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October 20, 2020

UW Oshkosh, Agra Energy bring biofuel technology to dairy farms

BY University of Wisconsin Oshkosh The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has partnered with Agra Energy Corp. to promote a new gas-to-liquids technology that converts methane-rich biogas into liquid fuels that meet diesel fuel specifications. READ MORE

October 19, 2020

UK government to issue new biomass strategy in 2022

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government announced on Oct. 15 that it intends to publish a new biomass strategy in 2022. The U.K. Renewable Energy Association welcomed the announcement, stressing that bioenergy is essential to the renewables revolution. READ MORE

October 19, 2020

Bioenergy, biofuels account for nearly half of US renewables use

BY Erin VoegeleWood and waste energy accounted for nearly one-fourth of U.S. renewable energy use in 2019, while biofuels accounted for 20 percent of renewable energy consumption, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 19, 2020

US Gain adds Deer Run Dairy to its RNG development portfolio

BY U.S. Gain U.S. Gain has announced the anaerobic digester at Deer Run Dairy is complete, transforming animal waste to clean, low carbon fuel for the transportation market. U.S. Gain plans to expand the system's capacity next year. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 670,000 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 730,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, with sales reaching 670,000 tons. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

EPA issues final Fuels Streamlining Rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Oct. 15 issued its final Fuels Streamlining Rule, which streamlines the agency’s existing regulations for gasoline, diesel and other fuels. It does not, however, change the stringency of existing fuel quality standards. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

CRISPRing trees for a climate-friendly economy

BY VIB (The Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) Researchers have discovered a way to stably finetune the amount of lignin in poplar by applying CRISPR/Cas9 technology. The discovery could aid in the development of wood resources for biofuels and biobased materials. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

Canadian government funds RNG, biomass heating projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe Canadian government on Oct. 8 awarded funding to an agricultural biomethanizer plant in Quebec and project that will add high-efficiency biomass boilers to four municipal buildings in New Brunswick. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

EPA: 2 additional SRE petitions filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 15, reporting two additional SRE petitions have been filed for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019. No other changes were made to the agency’s SRE data. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

UPM begins construction of biobased chemical plant in Germany

BY UPM UPM on Oct. 7 celebrated the official start of the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany, that will produce bioMEG, lignin-based renewable functional fillers, and BioMPG. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

UK bioenergy generation, capacity increase in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleRenewables accounted for a growing share of U.K. electricity generation during the second quarter of 2020. Generation from bioenergy was up nearly 10 percent during the period, according to data released by the U.K. government on Oct. 8. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

CleanBay selects Evoqua as technology provider for Maryland plant

BY CleanBay Renewables Inc. CleanBay Renewables Inc. has announced the selection of Evoqua Water Technologies LLC as a key partner for its Westover, Maryland, biorefinery. Evoqua will provide its anaerobic digestion and water treatment technology to the facility. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

MSU researchers to lead $11 million study on camelina

BY Montana State University A research team led by faculty in Montana State University’s College of Agriculture received $5.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy designed to explore camelina, an oilseed with the potential to be an alternative biofuel and multi-use crop. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Drax, Velocys help launch Coalition for Negative Emissions

BY Erin VoegeleU.K.-based companies Drax Group and Velocys are among 11 organizations that have launched the Coalition for Negative Emissions, which aims to achieve a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 by developing carbon-negative technologies. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Senators urge EPA to promulgate rule on biogenic carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 14 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 12 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking that recognizes the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural feedstocks. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Kinetrex Energy launches RNG emissions calculator

BY Kinetrex Energy Kinetrex Energy, the leading supplier of LNG and RNG in the Midwest, released a new online RNG emissions calculator that makes it simple for companies to measure their carbon emissions as a first step in going "greener." READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Ductor to develop 200 biogas projects in the EU and North America

BY Ductor Ductor, a Finnish-Swiss biotechnology company, will develop up to 200 new biogas and sustainable fertilizer projects in Europe and North America in the next three years. The company received a significant investment from BW Group. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

Oral arguments held in challenge to EPA’s ACE rule

BY Erin VoegeleOral arguments in a lawsuit challenging U.S. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Program were held before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Oct. 8. One portion of the arguments focused on the program’s treatment of biomass co-firing. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

ANL releases 2020 updates to GREET Models

BY Erin VoegeleArgonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 released 2020 updates to its GREET Models. Updates include new pathways for a variety of biobased fuels and a new feedstock carbon intensity calculator. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

Ontario welcomes construction of large RNG project

BY Government of Ontario Ontario will soon be home to a new RNG facility, the Niagara Falls Renewable Natural Gas. The Ontario Energy Board has also approved an application from Enbridge to implement a pilot voluntary RNG Pprogram in Ontario starting in 2021. READ MORE

October 08, 2020

California bill expands definition of RNG

BY Erin VoegeleCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Sept. 30 that significantly expands the definition of renewable natural gas (RNG) to include energy that comes from additional forms of organic waste, including vegetation removed for wildfire mitigation. READ MORE

October 08, 2020

USIPA welcomes resolution of European Forest Strategy

BY U.S. Industrial Pellet Association The U.S. Industrial Pellet Association has welcomed the European Parliament’s resolution on the "European Forest Strategy—the Way Forward," which recognizes that the forest value chain is fundamental to the circular bioeconomy. READ MORE

October 08, 2020

Greenlane signs contact for Brightmark RNG project in Florida

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Greenlane Renewables Inc. has signed a contract for a new RNG project developed by San Francisco, California-based Brightmark LLC. The multiple-site dairy farm project in Florida will utilize Greenlane’s PSA biogas upgrading systems. READ MORE

October 08, 2020

Red Rock, Shell enter purchase agreement for renewable fuel

BY Shell Red Rock and Shell have entered into a cellulosic fuel purchase and sale agreement in which Shell will purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and cellulosic renewable diesel fuel from Red Rock’s new biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon. READ MORE

October 07, 2020

US pellet exports top 585,883 metric tons in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 585,883.3 metric tons of wood pellets in August, down from 643,727.5 metric tons in July and 738,303.23 metric tons in August 2019, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Oct. 6. READ MORE

October 07, 2020

Chevron, Brightmark partner on dairy biomethane fuel projects

BY Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Brightmark LLC and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. have announced the formation of a joint venture, Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, to own projects across the United States to produce and market dairy biomethane, a renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

October 07, 2020

Cargill, Virent partner to study use of BioForming technology

BY Cargill Cargill and Virent Inc. are working together to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology for the production of “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals. READ MORE

October 07, 2020

Opinion: It’s That Time

BY Anna SimetPellet Mill Magazine Editor Anna Simet discusses content in the Q4 2020 edition. READ MORE

October 07, 2020

Opinion: Our Strong First Half

BY Tim PortzEIA data shows wood pellet producers successfully managed challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic during the first half of the year. READ MORE

October 07, 2020

Opinion: Experimenting with Grease Thickeners

BY Holger Streetz Two types of thickeners, calcium sulfonate and lithium complex, dominate heavy-duty greases in the pelleting industry. However, with innovative formulations, other thickeners show unforeseen benefits. READ MORE