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January 03, 2019

Opinion: Innovation Yields Evolution

BY Anna SimetBiomass is a unique, widely varying fuel that offers different complexities depending on type and intended use. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

Opinion: Goal for 2019: Get Electricity Included in RFS

BY Bob CleavesOur biggest hope for 2019 is to see eRINs included in the implementation of the RFS, but we are also preparing for the other policy initiatives that may come our way. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

EPA: 27.83 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.58 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 27.83 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

Drax completes purchase of Scottish power assets

BY Drax Group Drax is set to play a bigger role than ever in Great Britain’s energy system following the completion of the purchase of Spanish company Iberdrola’s portfolio of flexible, low-carbon and renewable assets for £702 million. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

In Depth: High-Tech Inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerFROM THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE: Drones and robots are seeing increasing use in the energy industry, but this technical revolution hasn’t yet caught on in the biomass energy industry. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

In Depth: A Rightful Role in the RFS

BY Anna SimetFROM JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE: The electric vehicle market is predicted to soar, and, pending overdue action by the U.S. EPA, biomass power producers are positioned to help meet goals set forth in the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

WM discusses LFGTE, RNG projects in 2018 sustainability report

BY Erin VoegeleWaste Management recently released its 2018 sustainability report, highlighting its achievements in using landfill gas to generate electricity and produce renewable natural gas (RNG) for use as transportation fuel. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

Trump issues executive order on forest management

BY Erin VoegeleAn executive order on forest management issued by President Trump in late December addresses how rural economies can benefit through the utilization of byproducts created by forest restoration efforts. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

Wood chips used to heat pool in Australia

BY Erin VoegeleThe city of Albany in Western Australia has announced that a biomass boiler is now heating the leisure pool at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Center. On Dec. 5, the city announced the boiler burned its first wood chips the previous week. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

UC San Diego wins $2M to advance algae-based renewable polymers

BY University of California San Diego A team of University of California San Diego biologists and chemists has been granted $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop new methods for manufacturing products based on algae. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

New composite advances lignin as a renewable 3D printing material

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a recipe for a renewable 3D printing feedstock that could spur a profitable new use for an intractable biorefinery byproduct: lignin. READ MORE

December 27, 2018

In Depth: The Effect of Biomass Fuel on Boiler Refractories


December 26, 2018

Aemetis closes on dairy digester RNG equity investment

BY Aemetis Inc. The project will initially connect about a dozen dairies to Aemetis’ ethanol plant in Keyes, California, with expansion plans to more than three dozen dairies in the local area. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

California biomass project receives grant

BY Yuba Water Agency A new biomass facility near Camptonville, California, is one step closer to becoming a driving force in ensuring a healthy forest with the help of a $186,500 grant from Yuba Water Agency. READ MORE

December 21, 2018

Maine Technology Institute issues forest technology RFP

BY Maine Technology Insititute The Maine Technology Institute has announced a request for responses to the Emerging Technology Challenge for Maine’s Forest Resources. The goal of the challenge is to deploy a forest industry technology in Maine. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including REAP and BCAP. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

EPA: 8 new small refinery waivers filed in past month

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed under the RFS, reporting that seven new waivers for the 2018 compliance year and one new petition for the 2017 compliance year were filed between Nov. 10 and Dec.18. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Futerra Fuels builds torrefaction plant in Portugal

BY Futerra Fuels Portuguese bioenergy start-up Futerra Fuels has begun construction of its first pellet plant in Valongo, Portugal. The plant will have the capacity to produce 120,000 tons of torrefied pellets and 55,000 tons of industrial wood pellets annually. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

ABC: Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard takes step forward

BY Advanced Biofuels Canada In a significant development for the clean fuels sector, Environment and Climate Change Canada has released the Regulatory Design Paper reflecting a year of intensive consultation on the national Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

FutureMetrics: Global pellet trade up 26% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics has released a new white paper that features a 2018 year-end review of the pellet market. According to the paper, 2018 was one of the strongest years for the global wood pellet market in terms of growth and pricing. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

DOE opens FOA for $37M in new research, development grants

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a second funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for fiscal year 2019. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

Valmet supplies automation technology to biomass plant in Finland

BY Valmet Corp. Valmet will supply automation technology to Pori Energia Oy's Aittaluoto biomass power plant in Pori, Finland, as part of a project to modernize the facility. Valmet's automation will improve plant availability and emissions control. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Report: Japan expected to set new record for pellet imports

BY Erin VoegeleWood pellet imports in Japan reached a record 506,000 metric tons in 2017, and are expected to increase this year, according to the country’s annual biofuels report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Progress made on proposed Enerkem facility in Minnesota

BY Erin VoegeleThe development of a waste-to-biofuels plant in Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area is one step closer to reality with the Metropolitan Council’s recent approval of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and design deposit agreement with Enerkem Inc. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

DVO selected for California dairy RNG project

BY DVO Inc. The CPUC, CARB, and the CDFA have announced funding for six pilot projects designed to demonstrate the efficient production of biomethane from dairy digesters and its injection into natural gas pipelines. DVO was awarded funding for one project. READ MORE

December 17, 2018

EPA sets 2019 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.77

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2019 at $1.77. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2018, which was set at $1.96 in December 2017. READ MORE

December 17, 2018

Past PFI Chair Stephen Faehner testifies at EPA NSPS hearing

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Stephen Faehner testified on behalf of the PFI at a public hearing regarding the recently proposed amendments and call for comments on the NSPS for new residential wood heaters, new residential hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces. READ MORE

December 17, 2018

Fulcrum selects Indiana as location for next biofuels plant

BY Fulcrum BioEnergy Fulcrum BioEnergy announced Dec. 13 that it has selected Gary, Indiana, for the location of its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will convert municipal solid waste into low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel. READ MORE

December 14, 2018

OPINION: Climate and Fire, Why Biomass Matters to Both

BY Seth Ginther, U.S. Industrial Wood Pellet Association We need to move forward with workable solutions that meet today’s energy needs, while mitigating against climate change and protecting our forests at the same time. READ MORE

December 13, 2018

EIA updates 2018, 2019 bioenergy production, capacity forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EIA has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide 10 percent of U.S. utility-scale power generation this year, increasing to 11 percent in 2011. READ MORE