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January 09, 2020

Opinion: Carbon Capture Technologies: Biomass Industry’s Unique Opportunity

BY Jessie Stolark Spurred by interest and growing recognition of the role biomass can play in mitigating climate change, project developers and policy makers are putting biomass on the map, but perhaps under a name you are less familiar with—carbon capture. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

LCFS pathways for biogas-based hydrogen filed with CARB

BY Erin VoegeleThe California Air Resources Board has opened comment periods on several Low Carbon Fuel Standard Tier 2 applications for biogas-fuels in recent weeks, including those for facilities that plan to produce biogas-based hydrogen and RNG. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

EPA sets 2020 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.80

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA posted a notice to its website Jan. 8 announcing the Renewable Fuel Standard cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2020 is $1.80. The price is slightly higher than the 2019 CWC price, which was set at $1.77 in December 2018. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

Port of Stockton reports first wood pellet shipment

BY Port of Stockton The Port of Stockton announced that the first wood pellet shipment from the port was successfully loaded to the M/V Global Serenity in December. National Carbon Technologies shipped the pellets from Michigan and they were loaded by Metro Ports. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

In Depth: Commercial and Institutional Biomass Projects: Dos and Don’ts

BY Bede W. Wellford There are many important factors to consider and key steps to take when pursuing an on-site biomass heating project. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Suncor challenges EPA ruling to deny its SREs applications

BY Erin VoegeleOil refiner Suncor Energy U.S.A. Inc. has filed a petition for review with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the EPA’s decision to rule its refinery complex located in Commerce City, Colorado, is ineligible to receive SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Report shows how a Midwest clean fuels policy should be designed

BY Great Plains Institute A new report details the unique considerations needed to design a successful Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest. It recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that will benefit producers, consumers, agricutlure and others. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Drax Biomass appoints new leader

BY Drax Biomass Inc. Drax Biomass Inc. announced Jan. 6 that Matt White will become its new senior vice president and run Drax’s U.S. biomass operations from its headquarters in Monroe, Louisiana. Drax Biomass produces wood pellets for use at Drax Power Station. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Opinion: The RFS: Where Things Stand

BY Bob Cleaves

January 06, 2020

Financial close reached on 2MW bioenergy project in California

BY Erin VoegeleU.K.-based gasification company Eqtec plc announced on Jan. 2 that the company has reached financial close on a proposed 2 megawatt biomass project in North Fork, California. The project is currently scheduled to begin commissioning in early 2021. READ MORE

January 06, 2020

Valero, AFPM ask SCOTUS to consider RFS point of obligation issue

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp. and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 06, 2020

In Depth: Biomass Magazine's Sponsor Spotlight

BY Sponsored Content This month's Sponsor Spotlight details Continental Blower's efforts in the biogas and RNG industry, TerraSource Global's Jeffrey Radar TubeFeeder technology for fiber storage and reclaim, and E=MC3's progress toward developing a high-quality, high- READ MORE

January 05, 2020

In Depth: The Evolution of High-Velocity Thermal Spray

BY Marina Silva High-velocity thermal spray was initially used in specialized shop applications but is now widely deployed in the energy sector for critical equipment protection. READ MORE

January 04, 2020

In Depth: Reduce Conveyor Maintenance Time Through Better Access

BY Jerad Heitzler Improved conveyor access can significantly reduce maintenance time and prevent injuries. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 870,000 tons in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufactures produced approximately 840,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in September, with sales reaching 870,000 tons. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

FuelCell Energy: California biogas project begins operations

BY FuelCell Energy Inc. FuelCell Energy Inc. on Dec. 27 announced the start of commercial operation of the 2.8 megawatt fuel cell project located at the wastewater treatment facility of the city of Tulare, California. The project is fueled by biogas. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

In Depth: Gold Rush

BY Ron Kotrba Daryl Maas followed his dreams to California, where he is filling an important niche helping mitigate climate change and dairy farmers mine the lucrative rewards of cow manure. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

New Hampshire PUC considers lowering biomass RPS requirements

BY Erin VoegeleThe New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission filed a notice on Dec. 24 announcing it is considering reducing the compliance year 2019 Class III requirement for existing biomass and methane under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

EPA: 32.68 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.45 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 32.68 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

In Depth: The Growing Importance of PKS in the Japanese Biomass Market

BY Rachael Levinson The Japanese biomass market—particularly its relative fuel flexibility compared to the wood pellet-dominated European market—will create an interesting trading environment as demand grows in the coming years. READ MORE

January 01, 2020

In Depth: Shouldering Risk For Forest Restoration

BY Anna Simet Backed by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, construction of Restoration Fuels, a commercial-scale torrefaction facility in John Day, Oregon, is well underway. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

USDA issues final rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program on Dec. 27. The program provides quarterly payments to producers of eligible advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Greenlane wins biogas upgrading contract for California project

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Greenlane Renewables Inc. announced on Dec. 27 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has secured a new $8.3 million (US$6.3 million) biogas upgrading contract with a customer in California. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Co-combustion of wood and oil-shale reduces carbon emissions

BY Estonian Research Council Utilization of fossil fuels can be made more environmentally friendly by adding wood—as concluded based on the preliminary results of the year-long study carried out by thermal engineers of Tallinn University of Technology. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Report predicts strong growth in US pellet exports to Japan

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network indicates Japan’s market for wood pellets is expanding rapidly. The U.S. is expected to supply Japan with 3 million tons of pellets annually by 2025. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Forest Service grants license for biomass conversion technology

BY Matt ThompsonThe U.S. Forest Service has granted a license for technology that can efficiently fractionate lignocellulosic biomass to Ontario-based Whispering Green Energy. The company plans to begin experiments using the technology this spring. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Integrated Biogas Alliance continues to expand

BY Integrated Biogas Alliance Symbiont Science, Engineering and Construction Inc. has joined the newly formed Integrated Biogas Alliance. The company, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has built more than 75 biogas systems in 31 states. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Enviva supports conclusions from ‘The Future of Bioenergy’ report

BY Enviva Holdings LP Enviva applauds a new report, The Future of Bioenergy, published Dec. 5, 2019 in the Global Change Biology journal. The report makes an important contribution to the dialogue on bioenergy’s role as an energy source into the future. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

USDA seeks applications for advanced biofuel payment program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service published a notice on Dec. 18 seeking applications from biofuel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which provides quarterly payments to producers of qualified advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

BTEC: Support for woody biomass included in spending, tax deals

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council Congress has passed a $5 million allotment for the new Community Wood Energy and Innovations Program in the $1.4 trillion spending deal, extended the Section 25C Wood and Pellet Stove Credit, and reauthorized the carbon neutrality of biomass policy. READ MORE