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December 21, 2017

Demonstration project in Norway to feature hydofaction technology

BY Erin VoegeleSilva Green Fuels AS has announced plans to build a demonstration plant in Tofte, Norway, that will produce second-generation advanced biofuel from forest feedstocks. Danish-Canadian company Steeper Energy will deliver the technology. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

UW studies say petite poplars are the future of biofuels

BY Michelle Ma, University of Washington A University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable biofuel feedstock by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

EIA releases pellet production, sales data for September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report, announcing respondents reported producing 433,464 tons of utility pellets and 133,344 tons of heating pellets in September. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Drax reports biomass outage following rail-related fire

BY Erin VoegeleDrax Group plc has announced an unplanned outage on the rail unloading facilities at Drax Power Station is restricting biomass deliveries to plant. Drax also said generation on two biomass-fired units has been reduced. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Alberta to provide funding to support biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleIn early December, the government of Alberta announced plans to award $1.4 billion over seven years to support innovative projects funded by the Climate Leadership Plan. A portion of that funding will support bioenergy and biofuel projects. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Biofuels industry celebrates 10th anniversary of EISA

BY Erin VoegeleDec. 19 marks the 10th anniversary of former President George W. Bush signing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 into law, establishing the current version of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

SRP to seek proposals for large renewable energy projects

BY Salt River Project Salt River Project is preparing to issue a request for proposals (RFP) in early 2018 for 100 MW of new renewable energy. The RFPs will be issued next month and will consider a number of technologies, including solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Brazil’s Senate passes bill creating a national biofuels policy

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil's Senate approved a bill Dec. 12 creating a national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, to increase use of biodiesel and ethanol, in addition to other biofuels, to improve the nation's energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

ACE asks conference committee to extend biofuel tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleBrian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol, is asking the conference committee negotiating changes to House and Senate tax bills to extend the cellulosic biofuel tax credit and biodiesel tax credit as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Grant supports research to turn bacteria into biofuel producers

BY Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels—energy sources made from plants or microbes. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Scotland biofuel company to build whisky residue biofuel plant

BY Tim Albrecht A Scottish biofuel start-up, Celtic Renewables, plans to build a commercial demonstration plant in Grangemouth, which will produce over 500,000 liters (132,000 gallons) of biofuel annually, according to a press release. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Researchers convert dairy waste water into animal feed, biofuel

BY University of Tübingen Scientists have developed a bioprocess that enables conversion of acid whey, a dairy by-product, without the use of additional chemicals. The process uses microbiome cultures similar to those in the human gut. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Bacteria development marks new era in cellular design

BY University of Kent Scientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can be used to bolster cellular productivity, with implications for the next generation of biofuel production. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Florida PSC approves RNG program for Peoples Gas

BY Erin VoegeleThe Florida Public Service Commission has approved a renewable natural gas (RNG) program for TECO Peoples Gas system that will allow it to upgrade biogas generated by customers, and—in some circumstances—transport the resulting RNG in its pipeline. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. The committee is also launching a Farm Bill video series. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

The biofuels industry reacts to White House RFS meetings

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump has hosted two meetings with Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others focused on the RFS and RINs. Members of the biofuels industry are speaking out against efforts to undermine the RFS and are offering solutions to help lower RIN prices. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Neste considers expanding renewable capacity in Singapore

BY Neste Corp. Neste's board of directors has decided that Neste's additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

NB Power to find new fuel source for Belledune plant

BY Erin VoegeleNew Brunswick, Canada-based NB Power has announced plans to eliminate coal from its energy mix by 2030 by identifying a new energy source for its Belledune Generating Station. The utility is investigating the use of hydrogen, biomass and natural gas. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

EIA revises 2017, 2018 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, revising its 2017 and 2018 forecasts for bioenergy production and residential wood heating. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

California Biodiesel Alliance changes name, expands scope

BY California Advanced Biofuels Alliance The board of directors of the California Biodiesel Alliance has voted to broaden the scope of membership to include advanced biofuels. To reflect the change, the organization has changed its name to the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

NREL researchers engineer better cellulose-degrading enzymes

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

Canada releases Clean Fuel Standard framework

BY Tim Albrecht Environment and Climate Change Canada released the preliminary Clean Fuel Standard regulatory framework Dec. 13, according to a press release from non-profit Renewable Industries Canada. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

EPA sets 2018 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.96

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, which was set at $2.00 in December 2016. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

Aria Energy expands RNG business

BY Aria Energy Aria Energy recently announced that it has purchased a 50 percent interest in Mavrix LLC, from BP, and will work with the global oil and gas company to market and distribute renewable natural gas (RNG) to U.S. customers. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

Biodiesel Magazine hosts free cold flow improver webinar Dec. 20

BY BBI International With more private and government fleets using biodiesel than ever before, it has never been more important to learn about the basics of cold flow improvers—why they are needed, how they work, and the various options for different applications. READ MORE

December 12, 2017

Dalhousie University biomass heat plant replacement in full swing

BY Anna SimetA $24.2 million project to replace the aging thermal plant at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is well underway, and has potential for an early startup. READ MORE

December 11, 2017

ECN develops high-yielding biomass fractionation process

BY Energy Research Center of the Netherlands The Energy Research Center of the Netherlands has developed a novel process to fractionate biomass such as hardwood chips and wheat straw. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

FutureMetrics paper discusses fighting, preventing storage fires

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics has released a new white paper focused on best practices for fighting and preventing fires in wood pellet storage domes and silos. The paper is authored by John Swaan, senior operations expert at FutureMetrics. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

California’s LCFS: Unlocking value in low-carbon liquid fuels

BY Propel Fuels Propel Fuels recently announced new research has shown that low carbon liquid fuels must play a more significant role to meet California’s 2020 and 2030 carbon reduction goals under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE