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January 15, 2015

EPA: Deadline extended for substantiations of confidentiality

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has extended the deadline to respond to its notice requesting substantiations of confidentiality claims from businesses that have submitted reports and transactional information on the renewable fuels standard (RFS) through Jan. 23. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

ABO: Senators' letter supports carbon utilization technology

BY Algae Biomass Organization The Algae Biomass Organization applauded U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., for their recent letter to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. EPA in support of carbon capture and utilization technologies. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

Pellet plant starts production in Siberia

BY Hekotek A new pellet plant in the Eastern-Siberian part of Russia constructed and started up by Hekotek in November has now successfully reached the designed output capacity of 30,000 tons of wooden pellets annually. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

University of Manchester wins grant for biotechnology

BY University of Manchester Scientists at The University of Manchester have been awarded funding to develop new sustainable ways of manufacturing the chemicals used in thousands of our everyday products. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

Opinion: The European Front

BY Tim PortzThis issue of Pellet Mill Magazine takes a look at the European pellet industry. Tim Portz says the issue clearly indicates all producers, whether selling to Europe or not, are impacted by market dynamics and the unfolding public debate there. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Dutch government to discuss biomass sustainability Jan. 15

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Information Network highlights a pending biomass sustainability proposal in the Netherlands. The Dutch government is scheduled to discuss the proposal on Jan. 15. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Comment period open for Utah proposed seasonal wood burn ban

BY Katie FletcherThe Utah Department of Environmental Quality has opened a 40-day comment period on for a proposed seasonal wood burn ban amendment that would prohibit seven counties from solid-fuel burning in all solid-fuel burning devices from Nov. 1 to March 15. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Boeing, Embraer open aviation biofuel research center in Brazil

BY Boeing Boeing and Embraer have opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in a collaborative effort to further establish the aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Sorghum Partners announces winners of 2014 producers competition

BY Sorghum Partners Sorghum Partners, a Chromatin Inc. brand, is pleased to announce that three sorghum growers who planted Sorghum Partners brand products have won at the county, state, and national level in the 2014 National Sorghum Producers competition. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

DemoSNG: Flexible methane production from electricity, biomass

BY Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Interlinkage of the power and gas grids is planned to make electricity supply sustainable and robust in the future. Fluctuating amounts of wind and solar power, for instance, might be stored in the form of the chemical energy carrier methane. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

In Depth: A Dutch Dilemma

BY Tim PortzThe Netherlands’ under-debate energy policies could create an additional 3.5 million tons of annual pellet demand or introduce inefficiencies that will put the market out of reach for most North American producers. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

EIA outlook includes bioenergy forecasts for 2015 and 2016

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes updated forecasts for energy production from wood and waste biomass as well as data related to home heating methods. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

EPA approves Algenol's RFS fuel pathway petition

BY Algenol Algenol announced today the U.S. EPA has approved fuels made from Algenol's process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

January 13, 2015

Maine Woods Biomass Exports proposes Prospect wood chip project

BY Katie FletcherA phytosanitation heat-treatment operation for processing wood chips is proposed for construction in Prospect, Maine, by Searsport-based Maine Woods Biomass Exports LLC. Construction of the $20 million project is expected to begin this year. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

BlueRock Energy, ReEnergy enter services agreement

BY BlueRock Energy BlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Black River LLC have entered into a services agreement to support ReEnergy's delivery of power from its 60 MW ReEnergy Black River bioenergy facility to the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown, New York. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

Gevo launches sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced it has launched sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada Inc. for distribution into the solvents, oil and gas, mining and specialty chemicals markets. The initial market entry is focused on Canada. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

Opinion: A Call for Transparency in Dutch Sustainability Rulemaking

BY Seth GintherSeth Ginther says transparency is key to effective policymaking when developing sustainability criteria for solid biomass. The Netherlands began this process behind closed doors, initiating an industry call to open the process to the public. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

WRAP publishes report on 2013 UK AD sector and output markets

BY Katie FletcherLast month WRAP published a survey on the U.K. anaerobic digestion (AD) industry. Key findings revealed a 34 percent increase in the total number of operational AD plants between 2012 and 2013, up from 87 to 117 plants. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

Colorado lawmakers introduce biomass, energy bills

BY Erin VoegeleSeveral energy-related bills were introduced in the Colorado Senate in early January, including one that aims to create a five-year incentive program to promote the use of woody biomass in public buildings. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

UPM's renewable diesel plant begins commercial operations

BY UPM UPM's wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery has started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland. The facility is based on a hydrotreatment process developed by UPM, and produces approximately 120 million liters of biofuel annually. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

Amec Foster Wheeler awarded syngas-to-liquids project in the U.S.

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Amec Foster Wheeler recently announced it has signed an agreement with D'Arcinoff Group to provide engineering and technical services for an integrated 30,000-barrels-per-day syngas-to-liquids facility in Hudspeth County, Texas. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

In Depth: Deutschland’s Sleeping Giant

BY Katie FletcherAlthough Germany’s pellet supply and demand has steadily increased over the years, recent factors have impacted growth. READ MORE

January 10, 2015

Opinion: Quality Considerations for European Markets

BY Chris WibergThere are quality requirements wood pellet producers should consider when selling their production into European markets, or looking for opportunities with those buyers. Chris Wiberg says it all boils down to understanding your customer's needs. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

California Energy Commission awards biogas project $5 million

BY Katie FletcherIn mid-December, Colony Energy Partners Tulare LLC was awarded a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to construct an estimated $25 to $30 million biogas project in Tulare, California. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

Gevo issues plant update, transfers common stock listing

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. has issued an update of operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant, reporting that the facility produced more than 50,000 gallons of biobased isobutanol in December. The company also announced the transfer of its common stock listing. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

KiOR cancels bankruptcy auction

BY Erin VoegeleDocuments filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware show KiOR's bankruptcy auction, scheduled for Jan. 9, has been cancelled. Meanwhile, the state of Mississippi has asked the court to convert the bankruptcy to Chapter 7. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

In Depth: All That Glitters

BY Anna SimetWhile domestic demand soars and export challenges remain daunting, small and midsized North American producers may choose to leave bustling foreign markets to the big guys. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Oregon vote approves second phase of Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 7, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 to approve rules for the second phase of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which requires a 10 percent reduction of greenhouse gases from transportation fuels over a 10-year period. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Michigan House passes bill addressing pyrolysis, MSW

BY Erin VoegeleA bill passed by the Michigan House of Representatives aims to amend the state's renewable energy regulations to allow pyrolysis technologies and fuel manufactured from certain waste sources to quality as renewable energy sources. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Bacteria 'factories' churn out valuable chemicals

BY Kat J. McAlpine, Harvard Gazette Scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have modified the genes of bacteria in a way that lets them program exactly what chemical they want the cells to produce, and how much, through the bacteria's metabolic processes. READ MORE