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July 19, 2016

Government to launch app to aid renewable energy exports

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Energy are inviting suppliers and providers of clean energy, smart grid and energy efficiency solutions to participate in an interactive directory of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Ford, Jose Cuervo team up to develop agave-based bioplastics

BY Ford Motor Co. Ford Motor Co. is teaming up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

ARG invests in Amyris and Cosan joint venture Novvi

BY Amyris Inc. American Refining Group Inc. has committed to a 33.3 percent equity investment in Novvi LLC, a joint venture of Amyris, Inc. and Cosan S.A. Both Amyris and Cosan will continue to hold share ownership stakes in Novvi, together with ARG. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

EPA publishes updated standards, guidelines for MSW landfills

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 14, the U.S. EPA issued final new source performance standards for new, modified and reconstructed municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The agency has also issued revised guidelines for reducing emissions from existing MSW landfills. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Ocean Park Advisors to market Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 18, Ocean Park Advisors announced it has been retained by Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC to market its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Canadian, Quebec governments invest $76.5M in bio-oil facility

BY Ron KotrbaThe governments of Canada and Quebec announced in July they will provide a combined $76.5 million in funding to AE Cote-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues at its Port-Cartier facility. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

DOE announces $15 million to advance algae biofuels, bioproducts

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

IKEA to install biogas-powered fuel cell systems at 4 more stores

BY IKEA IKEA recently announced it is furthering its renewable commitment with plans for biogas-powered fuel cell systems at four more of its California stores. A year ago, IKEA completed installation of such a project at a San Francisco-area store. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

USDA GAIN report highlights Russian pellet potential

BY Katie FletcherA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the Russian federation’s biofuels industry, including data on likely growth with wood pellet production and exports. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

1st sustainable flight in Africa fueled by tobacco-based biojet

BY The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials On Boeing's 100th anniversary, South African Airways celebrated Africa's first sustainable biofuel flight. The flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used biojet fuel produced from Sunchem's nicotine-free tobacco plant. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

House members issue letter in support of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 14, 17 members of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to compete its 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking “in a manner consistent with the Congressional intent." READ MORE

July 15, 2016

SRP to test burn forest debris at coal plant

BY Salt River Project Salt River Project is exploring the feasibility of using forest debris as a supplemental fuel at its Coronado Generating Station in St. Johns, Arizona, to improve the health of Arizona's forests and watersheds. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

BY University of Georgia Researchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

Opinion: On Our Behalf

BY Tim PortzAnyone who has worked in the renewable energy sector generally and the wood pellet sector specifically understands how important public policy is to industry growth and stability, a notion underscored multiple times in the July/August issue. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

In Depth: Taming the Power-Hungry Beast

BY Ron KotrbaNew federal regulations went into effect June 1 that require motor manufacturers to produce an even broader scope of more efficient designs for the U.S. industrial market. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

UK government eliminates Department of Energy and Climate Change

BY Erin VoegeleNewly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has abolished the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of a larger ministerial overhaul. The functions of the DECC will be transferred to other government departments. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

40-plus groups call on Congress to end tax breaks for Big Oil

BY Ron KotrbaIn a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse coalition of environmental, veterans, labor, renewable fuels and social justice groups are challenging Congress to repeal nearly $4 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies given to Big Oil. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Vermont AD system demonstrates operational success

BY Vermont Technical College “Big Bertha,” the anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College, is operating at full capacity and successfully putting electricity onto the grid. At full power, the system transforms 16,000 gallons of waste to 8,800 kwh of electricity daily. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Veolia signs contract to operate, maintain AD system in Michigan

BY Veolia Veolia recently signed a five-year contract with Lowell Energy AD, managed by Sustainable Partners of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the operations and maintenance of its Lowell Energy Anaerobic Digester. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

UK plant hosts scientists, farmers interested in miscanthus

BY BWSC North Lincs The Brigg Renewable Energy Plant recently hosted a visit from scientists and farmers to explore the use of miscanthus as a fuel for renewable energy and support groundbreaking research into miscanthus growing. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

ABO: DOT’s 2016 Billion-Ton Report shows potential of algae

BY Algae Biomass Organization The Algae Biomass Organization hailed the findings in the Department of Energy’s 2016 Billion-Ton Report that show the United States possess ample resources to produce large quantities of biomass from algae. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Researchers: Generically improving sorghum could benefit biofuels

BY Genetics Society of America New research conducted by a group of U.S. universities examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Opinion: When Good Intentions Become Counterproductive

BY Charlie NieblingNiebling says sometimes well-intended incentives, such as those associated with Renewable Heat New York, can become de facto regulations. These initiatives and others must better align with marketplace realities to build market penetration. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

UK DECC publishes Q1 2016 energy statistics

BY Katie FletcherThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently released first quarter 2016 energy statistics in its Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications, reporting 8.3 percent of final energy consumption in 2015 came from renewables. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecast

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 11.2 percent in 2016 and 3.9 percent in 2017. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

DOE releases update of billion-ton report on biomass

BY U.S. Department of Energy Within 25 years, the U.S. could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for a variety of uses and benefits. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

NTU, NEA collaborate to develop waste-to-energy research facility

BY Nanyang Technological University The National Environment Agency recently signed a collaboration agreement with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore to co-fund the development of a S$40 million ($29.7 million) waste-to-energy (WTE) research facility. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Andritz sludge dewatering line aims to increase biogas production

BY Andritz International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Saugbrugs Bioenergi AS, a part of the Norske Skog Group, to supply a new sludge dewatering line for thickening and dewatering of fibrous sludges for its mill in Halden, Norway. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Opinion: Optimizing Efficiency Through Quality Management

BY Chris WibergIf implemented correctly, a well-designed quality management plan should target increased production efficiency to optimize pellet tonnage produced with the least amount of customer complaints or other product performance related issues. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

In Depth: Perennial Battles

BY Katie FletcherWhether on the road toward complying with new regulation or championing for equal consideration in policy, the pellet industry persists in its ongoing conviction. READ MORE