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December 09, 2016

Minnesota n-butanol plant comes online

BY Anna SimetGreen Biologics Inc. has successfully converted a Minnesota ethanol plant into an n-butanol production facility. The plant, which is now online after two years of development, recently made its first customer shipment. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

DOE to open FOAs for integrated biorefineries, algae biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleIn early December, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to open two biofuel-related funding opportunities. One is focused on the optimization of integrated biorefineries, while the other is focused on algae-based fuels. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

ADM announces project to provide renewable natural gas

BY Archer Daniels Midland Co. Archer Daniels Midland Co. has announced a project in which renewable natural gas, produced as a byproduct at ADM’s corn processing facility in Decatur, Illinois, will be distributed by Ameren Illinois into the nation’s natural gas infrastructure. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

Study finds people are willing to pay more for new biofuels

BY Scott Weybright, Washington State University When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

UPM Biofuels joins Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

BY UPM Biofuels UPM has become member of RSB, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. RSB is a global standard and certification scheme for sustainable production of biomaterials and biofuels. UPM produces renewable diesel, known as UPM BioVerno. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Highland Pellets commissions Arkansas pellet plant

BY Anna SimetHighland Pellet’s 600,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is officially open and undergoing commissioning and is expected to be producing pellets by the end of the year. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 21. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

EIA updates 2017 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will generate 8 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2016, increasing to 9 percent in 2017. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

EPA seeks comments on flex fuel provisions of REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 2, the U.S. EPA issued a notice of data availability (NODA) that will make additional data available for comment on the ethanol flex fuel (EFF) provisions of its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Agrivert opens 3 MW AD project in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleU.K-based Agrivert recently announced the opening of its fourth anaerobic digestion (AD) system in Bridgend, South Wales. The facility is expected to process approximately 48,000 metric tons of organic waste per year, generating 3 MW of electricity. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Lux Research finds paradigm shift in low-carbon fuels

BY Lux Research Traditionally, policies to promote greener transportation fuels have focused on mandating volumes of specific biofuels that must be used. However, a new generation of policies is based on technology-agnostic carbon intensity metrics. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Amyris signs multi-year collaboration extension with Kuraray

BY Amyris Inc. Amyris Inc. recently announced that it has executed a multi-year extension to its collaboration agreement with its long-time partner Kuraray Co. LTD. The agreement features increased farnesene supply to Kuraray and the joint marketing of products. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Researchers collaborate with AST to develop lignin-based products

BY American Science and Technology American Science and Technology has teamed up with Terma Group, a team of Waste and Environmental Technology researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, to continue efforts on the development of new lignin-based products. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

BY Erin VoegelePresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Drax to acquire Opus Energy, 4 OCGT development projects

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 6, Drax Group plc announced plans to acquire Opus Energy Group Ltd. and four open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) development projects. Drax also said it is continuing to monitor opportunities to acquire additional wood pellet plants. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Baringa Partners appointed to lead ETI biomass logistics project

BY Katie FletcherThe Energy Technologies Institute has appointed energy consultancy Baringa Partners to lead a project to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on U.K. logistics infrastructure development. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

University of St. Andrews commissions biomass plant

BY University of St. Andrews The University of St. Andrews’ strategic aim to become the U.K.’s first carbon neutral university for energy usage took a major step forward Dec. 6 when the biomass plant at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge was officially commissioned. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Leaf Resources, Novozymes launch biomass-to-sugars collaboration

BY Leaf Resources Leaf Resources recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources’ innovative biomass conversion technology. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts

BY Katie FletcherNov. 18 marked the official opening of Maine Energy Systems’ wood pellet distribution facility and heating equipment showroom with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the project site in North Oxford, Massachusetts. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

EPA holds hearing on REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 6, the U.S. EPA held a hearing on its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule in Chicago. Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association were among the organizations that testified at the event. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

Senate committee hearing focuses on GAO’s RFS reports

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 1, the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to discuss the U.S. EPA’s management of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and two Government Accountability Office reports released on Nov. 28. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

NIB finances new biomass heating plant in Finland

BY Nordic Investment Bank Nordic Investment Bank has signed a 15-year loan with the Finnish utility Lahti Energia for the construction of the new biofuel heating plant Kymijärvi III. The project is part of the city of Lahti’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

UMass Amherst: Engineers boost biobased p-xylene production

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst A team of chemical engineering researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an ingredient of plastics. The new method has a 97 percent yield and uses biomass as the feedstock. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

EPA sets cellulosic waiver credit price for 2017 at $2.00

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA recently published a notice to its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2017 at $2.00. The CWC price for 2016 was set in at $1.33 in November 2015. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

Air Liquide to design, build landfill gas purification plant

BY Air Liquide Air Liquide has announced it will design, construct and operate its first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in the U.S. at the Northeast Mississippi Landfill (NEML), in Walnut, Mississippi. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

Green Biologics certified under USDA BioPreferred program

BY Green Biologics Inc. Green Biologics Inc. recently announced that its high purity biobased n-butanol and acetone have received official certification under the USDA BioPreferred program. The products are marketed under the BioPure brand. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Grant funds test of market potential for jet fuel research

BY Washington State University Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Blue Sphere provides biogas project updates

BY Anna SimetAs of mid-November, Blue Sphere’s 5.2-MW biogas plant in Charlotte, North Carolina is connected to the grid, and all three generators are now operating, the company recently reported. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Colombo Energy becomes 17th qualified into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute On Nov. 30, the Pellet Fuels Institute qualified Colombo Energy of Greenwood, South Carolina, into its Standards Program, which now represents 17 pellet manufacturing companies, among them 29 facilities. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

EU publishes clean energy policy package for heating, cooling

BY Katie FletcherThis week, the European Commission released a package of policy proposals aimed at boosting the EU’s competitiveness as the world transitions to a clean energy mix. AEBIOM and REA express support and concern over certain aspects of the legislation. READ MORE

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