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April 21, 2016

Gov. LePage signs bill to boost Maine’s biomass industry

BY Erin VoegeleMaine Gov. Paul LePage has signed legislation that will inject up to $13.4 million into the state’s biomass sector via renewed and new power purchase agreements. The legislation passed the state House and Senate April 15. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Diamond Green Diesel plans major expansion project

BY Ron KotrbaDiamond Green Diesel, the 160 MMgy renewable diesel facility in Norco, Louisiana, is expanding production to 275 MMgy, announced Darling Ingredients Inc. in April. Diamond Green Diesel is a joint venture between Darling and Valero Energy Corp. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Biogas could replace more than one quarter of UK LNG imports

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association A new report by the U.K. Renewable Enery Association’s biogas sector group outlines the potential for Britain to produce the equivalent of more than 45 LNG tankers’ worth of renewable natural gas (in the form of biomethane) per year by 2035. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

In Depth: Playing by the Nonwaste Fuels Rules

BY Katie FletcherThree forms of wood waste got the green light under the U.S. EPA’s nonhazardous secondary materials rule, but the amended regulation’s impact appears narrow. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Pellet producer Viridis Energy for sale

BY Anna SimetPublically traded Canadian pellet production company Viridis Energy Inc. is up for sale. The company is is working with FutureMetrics LLC to solicit interest for the potential sale of Viridis Energy and all of its assets. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Senate passes Energy Bill with pro-biomass amendment

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 20, the U.S. Senate passed new energy legislation by a vote of 85 to 12. The bill, titled the Energy Policy Modernization Act, or S. 2012, contains an amendment that recognizes the carbon neutrality of biomass energy. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Nova Scotia ends must-run requirement for Port Hawkesbury plant

BY Erin VoegeleIn early April, the government of Nova Scotia, Canada, announced it had ended a legal requirement to operate the Nova Scotia Power biomass plant in Port Hawkesbury as a must-run facility. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

UPM Biofuels gains ISCC PLUS certification

BY UPM Biofuels UPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Avantium raises €20 million in a financing round led by PMV

BY Avantium Avantium, an innovative chemical technology company and leader in renewable chemistry, recently announced that it has closed a financing round of 20 million euros ($22.59 million). The investments are made by PMV, FPIM, and existing shareholders. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Researcher wins grants to support woody biomass-to-biofuel work

BY University of Arkansas University of Arkansas chemical engineering associate professor Jamie Hestekin has received two grants totaling $145,250 from a local technology development firm to help the company convert woody biomass into bio-oil and eventually liquid biofuel. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

FAA approves alcohol-based jet fuel

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a new biobased fuel, known as Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK). It is created from an alcohol called isobutanol that is derived from renewable feedstocks such as sugar or corn. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

In Depth: A Wiser Way to Handle Waste

BY Ron KotrbaNear Manchester, United Kingdom, Dong Energy is constructing the first biogas plant using its REnescience technology that treats unsorted household waste with enzymes. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Maine passes bill to boost biomass industry

BY Anna SimetMaine’s struggling biomass power industry can breathe a little easier with the passage of a bill that will inject a maximum of $13.4 million into the sector via renewed and new power purchase agreements. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Green Biologics announces distribution agreements

BY Erin VoegeleGreen Biologics Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based Green Biologics Ltd., announced two distribution agreements in April. The company is currently retrofitting a corn ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minnesota, to produce n-butanol and acetone. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Vecoplan Midwest introduces containerized pellet plant

BY Vecoplan Midwest Vecoplan Midwest has introduced its containerized pellet plant, which has the capacity to produce 1 to 2 tons of pellets per hour. The turnkey pellet production plant is housed in standard shipping containers. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Comet signs supply agreement with BioAmber, announces investment

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Comet Biorefining Inc. has signed an offtake agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for high-purity dextrose from Comet's planned commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be produced from agricultural residues. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Air Liquide accelerates its development in biogas purification

BY Air Liquide Air Liquide has announced the commissioning of 12 biogas purification units in the last 12 months in Europe. With these new units, Air Liquide has tripled its biogas purification capacity on the European continent. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Opinion: Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future

BY Michael McAdams Addressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

EPA submits 2017 RFS rule to White House OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget on April 15. OMB review marks a final step before the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

S2G begins biobased glycol production at partner site

BY S2G BioChemicals S2G BioChemicals recently initiated production of fossil-free biobased glycols at the Memphis, Tennessee, site of the company's operating partner, Pennakem LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minafin Group. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

Student startup converts waste lignin to mulch film for farm use

BY University of Tennessee Researchers have developed a process that makes lignin biodegradable and turns it into the large rolls of mulch film that farmers use to block weeds, retain moisture and soil temperature and improve crop yield. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

In Depth: Preventing Production Problems in the Lab

BY Trish Meek and Barbara Van Cann Increasing biofuel demand will require next-generation laboratory software solutions. READ MORE

April 15, 2016

EPA clarifies provision of RFS Quality Assurance Program rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA recently announced it has finalized an amendment proposed last year that clarifies an aspect of the renewable fuels standard (RFS) program that was inadvertently put in place with the Quality Assurance Program rule. READ MORE

April 15, 2016

EPA approves Joule’s advanced biofuel pathway

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA recently approved a renewable fuel pathway filed by Joule Unlimited Technologies Inc., allowing the company to generate D5 advanced biofuels renewable identification numbers for its algae-based ethanol under the renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

April 15, 2016

Vermont Public Service Board authorizes RNG project

BY Vermont Public Service Board The Vermont Public Service Board has authorized the construction and operation of a biogas facility on a farm in Salisbury, Vermont. The project will produce pipeline-grade natural gas for sale to Middlebury College and Vermont Gas Systems. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts in recent reports

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 10 percent in 2016 and by 5.1 percent in 2017. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

ORNL hosts Southeast bioenergy meeting, study tour

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Researchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

USDA ARS: Algae enlisted to produce biofuel using papayas

BY Jan Suszkiw, USDA Agricultural Research Service Algae are the star players in an effort by USDA scientists in Hilo, Hawaii, to produce a renewable source of oil for conversion into biodiesel to help meet the island state's energy needs. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

NEOMA criticizes impact IESO’s new contract process on bioenergy

BY North Eastern Ontario Municipal Association North Eastern Ontario's municipalities are disappointed by Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator's announcement to reduce the total allocation from biomass power. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

Clearfleau commissions AD facility at UK creamery

BY Clearfleau Clearfleau has announced it is commissioning an anaerobic digestion plant has been designed and built for Lake District Biogas. The facility, which is processing cheese waste, will feed biomethane into the gas grid. READ MORE