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April 24, 2014

Viridis Energy lands grant, new equipment to draw fuel suppliers

BY Anna SimetThe Nova Scotia government has awarded Viridis Energy with a CA$517,500 ($469,000) grant to purchase new equipment at the company’s pellet manufacturing subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company Ltd., in Middle Musquoboit, Nova Scotia. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Comment period on SBP biomass standards closes April 25

BY Erin VoegeleA comment period on five draft biomass standards developed by the Sustainable Biomass Partnership closes on April 25. The standards make up the SBP's Biomass Assurance Framework. North American pellet producers are encouraged to comment. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Waste Management releases Q1 earnings information

BY Chris HansonWaste Management Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, which highlighted a 1.8 percent, or $60 million, revenue growth. The company's waste-to-energy operations were briefly highlighted during the announcement. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

North American wood pellet exports to Europe double in 2 years

BY Wood Resources International LLC Wood pellet exports from North America to Europe have doubled in two years to reach 4.7 million tons in 2013 with the U.S. South accounting for 63 percent of the volume, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Proterro reaches sugar-making milestones

BY Proterro Proterro CEO Kef Kasdin recently reported that his company reached its Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones. "While sugar production has begun at low levels, it has been controllable," he said. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

NexSteppe sells its Palo Alto high biomass sorghum in Brazil

BY NexSteppe NexSteppe recently announced that it sold more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of its Palo Alto high biomass sorghums for biopower in Brazil this past growing season. The feedstock can be used alongside bagasse to provide renewable power. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Alternative financing options subject of Calif. workshop

BY Chris HansonThe California Energy Commission conducted a workshop aimed at alternative financing options and strategies to support the development and implementation of transportation technologies which reduces greenhouse gas and criteria emissions. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

DECC finalizes early CfDs, Drax challenges subsidy change

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change is offering investment contracts to eight renewable energy project, including three biomass projects. The government cut subsidy to one of two Drax projects, a decision that Drax is challenging. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

EPA reduces the 2013 cellulosic RFS to reflect actual production

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has taken action to revise the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirements under the renewable fuels standard (RFS) to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons, the volume for which cellulosic RINs were generated in 2013. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Iowa cows generate electricity with help from Alliant Energy

BY Alliant Energy Iowa customers of Alliant Energy are getting some of their electricity from cows. The more than 2,400 head of cattle at Sievers Family Farms near Stockton, Iowa, are among the latest to start generating renewable energy in the state. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Thermogen loan guarantee reduced, developers still committed

BY Anna SimetThe Finance Authority of Maine has approved a $16 million taxable bond for Thermogen's black pellet project in Millinocket, Maine, reducing its initial commitment, approved in October, by $9 million. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Bloomberg: global renewable investments down, but power share up

BY Anna SimetWhile global investments in renewable energy technologies dropped in 2013, continuing a two-year trend, there are several silver linings to that observation, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Siegenthaler, BTEC, and HeatSpring launch biomass design course

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Hydronics expert John Siegenthaler, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and HeatSpring have teamed up to launch a 10-week online course, titled "Hydronic-Based Biomass Design." READ MORE

April 22, 2014

Forest Service opens wood-to-energy funding opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Forest has announced it is seeking proposals for two separate wood-to-energy funding opportunities, including the Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy (W2E) Grant program and the Statewide Wood Energy Team cooperative agreement program. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

DOE announces draft solicitation for Section 1703 loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. DOE has announced its intent to offer up to $4 billion in Section 1703 loan guarantees to support a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Public comments are being accepted on the scope of the final solicitation. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has come to an agreement with Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo's renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

OilRigged campaign launches on Earth Day to defend biofuels

BY Sue Retka SchillThe Fuels America coalition has launched a new advertising campaign dubbed "Oil Rigged" on Earth Day to counter what biofuels industry leaders called Big Oil's deliberate campaign to distort the facts. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

Biofuel groups oppose Big Oil’s requested delay in RFS challenge

BY Erin VoegeleThe American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers recently filed a motion to sever and hold in abeyance their legal challenge to the 2013 renewable fuel standard. Biofuel groups are opposing the move. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

UK funds projects to generate bioenergy from wetlands biomass

BY U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change Three British companies have been awarded a share of over GBP 1.3 million ($2.19 million) to spur on innovation in turning reeds and rushes from wetlands into bioenergy, U.K. Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced April 17. READ MORE

April 21, 2014

USDA researchers simplify pyrolysis for bio-oil production

BY USDA, Ann Perry Innovations at the USDA are bringing researchers one step closer to developing "green" biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets. READ MORE

April 21, 2014

Biofuel industry criticizes study on corn stover and soil carbon

BY Erin VoegeleThe biofuel industry is speaking out against a study completed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers that claims cellulosic biofuels actually generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline due to the impacts of crop residue removal from fields. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

Group launches New Hampshire Wood Energy Council

BY Anna SimetA group of public sector and private business have partnered up to launch the New Hampshire Wood Energy Council, a nonprofit partnership that the group said will promote heating commercial and institutional buildings in New Hampshire with wood. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

Forest thinning in Ariz. could benefit environment, economy

BY Erin VoegeleA new report finds that forest thinning could improve the health of Arizona's forests while strengthening rural economies. Small diameter wood harvested as part of thinning activities could be used for many purposes, including bioenergy production. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

CSR partners to convert railroad ties into biofuel

BY Coalition for Sustainable Rail The Coalition for Sustainable Rail has announced that it is initiating research on conversion of used railroad ties into an advanced biofuel via torrefaction. This research is funded through a grant from the Indiana Rail Road. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

EPA reports cellulosic RINs were generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that nearly 1.37 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five biofuel categories. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

Phoenix Energy to build California biomass gasification plant

BY Phoenix Energy Phoenix Energy has signed agreements to build and operate a biomass gasification plant near Lake Tahoe, Calif. The 2-MW plant will utilize forest biomass from Placer County's fire threat reduction activities to make electricity, heat and biochar. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

BC Bioenergy Network funds pilot torrefaction project

BY BC Bioenergy Network BC Bioenergy Network, a provincially-funded leader supporting the growing bioenergy sector in British Columbia, announced its intention to fund $1 million to Diacarbon Energy Inc. to demonstrate its torrefaction bioreactor technology. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

U.S. DOE announces $10 million in advanced biofuel funding

BY Chris HansonThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced a $10 million funding opportunity for the development, improvement and demonstration of biomass technologies. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

Economics of using mesquite for power reliant on outside factors

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Using mesquite biomass for electricity generation may become economically feasible if ecological and agricultural factors are considered, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research paper being published in the BioEnergy Research journal. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

British Airways, Solena announce location for biojet project

BY British Airways Solena Fuels in partnership with British Airways has committed to building the world's first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel. The project will be built at the Thames Enterprise Park in Thurrock, Essex. READ MORE

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