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January 13, 2017

EIA releases 2018 bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will fall by 0.3 percent in 2017 and increase by 7.3 percent in 2018. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Species diversity benefits algal biofuel systems

BY University of Michigan When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a federally funded study by University of Michigan researchers. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production

BY Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year. However, current research shows dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce biofuels nine months of the year, increasing profits by as much as 30 percent. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Drax: 2016 renewable energy makes it UK’s greenest Christmas yet

BY Katie FletcherDrax recently announced more than 40 percent of the electricity generated on Christmas Day came from renewable sources, making it the greenest Christmas in the U.K. ever for energy generation. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Appalachian Wood Pellets qualifies for PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Appalachian Wood Pellets of Kingwood, West Virginia, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

DOE: Technology converts wastewater sludge to RNG

BY U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Argonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Opinion: Europe’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Proposals

BY Seth GintherThe European Commission released its "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package, including one major proposed revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive, Ginther says, with 2030 energy targets set for the whole EU, rather than for each member state. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Graanul seeking SBP certification on all 4 Estonian pellet plants

BY Katie FletcherGraanul Invest AS Estonian plants are applying for SBP certification. The main evaluation audits are completed at the Imavere and Ebavere Graanul OÜ pellet plants and audits for Osula and Helme are scheduled for February. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Certification body NEPCon OÜ SBP status suspended in Russia

BY Katie FletcherOn Jan. 11, Sustainable Biomass Partnership issued a statement that the approval status of NEPCon OÜ, which became an SBP-approved certification body in September 2015, is suspended as of Jan. 6 in Russia. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

DOE, USDA open FOA to support integrated biorefinery optimization

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently opened a $22.7 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight pyrolysis

BY Iowa State University A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Avantium acquires Liquid Light

BY Avantium Avantium recently announced it has acquired the assets of Liquid Light Inc., a developer of electrochemical processes. Liquid Light has developed proprietary process to make major chemicals from carbon dioxide. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Gevo releases operational update, achieves EPA pathway approval

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 9, Gevo Inc. published an update describing fourth quarter operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery. In addition, the U.S. EPA recently approved a fuel pathway for the plant regarding the production of butanol from corn and sorghum. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

100 percent waste-based renewable diesel hits market in Finland

BY Ron KotrbaNeste has launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues under the brand name Neste MY Renewable Diesel at select service stations in Finland's Helsinki region Jan. 9. Neste has also signed use contracts with two firms. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

UK DBEIS publishes Q3 2016 energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherAt the end of 2016, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy released Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications for Q3 2016, reporting renewables share of electricity generation increased to 25 percent. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Enviva launches wood supply tracking system

BY Enviva Holdings LP Enviva Holdings LP recently released the first data from its groundbreaking Track & Trace (T&T) program. T&T is a proprietary system that enables Enviva to track every truckload of wood the company procures from the forest back to its source. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

MHG Systems announces e-commerce service

BY MHG Systems A novel e-commerce service, Wuudis, was recently announced by developers MHG Systems and Wuudis Ltd. The service forest allows owners to manage their forest information safely in one place. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Maine regulators approve biomass subsidies split across 4 plants

BY Katie FletcherIn December, Maine Public Utilities Commission announced it has approved distributing up to $13.4 million in subsidies across four biomass energy plants, including two previously owned by Covanta and two currently owned by ReEnergy. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Genscape responds to EPA’s plan to revoke its QAP registration

BY Erin VoegeleGenscape has responded to a notice from the U.S. EPA indicating the agency may revoke the ability of Genscape to verify renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) quality assurance program. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Pilot-scale project to produce fuels from wastewater sludge

BY Water Environment & Reuse Foundation A consortium led by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation has been selected by the Department of Energy to begin Phase 1 design and planning for a pilot plant to produce hydrocarbon fuels at a municipal wastewater treatment facility. READ MORE

January 06, 2017

EPA denies petition filed by Biogenic CO2 Coalition

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has denied a petition for reconsideration of its finding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft cause or contribute to air pollution that may be reasonably anticipated to endanger public health and welfare. READ MORE

January 06, 2017

Senators discuss biofuels with Pruitt

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 5, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, hosted a meeting with several Midwest senators and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

January 06, 2017

DOE announces 8 Co-Optima initiative awards

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced plans to award $7 million to eight universities under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. READ MORE