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September 10, 2018

UD engineers study microbes for biofuel production

BY Julie Stewart, University of Delaware The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis of the University of Delaware a three-year, $1.5 million grant to study the production of clostridium bacteria as platforms for biofuels. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

DOE funds 36 bioenergy research and development projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 36 projects a combined $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development to enable cost-competitive drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, biobased products and power. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

Pöyry awarded contract for Biozin plant in Norway

BY Pöyry Biozin Holding AS has awarded Pöyry with the owner's engineering services assignment for the pre-engineering phase for the planned biozin production plant in Norway. The new plant will convert biomass to liquid biocrude. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

French pellet producer installs second Dieffenbacher ClassiSizer

BY Dieffenbacher French pellet producer Biozyl recently installed its second ClassiSizer from Dieffenbacher. The ClassiSizer unit can handle heterogeneous raw materials, various chips dimensions and different wood species. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UK government reduces GHG threshold for new biomass CHP projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government has issued its response to a consultation on its Contracts for Difference scheme, announcing its decision to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) threshold for new biomass projects. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Comment period opens on EPA’s ACE rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to create the Affordable Clean Energy Program (ACE rule) in the Federal Register on Aug. 31, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Pinnacle to acquire 70% stake in Alabama pellet plant

BY Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 70 percent interest in an operating industrial wood pellet production facility located in Aliceville, Alabama, from The Westervelt Co. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Study: RNG can aid California’s low-carbon buildings strategy

BY Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas Co. has announced results of a new study that advises policymakers to consider renewable natural gas for California's low carbon building strategy as a pathway for California to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

EPA asked to process RIN applications for biomass, biogas power

BY American Biogas Council On Sept. 6, 111 organizations, including the American Biogas Council and Biomass Power Association, sent a letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Ricketts cuts ribbon on Prairie Catalytic facility in Nebraska

BY Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts On Sept. 5, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts attended a ribbon cutting in Columbus to celebrate the grand opening of Nebraska-based Prairie Catalytic LLC’s new $50 million biobased ethyl acetate production facility. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

DOE invests $1.1 million in sorghum disease resistance research

BY University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences With the announcement of a $1.1 million grant for sorghum disease resistance research led by the University of Illinois, the Department of Energy is signaling a new investment in the future of the crop. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Opinion: Not Rocket Science, But Not So Easy

BY Anna SimetHope for the best, prepare for the worst. Applicable to many life circumstances, the cliché rings particularly true when it comes to a pellet or bioenergy facility’s fiber stream. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Opinion: RNG to Provide Future RFS Environmental Benefits

BY Marcus Gillette This summer, the U.S. EPA issued its second triennial review of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Critics of the RFS program were quick to laud certain summary findings of the report. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

New Hampshire biomass industry pushes for veto override

BY Anna SimetMuch is on the line for New Hampshire’s biomass industry when state legislators reconvene in mid-September, and consider an override of SB 365. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Opinion: Biomass Utilization: Options to Realize Maximum Value

BY Bob Cleaves The success of biomass power facilities may increasingly depend on greater efficiency in operations and optimal utilization of our fuels. Fortunately, there are many opportunities in these areas. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter

BY Ron KotrbaNeste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

RNG Coalition bills pass California state legislature

BY The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas On the final day of California's 2018 legislative session, a bill sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) that would pave the way for a state renewable natural gas procurement program was approved by the legislature. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

Opinion: Midterm Elections, RVO Decisions, and Lame Duck Tax Relief

BY Michael McAdams With former U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt taking aim at the biofuels industry, what started out as a challenging year is now winding down on an ostensibly more moderate and manageable note. READ MORE

September 03, 2018

In Depth: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

BY Ron KotrbaSustainable Resources Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations turn costly waste into revenue-generating income streams, is embarking on a new project that has the potential to be the biggest initiative in company history. READ MORE

September 03, 2018

In Depth: Wood Yard Wisdom

BY Anna SimetMany factors come into play when designing the ideal wood yard and fuel handling system for a bioenergy or wood pellet operation. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

In Depth: Pellets from Pallets

BY Patrick C. Miller Perspectives vary on whether wood pallets are a suitable pellet feedstock, but those using them insist it’s a good use for the fiber, and that their product can stand up to tests. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Republic Services highlights RNG efforts in sustainability report

BY Erin VoegeleRepublic Services Inc. released its 2017 Sustainability Report on Aug 29. Within the report, the company outlines progress it has made on several environmental goals, including those related to the production and use of renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

August 30, 2018

RNG Energy, PES to develop RNG facility in Philadelphia

BY RNG Energy Solutions RNG Energy Solutions and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC have announced plans to build a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester facility named Point Breeze Renewable Energy. The facility will produce RNG for transportation use. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

SD Mines graduate generates power using microbes

BY South Dakota School of Mines & Technology A doctoral graduate at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is studying microbes discovered in the Sanford Underground Research Facility, in Lead, South Dakota, that generate electricity in a similar way to electric eels. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

California Assembly votes in favor of 100% clean power by 2045

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 28, the California Assembly passed Senate Bill 100 by a vote of 44 to 33. The legislation aims to require retail electricity suppliers within the state to secure 100 percent of their power from renewables or zero-emissions sources by 2045. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

USDA memo encourages EPA to account for small refinery waivers

BY Erin VoegeleA recent memo sent to the U.S. EPA by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist shows the USDA believes the EPA should account for the impact of small refinery hardship waivers in its annual Renewable Fuel Standard rulemaking. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

EchoPro pulse radar sensors provide reliable measurement

BY Flowline Flowline has announced its EchoPro 26 GHz pulse radar sensors work with powders, grains, pellets and aggregates in dusty environments with limited space and varying angles of material repose. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

In Depth: The Slippery Slope of Biolubricants and Biogreases

BY Raj Shah and Shana Braff