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June 29, 2017

North Dakota oil refinery plans to co-process renewable diesel

BY Ron Kotrba A Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction is planned for October with start-up in December. READ MORE

June 29, 2017

In Depth: Cogeneration as a Universal Power Solution

BY Christian Mueller Cogeneration technologies are poised to play an increasingly important role in the energy mix of the future. READ MORE

June 28, 2017

DONG to convert sixth Denmark fossil fuel plant via new contract

BY DONG Energy With a new 20-year agreement recently concluded between Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Kalundborg Forsyning and DONG Energy, a sustainable alternative has been found to Denmark's largest coal-fired power station unit, enabling a complete phase-out of coal. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

Shell buys rights to SBI BioEnergy biofuel technology

BY SBI BioEnergy Inc. Royal Dutch Shell plc and SBI BioEnergy Inc. have reached an agreement granting Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI's biofuel technology. READ MORE

June 26, 2017

South Korea, Japan wood pellet imports near records in late 2016

BY Wood Resources International Wood pellet imports to Asia reached an all-time-high in the Q4 2016, when Japan and South Korea together imported 630,000 tons of pellets. READ MORE

June 26, 2017

California biomass plant to restart, calls for fuel suppliers

BY Anna SimetA northern California biomass plant readying to recommence operations is seeking fuel suppliers. Blue Lake Power LLC, a 12-MW power station in Blue Lake, California, issued a call for fuel suppliers last week. READ MORE

June 23, 2017

DOE funds community-scale biomass heating project in Alaska

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs has announced it is awarding $7.8 million to support 13 tribal energy projects, including one community-scale biomass project in Alaska. READ MORE

June 23, 2017

Representatives press Pruitt on Icahn’s role in shaping the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleMembers of the House Energy and Commerce Committee recently asked U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to detail policies and procedures the agency has put in place to prevent Carl Icahn from influencing the RFS for personal financial gain. READ MORE

June 23, 2017

EC approves Danish aid for Dong Energy biomass conversion

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 21, the European Commission announced it has found that Danish support for the biomass conversion of a cogeneration plant owned by Dong Energy Thermal Power A/S is in line with state aid rules. READ MORE

June 23, 2017

LA Metro contracts for 295 new CNG buses to be fueled with RNG

BY Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) recently voted to purchase 295 40-foot compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which will be fueled by renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

June 23, 2017

Elecnor secures contract to build 2 biomass plants in Portugal

BY Elecnor Elecnor has been awarded the contract to build two biomass-fueled plants in Portugal. Each plant will have a power capacity of 15 MW and run on forest-based fuel. Both facilities are expected to be operational within 24 months. READ MORE

June 22, 2017

EPA: 21.98 million cellulosic RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting more than 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 21.98 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

June 22, 2017

Renewable energy groups share vision of 21st century power grid

BY Anna SimetIn the wake of political actions impacting U.S. clean energy development, leaders of a variety of renewable energy organizations have banded together to further the growth of the renewable industry via a shared vision for the national power grid. READ MORE

June 22, 2017

UK cuts support for small-scale energy generation

BY Erin VoegeleIn the U.K., Ofgem has announced it will reduce a specific payment to some small electricity generators receive for producing electricity at peak times. Embedded generators with less than 100 MW capacity are among those impacted. READ MORE

June 22, 2017

Bill aims to provide tax incentive for biogas investments

BY Erin VoegeleReps. Rom Reed, R-N.Y, and Ron Kind, D-Wisc., recently introduced the House version of the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act, which provides incentives for farmers and rural electric cooperatives to invest in biogas. READ MORE

June 22, 2017

Companies dedicate Kentucky landfill gas project expansion

BY East Kentucky Power Cooperative Officials from East Kentucky Power Cooperative and Bavarian Waste Services recently dedicated the expansion of the cooperative’s power plant, which is fueled by methane gas from the landfill. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

DOE awards STTR, SBIR grants to several bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 263 grants totaling $116 million to 184 small businesses under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Several of the awards support bioenergy projects. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Nelja Energia announces startup of Latvian pellet, CHP facilities

BY Erin VoegeleEstonia-based Nelja Energia recently announced the opening of a wood chip-fueled cogeneration facility and 120,000 metric-ton per year pellet plant in Brocēni, Latvia. Most of the pellets produced at the plant are exported to the European market. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

WEF, ABC to accelerate generation of renewable energy

BY Water Environment Federation The Water Environment Federation and the American Biogas Council are partnering to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at facilities across the U.S. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

REG completes Geismar land purchase

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group recently announced it has completed the $20 million acquisition of approximately 82 acres of land at and in close proximity to its Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery from Lion Copolymer. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Perdue names 3 to USDA leadership roles

BY USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the USDA continues the reorganization announced on May 11. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Velocys begins second phase of USDA loan guarantee process

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys plc recently announced the USDA has invited it to submit a Phase II application for a loan guarantee to support the development of a commercial-scale biorefinery with the capacity to produce 19 million gallons of renewable diesel per year. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

S2G BioChem to build advanced biorefinery in Ontario

BY S2G BioChem S2G BioChem, a developer of natural biotechnology conversion processes, recently announced that it has started work on the company's first standalone biorefinery demonstration plant that it intends to build in Sarnia, Ontario. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Amyris, Queensland move forward with planned biorefinery

BY Amyris Inc. Amyris Inc. and the government of Queensland, Australia, recently announced the next step their plans to develop a leading industrial biotechnology hub in Southeast Asia. The proposed facility will produce biobased farnesene. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

Draft of US wood chip heating fuel standard available for comment

BY Anna SimetA committee working on development of a voluntary national wood chip heating fuel technical quality standard for the U.S. has a draft ready for public comment. The effort, funded by a U.S. Forest Service grant, has been underway for several years. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

Nevada governor vetoes bill to increase RPS to 40 percent by 2030

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 16, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill that aimed to increase the state’s clean energy standard to 40 percent renewables by 2030, up from the current requirement of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics report algae biofuel breakthrough

BY ExxonMobil ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. have announced a breakthrough in joint research into advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain’s growth. READ MORE

June 16, 2017

ARC awards $1.5 million to support biorefinery center at ASC

BY Erin VoegeleThe Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $1.5 million to New York-based Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center project, which aims to leverage wood resources to create sustainable business. READ MORE

June 16, 2017

Rivertop Renewables’ sodium glucarate achieves REACH registration

BY Rivertop Renewables Rivertop Renewables has announced that its innovative chemical, sodium glucarate, has achieved registration under the European Chemical Agency’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulation. READ MORE

June 16, 2017

Biogest builds fifth gas-to-grid biogas plant in the UK

BY Biogest Biogest recently announced a contract for the construction of its fifth gas-to-grid biogas plant in the U.K. The plant has an output of 1,400 standard cubic meters of biogas per hour, which corresponds to a thermal output of approximately 7 MW. READ MORE

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