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March 06, 2018

Opinion: Farm Bill Energy Title’s Record of Success

BY Lloyd Ritter The Farm Bill Energy Title programs represent one-tenth of a percent of the overall bill’s cost. Yet, they have such a huge impact on rural economies—diversifying crops, sustaining and creating jobs, new industries and supporting new technologies. READ MORE

March 06, 2018

In Depth: A Wood Heat State of Mind

BY Anna SimetWood heat is common in New York homes, but there's a need for higher-efficiency, lower-emitting devices, and ongoing support for new residential and commercial installations. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Opinion: Pellet Stoves and Solar Panels: the Perfect Match?

BY John Ackerly Pellet stoves are one of the cheapest ways to reduce a home’s carbon footprint. A perfect complement to solar panels, they could be pitched as part of a package for homes. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Italian support scheme for advanced biofuels approved

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 1, the European Commission approved an Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced methane, for use in the transportation sector. The scheme has an indicative budget of €4.7 billion. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

L'Oréal USA to purchase RNG from Kentucky facility

BY L'Oréal USA L'Oréal USA has announced it is adding to its diversified energy portfolio with RNG purchased from a new processing facility in Kentucky at the Big Run Landfill. Construction of the RNG processing plant is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Enviva: Chesapeake terminal impacted by Feb. 27 fire

BY Enviva Partners LP Enviva Partners LP reports that a fire commenced at its deep-water marine terminal in Chesapeake, Virginia, late on Feb. 27. The fire was quickly controlled. Enviva said the fire may impact the timing and number of shipments in the first quarter. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

In Depth: From Concept to Construction

BY Patrick C. Miller Fiberight’s new Maine waste-to-energy plant has persevered development challenges, and will soon turn the waste of over 100 communities into biogas and compost. READ MORE

March 03, 2018

In Depth: A Straighter, Shorter Pathway

BY Sue Retka SchillConfidence builds in overcoming the hurdles slowing corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol approvals. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

EIA: 640,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in November

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 28, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced U.S. manufacturers of densified biomass fuel reported producing 640,000 million tons of product in November, and selling 670,000 tons. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

TUI welcomes the first 737 MAX on biobased jet fuel

BY TUI Group TUI Group recently announced it welcomed the first ever 737 MAX delivery flight on biobased jet fuel. The flight from the Boeing in Seattle to Stockholm was performed using a 30 percent blend of biofuel. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

Researchers triple the number of grains in sorghum

BY Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have figured out how a simple genetic modification can boost the sorghum's yield. By lowering the level of a key hormone, the change allows the crop to generate more flowers and more seeds. READ MORE

March 01, 2018

In Depth: Are Black Pellets Ready to Compete with White Pellets?

BY William Strauss and Laurenz Schmidt Advanced wood pellets, often called black pellets due to their appearance after thermal treatment, have long been touted as a superior fuel to conventional white wood pellets. READ MORE

March 01, 2018

In Depth: Organic Waste to Watts in Wine Country

BY Jim McMahon Planned for full operation in mid-2018, San Luis Obispo County’s new state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion facility will convert source-separated organic waste into biogas and high-grade compost. READ MORE

March 01, 2018

Trump hosts industry meeting on RFS, no deal reached

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 1, President Trump met with a variety of stakeholders from the biofuels and refining industries to continue the discussion on the Renewable Fuel Standard and renewable identification numbers (RINs). READ MORE

March 01, 2018

EPA approves new fuel pathway for REG Geismar

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 23, the U.S. EPA approved a fuel pathway for the Renewable Energy Group Inc.’s Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery that will allow the facility to generate D5 advanced biofuel RINs for naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas (LGP). READ MORE

March 01, 2018

IATA sets goal for flights using sustainable fuels

BY International Air Transport Association On the tenth anniversary of the first biofuel flight, the International Air transport Association has set a goal for 1 billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

In Depth: From Plant to Port

BY David Marks Before being used as fuel at Drax’s U.K. power station, wood pellets make a long journey that the company has fine-tuned. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Drax increases pellet capacity, plans fourth unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 27, Drax Group plc released 2017 financial results, reporting improved earnings from biomass generation and Opus Energy. During an investor presentation, the company provided insight into its future bioenergy plans. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Brazil: Landfill gas-based fuels eligible for RenovaBio program

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 21, Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy published a notice announcing that landfill gas-based fuels will be eligible to comply with the requirements of RenovaBio, the country’s new national biofuels policy that was established in December. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Protein studies inform biofuels research

BY University of Wisconsin – Madison Research at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is paving the way for the optimization of biofuel production processes by providing insights into reaction pathways and developing methods for predicting their properties. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

In Depth: Siting a New Facility: Costly Mistakes

BY Stan Parton Successfully bypassing numerous potential project development pitfalls requires a deep understanding of the wood fiber supply chain. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Lignetics acquires New England Wood Pellet

BY Lignetics Inc. On Feb. 27, Lignetics Inc. announced it has acquired New England Wood Pellet LLC, which includes manufacturing plants in Jaffrey, New Hampshire; Schuyler, New York; Deposit, New York; and Youngsville, Pennsylvania. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

No deal reached at White House RFS meeting

BY Erin VoegeleNo deal on Renewable Fuel Standard reform was reached during a Feb. 27 meeting at the White House. President Trump has requested to meet with representatives of the biofuel and oil industries on March 1 to continue the conversation. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Senate confirms Northey for USDA post

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 27, nearly six months after he was first nominated, the U.S. Senate confirmed Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey to serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service at USDA. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

Covanta restarts Fairfax plant, discusses future plans

BY Erin VoegeleCovanta Holding Corp. has released 2017 financial results, reporting its 80 MW energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Fairfax, Virginia, restarted operations in late December. The company also reported its Dublin EfW facility is operating well. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

Farm groups urge Trump to maintain the integrity of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the U.S. farming community are speaking out ahead of a Feb. 27 White House meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard, urging President Donald Trump to avoid seeking change that would weaken the nation’s biofuel policy. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

DOE grants $10.6 million to produce more biodiesel, biojet fuel

BY University of Illinois, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel. READ MORE

February 23, 2018

Enviva enters contract to supply wood pellets to Japanese plant

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Partners LP has released fourth quarter financial results and announced it has entered into a firm 10-year take-or-pay offtake contract with Marubeni Corp. to supply 100,000 metric tons per year of wood pellets to a new power plant in Japan. READ MORE

February 23, 2018

Astec provides update on wood pellet plant business

BY Erin VoegeleAstec Industries recently released fourth quarter 2017 financial results, providing an update of ongoing pellet plant activities in Georgia and Arkansas and discussing the company’s future plans as an equipment supplier to the pellet industry. READ MORE