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May 24, 2016

Opinion: Dirigo: Maine Lives Up to Motto

BY Bob Cleaves Hopefully, other states like California and Michigan will emulate Maine’s good example and support the biomass industry and its many partners through the challenges experienced in so many markets. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

EPA: Nearly 17 million cellulosic RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for April, reporting more than 1.511 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the net total for the first four months of the year to nearly 5.88 billion RINs. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

Study: Chance finding could transform plant production

BY University of Guelph An almost entirely accidental discovery by University of Guelph researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland. The researchers doubled the plant’s growth and increased seed production by 400 percent. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

In Depth: Rallying for a Rebound Year

BY Anna Simet, photos by Lenn Long PhotographyLow oil, dipping power prices and a warm winter have presented the biomass industry with a challenging year. READ MORE

May 22, 2016

Opinion: A Proliferation of Fuel Standards

BY Ben Bell-Walker Where there are already accepted and useful standards in place, the creation of another standard may cause uncertainty and confusion in the industry, as well as present another hurdle for fuel suppliers. READ MORE

May 21, 2016

In Depth: Foraging for Efficiency

BY Anna Simet New Holland is plowing the path to commercial use of woody biomass crops for bioenergy. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

Port of Tyne to handle pellets for Lynemouth plant

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K.-based Port of Tyne has announced plans to start building new facilities to handle, store and transport wood pellets for Lynemouth Power Ltd., which is making good progress with its plan to convert from coal to biomass. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

Processing plant receives 10 millionth ton of garbage

BY Great River Energy Great River Energy’s Elk River Resource Processing Plant received its 10 millionth ton of garbage in mid-April. In nearly 27 years of operation, that waste has been mostly used to generate renewable energy. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

KPA Unicon to supply biomass boiler to Stora Enso sawmill

BY KPA Unicon Stora Enso Wood Products Ltd. and KPA Unicon have signed a contract for a biomass-fired hot water boiler plant delivery to Stora Enso sawmill in Honkalahti, Finland. The output of the new Unicon Biograte boiler plant will be 17.7 MWth. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

In Depth: Workhorses of the Woods

BY Ron KotrbaThe Big Four equipment manufacturers in the forest harvesting space discuss product offerings and technological advancements to improve emissions, operator comfort and safety, productivity and efficiency. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Mexican tequila distillery installs biomass boiler

BY Erin VoegeleIn early May, a tequila manufacturer in Mexico announced the installation of a biomass boiler at its distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, has drastically reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) at the facility. The boiler is fueled in part by spent agave fibers. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

ETI seeks partners for biomass pretreatment project

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute recently announced it is seeking partners for a new project that aims to develop technology to remove contaminants from certain biomass feedstocks. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

PFI: 2 additional plants qualify for PFI standards program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two additional pellet plants into the Pellet Fuels Institute standards program, including NWP Jasper LLC and New England Wood Pellet's Allegheny plant. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

SBP approves third certification body

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership The Sustainable Biomass Partnership has announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Canada has become the third SBP-approved certification body. PwC has been approved for certification of biomass producers in Canada and the U.S. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Clariant to scale-up catalysts for Gevo’s ETO technology

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. had announced that it has entered into an agreement with Clariant Corp. to develop catalysts to enable Gevo’s ethanol-to-olefins (ETO) technology, which produces tailored mixes of propylene, isobutylene and hydrogen. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Solving the biomass puzzle

BY Ames Laboratory Biomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. Researchers at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory hope to develop the pieces of that puzzle to create a clearer picture. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

DOE: Report documents achievements from 6 years of algal research

BY U.S. Department of Energy The Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its six years of operation. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Opinion: What is ‘Green’ Heating?

BY John Ackerly If the country is serious about renewable energy, it means getting a lot more serious about all renewable heating options. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Northeast Wood Products ready, waiting to ramp up production

BY Katie FletcherNortheast Wood Products LLC commenced pellet production in December at its retrofitted 120,000-ton-per-year pellet plant located in Jasper, Tennessee, and now is poised for ramp up, but will wait on the sidelines until the market rebounds. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

California RNG bill could open door to pipeline injection

BY Anna SimetA proposed bill in California may serve to greatly benefit the state’s renewable natural gas (RNG) industry. It would modify current siloxane requirements and essentially break down the barrier for RNG producers to access the natural gas pipeline. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Zero-net-energy farm project receives $1.2 million CEC grant

BY Biodico The California Energy Commission is lending major financial support to Biodico's Zero-Net-Energy Farms concept, which would enable ag operations to generate all of their energy needs from on-site renewables such as solar, wind, and AD-based CHP. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Stora Enso, Rennovia to cooperate on biobased chemicals

BY Stora Enso Renewable materials company Stora Enso and specialty chemicals company Rennovia Inc. have announced a joint development and license agreement to cooperate on biobased chemicals development. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

EPA releases proposed rule to set 2017 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 18, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Opinion: Food + Fuel: The New Biomass Equation

BY Matt carr A new analysis published in Carbon Balance and Management finds use of algae as feed for animals as potentially having a big role to play in limiting global carbon emissions, while providing the world with a major new source of sustainable proteins. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

Clean Power Plan court delayed, moved to full bench

BY Anna SimetOn the court’s own motion, the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan oral arguments scheduled for June 2 have been pushed back to Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced on May 16. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

Wood Pellet Association of Canada announces leadership change

BY Wood Pellet Association of Canada Effective May 12, Michele Rebiere has resigned as president of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. Former vice president Rene Landry will serve as president until the next general meeting of the membership is held in September. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

UM researchers earn $1.4 million grant to study biomass

BY University of Montana University of Montana researchers will use a grant awarded by the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy to identify and overcome the barriers to using biomass from fuels-reduction and forest-restoration treatments. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

In Depth: Expanding the Bioenergy Workforce

BY Betsy Fradd Skilled, professional, and motivated technicians and operators are in demand for first-generation, advanced biofuel and cogeneration plants, and other bioenergy facilities. READ MORE

May 16, 2016

USDA funds 18 projects to increase wood energy markets

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Forest Service has announced more than $8.5 million to expand and accelerate technologies and strategies that promote the use of wood in heat and power generation, commercial construction, and other wood product innovations. READ MORE

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