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May 02, 2018

ABFA challenges EPA’s RFS small refinery exemptions in court

BY Erin VoegeleThe Advanced Biofuel Association has submitted a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to sue U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, challenging EPA’s process for granting RFS small refinery hardship waivers. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Covanta: Fairfax plant runs at record levels in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleCovanta Holding Corp. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results. During an April 26 investor call, the company provided updates of its waste-to-energy projects, including the restart of the Fairfax County, Virginia, plant. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Neste reports strong Q1 performance for renewables division

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 26, Neste Corp. released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting strong results for the company’s Renewable Products division. Overall, the company posted an all-time high quarterly profit. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

REG launches REG Ultra Clean Diesel

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. launched the company’s latest innovation in diesel fuel, REG Ultra Clean Diesel, at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California, May 2. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Wood formation model to fuel progress in bioenergy

BY North Carolina State University A new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood. READ MORE

May 01, 2018

Astec nears completion on Georgia, Arkansas pellet plants

BY Erin VoegeleAstec Industries Inc. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results. During an April 24 investor call, the company provided an update on pellet plant construction activities in Georgia and Arkansas and discussed future plans. READ MORE

May 01, 2018

DuPont, ADM open biobased pilot facility in Illinois

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced the opening of the world’s first biobased furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) pilot production facility in Decatur, Illinois. READ MORE

May 01, 2018

Biofuels key to success of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard

BY Renewable Industries Canada Canada’s two largest biofuels stakeholders—Renewable Industries Canada and Advanced Biofuels Canada—released the results of a new study April 30 on the economic impact of Canada’s upcoming Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes EPA handout to Icahn

BY Erin VoegeleSupporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out to condemn reports that the U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt granted an undisclosed small refiner “hardship” waiver to a refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

EIA: Subsidies for renewables down as tax credits diminish

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Federal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56 percent decline from FY 2013. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

EIB launches financing initiative for bioeconomy, agriculture

BY European Investment Bank The European Investment Bank, the EU bank, announced the launch of a new financing initiative April 16 that aims to unlock close to EUR 1 billion of investment in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector. READ MORE

April 27, 2018

Pruitt grilled on Capitol Hill while Cruz 'sideshow' held on lawn

BY Ron KotrbaThe debate in Washington, D.C., over RFS was in full force April 26 as U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was grilled at a House committee hearing on his issuance of waivers while Sen. Ted Cruz stumped with refinery and steel workers on the lawn. READ MORE

April 27, 2018

Weltec builds 3 biogas plants in Northern Ireland, wins award

BY Erin VoegeleGermany-based Weltec Biopower has announced it is building three 500-kilowatt anaerobic digestion plants in Northern Ireland. The plants are expected to commence operations this summer. READ MORE

April 27, 2018

EPC contractor appointed for South African biomass project

BY ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd. A consortium comprised of ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd., KC Cottrell and the ELB Educational Trust have been appointed as EPC contractor for a 25 MW biomass project under development in South Africa. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

EPA: 20.98 million cellulosic RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that more than 1.56 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.98 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

California bill on pipeline integration of RNG clears committee

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas A proposed bill sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas that seeks to accelerate the production and integration of green gas into California’s natural gas supply passed out of the State Assembly’s Utilities and Energy Committee April 26. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

Biomass Secure Power enters MOU to deliver biocoal

BY Biomass Secure Power Inc. Biomass Secure Power Inc. recently announced ithas entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a power company located in the U.S. for the delivery of biocoal. Shipments are currently scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2019. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

Opinion: The Varying Global Energy Landscape

BY Anna SimetThe May/June issue of Biomass Magazine includes stories from around the globe, including a major effort to increase renewable electricity access Africa, and Australian bioenergy production, use and export. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

Opinion: Carbon Capture with Storage: A New Frontier for Biomass?

BY Bob Cleaves As power prices have dropped over the past decade, partly due to government renewable energy credits awarded lopsidedly to wind and solar, we have worked to ensure our members are capturing the many public benefits provided by biomass power. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

In Depth: Building Out Biomass in the Land Down Under

BY Patrick C. Miller Will Australia use bioenergy to its full potential, or primarily serve export markets? READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Perdue questioned on RFS, waivers, E15 during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe Renewable Fuel Standard, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief and the U.S. EPA’s misuse of small refiner hardship waivers were among the topics discussed during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing held on April 24. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Ameresco: Woodland Meadows landfill gas project now open

BY Ameresco Inc. Ameresco Inc. announced April 23 that the landfill gas to renewable natural gas facility at Waste Management’s Woodland Meadows Landfill has achieved EPA approval and is now in operation. The RNG facility was commissioned in November. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Global Bioenergies, SkyNRG announce collaboration

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG have announced plans to work together to accelerate the commercialization of Global Bioenergies’ approach to process isobutene into a jet fuel blending component. The effort includes working towards ASTM approval. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

In Depth: Rallying for RNG

BY Anna Simet The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas’s Marcus Gillette discusses the organization, its goals and progress in expanding the production and use of RNG in North America. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Benefits of wood heating discussed at Senate hearing

BY Erin VoegeleWood energy was among the topics discussed during an April 19 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that examined rural energy challenges and opportunities. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

EPA seeks nominations for MSTRS

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which is designed to provide the Clean Air Advisory Committee with independent advice on programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

UPM Biofuels gains RSB low ILUC risk feedstock certification

BY UPM Kymmene Corp. UPM Biofuels' continuous efforts for a more sustainable supply chain and operations has been recognized by the world's first Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials low indirect land use change (ILUC) risk certification. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

RNG Coalition releases RNG project map, database

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has relased a new map and project database of renewable natural gas production facilities in North America. The database reveals that there are now at least 76 operating RNG facilities in the U.S. and Canada. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Braskem strengthens its renewable chemicals strategy

BY Braskem Braskem recently announced an expanded focus on the research, development and commercialization of chemicals and materials sourced from renewable feedstocks. The company started a new operation in Boston to support the effort. READ MORE