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April 24, 2018

Benefits of wood heating discussed at Senate hearing

BY Erin VoegeleWood energy was among the topics discussed during an April 19 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that examined rural energy challenges and opportunities. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

EPA seeks nominations for MSTRS

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which is designed to provide the Clean Air Advisory Committee with independent advice on programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

UPM Biofuels gains RSB low ILUC risk feedstock certification

BY UPM Kymmene Corp. UPM Biofuels' continuous efforts for a more sustainable supply chain and operations has been recognized by the world's first Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials low indirect land use change (ILUC) risk certification. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

RNG Coalition releases RNG project map, database

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has relased a new map and project database of renewable natural gas production facilities in North America. The database reveals that there are now at least 76 operating RNG facilities in the U.S. and Canada. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Braskem strengthens its renewable chemicals strategy

BY Braskem Braskem recently announced an expanded focus on the research, development and commercialization of chemicals and materials sourced from renewable feedstocks. The company started a new operation in Boston to support the effort. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Dane County, Wisconsin, to construct biogas cleaning system

BY Dane County, Wisconsin On April 19, Dane County, Wisconsin, officials kicked off construction for an innovative project that will turn garbage and cow manure into renewable fuel for thousands of vehicles across the region and country. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX technology

BY BBI International D3MAX LLC and Ace Ethanol LLC announced April 24 that Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

In Depth: From Impoverished to Empowered

BY Ron Kotrba The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, a multidonor fund administered by the African Development Bank Group, is making headway in effecting real socioeconomic change in sub-Saharan Africa—and biomass power is an integral component. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

EPA: Biomass from managed forests is carbon neutral

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 23, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that in future regulatory actions biomass from managed forests will be treated as carbon neutral when used for energy production at stationary sources. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

Air Liquide doubles its biomethane production capacity

BY Air Liquide Since the beginning of 2018, Air Liquide has commissioned three new biomethane production units, in the U.S, France, and the U.K. With these units, Air Liquide has doubled its biomethane production capacity, which now stands at 60 MW. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

Air Canada fuels flights with biofuel on Earth Day

BY Air Canada Air Canada will save 160 metric tons of carbon on 22 domestic flights this Earth Day through an innovative biofuel demonstration project at Toronto-Pearson Airport. The project is coordinated by Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

In Depth: Healthy Demand for Southern Timber Ensures Forested Lands Remain Forested

BY Hannah Jeffries The evidence is clear: Demand for forest products—including wood pellets, wood chips and other renewable wood resources used to generate energy—is associated with more, not less, productive forests. READ MORE

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

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