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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

January 07, 2015

EPA provides update on Clean Power Plan rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 7, the U.S. EPA held a media call to provide the public with an update of its plans for the Clean Power Plan and carbon pollution standards for new, modified and reconstructed power plants in the new year. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

EPA seeks nominations for technical subcommittee

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is requesting nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which provides the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee with input on technical aspects of programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

Plant genetic advance could improve biofuel processing

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Plant geneticists from universities in Massachusetts and California have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

E2: Advanced biofuel production likely to double in 3 years

BY Sue Retka SchillAdvanced biofuel capacity topped 800 million gallons in 2014, up from the previous year and almost double the capacity in 2011, according to the E2 Advance Biofuel Market Report 2014 released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). READ MORE

January 06, 2015

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. A final rule for REAP was published in late 2014. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

Clean Energy sells interest in biogas facility to Cambrian Energy

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced the sale of Clean Energy's majority interest in its McCommas Bluff biomethane production facility located in Dallas, Texas, to minority interest owner Cambrian Energy. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

Biomethane project moves forward in British Columbia

BY City of Surrey, British Columbia Iris Solutions has been selected as the preferred proponent by the city of Surrey, British Columbia, to finalize an agreement to design, build, partially finance, maintain and operate the Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility project. READ MORE

January 05, 2015

EPA accepting comments on preliminary biomass sorghum analysis

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is accepting public comments on its preliminary analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the growth and transport of biomass sorghum for use as biofuel feedstock through Jan. 30. READ MORE

January 05, 2015

Lufthansa Group aircraft fly from Oslo on biokerosene

BY Lufthansa Group From next year the Lufthansa Group will be fueling their aircraft at Oslo airport with a biokerosene mixture. The group recently became the first airline group to sign this kind of contract with the Norwegian oil company Statoil Aviation. READ MORE

January 05, 2015

Soil sensor technology uses biocomposites

BY North Dakota State University A technology developed at North Dakota State University creates precise in-the-ground measurement and monitoring of soil and crop conditions, which could provide opportunities for greater yields. The technology also has led to a new start-up company. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

USDA publishes final rule for REAP program

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 29, the USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register for the Rural Energy for America Program. The program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Grant funds research into nanomaterials effect on feedstock yield

BY University of Arkansas at Little Rock The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Canadian researchers pressure cook farm waste into energy

BY University of Guelph It takes some cooking, but turning wet and green farm waste into biofuels is now possible and makes economic sense, according to preliminary research from the University of Guelph. READ MORE

December 31, 2014

Waste Management publishes 2014 sustainability report

BY Katie FletcherWaste Management recently released its 2014 sustainability report "Creating a Circular Economy," which documents the company's progress on recycling, energy production, transforming waste into valuable resources. READ MORE

December 31, 2014

Belgian power sector resumes firing of wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleAn updated report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Global Information Network indicates the Belgian power sector has resumed firing wood pellets following a government decision to once again grant Green Certificates for their use. READ MORE

December 31, 2014

BioNitrogen signs agreement with Saipem for EPC services

BY BioNitrogen Holding Corp. BioNitrogen Holdings Corp. recently announced that it has signed an engineering, procurement, project management and construction services agreement with Italy-based Saipem for its biomass-to-urea manufacturing facilities. READ MORE

December 30, 2014

Eagar, Arizona, biomass power project to break ground mid-2015

BY Katie FletcherAt a December Eagar, Arizona, town council meeting Concord Blue Energy Inc. shared construction plans for a 1 MW biomass power plant expected to break ground late spring or early summer 2015. READ MORE

December 30, 2014

European researchers to build pilot facility to process AD waste

BY Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia and the Guipuzkoa-based company Ekonek will be building a pilot plant to treat organic waste destined for producing high, added value fertilizers. READ MORE

December 30, 2014

SBP accepts biomass producers as applicants for certification

BY Sustainable Biomass Partnership Sustainable Biomass Partnership announced five certification bodies have been accepted as applicants, including, BM Trada, Bureau Veritas Latvia, Control Union, NEPCon and National Science Foundation. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

2015 biomass conferences to colocate in Minneapolis

BY BBI International BBI International, owners and organizers of the International Biomass Conference & Expo, recently reported Heating the Midwest, a regional conference focusing on biomass derived thermal energy, will be colocated with this year's conference. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

UK Green Investment Bank funds several recent biomass projects

BY Katie FletcherU.K. Green Investment Bank has made several biomass investments in recent months, including investments in a waste wood renewable energy facility, an energy-from-waste treatment plant and the installation of biomass heating on a poultry farm. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

USDA GAIN report addresses Canadian pellet, biogas industry

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network has published an annual report on the Canadian biofuels industry. The report highlights the current state of the Canadian wood pellet industry. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

In Depth: Preventative Maintenance Protocols For Commercial Biomass Boilers

BY Grant Gagner Biomass boilers, much like fossil fuel boilers, carry a maintenance schedule that needs to be performed on a regular basis. This article, offered by a manufacturer of wood burning appliances, outlines a few of the most common items to watch. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

Opinion: Hope vs Change

BY Michael McAdams Advanced Biofuels Association president Michael McAdams assesses the results of the mid term elections, what it means for the advanced biofuels industry and offers his thoughts on the coming legislative year. READ MORE