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October 14, 2014

USDA report highlights potential of the biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently published a report that synthesizes current literature and explores opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy. The report, titled "Why Biobased?" is a precursor to a more comprehensive economic study expected to be released soon. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

Landfill gas-to-energy project begins production in California

BY DTE Biomass Energy Sunshine Gas Producers has started generating electricity from landfill gas at its recently constructed renewable energy facility at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Sylmar, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

DOE awards $$13.4 million to develop biofuels, bioproducts

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from biomass. READ MORE

October 13, 2014

Policy issues plague advanced biofuel industry

BY Anna SimetDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference being held in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 13-14, McAdams recapped the struggles the industry has faced throughout the year. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

Research: Water not essential to enzyme performance

BY University of Bristol New research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key axioms in biology, that enzymes need water to function. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

Pilot biogas project at Massachusetts landfill site complete

BY Katie FletcherA ribbon-cutting ceremony was held earlier this week at the Crapo Hill Landfill site in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, for the startup of CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation's pilot-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) project. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

MIT: New approach to boosting biofuel production

BY Massachusetts Institute of Technology Yeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capacity of many yeast strains used in industry. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

EIA predicts higher natural gas, electricity prices this winter

BY Anna SimetThe U.S. EIA has released its short-term energy and winter fuels outlook, which predicts that, albeit paying higher prices for natural gas and electricity, homeowners will enjoy overall lower heating expenditures this winter. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

EPA unveils improved RFS pathway petition process

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing it has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 08, 2014

BlueFire announces EPC contract for Mississippi project

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 8, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced it has signed a master engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its proposed 19 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

DECC responds to criticism of Drax conversion, CfD contracts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has spoken out to criticize an article published by the U.K.-based Daily Mail that questions the environmental benefits of the Drax Group biomass conversion and the sustainability of U.S. wood pellets. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

JBEI: MaxBin offers automated sorting through metagenomes

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute The U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute has developed MaxBin, an automated software program for binning (sorting) the genomes of individual microbial species from metagenomic sequences. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Northeast Wood Products pellet capacity to near 350,000 tons

BY Anna SimetIn a span of about eight months, Northeast Wood Products LLC will have gone from no presence in the industry to possessing nearly 350,000 tons of U.S. wood pellet production capacity. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Low Carbon Fuels Coalition: Connector of industries and interests

BY Katie FletcherThe most recent California legislative session concluded with policy developments spurring the launch of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition. The LCFC advocates for policies that facilitate the rapid deployment of low carbon fuels. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

EPA reports GHG emissions data for 2013

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released updated data gathered through its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which details greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution trends and emissions broken down by several category types. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

RWE sells share in Italian biomass facility

BY Erin VoegeleRWE Innogy recently announced the sale of its stake in the Sicilian biomass power plant Enna to FriEl Green Power, Bozen. The 18.7 MW facility has been operating since mid-2013. The company is not expected to pursue additional biomass projects. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Reverdia adds licensing to Biosuccinium portfolio

BY Reverdia In addition to its production capacity of about 10,000 metric tons per year out of the Cassano, Italy, Biosuccinium plant, Reverdia announced in October at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology that it is now licensing Biosuccinium. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Cellulosic ethanol project planned in Slovak Republic

BY Biochemtex Biochemtex and Beta Renewables recently announced they have signed a definitive agreement with Energochemica SE for the construction of a second generation ethanol plant and the annexed energy block for the generation of power and steam. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Gevo's isobutanol included in new line of marine, off-road fuels

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that it is selling renewable isobutanol to Gulf Racing Fuels for their new line of marine and off-road fuels. The new biofuels will meet Gulf Racing Fuels' requirement for an oxygenated off-road fuel. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

ARPA-E opens funding opportunity for feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has opened a $30 million funding opportunity that aims to increase energy crop yield through automated, predictive and systems-level approaches to biofuel crop breeding. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

AD project celebrates grand opening in Wisconsin

BY Dane County Wisconsin A unique partnership is turning cow waste from farms into renewable energy. La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Gundersen Health System and Dane County are partnering with three Dane County farm families on the GL Dairy Biogas Project. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

USIPA conference wraps with impassioned producer panel

BY Tim PortzThe final panel at USIPA's Exporting Pellets conference featured producers frustrated but resigned to the fact that they will have to continue efforts to prove that their industry is sustainable. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

USDA awards loan guarantee to Cool Planet

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has awarded a $91 million loan guarantee to Cool Planet Energy Systems to help finance the company's advanced biofuel facility, which is under development in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

Anaergia busy in biogas with recent start-up and other ventures

BY Katie FletcherAnaergia Inc. has demonstrated its active presence in the biogas space with three recent announcements, including the start-up of a anaerobic digestion system in California and agreements for proposed projects in Illinois and Arizona. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

Viridis Energy announces supply agreement with Canadian producer

BY Viridis Energy Inc. Viridis Energy Inc. has announced that its subsidiary has secured an additional 45,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year over the next two years from a western Canadian manufacturer to augment the company's current production capacity. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

Bioenergy projects awarded state grants in Washington

BY Gov. Jay Inslee's office Gov. Jay Inslee recently visited the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia Community College where he announced a $20,000 grant to support efforts to transform woody biomass into fuel-grade heating oil and charcoal. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Velocys achieves commercialization milestones

BY Anna SimetIn the span of one week, Velocys plc won a patent case, announced that it has raised GBP 52 ($85 million) million through an oversubscribed equity placing, and was awarded a $70 million construction grant from Red Rock Biofuels. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

UK DECC: Bioenergy generation reached record 5.6 TWh in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleNew energy statistics released by the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change indicate that bioenergy generated increased 8.8 percent in the second quarter when compared to the same period of 2013. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Ensyn, Memorial Hospital commission RFO heating operations

BY Ensyn Corp. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, New Hampshire, to celebrate the commissioning of a new heating system that utilizes Ensyn Corp.'s renewable liquid fuel, known as RFO. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Republic Services opens 2 landfill gas-to-energy projects

BY Republic Services Inc. Republic Services Inc. has announced its latest landfill gas-to-energy projects involving its Forward and Vasco Road Landfills, both located in the Bay Area of California. READ MORE