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June 25, 2014

Opinion: Buy Local, It’s Cheaper

BY Tim PortzBiomass was the earliest source of light and heat, warming and illuminating small bands of ancient humans. Today, it continues to excel as an energy source in smaller applications. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

BY Anna SimetThough the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Vega Biofuels lands large bio-coal order from European company

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Vega Biofuels Inc. has entered into an agreement with Austrian-based ECEM Salzburg Energy and Environment Consulting GmbH to sell 50,000 tons of bio-coal each year for the next five years. The deal will generate approximately $57 million in revenue. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

EIA: U.S. added 15.6 MW of bioenergy capacity in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the June issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, indicating that the U.S. added 15.6 MW of bioenergy capacity in April. The additions include capacity from landfill gas and waste biomass. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Neste oil announces off-take agreement with U.S. algae producer

BY Neste Oil Neste Oil and Renewable Algal Energy have signed a contingent commercial algae oil off-take agreement. Algae oil is one of the alternatives being researched by Neste Oil for use as a feedstock for producing NEXBTL renewable diesel. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

In Depth: The Advance Of The Austrian Pellet Boilers

BY Chris HansonEuropeans describe the challenges of introducing technology to North America. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Cemtrex to acquire bioenergy technology company

BY Katie Fletcher Cemtrex Inc. recently entered into a letter of intent to purchase all the assets of a foreign wastewater treatment and bioenergy plant technology company with approximately $14 million in annual sales for 2013. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Stora Enso acquires U.S.-based biotechnology company

BY Stora Enso Stora Enso has acquired 100 percent of the shares of Virdia, a developer of extraction and separation technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into refined sugars and lignin. The upfront debt-free transaction value is about $33 million. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Opinion: Biomass: America's 21st Century Energy Solution

BY Seth Ginther The EPA draft rules on cutting carbon emissions rightly recognize that the world is changing and we need to find sustainable alternative energy. Biomass will have a strong role to play. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

May RIN data shows increased biofuel production

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May. While overall RIN generation reached nearly 1.48 billion for month, up from nearly 1.45 billion in April, no cellulosic RINs were generated in May. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

RusForest announces long-term contract for pellet sales

BY RusForest AB RusForest AB, a Swedish forestry company with operations in Russia, has signed a long-term contract for pellet sales from its pellet mill in Arkhangelsk. The contract is for 60,000 tons of pellets, a majority of the company's annual production. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

In Depth: 'State of Green' Embraces Pellet Power

BY Lennart Ljungblom Denmark's district heat systems are expected to use 100 percent biomass by 2035. What is the prospect that Denmark will join the UK in turning to the United States to fill its growing demand for biomass-based power and heat? READ MORE

June 22, 2014

In Depth: Spark Detection: Plant’s First Line Of Defense

BY Jeffrey C. Nichols Understanding the best application of infrared and heat detection sensors is important for effective control systems. READ MORE

June 21, 2014

Opinion: Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Biomass

BY Rob Davis We must all do our part to ensure that forests are managed in a sustainable manner and that policies are in place that do not cause this renewable resource to diminish or to be wasted. READ MORE

June 20, 2014

County vote could pave the way for new Drax pellet plant in S.C.

BY Erin VoegeleDrax Biomass, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Drax Group plc, may elect to develop a new pellet plant in Abbeville County, South Carolina. The county recently passed an ordinance that would allow the company an option to purchase a tract of land. READ MORE

June 20, 2014

Spero Energy wins DOE grant for its lignin catalysis technology

BY Purdue Research Park A Purdue Research Park-based company whose one-step, patent-pending technology could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

June 20, 2014

FERC: Bioenergy capacity was added in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects has issued Its Energy Infrastructure Update for May, reporting that the U.S. added 19 bioenergy production units with a combined 73 MW capacity from January through May. READ MORE

June 20, 2014

Calysta demonstrates conversion of methane to lactic acid

BY Calysta Inc. Calysta Inc. recently announced it has successfully fermented methane into lactic acid under a research collaboration with NatureWorks. Lactic acid is the building block for NatureWorks Ingeo lactide intermediates and polymers. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Greenleaf secures $100 million to buy, build more biomass plants

BY Anna SimetGreenleaf Power, one of the largest biomass power producers in the U.S., recently announced the closing of a $100 million growth capital facility. The primarily purpose of the financing is to fund future growth of the Greenleaf platform. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Genera, partners collaborate for advancement of advanced biofuels

BY Katie FletcherGenera Energy Inc. has partnered with academic and industrial institutions with the goal of demonstrating the production of advanced biofuels from sustainable sources of lignocellulosic biomass. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

InventivEnergy, NRG Energy to restart Aspen Power Biomass Plant

BY NRG Energy Inc. InventivEnergy LLC has selected NRG Energy Services LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., to restart the Aspen Power biomass plant in Lufkin, Texas, and operate and maintain the facility once online to provide power for the Texas market. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Pennsylvania offers funding for renewable energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is offering approximately $12.5 million in funding to support alternative and renewable energy projects in the state, including biomass, solar, wind and hydro projects. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Revised ASTM aviation fuel standard paves the way for biojet

BY ASTM International Renewable Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic fuel has now been included in ASTM International standard D7566, Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

EIB supports the development of a biomass CHP plant in Sweden

BY European Investment Bank The European Investment Bank is providing a EUR 260 million ($353.68 million) loan to the energy company Fortum Varme for the design, construction and operation of a new biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Byogy Renewables invests in AusAgave Australia

BY Byogy Renewables Inc. Byogy Renewables Inc. has invested in a strategic partnership with AusAgave Australia as part of the upstream integration of multiple feedstocks to develop low cost sugars for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

EPA opens 120-day comment period on Clean Power Plan

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants in the Federal Register on June 18, officially opening a 120-day comment period. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 16. READ MORE