second finalizes the voluntary quality assurance plan for the RFS. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

N.J. bill would benefit landfill gas-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, BiogasA bill recently introduced in the New Jersey legislature aims to establish a Class I renewable energy certificate multiplier program for landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the state with the goal of offsetting economic loss from engine damage. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

EBRD finances biogas project in Ukraine

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Found In:Power, BiogasThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is organizing a financing program of up to EUR 7.1 million ($9.7 million) to construct and bring into operation a 2.25 MW biogas plant, adjacent to Rokytne sugar mill in the Kiev region. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

EPA publishes methane reduction proposal for new landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 30, the EPA published proposed rule to update its air standards for new municipal solid waste landfills. A separate advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks public input on whether to update emissions guidelines for existing landfills. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

GE to acquire UK-based biogas-to-energy business

BY GE Found In:Power, BiogasGE recently announced that it has agreed to acquire Monsal, a private U.K.-based water, waste, advanced anaerobic digestion and integrated biogas-to-energy business. The acquisition of Monsal will enhance GE's wastewater treatment product offerings. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

N.C. biogas facility holds ribbon cutting ceremony

BY CohnReznick LLP Found In:Power, BiogasThe official ribbon cutting ceremony took place June 27 at the Storms Hog Power facility at the Storms Hog Farm near Bladenboro, North Carolina. The 600-kW facility is North Carolina's largest swine waste-to-energy system operating at full capacity. READ MORE

June 28, 2014

In Depth: California Craft Beers and Biogas Bargains

BY Chris HansonFound In:BiogasOn-site biogas installations are saving craft brewers heat and water treatment costs. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

Opinion: Community Digesters: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

BY Surya Pidaparti Found In:BiogasIn the U.S., there are about 1,500 digesters at sewage plants and 300 on farms. Success of farm and community digesters is mixed with a success rate of 60 to 80 percent. There are myriad factors that undermine the use of digesters. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

React Energy reports progress with bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Thermal, BiogasU.K.-based React Energy plc has issued an operational update and announced the issuance of a GBP 1.5 million ($2.55 million) secured loan note. The company is developing several biomass power projects and recently entered the biomass thermal space. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

Impact Bioenergy announces portable food waste digester

BY Impact Bioenergy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSeattle-based Impact Bioenergy has expanded the unique model AD185 digester design that enables facility operators to generate energy from their own food scraps and paper products. The new AD185-2 unit features five times the processing capacity. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Dairy farm to produce pipeline-quality biogas

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsGeorge DeRuyter & Sons dairy has partnered with Promus Energy LLC to convert its current anaerobic digestion system into Promus's integrated digester-based system to produce pipeline-quality renewable natural gas and other coproducts. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

GIB highlights achievements in annual report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.K. Green Investment Bank recently released its 2013-'14 annual report and announced new funding to help small and medium enterprises make investments in energy efficiency, including biomass boilers. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

$15 million available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program

BY Anna AustinFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Cleanergy launches bioenergy system for old, closed landfills

BY Cleanergy Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasCleanergy's GasBox has been developed to generate electricity and heat from landfill sites that are more than 10 years old. The system can take in biogas with methane concentrations as low as 18 percent. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Model may help growers mitigate costly droughts

BY University of Florida Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Florida-created model may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid crop-destroying drought, which can cost millions of dollars in a given year, according to one of the tool's creators. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: Buy Local, It’s Cheaper

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass was the earliest source of light and heat, warming and illuminating small bands of ancient humans. Today, it continues to excel as an energy source in smaller applications. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThough the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE