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May 06, 2019

UK report targets net-zero GHG emissions, bioenergy can help

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Committee on Climate Change published a report May 2 that recommends the government set a goal to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Drax and the U.K. Renewable Energy Association say bioenergy can help meet that goal. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

DOE offers $79 million for bioenergy R&D

BY Erin VoegeleThe DOE has opened a $79 million funding opportunity for bioenergy research and development that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

Greenbacker acquires Colorado biomass project

BY Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC has acquired the 12 megawatt Eagle Valley Clean Energy biomass project, located in Gypsum, Colorado. The facility fires waste wood and is used to dispose of pine beetle infested wood from local forests. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

REG: Gallons sold up in Q1, buyer for Life Sciences identified

BY Erin VoegeleREG released first quarter 2019 results on May 2, reporting a significant increase in biofuel gallons produced. The company also reported it has identified a buyer for its Life Sciences division, and is working to expand renewable diesel capacity. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

Canada invests $11.2 million to support bioproducts development

BY Erin VoegeleThe Canadian government announced April 25 a federal investment of up to $11.2 million to the Bioproducts Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in an effort to help provide opportunities for farmers and grow the clean economy. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

Mobile shredder transforms Crapper & Sons’ biomass operation

BY UNTHA Long-standing waste management firm Crapper & Sons recently invested in a new UNTHA XR3000C mobil-e shredder to transform wood waste into a biomass fuel. The system currently processes 30 metric tons of wood waste per hour. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

TransLink introduces RNG to its bus fleet

BY TransLink TransLink and FortisBC announced April 24 a partnership that will source RNG for TransLink’s natural gas bus fleet. TransLink is now the first public transportation authority in Canada to use RNG to help fuel its natural gas powered buses. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Bill introduced to overhaul renewable fuel, energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation May 2 that aims to overhaul the federal tax code and consolidate the current 44 energy incentives into three technology-neutral provisions. Several biofuel and bioenergy groups support the bill. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Velocys announces close-out of Envia joint venture

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys announced the successful close-out of its Envia joint venture on April 29. The project was used to demonstrate the company’s Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquids technology. Operations at the plant were suspended in September 2018. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Valmet provides automation systems to South Korean biomass plant

BY Erin VoegeleValmet announced April 29 it has received a repeat automation technology order for phase two of the Dangjin 4 Biomass Power Plant currently under construction near Seoul, South Korea. The facility is owned by GS EPS Co. Ltd. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Dane County, Wisconsin, celebrates the opening of RNG project

BY Erin VoegeleDane County, Wisconsin, celebrated the opening of its biogas upgrading project on April 25 with a ribbon cutting. The county’s project converts trash and cow manure into RNG that is injected into the pipeline for use as transportation fuel. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

RFS Power Coalition announces supporting organizations

BY Biomass Power Association The RFS Power Coalition has added four supporting organizations, including the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, 25x25, the California Biomass Energy Alliance, and the California Rice Commission READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Study misleads on value of biodegradable, compostable plastics

BY European Bioplastics A recent study looks at the environmental deterioration of plastic bags of different polymer types under littering conditions. Contrary to headlines, the study confirms only certified biodegradable and compostable bags reduce environmental impacts. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

Opinion: Pushing for Projects That Make Sense

BY Anna SimetIn her editor's note from the May/June 2019 print issue of Biomass Magazine, editor Anna Simet discusses the contents of the issue, recognizing that after oversaturation in the pellet market 10 years ago, the industry has finally found a balance. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

Opinion: Japan Considering Sustainability Credentials for Palm Kernel Shells

BY William Strauss and Yoshinobu Kusano With Japan considering palm kernel shell sustainability requirements, Japanese imports will likely face a steep decline as regulations go into effect. Once requirements can be met by palm oil producers, they will inevitably trend upward again. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

Opinion: Six Ongoing Biomass Myths

BY John Ackerly Alliance for Green Heat President John Ackerly presents the top three myths argued by both sides of the wood-burning debate in an effort to bring common sense and logic to what is often viewed as a polarizing issue. READ MORE

April 29, 2019

Covanta sells 2 EfW plants, reaches financial close on UK plant

BY Erin VoegeleCovanta Holding Corp. has shut down an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in New Jersey, and announced plans to sell two other EfW facilities. The company also reached financial close on its U.K-based Rookery EfW project in late March. READ MORE

April 29, 2019

Biofuel groups weigh in on EPA’s E15/RIN reform proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe comment period on U.S. EPA’s E15/RIN market reform rule closed April 29. Several biofuel trade groups filed comments in support of E15, but expressed opposition to the agency’s proposed RIN market reforms. READ MORE

April 29, 2019

EPA denies requests to extend comment period on E15/RIN rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has denied two requests to extend the comment period for its proposed E15/RIN market reform rule. The agency said “extending the comment period would hinder the agency’s ability to make a decision in a timely manner.” READ MORE

April 29, 2019

FortisBC: RNG now part of the low carbon fuel standard

BY FortisBC At a carbon intensity level equal to or even less than electric vehicle power, FortisBC’s RNG has been approved by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for inclusion within the province’s low carbon fuel standard. READ MORE

April 26, 2019

Valero: Ethanol earnings down, renewable diesel sales up

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp. released first quarter 2019 financial results April 25, reporting significantly reduced income for its ethanol segment. The quarterly report was also the company’s first to address its newly established renewable diesel segment. READ MORE

April 26, 2019

Canada funds project to generate RNG from forest residues

BY Erin VoegeleThe Canadian government recently awarded more than $4 million to two projects that aim to create value from forest products. One project focuses on the production of RNG, while the other aims to improve the competitiveness of Indigenous businesses. READ MORE

April 26, 2019

AEG wins $500,000 grant to support North Carolina facility

BY Erin VoegeleThe North Carolina Department of Commerce recently awarded U.K.-based Active Energy Group plc a $500,000 grant to support the development of its CoalSwitch manufacturing site in Lumberton, North Carolina. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Letter opposes proposed cuts to DOE’s renewable energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleThe BPA partnered with six renewable energy trade groups April 25 to send a letter to Congress opposing deep cuts in FY 2020 funding proposed by the Trump Administration for the Department of Energy's EERE, ARPA-E and NREL. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

ABFA files for injunction against EPA to prevent additional SREs

BY Advanced Biofuels Association The ABFA filed a motion April 24 for a preliminary injunction to prevent EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler from granting any additional small refinery exemptions (SREs) until the resolution of its pending lawsuit against EPA. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

National Grid: RNG can help decarbonize the gas network

BY National Grid National Grid is on the verge of filing proposals for the future of heat with the New York State Public Service Commission to help provide a greater platform to combat climate change by decarbonizing the gas network. RNG is part of that plan. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

In Depth: Biomass in the Hostess City

BY Anna SimetThe 12th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo drew nearly 900 attendees to Savannah, Georgia. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

New York opens solicitation for renewable energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the third annual solicitation for large-scale renewable energy projects under the state’s Clean Energy Standard on April 23. Bioenergy projects are among those eligible to apply. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

Smithfield Foods, RAE form Monarch Bioenergy to produce RNG

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Smithfield Foods Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy have formed a joint venture called Monarch Bioenergy to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) across Smithfield’s hog farms in Missouri using manure feedstock. READ MORE