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June 13, 2017

NCGA contest seeks new ways to produce chemicals from corn

BY Erin VoegeleThe National Corn Growers Association and NineSigma have launched a global competition to identify new uses for field corn as a renewable feedstock for chemical production. Entries are due Sept. 28. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Researchers use low-temperature AD to produce energy, fertilizer

BY Concordia University Concordia University researchers have demonstrated the viability of using anaerobic digestion in a low-temperature (20 degrees Celsius) environment to convert solid food waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizer. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Researchers aim to reduce cost, time of algae biofuel production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, are working to lower the cost of producing biofuels from algae by utilizing an indoor system that mimics the conditions of outdoor ponds. READ MORE

June 12, 2017

Enviva’s Cottondale plant idle less than 1 day following fire

BY Erin VoegeleA June 10 fire at Enviva’s pellet plant in Cottondale, Florida, resulted in minor damages, but the plant resumed operations at full capacity later that day. The fire occurred in a conveyor belt. READ MORE

June 12, 2017

ElectraTherm generates biomass power in Maryland

BY ElectraTherm ElectraTherm recently shipped a Power-plus Generator 4400 to Maryland, where it will utilize waste heat to generate emission-free electricity. This is the first application of its kind to cleanly burn chicken manure to generate clean energy. READ MORE

June 12, 2017

VTT expands its bio and circular economy pilot center

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will expand the operation of the Bioruukki pilot center located in Espoo, from thermochemistry to novel ways of biomass utilization, recycling of textile fibers and green chemistry technologies. READ MORE

June 09, 2017

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Infrastructure Administration has released the June edition of Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 9 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2017, increasing to nearly 10 percent in 2018. READ MORE

June 09, 2017

Veolia awarded O&M contract for North Carolina biomass facility

BY Veolia Through a $9 million annual operations and maintenance contract with North Carolina Renewable Power–Lumberton LLC, Veolia Energy Operating Services LLC will manage a cogeneration plant that plant that converts poultry litter and wood chips to energy. READ MORE

June 09, 2017

DLR and Lufthansa Technik investigate aviation biofuels

BY DLR Researchers at the German Aerospace Center, Lufthansa Technik and the Bundeswehr Research Institute for Materials, Fuels and Lubricants, recently investigated the chemical and physical properties promising biofuels in an airline turbine. READ MORE

June 08, 2017

NYSERDA, NYPA issue record renewable energy RFP

BY Anna SimetThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and New York Power Authority have issued requests for proposals (RFP) for up to 2.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable power, totaling the largest renewable RFP issued by any state. READ MORE

June 08, 2017

Senators ask EPA to explain Icahn’s role in shaping the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 6, a group of five senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting any information the agency has on Carl Icahn’s role in crafting policy and regulations at the EPA, particularly regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 08, 2017

Opinion: Setting the record straight on the Paris Agreement

BY M. Seth Ginther Even though President Trump has chosen to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, U.S. pellet producers will still be able to participate in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change by continuing to supply wood pellets to Europe. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

USDA, DOE open $9 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy are making up to $9 million in funding available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to support the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels and biobased products. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Port of Tyne takes delivery of 2 eco-hoppers

BY Port of Tyne The Port of Tyne took delivery of two new purpose-built eco-hoppers June 6 at a cost of £4.5 million, marking a major milestone in the development of around £100 million of new infrastructure at the port’s South Shields base in northeast England. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund awards 2017 grants

BY Enviva Holdings LP The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund recently announced it is awarding $500,000 to three projects that will help conserve more than 8,000 acres of environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Drax Biomass awarded Lantern Award

BY Drax Biomass Drax Biomass recently received the Lantern Award for its dedication and commitment to Louisiana communities. The award was handed out personally by Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Xergi’s largest biogas plant makes milk production greener

BY Xergi Xergi has announced plans to deliver its largest biogas plant to date. The facility will supply Danish dairy company Arla Foods with green energy for the production of milk powder in Videbaek in the western part of Denmark. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

Nevada bill aims to increase RPS to 40 percent by 2030

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 5, the Nevada Senate voted 12 to nine in favor of legislation that aims to increase the state’s clean energy standard to 40 percent renewables by 2030. The Nevada Assembly passed the bill, AB 206, by a vote of 30 to 12 in late May. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

GE technology to convert food waste into biogas at Utah project

BY GE The Wasatch Resource Recovery project in North Salt Lake City, Utah, has selected GE's Monsal advanced anaerobic digestion technologies to convert food waste into biogas to generate renewable energy and fertilizer. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

Alliance Bioenergy licenses process to Earth's Renewable Energy

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, AMG Energy Group, has entered into a sublicensing agreement with Earth's Renewable Energy LLC of Newport Beach, California. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

USDA report provides background on Japan’s Clean Wood Act

BY Erin VoegeleA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides background information Japan’s recently implemented Clean Wood Act, which aims to ensure domestic and imported wood are harvested legally. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Air Liquide to supply oxygen to UK advanced biofuel facility

BY Air Liquide Air Liquide has been awarded a five-year contract to supply a large volume of oxygen per year to an advanced biofuels facility being constructed by Advanced Plasma Power and Cadent that will produce biosubstitute natural gas. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Fungal enzymes team up to more efficiently break down cellulose

BY Joint Genome Institute A team led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara has found for the first time that early lineages of fungi can form complexes of enzymes capable of degrading plant biomass. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Opinion: The Sustainability Standoff

BY Tim PortzCommercial forests in the Southeast are owned by millions of private individuals and families who are currently struggling to see the value in taking on the cost of certification. READ MORE

June 04, 2017

Opinion: Airlines Overbook—Should Bagged Pellet Producers?

BY Stan Elliot As the industry looks ahead to the 2017 heating season, many producers might ask themselves, should we overbook? Like the airline business, the pellet business runs on thin margins, so no company can face many bad years. READ MORE

June 03, 2017

Opinion: Keeping the Forests as Forests

BY Charlie Niebling Lawmakers are beginning to realize the public interest in biomass energy policy is about much more than renewable electricity and heat displacing demand for high carbon, nonrenewable fossil fuels. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Trump pulls US out of Paris Agreement

BY Anna SimetIn what he described as a move to fulfill his duty to protect America and its citizens, President Donald Trump has officially begun the process to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

RSB report outlines 2016 achievements

BY Erin VoegeleThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials recently released a report reviewing its 2016 activities and highlighting its increased impact and presence in the global renewable fuels industry. A total of 17 countries are now represented in the program. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Research aims to produce biofuel feedstock on strip-mine sites

BY Amy Duke, Penn State Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is working to bring a highly productive life back to land damaged by mining using switchgrass, a crop that can be used as an alternative fuel source. READ MORE