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July 30, 2014

2014 PFI conference considers market outlook

BY Sue Retka SchillThe pellet market outlook dominated presentations at the Pellet Fuels Institute annual conference held July 28-29 in Orlando, Florida. During the event, several speakers highlighted the expected growth markets around the globe. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Waters' New Biotech solidifies proposed export facility location

BY Katie FletcherWaters' New Biotech, a pellet manufacturer headquartered in Wisconsin, has received approval of a letter of intent from commissioners for the Mississippi State Port Authority for a possible lease of land at the Port of Gulfport in Mississippi. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Zilkha Biomass Energy to develop pellet plant in Arkansas

BY Zilkha Biomass Energy Zilkha Biomass Energy has announced it is building a facility in Monticello, Arkansas, to manufacture their Zilkha Black Pellet. The company plans to invest $90 million in the facility and create 52 new jobs. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Drax provides operational update during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleThe Drax Group plc has announced financial results for the first half of the year, reporting that biomass now accounts for more than 20 percent of the its output. Both the first converted unit and the enhanced cofiring unit are performing well. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

Genera Energy introduces proprietary feedstock management systems

BY Genera Energy Inc. Genera Energy Inc. has announced the deployment of two new proprietary feedstock management systems, Energy Grange and Supply AssureBoth systems were developed through years of R&D and in-the-field testing. READ MORE

July 30, 2014

NRDC report ranks biofuel sustainability programs

BY Natural Resources Defense Council Amid increasing interest in alternative transportation fuels, a new report commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows how federal agencies and other large commercial customers can buy sustainably produced biofuels. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

Biomass Magazine launches biogas map

BY Anna SimetBiomass Magazine has added biogas energy producers to its existing portfolio of bioenergy map products, which includes U.S. biomass power facilities and U.S. and Canada pellet manufacturing plants. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

N.Y. announces biomass thermal incentives, RPS solicitation

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 29, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made two announcements that will benefit bioenergy projects within the state, including the official launch of Renewable Heat N.Y. and the availability of funding to support clean energy generation projects. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

Joint venture formed to develop cellulosic biorefinery in China

BY Erin VoegeleA joint venture of an M&G Chemicals subsidiary and China-based Anhui Guozhen Co. Ltd. has been created to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China. The project was first announced in late 2013. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

Dalkia to design, operate biomass power plant in Canada

BY Veolia Environnement Dalkia and the Canadian investment fund Fengate Capital Management Ltd. are again joining forces to develop a second biomass power plant in Merritt, British Columbia. The facility is expected to have an annual capacity of 40 MW. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

Drax one step closer to securing CfD for second unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleA recent regulatory filing made by the Drax Group plc indicates the company could be one step closer to securing an investment contract for a second biomass unit conversion under the Final Investment Decision Enabling (FID Enabling) mechanism. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

Biofuels are included in latest U.S. Navy fuel procurement

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Recently the U.S. Department of Defense released its annual procurement for bulk fuels to be delivered to its facilities in the eastern and inland United States and Gulf Coast. For the first time, this procurement requests biofuel blends. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

BioCNG to design biogas conditioning system, pipeline

BY BioCNG LLC BioCNG LLC has announced that it has been selected to design and build a BioCNG biogas conditioning system and gas pipeline for the Persigo wastewater treatment plant, which is jointly owned by the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County, Colorado. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

Gevo: Side-by-side operation of Luverne plant on track

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has reported an update on the progress of the implementation of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota. In the beginning of June, Gevo commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

150 federal buildings found to be candidates for pellet boilers

BY Sue Retka SchillWood pellet boilers should be considered at all hot-water heated federal facilities where natural gas is unavailable, particularly in northern regions, according to the U.S. General Services Administration. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Biomass Secure Power secures location for Louisiana pellet mill

BY Katie FletcherThe board of directors of the Natchitoches Parish Port Commission approved a notice of intent to lease Biomass Secure Power Inc. 75 acres of land to build their proposed pellet plant within the confines of the Port of Natchitoches. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Report discusses future of European pellet, biogas markets

BY Erin VoegeleA recent report filed with the USDA indicates the European Commission expects heat and power production from biomass to account for about 45 percent of the renewable use in Europe by 2020. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Spero Energy receives NSF funding

BY Purdue Research Park A Purdue Research Park-based company whose one-step, patent-pending technology could improve the efficiency of alternative fuels and the production of fragrance products has received funding from the National Science Foundation. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Consumers Energy selects 4 Michigan farms to produce bioenergy

BY Consumers Energy Consumers Energy is taking steps to diversify its energy supply and help the environment by selecting four Michigan farms to produce renewable energy with anaerobic digesters. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

DECC announces draft CfD budget, gets program approval from EC

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that starting in October, renewable energy projects in the U.K. will complete for a budget of more than GBP 200 million as part of the government's reforms to the electricity market. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

Pellet-fired heating system in use at hospital in New Brunswick

BY Government of New Brunswick The Grand Falls Hospital is one of the first public buildings in New Brunswick, Canada, to utilize a new energy-efficient, pellet-fired heating system. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

BC pellet producers step up to reduce dust explosion hazards

BY Sue Retka SchillBritish Columbia pellet producers are facing stepped up safety inspections by WorkSafeBC. Administrator Gord Macatee prepared a review and action plan that outlines plans for an agency restructuring and reviews mitigation of safety hazards from dust. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

Biogas upgrading system begins operations in France

BY MT-Energie The first of eight Gas-to-Grid (G2G) projects in France built by MT-Energie has started its injection of purified bio methane into the French gas grid. The company also recently inaugurated a project in Germany. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

University of Twente researchers develop new biofuel catalyst

BY University of Twente Oil produced from biomass seldom has the same quality and energy content as "classical" crude oil. A new, simple catalyst, developed at the University of Twente, improves the quality of this oil before it is even transported to the refinery. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

U.K. DECC model confirms GHG benefits of North American pellets

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change reported that scientific analysis has proven that biomass from North America can help decarbonize U.K. electricity supplies. The analysis was performed using a new model developed by the DECC. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Himark to construct 3 AD plants in U.S. focused on food waste

BY Katie FletcherHimark BioGas International is expanding its presence in the U.S. through a signed agreement with NEO Energy LLC for the design, construction and start-up of three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer facilities. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

New York renewable natural gas facility celebrates grand opening

BY EIF Renewable Energy Holdings EIF Renewable Energy Holdings and Seneca Meadows Inc. have announced the opening of Seneca Energy II, a landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas facility located at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls, New York. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Athens Energy new tax credit eligibility helps spur investments

BY Katie FletcherA biomass power plant in Athens, Maine, received certification for Maine New Markets tax credits from directors of the Finance Authority of Maine. The facility is run by Athens Energy LLC, a sister company of Maine Woods Pellets Co. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

McGinn to keynote Algae Biomass Summit

BY Algae Biomass Organization The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, has announced that Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn will be a Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit. READ MORE

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