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July 29, 2015

Energy bill includes language benefiting bioenergy, algae

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources introduced a bipartisan energy bill, titled the "Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015." The committee was scheduled to hold business meetings on the bill on July 28 and July 30. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

UPS announces agreements with three renewable fuels suppliers

BY UPS UPS has announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

BTEC to release draft of thermal efficiency test method

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council The Biomass Thermal Energy Council has announced plans to release a draft of the first thermal efficiency test method designed specifically for commercial-sized boilers that utilize solid biomass as a fuel stock. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Aston University bioenergy technology embarks on European tour

BY Aston University Pre-testing of waste materials using prototype Pyrofab technology was recently underway ahead of a summer tour to evaluate sustainable sources of bioenergy from waste in Europe. The Pyrofab is based on technology developed at Aston University. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Viaspace completes design, engineering of biogas plant

BY Viaspace Inc. Viaspace Inc. recently announced that it has completed the engineering and design work for a 2 MW biogas power plant in Papua New Guinea for Salt Lake City, Utah-based Clean Energy Solutions Pacific. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Opinion: Debunking So-Called Wood Pellet Facts

BY William Strauss Two highly inaccurate statements are often made about using wood pellets as a substitute for coal in power generation: READ MORE

July 28, 2015

Drax discusses recent regulation changes in half-year results

BY Katie FletcherOn July 28, Drax Group plc released its half-year results for the six months ended June 30, delivering Europe's largest decarbonization project, on time and on budget, while also producing 8 percent of the U.K.'s electricity. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

DuPont: Iowa cellulosic biorefinery mechanically complete

BY Erin VoegeleDuPont has released second quarter financial results, reporting an 11 percent drop in sales and a slight increase in earnings per share. The company also noted its cellulosic refinery in Iowa is now mechanically complete. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

Covanta reports on Q2 earnings, acquisitions, project activity

BY Anna SimetCovanta Energy reported strong operational performance in its core business, achieved record quarterly special waste revenue, and provided several updates on acquisition and commissioning activities during its Q2 2015 earnings call. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

WBA releases thermochemical gasification of biomass factsheet

BY Katie FletcherIn June, World Bioenergy Association launched a factsheet on thermochemical gasification biomass, the eighth in a series of publications. The factsheet overviews the technology, basics of gasification, feedstock and current global use. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

RNG purchase, injection project approved in Quebec

BY Gaz Metro The Regie de l'energie du Quebec has authorized Gaz Metro to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) produced by the city of Saint-Hyacinthe and build the infrastructure required to connect the output to its distribution network. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

EnviClear purifies contaminated wastewater at biogas plants

BY EnviTec Biogas AG A3 Water Solutions GmbH, a subsidiary of EnviTec Biogas AG, has just developed an innovative and environmentally friendly membrane bioreactor process in conjunction with EnviClear that purifies contaminated surface waters for biogas plant operators. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

MassCEC awards $1.1 million to biogas projects

BY Massachusetts Clean Energy Center The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently announced $1.1 million in funding for three anaerobic digestion projects across Massachusetts that will convert organic materials into energy. The projects are located in Bourne, Freetown and Hadley. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

Densifying Dynamos

BY Tim PortzFuel log, puck and briquette production equipment manufacturers are expanding customers’ feedstock options and extending their market reach. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Biofuel industry voices support for RFS as comment period ends

BY Erin VoegeleJuly 27 is the final day members of the public can weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recently released renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal. As the comment period comes to a close, supporters of the biofuel industry are actively making their voices heard. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Republic Services reports increased volumes, revenue

BY Katie FletcherOn July 23, Republic Services Inc. released financial results for the second quarter of 2015, reporting a net income of $190.3 million, or 54 cents per share, compared to $179 million, or 50 cents per share, for the comparable period in 2014. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Greenleaf Power acquires Plainfield bioenergy plant

BY Greenleaf Power Greenleaf Power recently announced that it has finalized the purchase of the Plainfield Renewable Energy Plant located in Plainfield, Connecticut, from Leidos Inc., which has owned and operated the 37.5 MW plant since it became operational in 2013. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Enel Green Power: Integrated geothermal, biomass plant now online

BY Enel Green Power Enel Green Power has brought online the world's first biomass plant used to heat geothermal steam at the Cornia 2 geothermal power plant, which is located in Castelnuovo Val di Cecina in Tuscany, Italy. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Brazilian president officially opens cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Iogen Corp. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy's cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raizen's newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 22. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Opinion: Wood Waste Recycling Program Benefits

BY Jim Donaldson AWWRA, a nonprofit association established in 2012, promotes sustainable, environmentally and economically sound, closed-loop wood waste recycling practices and reuse initiatives through its industry membership and resource tools. READ MORE

July 26, 2015

In Depth: Watching Wood Dry

BY Keith Loria Adequately drying wood chip fuel is an important component of maximizing heat and power production, and techniques vary widely. READ MORE

July 25, 2015

Opinion: Public Policy Helps, Hinders Projects

BY Amanda Bilek Project investors and developers in Minnesota and around the country will continue to utilize state and federal programs and other public policies to put project pieces together to build new technology and bring low-carbon cellulosic fuels to market. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

In Depth: Getting More Gas

BY Anna SimetOptimizing gas collection at landfills is the core component of Loci Controls’ new technology. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Industry checkoff program development discussed at PFI conference

BY Katie FletcherAn update of the proposed wood-to-energy (WTE) checkoff program was provided at the 2015 Pellet Fuels Institute conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The concept is under review by industry, and a draft is expected late this year or early 2016. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

FERC: 128 MW of biomass capacity added during first half of 2015

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects has released the June edition of its Energy Infrastructure Update, reporting the U.S. added 128 MW of installed biomass capacity during the first half of this year. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

New Holland, SUNY partner on biomass research

BY New Holland Agriculture New Holland Agriculture is supplying equipment to the State University of New York that will aid in U.S. Department of Energy-funded research focused on finding ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Project aims to use probiotic bacteria to produce algal crops

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory A Lawrence Livermore team has received an additional $1 million to protect algal crops by developing "probiotic" bacteria to combat pond infestation and increase ecosystem function and resilience. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Greenlane Biogas installs biogas upgrading plant in China

BY Greenlane Biogas Greenlane Biogas has partnered with China Agricultural University to install a biogas upgrading system to facilitate research in the generation of renewable natural gas. The plant is located at CAU's National RNG Demonstration Park in Zhuozhou. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

EPA: 12.42 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.56 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 12.41 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

WM reports increased net income in second quarter results

BY Erin VoegeleWaste Management Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting quarterly revenue of $3.32 billion, down from $3.56 billion during the same period of the prior year. Net income for the quarter was $274 million. READ MORE

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