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January 23, 2017

EPA: 1.84 billion RINs generated in December

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting more than 1.84 billion RINs were generated during the final month of last year, including nearly 16.83 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

European Biogas Association reports 17,376 biogas plants in EU

BY Katie FletcherEuropean Biogas Association published the sixth edition of its statistical report, showing the number of biogas plants tripling in only six consecutive years to 17,376 biogas plants and 459 biomethane plants in operation in Europe as of late 2015. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

European researcher aims to generate more value from biomass

BY Imperial College London Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to fund his work on lignin valorization. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

EPA awards small business research grant to cookstove company

BY Katie FletcherEPA recently awarded a SBIR grant to Oregon-based ASAT Inc. to develop and market a clean-burning, integrated cookstove. ASAT specializes in heating, cooking and thermoelectric generation technology and has developed biomass cooking stoves. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

MSU scientist wins grant to improve camelina seed qualities

BY Montana State University A Montana State University scientist has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to research ways to improve the usefulness of camelina, an ancient crop with biofuel potential. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

ORNL: Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists, biofuel researchers and others. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

BY Erin VoegelePresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. The nomination, which is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump’s final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-2011. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

EPA denies cellulosic waiver filed by APFM

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 17, the U.S. EPA sent a letter to the American Petrochemical and Fuel Manufacturers denying its petition for a partial supplemental waiver of the 2016 cellulosic biofuel standard under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Researchers: New fertilizer technology to benefit biogas industry

BY Aalto University Researchers of Aalto University have developed a new, energy-efficient method for capturing nitrogen and phosphorus from different liquid waste fractions. The technology is expected to benefit biogas plants, wastewater treatment plants and others. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Opinion: Industry’s Adolescence is Behind Us

BY Tim PortzThe wood pellet industry has doubled in the past five years, and Pellet Mill Magazine's executive editor, Tim Portz, says the next five years will be defined by the industry's ability to grasp the global opportunity that lies in front of it. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Senators question Pruitt on biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

White paper offers Trump a strategy to benefit coal, wood pellets

BY Katie FletcherFutureMetrics released a white paper this month providing a strategy for how the Trump administration can help save the coal industry while boosting the industrial pellet industry with policy that supports the cofiring of wood pellets with coal. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Emerson awarded contract to help convert Lynemouth to biomass

BY Emerson EPH Lynemouth Power has awarded Emerson a contract to help convert the 44-year-old coal-fired Lynemouth Power Station to a new biomass-fueled power plant. Emerson is responsible for helping the project come online within budget and on time. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

MIT engineers program yeast to convert plant sugars into oils

BY Anne Trafton, MIT News Office MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

PNNL develops streamlined process to evaluate algae species

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory A new $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system as part of a new streamlined process to quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for renewable fuels. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Opinion: European Wood Pellet Market Potential

BY Hannes Lechner & John Dawson-Nowak Besides more growth potential in the industrial market to 2025, the likely expansion of the premium sector post-2020 offers an opportunity for North American producers to soften the impact of predicted demand decline for industrial pellets post-2027. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

EPA defers action on petitions regarding biomass, WtE

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a notice of final action on petitions for reconsideration and petitions for administrative stay regarding emissions guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions and compliance times for electric utility generating units. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 analyzes environmental effects

BY U.S. Department of Energy The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1 has been jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

IKEA installs fourth biogas-powered fuel cell system

BY IKEA IKEA has completed installation of its fourth biogas-powered fuel cell system, at its San Diego store. With the new fuel cell system installed, commissioned and operational, IKEA is on track to generate a total of 1.5 MW of energy via fuel cells. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

DOE releases analysis of biofuels, bioproducts from waste streams

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

Forest Fuels opens new wood pellet depot in Liverpool

BY Forest Fuels The ready availability of wood pellets for biomass boilers in the North West of England has been boosted with the arrival of Forest Fuels to its new facility in Liverpool. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

In Depth: Denmark's Biomass Reboot

BY Tim PortzThe smallest Nordic country is having a big impact on European pellet demand as DONG Energy, the country’s largest energy company, pivots away from coal and toward woody biomass. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

DOE jobs report features data on bioenergy, biofuels employment

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 13, the U.S. Department of Energy released its second annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy. The report addresses a wide range of energy technologies. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

Report: Infrastructure options for biofuel delivery to Sea-Tac

BY Port of Seattle The Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines recently released a first-of-its-kind study that identifies the best infrastructure options for delivering aviation biofuel to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2017 IBCE

BY BBI International BBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

In Depth: Q&A: SBP: What’s New & Next

BY Katie FletcherAppointing its first, full-time CEO, Carsten Huljus, is just one step in the Sustainable Biomass Partnership’s transition to an established certification system. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

In Depth: Eastern Europe Exporters

BY Katie FletcherAlthough a number of East Central European countries lack domestic demand, exports continue to climb, fueling demand in neighboring heating markets. READ MORE

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