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March 29, 2016

In Depth: The Upside of Commodity Status

BY Tim PortzAs the global wood pellet market grows, so does the need for marketplace efficiencies enjoyed by the world’s largest commodities. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Opinion: Roadmap For Pellet Stoves During Cheap Oil, Gas

BY John Ackerly The future of residential pellet heating is in flux, not only because of rock bottom oil and gas prices, but also because more affordable heat pumps and other technologies are entering the market. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Opinion: Making the Best of Hard Times

BY Chris WibergWiberg says with added supply ready as a result of last year's heating season, the industry was met this heating season with unusually warm weather and the lowest gas prices we have seen in years. This combination has resulted in oversupply. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

In Depth: Assessing Advantage in Randolph County

BY D. F. Wallis Georgia’s Randolph County has much to offer a pellet mill or renewable fuel plant developer. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Report: Midwest clean energy jobs continue to grow

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently released by Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs has determined nearly 569,000 people currently work in clean energy throughout the Midwest, with that number expected to grow by more than 4 percent over the next year. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel meets approved ASTM standard

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that an ASTM committee and subcommittee have passed a concurrent ballot approving the revision of ASTM D7566 to include alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene derived from renewable isobutanol. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Weltec Biopower installs AD system at German facility

BY Erin VoegeleWeltec Biopower has announced plans to install an anaerobic digestion unit at a wastewater treatment plant in Bavaria, Germany. The upgrade will allow the facility to produce heat and power from sewage gas. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Opinion: Stay of Clean Power Plan: Opportunity for Biomass Industry?

BY Joel Stronberg For the biomass industry, a stay of the Clean Power Plan may offer an opportunity otherwise lost, had the EPA been allowed to go forward with its implementation efforts. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

In Depth: Italy’s Wood Heat Swap Meet

BY Tim PortzEvery other year, for four days, the Progetto Fuoco makes Verona, Italy, arguably the most important place for the wood heating industry in all of Europe. READ MORE

March 27, 2016

In Depth: Woody Biomass, Forest Operations in the Inland Northwest

BY David Jackson and Patrick Wilson If forest restoration projects in the Inland Northwest region were to become major suppliers of woody biomass for bioenergy, government subsidies in the form of tax credits, loan guarantees or other types of financial aid will be essential. READ MORE

March 27, 2016

In Depth: Delivering Renewable Energy From Irish Forests

BY Des O'Toole Ireland’s forestry sector, a major economic driver in the country, is poised for growth along with the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

March 26, 2016

Opinion: Future Remains Bright for Biogas Energy

BY Amanda Bilek Biogas projects across the U.S. produced 26 million gallons of biogas-based transportation fuel in 2013. The amount of biogas-based fuel doubled in 2014, and in 2015, over 126 million gallons of biogas fuel credits were produced. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

In Depth: Growing The Local Home Base

BY Katie FletcherEven though Europe is home to tried-and-true biogas technology, North American plant developers don’t necessarily look abroad. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

Iowa bill would create renewable chemical production tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation pending in Iowa aims to create a five-year, 5-cent-per-pound, renewable chemical production tax credit program. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has spoken out in support of the measure, noting it would help drive innovation. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

ElectraTherm ORC to generate clean energy from biogas in Germany

BY ElectraTherm ElectraTherm has shipped the Power+ Generator 4200 to a biogas facility in Germany, its third application in the country to utilize biogas to generate emission-free electricity. The project is expected to be commissioned this spring. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

UT center continues quest for low-cost, high-quality bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Scientists with the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon are continuing efforts to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels and biobased products that can be useful for society and to advance rural economies. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

Opinion: Leveling the Playing Field For US Advanced Biofuel Producers

BY Anne Steckel Last year saw record markets for advanced biofuels in the U.S., but foreign biodiesel imports have had a major impact on domestic market conditions. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

In Depth: 2016 Producer Survey Perfect Storm

BY Katie FletcherUnseasonably warm winter weather clouded the success of this year’s heating season for many pellet producers. Coupled with other conditions, the trend may continue. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Senators advocate for robust 2017 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 23, a group of 19 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking the agency to set high renewable volume obligations (RVOs) in its 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

2016 FEW announces technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International The 2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 140 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Amec Foster Wheeler supplies biomass dust combustion plant

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Amec Foster Wheeler recently announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply a biomass dust combustion plant for Finnish utility company Seinajoen Energia Oy. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Massachusetts invests $700,000 in woodstove rebate program

BY Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Massachusetts is investing $700,000 in the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program, which provides rebates to homeowners who replace their older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, U.S. EPA-certified woodstove and pellet stove models. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

ETI calls for more emphasis on CCS, bioenergy

BY Energy Technologies Institute The U.K.-based Energy Technologies Institute has called for greater emphasis on progressing carbon capture and storage and building a U.K. bioenergy sector in the next 15 years if the U.K. is to meet its targets for decarbonizing its energy system. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

In Depth: Importing to Meet California Demand

BY Ron KotrbaIncreased reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels required by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard are driving up carbon credit prices, demand for advanced biofuels and imports. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Opinion: What a Difference a Year Makes

BY Charlie NieblingFor the past two years, the U.S. experienced very different heating seasons, which, Niebling says, have left producers having to respond to a perfect storm of factors impacting the domestic heating pellet industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

EPA: 14.42 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting 1.18 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 14.42 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

Penn State announces first harvest of shrub willow

BY Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State The first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and biobased economic development, according to researchers. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

Feeding biogas reactors at longer intervals produces more biogas

BY Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research A team of international scientists has discovered that biogas production can be controlled by altering the frequency at which the reactors are fed. If the intervals are longer, more biogas is produced. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

In Depth: A Challenging Cycle: Pellets, Cheap Oil & A Warming Planet

BY Ron KotrbaThe domestic wood pellet heating market is battling low crude oil prices and warm winters to keep—and grow—its position in the thermal arena. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

California Energy Commission invests $3 million in biogas project

BY Katie FletcherThe California Energy Commission approved $4.3 million in grants for projects to increase the efficiency of natural gas technology. Amongst the projects, $3 million will go toward a biogas-to-fuel project in the city of Petaluma. READ MORE