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September 04, 2015

Vermont law school releases report on sustainable biomass use

BY Katie FletcherThe Institute of Energy and Environment at Vermont Law School recently released a report covering sustainable ways to increase the use of woody biomass for electricity generation while protecting Vermont’s forests. READ MORE

September 04, 2015

REG's Geismar renewable diesel plant catches fire again

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc. announced Sept. 4 that another fire occurred at its 75 MMgy Geismar, Louisiana-based renewable diesel production complex. The fire began around midnight and it was declared completely extinguished by 4:20 a.m. READ MORE

September 03, 2015

IEA Bioenergy newsletter features New Zealand biofuel prospects

BY Katie FletcherIEA Bioenergy Task 39, a group of international experts working to commercialize sustainable transportation biofuels, recently released its latest newsletter, featuring an update on opportunities for biofuels in New Zealand. READ MORE

September 03, 2015

EPA: 12.97M cellulosic D3 RINs generated in July, 1.28B D6 RINs

BY Sue Retka SchillThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that more than 1.59 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 13 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

September 03, 2015

Gevo reports first marina sales of isobutanol-blended gasoline

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has announced that Harbor Marina at Lake Pomme de Terre in Missouri is the first U.S. marina to sell gasoline blended with Gevo's renewable isobutanol at the pump. READ MORE

September 02, 2015

Study highlights importance of biofuel trade

BY Ron KotrbaA new report has been released by the USDA’s Economic Research Service that overviews the growth of the global biofuels industry. READ MORE

September 02, 2015

Eggborough Power Station to close, biomass not an option

BY Anna SimetA 2,000-MW, coal-fired power plant in North Yorkshire, England, announced it will stop producing power at the end of March and close, rather than converting to biomass as once proposed. READ MORE

September 02, 2015

2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo releases agenda

BY BBI International The 2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo,, taking place October 26-28 in Omaha, Nebraska, announced its preliminary agenda this week. READ MORE

September 01, 2015

Swedish pulp company invests $7 million in biomass boiler

BY Waggeryd Cell Waggeryd Cell in Sweden has invested 60 million SEK ($7.1 million) in a biomass boiler in order to replace liquid propane gas (LPG)with bioenergy as energy source for the flash dryer. READ MORE

September 01, 2015

Alabama technology firm ends deal for exclusive licensing rights

BY Ron KotrbaTuscaloosa, Alabama-based Inventure Renewables Inc., a subsidiary of Singapore-based holding company Inventure International (Pte) Ltd., has ended its relationship with Alchimia Inc. READ MORE

September 01, 2015

Halted particleboard plant working toward pellet conversion

BY Katie FletcherNext week, a full consultation report for the conversion of Northern Engineered Wood Products’ particleboard facility to a wood pellet plant in Smithers, British Columbia, is expected to be submitted to the Ministry of Environment. READ MORE

August 31, 2015

Wood pellet boiler rebates available in Vermont

BY Renewable Energy Vermont Vermonters can get up to $5,500 to help switch from fossil fuel to local wood heating. Cash incentives are available from the Clean Energy Development Fund and Efficiency Vermont. READ MORE

August 28, 2015

PHG Energy to build biomass gasification plant in Tennessee

BY PHG Energy Solid Waste in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has engaged PHG Energy to build a new biomass gasification plant capable of cleanly converting more than 30 tons of composted material daily into thermal energy while producing a valuable high-carbon biochar. READ MORE

August 28, 2015

Partnership focuses on renewable fuel sources in Missouri

BY Ameren Missouri, Enginuity Worldwide, ECAP LLC Ameren Missouri, Enginuity Worldwide and ECAP LLC partner to focus on development of renewable fuel sources that may provide a new revenue opportunity for rural businesses and help diversify power generation fuel sources in Missouri. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

Hoosier Energy to build fourth landfill gas-to-energy plant

BY Anna SimetHoosier Energy and Randolph Farms Landfill have teamed up for a landfill gas-to-energy project in east central Indiana’s Randolph County. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

In Depth: The Virtuous Cycle of Biomass Supply

BY Bill Levy There are several main challenges in constructing an effective ag biomass supply chain, and they are influenced by a variety of factors. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

New ORNL hybrid microscope offers unparalleled capabilities

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory A microscope being developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow scientists studying biological and synthetic materials to simultaneously observe chemical and physical properties on and beneath the surface. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

Opinion: Getting It Right

BY Tim PortzSo often in this industry, our gaze falls to the moment biomass is converted into power, thermal energy, biofuels or pellets. READ MORE

August 26, 2015

Astec Industries receives $30 million pellet plant order

BY Astec Industries Astec Industries Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement and received a related down payment to build, deliver and install the first production line of a new turnkey wood pellet production facility. READ MORE

August 26, 2015

REG completes acquisition of Imperium biodiesel plant, terminal

BY Ron KotrbaThe acquisition of Imperium Renewables Inc.’s assets by Renewable Energy Group Inc. is complete. The assets include a 100 MMgy biodiesel plant, now called REG Grays Harbor LLC, and deep-water port terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington. READ MORE

August 26, 2015

Opinion: Biomass’s Role in Clean Power Plan

BY Bob Cleaves On Aug. 3, the Obama administration released the final version of its Clean Power Plan, an ambitious state-by-state roadmap for reducing carbon emissions from all sources. READ MORE

August 25, 2015

UK releases Digest of Energy Statistics 2015

BY Katie FletcherThis summer, the Department of Energy and Climate Change released the Digest of U.K. Energy Statistics 2015 and three other key publications—U.K. Energy in Brief, Energy Flow Chart and Energy Consumption in the U.K. READ MORE

August 25, 2015

In Depth: California's Homeless Biomass Problem

BY Ron KotrbaBiomass power generation in California is threatened by expiring contracts, low energy prices and an unlevel playing field, leaving millions of tons of biomass fuel without a use. READ MORE

August 24, 2015

Largest grid-connected African biogas plant comes online

BY Anna SimetTropical Power has brought online a 2.4-MW biogas power plant in Kenya, reportedly the largest grid-connected biogas plant built in Africa to date. READ MORE

August 24, 2015

Butamax, Gevo settle patent dispute

BY Gevo and Butamax Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC announced that they have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute related to technologies for the production of biobased isobutanol. READ MORE

August 24, 2015

Opinion: Insight on Incentives

BY Bill Bell As this year’s harsh Maine winter drew to a close, pellet boiler systems benefiting from Efficiency Maine’s $5,000 rebate incentive were being installed at the rate of one per day. In June, only 15 were installed. READ MORE

August 23, 2015

In Depth: Master of Logistics

BY Katie FletcherBy securing advantageous points of distribution in the Southeast and fine-tuning its transport and storage tactics, wood pellet giant Enviva is well-positioned to satisfy growing overseas demand. READ MORE

August 22, 2015

Opinion: Localizing Energy Downsides

BY John Ackerly Too often, states export the energy impacts of their decisions to other states. This is not just an issue for U.S. states, but for countries like Germany, which ended its domestic nuclear program only to buy nuclear energy from France. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

U.K. DECC: Bioenergy generation increased during first quarter

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has published updated renewable energy statistics, reporting the renewable share of electricity generation reached a record 22.3 percent during the first quarter of this year. READ MORE

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