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July 24, 2014

U.K. DECC model confirms GHG benefits of North American pellets

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change reported that scientific analysis has proven that biomass from North America can help decarbonize U.K. electricity supplies. The analysis was performed using a new model developed by the DECC. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

DECC announces draft CfD budget, gets program approval from EC

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that starting in October, renewable energy projects in the U.K. will complete for a budget of more than GBP 200 million as part of the government's reforms to the electricity market. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

Pellet-fired heating system in use at hospital in New Brunswick

BY Government of New Brunswick The Grand Falls Hospital is one of the first public buildings in New Brunswick, Canada, to utilize a new energy-efficient, pellet-fired heating system. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

BC pellet producers step up to reduce dust explosion hazards

BY Sue Retka SchillBritish Columbia pellet producers are facing stepped up safety inspections by WorkSafeBC. Administrator Gord Macatee prepared a review and action plan that outlines plans for an agency restructuring and reviews mitigation of safety hazards from dust. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

Biogas upgrading system begins operations in France

BY MT-Energie The first of eight Gas-to-Grid (G2G) projects in France built by MT-Energie has started its injection of purified bio methane into the French gas grid. The company also recently inaugurated a project in Germany. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

University of Twente researchers develop new biofuel catalyst

BY University of Twente Oil produced from biomass seldom has the same quality and energy content as "classical" crude oil. A new, simple catalyst, developed at the University of Twente, improves the quality of this oil before it is even transported to the refinery. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Himark to construct 3 AD plants in U.S. focused on food waste

BY Katie FletcherHimark BioGas International is expanding its presence in the U.S. through a signed agreement with NEO Energy LLC for the design, construction and start-up of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer facilities. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

New York renewable natural gas facility celebrates grand opening

BY EIF Renewable Energy Holdings EIF Renewable Energy Holdings and Seneca Meadows Inc. have announced the opening of Seneca Energy II, a landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas facility located at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls, New York. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Athens Energy new tax credit eligibility helps spur investments

BY Katie FletcherA biomass power plant in Athens, Maine, received certification for Maine New Markets tax credits from directors of the Finance Authority of Maine. The facility is run by Athens Energy LLC, a sister company of Maine Woods Pellets Co. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

McGinn to keynote Algae Biomass Summit

BY Algae Biomass Organization The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, has announced that Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn will be a Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Babcock & Wilcox to build thermal biomass system in Denmark

BY Babcock & Wilcox Co. The Babcock & Wilcox Co. announced that its subsidiary has been awarded a contract for more than $80 million to build a 280 megawatt-thermal (MWth) biomass boiler system for the Skærbækværket power plant near Fredericia, Denmark. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

National Raisin Co. to use Omnitek generator for biogas project

BY Katie FletcherOmnitek Engineering Corp. has received an order from National Raisin Co. Inc. based in Fowler, California, for a 250 kW power generator to produce heat and electricity from biogas derived from an anaerobic digester. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

U.S. added 87 MW of bioenergy capacity during first half of 2014

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released its Energy Infrastructure Update for June 2014, reporting the U.S. added 28 new biomass power generation units during the first half of the year with a combined capacity of 87 MW. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

Poyry to provide EPCM services for AD project in Alberta

BY Poyry Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. has awarded Poyry with the assignment for engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for an anaerobic bioenergy project at its Whitecourt pulp mill in Alberta, Canada. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for alternative fuel vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo agenda released

BY BBI International The agenda for the 2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo has been released. The Oct. 13-14 event, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will focus on next-generation biofuels technology integration opportunities for existing biofuel plants. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

UCS report highlights bioenergy potential of agriculture residues

BY Erin VoegeleA Union of Concerned Scientists report estimates the U.S. agricultural industry could sustainably provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of manure annually by 2030 for use as feedstock to produce fuels and electricity. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

DOE awards $3.5 million to Cellana for algae biofuel development

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced Cellana LLC, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was selected to receive $3.5 million to develop a fully integrated, high-yield algae feedstock production system at its Kona Demonstration Facility. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

E-Pellets acquires Georgia mill for wood pellet production

BY Katie FletcherE-Pellets Group LLC recently acquired the formally boarded up Louisiana Pacific OSB mill in Athens, Georgia, to convert it into a wood pellet production facility. The facility is expected to produce 450,000 metric tons annually by August 2015. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

Proposed constitutional amendment in Ohio would benefit biomass

BY Erin VoegeleA political action committee in Ohio is one step closer to getting a constitutional amendment on the state ballot that would provide funding for clean energy. Biomass energy is among the sectors that would benefit from the program. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

'Microbe sniffer' could point the way to advanced biorefining

BY University of British Columbia A biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize biorefining processes that produce fuels and chemicals by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Policy reform may hinder German biogas development

BY Anna SimetWhen 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 VoegeleA 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 17, 2014

Bioenergy education program comes to SFSC this fall

BY South Florida State College Beginning this fall, South Florida State College will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy. The program will focus on preparing students for technician positions. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California

BY Katie FletcherViaspace 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 16, 2014

Study: U.S. waste could power 13.8 million homes

BY Anna SimetA new report authored by Columbia University Researchers finds that if all MSW landfilled in 2011 was diverted to waste-to-energy plants, it would supply enough electricity to power 13.8 million homes. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

USDA funds state wood energy teams, wood-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states. An additional $1.25 million was awarded to nine projects under the Wood-to-Energy grant program. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Edeniq, Global Bio-chem to develop industrial sugar technology

BY Edeniq Inc. Edeniq Inc. has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Co. Ltd. to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals, fuels, and other biobased products. READ MORE

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