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June 20, 2016

Research examines obstacles to making biofuel from perennials

BY University of Arkansas A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

Georgia Biomass qualifies into PFI Standards Program

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of Georgia Biomass of Waycross, Georgia, into the PFI Standards Program. There are now 14 pellet manufacturing companies with a combined 23 facilities qualified under the program. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

Peel Ports announces milestone in supply of biomass to Drax

BY Peel Ports Seven months after opening phase 1 of its biomass terminal, Peel Ports has dispatched more than 400 freight services from the railheads at the Port of Liverpool to Drax power station in North Yorkshire. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Valero petitions EPA to redefine RFS obligated party

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 13, Valero Energy Corp. issued a petition to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking the agency to redefine obligated party under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). In February, Valero made a similar request. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

PHI Group to acquire pellet plant in Southeast US

BY PHI Group PHI Group recently announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a wood pellet manufacturing company in Southeastern United States. The identity of the target company and certain details are being kept confidential until closing. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Pacific Ag acquires Calagri

BY Pacific Ag Pacific Ag has acquired Calagri. The transaction further solidifies Pacific Ag's ability to ensure cost-competitive, year-round supply and more streamlined harvesting and delivery of forages and other crop residues to customers. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Gevo signs agreement to supply isobutanol for gasoline blending

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has entered into an agreement with Musket Corp. to supply isobutanol for blending with gasoline. Initial target markets are expected to include the marine and off-road markets in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

CE&P awards Technip engineering services agreement

BY California Ethanol & Power LLC California Ethanol & Power LLC has awarded a engineering services agreement to Technip for its proposed biorefinery project in Imperial Valley, California. The facility will produce ethanol, electricity and biogas. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

EIB provides loan to biomass plant in Finland

BY Erin VoegeleThe European Investment Bank has announced a loan agreement with an energy utility company in Finland for the deployment of a biomass-fired facility that will provide district heat. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

S2G begins commercial production of biobased glycols

BY S2G BioChemicals Inc. S2G BioChemicals Inc. recently announced it has successfully initiated commercial production of fossil-free, biobased glycols at the Memphis, Tennessee, site of its operating partner Pennakem LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minafin Group. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

Deinove completes key milestone in its Deinochem program

BY Deinove Deinove recently announced that it has validated the second key milestone of the Deinochem program, dedicated to the production of biosourced isoprenoids, funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). READ MORE

June 14, 2016

REN21 report shows increased use of biomass in heat, power

BY Erin VoegeleREN21 recently published its annual overview on the state of renewable energy, reporting 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations. Renewable power and renewable heat both increased, along with renewables used in transportation. READ MORE

June 14, 2016

Amyris biojet fuels Airbus A350-900 for Cathay Pacific

BY Amyris Inc. Amyris Inc. has announced that on May 29 Cathay Pacific commenced a two-year program of flights from Toulouse, France, to Hong Kong using Amyris renewable jet fuel. The initial 12-hour flight was the longest flight using a renewable jet fuel to date. READ MORE

June 14, 2016

White Dog Labs wins DOE grant

BY White Dog Labs White Dog Labs recently emerged from stealth by announcing a prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The company's innovative fermentation technology platform promises to increase output of practically any biochemical by 50-100 percent. READ MORE

June 13, 2016

White paper discusses state of pellet market, Japanese potential

BY Katie FletcherFutureMetrics released a white paper discussing the current state of the industrial wood pellet markets and new opportunities for growth in the Japanese market. A dashboard associated with coal-to-wood pellet conversions also received updates. READ MORE

June 13, 2016

GRFA commits to biofuels policies to achieve COP21 targets

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance GRFA called on parties to the climate agreement reached at COP21 to take immediate action to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector and incorporate increased biofuels blending as part of their national plans. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Ontario finalizes cap and trade program, releases action plan

BY Anna SimetThree weeks after Ontario finalized its cap and trade program, which takes effect July 1, the provincial government released the full version of its new Climate Change Action Plan. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

REA reports UK energy growth threatened by recent policy changes

BY Katie FletcherU.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently published its annual statistical REView 2016 report on the U.K renewable energy industry, reporting that despite record employment levels in 2015 recent policy changes threaten renewable energy growth. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemistry lessons from bacteria may improve biofuel production

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers study how a certain group of bacteria called Streptomyces may improve biofuel production. The study identifies important enzymes produced when Streptomyces flex particular genes. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemists settle debate on how methane is made biologically

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemists study two competing ideas for how microbes make the main component of natural gas. The winning chemical reaction involves a molecule less favored by previous research, something called a methyl radical. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Cooperative establishes checkoff to grow Ontario biomass sector

BY Katie FletcherOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently launched an effort to make it easier for its members to sell the miscanthus and switchgrass they produce to various markets. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Biofuel supporters call for strong RFS during Fuels America event

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 9, Fuels America held a press conference at the site of U.S. EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. During the event, biofuel advocates voiced their support for the RFS program. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Global companies unite in below50 to scale up sustainable fuels

BY World Business Council for Sustainable Development Businesses are partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Sustainable Energy for All through a new global initiative called below50 to promote sustainable fuels. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

EIA revises short-term bioenergy forecasts in June outlook

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase 13 percent this year and 3.3 percent next year. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

Research assesses AD’s ability to remove drugs, germs from manure

BY Charlotte Hsu, University at Buffalo Researchers from four U.S. universities are teaming up with dairy farms to study the effect of three different manure management techniques on preventing the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria an antibiotic residues. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

Sorghum Checkoff announces $500,000 investment

BY Sorghum Checkoff The Sorghum Checkoff recently announced a $500,000 investment in sorghum research, made at the inaugural Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture program field day at the University of Arizona's Maricopa Agricultural Center. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

Vermont clean energy jobs report features wood energy data

BY Erin VoegeleA recent report on Vermont’s clean energy industry has determined the state has the highest number of per capita clean energy jobs in the nation. The wood energy industry is among the clean energy industry segments addressed in the report. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

EPA announces call-in information for June 9 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for the June 9 hearing on its recently proposed rule to set 2017 renewable fuel standard volume obligations. The hearing will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, and is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

Alaska Airlines to fly on Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has announced the first two commercial flights using its renewable alcohol-to jet-fuel took place June 7, originating in Seattle and flying to San Francisco International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, respectively. READ MORE