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September 29, 2017

Opinion: Bringing More Volumes to the Market

BY Hannes Lechner The global wood pellet market has a high level of fragmentation on the supply side, a problem that could be resolved through market participates that can effectively aggregate smaller volumes. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

FERC: US adds biomass power capacity in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released its Energy Infrastructure Update for July, reporting that 206 MW of biomass power capacity were installed during the first seven months of 2017, up from 50 MW during the same period of 2016. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

DOE publishes report on algae cultivation for carbon capture

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently published the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop Summary Report. This summary report shares the results of stakeholder discussions held in May. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

USDA NIFA announces $21.1 million to grow the bioeconomy

BY USDA The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Grassley floor speech criticizes EPA proposal to reduce RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate expressing his disappointment in action taken by the U.S. EPA that could reduce 2018 and 2019 renewable volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

DOE funds project to improve algal biomass yield

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

WE&RF awards research contract to support co-digestion

BY Water Environment & Reuse Foundation The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation has awarded a contract to the Environmental Law Institute to support a project that aims to develop alternative sustainable business cases for wastewater resource recovery facilities to co-digest food waste. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

In Depth: Port Investments in Pellet Handling

BY Ron Kotrba Various North American ports have recently completed or will soon begin major investments in wood pellet storage, handling and loading capabilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

EPA considers reductions to 2018, 2019 RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a NODA concerning potential reductions in RVOs for 2018 and 2019 under the RFS. The reductions primarily concern RVOs for biomass-based diesel, but could result in corresponding reductions in advanced and total biofuels. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

P&G, Constellation complete 50 MW biomass CHP plant

BY Constellation The Procter & Gamble Co. and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. recently announced the completion of a 50-MW biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

Froling Energy installs biomass boiler at corrections facility

BY Froling Energy Froling Energy of Peterborough, New Hampshire, recently completed the installation of a biomass boiler system at the Merrimack County Department of Corrections facility in Boscawen, in partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

In Depth: To Market, To Market

BY Tim Portz Over two decades, Pacific Northwest retailer Coastal Farm and Ranch has grown its pellet appliance and fuel business from a seasonal offering to a year-round, vital aspect of what it provides its customers. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

Ontario biogas projects earn FIT contracts

BY Erin VoegeleOntario’s Independent Electricity System Operator recently announced it will offer contracts for 390 projects representing approximately 150 MW of small-scale renewable generation, including eight biogas projects. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

MSU: DOE grant to help boost camelina oilseed yield

BY Michigan State University Michigan State University has announced it will lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to explore ways to boost the yield of camelina, a crop that shows potential as a feedstock for biobased jet fuel. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

Studies show corn stover provides a business opportunity

BY Trestle Energy LLC Trestle Energy LLC has announced that two new studies show that generating energy from corn stover can fuel a billion-dollar business opportunity for the farm economy by replacing coal in power plants. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

EPA: 20.4 million cellulosic RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that nearly 1.76 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.4 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

Webinar highlights transportable biomass conversion facilities

BY Waste to Wisdom Transportable biomass conversion facilities and the economics of using forest harvest residues to produce biochar, briquettes, and torrefied wood is the topic of a Sept. 27 webinar hosted by the Waste to Wisdom research project. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

UK proposes to increase biofuel obligations, cap crop-based fuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department for Transport has published proposals that aim to increase the amount of renewable fuel in the transportation energy mix and make several other changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

WM, MCE bring 3.9 MW landfill gas-to-energy project online

BY Waste Management MCE and Waste Management’s Redwood Landfill recently celebrated the opening of a new landfill gas-to-energy plant in California that will generate enough renewable electricity to provide service to more than 5,000 MCE customers. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Enzyme’s worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. READ MORE

September 20, 2017

Censky, McKinney nomination hearing addresses biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on the nomination of Stephen Censky at deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney as under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. READ MORE

September 20, 2017

Velocys, British Airways partner on proposed biojet project

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys plc recently announced it has entered into a partnership with British Airways, Suez and Norma to prepare the business case for a commercial-scale waste-to-renewable-jet-fuel plant in the U.K. READ MORE

September 20, 2017

DOE announces integrated biorefinery optimization projects

BY U.S. Department of Energy U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

CEC approves grants for forest biomass, biogas projects

BY Anna SimetA forest biomass-to-power project and two biogas projects were recently approved for grants by the California Energy Commission, via its Electric Program Investment Charge program. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

EIA: Densified biomass production reaches 570,000 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has announced respondents providing data for its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report produced 570,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, and sold 430,000 tons. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

ARPA-E helps make U.S. a leader in marine biomass production

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced $22 million in funding through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for 18 innovative projects as part of the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources program. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

UK proposes reduced support for biomass under RO, seeks comments

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government is seeking public comments on two proposed options aimed at controlling costs of non-grandfathered biomass conversion and co-firing units under the Renewables Obligation. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Fremont Regional Digester reopens in Michigan

BY Generate Capital Inc. Fremont’s biodigester has reopened under new ownership and management, converting 165,000 tons of organic waste every year into renewable electricity that can power more than 2,500 Michigan homes. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Wisconsin dairy manure AD project wins funding

BY Public Service Commission of Wisconsin The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved a conditional $15 million Focus on Energy grant to BC Organics LLC for a bioenergy system in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy farm manure and other waste. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE