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April 15, 2014

EC adopts new guidelines on renewable energy, biofuel support

BY Erin VoegeleThe European Commission recently announced it has adopted new rules on public support for renewable energy projects, including a move to market-based support. A U.K.-based trade association called the guidelines a "huge leap into the unknown." READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Washington DNR to hold mobile pyrolysis demo

BY Anna SimetThe Washington State Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a mobile pyrolysis technology demonstration featuring three vendors on May 8 that will include conversion of wood chips into bio-oil, bio-char and syngas. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Moniz testifies on DOE FY 2015 budget request

BY Erin VoegeleEnergy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently addressed U.S. DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request at hearings held by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

NASA to test alternative fuels with German, Canadian partners

BY NASA NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Ontario's Thunder Bay burns last coal, seeks biomass fuel supply

BY Anna SimetOfficially earning the province a coal-free status several months prior to its goal of the end of 2014, Ontario Power Generation's Thunder Bay Generating Station has burned its last supply of coal, the utility and the Ontario government reported. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

EPA opens public comment period on rule to amend NHSM regulation

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published its proposed rule to amend its Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials regulation in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day comment period. The proposal classifies wood fuel from construction and demolition debris. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

GE engines power landfill gas-to-energy project in Latin America

BY GE GE's Distributed Power business has announced that commissioning for three of its Jenbacher gas engines is expected to take place this month at Estre Ambiental's landfill in Guatapara City, Sao Paulo, Brazil. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

Scale-model aircraft takes flight with fuel from the sea concept

BY U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Vilsack talks about USDA efforts to further advanced biofuels

BY Holly JessenSecretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the USDA's work to create markets for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

UK bioenergy production increased significantly in 2013

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently released provisional annual energy data for 2013. The report shows renewable generation increased 28 percent and bioenergy sources generated 18.7 terawatt hours of electricity last year. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Researchers find potential to grow biofuel feedstock on PV farms

BY Ker Than, Stanford University Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Ceres announces fiscal and business updates

BY Chris HansonCeres Inc. released its second quarter financial results and an update on its efforts in Brazil during a webcast on April 10. The company said it has increased its planting of sorghum in Brazil, where it is pursuing ethanol and biomass power markets. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

New Hampshire PUC publishes proposed RPS amendments

BY Erin VoegeleThe New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has published a document containing proposed amendments to the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS), including those for new Class I thermal requirements. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

UK DECC officially launches domestic RHI

BY U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change A new and innovative U.K. government scheme launched April 9 will pay people for the green heat they generate for their homes. The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world's first long-term financial support program for renewable heat. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

EPA lists efficiencies of qualified outdoor boilers

BY Alliance for Green Heat On April 8, the EPA posted efficiencies for outdoor wood and pellet boilers, also known as hydronic heaters. Efficiencies ranged from 39 percent to 78 percent as measured using higher heating value. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

EIA predicts increased energy generation from renewables

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the April issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes forecasts for bioenergy production and the use of wood in home heating applications. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

Neol Biosolutions to scale up Microbioil-2.0 process at CB2G

BY Neol Biosolutions Neol Biosolutions, a 50/50 joint venture between Repsol and Neuron Bio, has reached an agreement with the Center for Second Generation Biofuels (CB2G) of CENER, the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

Pellet industry must become 'common and ordinary; embrace oil'

BY Anna SimetThough the biomass thermal industry is known for its progressive and forward-thinking nature, Les Otten, president of Maine Energy Systems, insists that in order to achieve its goals, the sector needs to embrace "disruptive thinking and technology." READ MORE

April 10, 2014

Biomass Power Association addresses inaccurate report

BY Biomass Power Association Rather than a scientific study, the report issued by Partnership for Policy Integrity this week should be regarded as an 81-page editorial. It showcases a fundamental misunderstanding of the science surrounding forestry and biomass. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Senate asks for industry input on RFS during biofuel hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry recently held a hearing on advanced biofuels. The event featured testimony from representatives of DuPont, the Advanced Ethanol Council and Airlines for America. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Northeast Biomass Heating Expo hosts biomass boiler bus tour

BY Anna SimetThe Northeast Biomass Heating Expo being held in Portland, Maine, April 9-11, kicked off by taking a bus full of tour goers on a biomass boiler bus tour. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

2G Cenergy to provide technology to Ohio waste-to-energy facility

BY Chris Hanson2G Cenergy Power Systems Technologies Inc. announced it will supply $8 million worth of its technologies to Team Gemini LLC's Gemini Synergy Center in Grove City, Ohio. The project broke ground last year. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Rivertop Renewables raises $26 million from Cargill, others

BY Rivertop Renewables Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based producer of novel chemicals derived from natural plant sugars, has announced that it has raised $26 million from Cargill, First Green Partners and existing investors. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

EIA: US added 549 MW of biomass capacity last year

BY Erin VoegeleRecently published U.S. Energy Infrastructure Administration data shows that U.S. added 549 MW of biomass-fired power plant capacity last year. According to the EIA, 511 MW of that capacity was from wood-fire or wood waste-fired facilities. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Court hears oral arguments in challenge to 2013 RFS standard

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA's final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS). The petitioners are asking the court to vacate the EPA's rulemaking. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

SBP seeks comments on 5 biomass standards

BY Erin VoegeleThe Sustainable Biomass Partnership has opened a comment period on five draft biomass standards that make up its Biomass Assurance Framework. Public comments on the draft standards will be accepted through April 25. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

LanzaTech to move headquarters; Soperton retrofit ongoing

BY Sue Retka SchillLanzaTech will be moving its headquarters to Illinois as it continues to develop its projects in China and Soperton, Ga. The company's process turns industrial and biomass-based gases into ethanol and other chemicals. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

CRIBE announces investment in Ensyn Technologies' Ontario plant

BY Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is providing an investment of up to $1.5 million to leverage a total project value of up to $4 million to enhance Ensyn Technologies Inc.'s Renfrew, Ontario, facility. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Poplars designed for deconstruction: A major boon to biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

McCarthy addresses RFS, biogenic emissions during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA's policies with regard to the renewable fuel standard and biogenic carbon emissions were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. READ MORE

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