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December 21, 2016

Scientists find how a bacterium reduces CO2 in biofuel production

BY Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University A paper co-authored by Lisa Warner, an assistant research professor at Boise State University, looks at how Clostridium thermocellum breaks down and converts cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels while decreasing CO2 released as byproduct. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

North Carolina renewable natural gas project breaks ground

BY Anna SimetColorado-based Carbon Cycle Energy recently broke ground on a $100 million, swine waste-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) project near Warsaw in southeastern North Carolina. The project was first unveiled in March. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

EPA extends comment period on REGS, point of obligation proposals

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA announced it will extend the public comment periods for its Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support proposed rule and its proposed denial to change the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 20, 2016

MassCEC releases 2016 report on job growth in clean energy sector

BY Katie FletcherThe Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently released its 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, showing steady growth in the clean energy industry with an additional 6,300 employed during the past year, a growth of 6 percent. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

BioAmber, CJCJ plan joint venture in Asia

BY BioAmber Inc. BioAmber Inc. has signed a non-binding letter of intent with South Korean-based CJ CheilJedang Corp. (CJCJ). Under the terms of the agreement, BioAmber and CJCJ plan to establish a joint venture (JV) in China to produce bio-succinic acid. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

SEFA funds preparation of Uganda biomass gasification project

BY Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa has approved a $993,000 grant to the Earth Energy Company Ltd. to prepare the first-ever biomass gasification project in Uganda, expected to add 20 MW of baseload power to the national grid. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

EC approves state aid for third Drax unit conversion

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 19, The European Commission announced it has determined that U.K. support for the conversion of the third generating unit of Drax Power Station from coal to biomass complies with European Union state aid rules. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Denmark approves 0.9 percent mandate for advanced biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 15, the Danish Parliament voted to implement a 0.9 percent blending mandate for advanced biofuels in the transportation sector. The mandate is set to become effective in 2020. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Anellotech announces breakthrough in extending catalyst lifetime

BY Anellotech Anellotech recently announced that it has developed proprietary technology to extend catalyst lifetime in its Bio-TCat process for low cost conversion of biomass into valuable aromatic chemicals and renewable fuels. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

NREL releases 2015 renewable energy data book

BY Katie FletcherThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. The report includes data on bioenergy capacity and electricity generation, along with data on biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

Survey: Voters against shifting RFS point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleA recent survey has determined the majority of American voters believe that shifting the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners to wholesalers and fuel retailers would harm the economy and Americans. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

Switchgrass may be option for farmers who have lost topsoil

BY University of Missouri A study from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass improves soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Blue Sphere lands biogas plant subsidy from Dutch government

BY Anna SimetBlue Sphere Corp. has scored Netherlands government support for development of a biogas facility in Sterksel. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency awarded the company’s wholly owned subsidiary a 12-year, €39.5 million subsidy. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Fuels America letter urges Trump’s continued support for the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 15, members of Fuels America sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump congratulating him on the election and noting they look forward to working with his administration to implement the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Pinnacle, NORDEN sign contract for transport of wood pellets

BY Erin VoegeleDampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has announced a nine-year contract to transport pellets for Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Under the contract, NORDEN will transport wood pellets from western Canada to Europe beginning in 2018. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

EC approves French support scheme for biogas

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 12, the European Commission confirmed that four French support schemes for renewable energy are in line with Eruopean Union state aid rules. One of the four schemes focuses on biogas projects. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Enviva Partners completes Sampson drop-down acquisition

BY Enviva Holdings LP Enviva Partners LP has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Sampson plant in North Carolina and associated off-take contracts from Enviva Holdings LP’s joint venture with affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer facility achieves financial close

BY Wheelabrator Wheelabrator Technologies recently reached financial close on a new 220,000-ton-per-year energy recovery facility, with construction to commence in January 2017 on the Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire, North Wales. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Global Bioenergies discusses demo plant, future strategy

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies has announced it is now entering the final phase of demonstrating its technology for converting renewable carbon into hydrocarbons, with the first production of green isobutene recently observed. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

EIA begins monthly reporting of wood pellet data

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the initial results of a new survey launched in January 2016 to gather information on wood pellets and other densified biomass production, sales and inventory. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Trump nominates Perry to lead the Department of Energy

BY Erin VoegelePresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas, to serve as Secretary of Energy. The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Chevron makes equity investment in Novvi

BY Amyris Inc. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Novvi LLC recently announced that Chevron has made an equity investment into Novvi LLC, a joint venture of Amyris Inc., Cosan S.A., and American Refining Group. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

ETI: Survey reveals public support for bioenergy in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleA recent survey found strong public support for the production of bioenergy in the U.K., from both biomass and waste. Approximately 80 percent of respondents were in favor of bioenergy playing a bigger role in the country’s energy mix. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

EPA amends Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule amending specific provisions of its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule with the goal of streamlining and improving implementation of the rule and improving the quality and consistency of data collected. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

Lygos closes $13 million in venture financing

BY Lygos Inc. Lygos Inc. recently announced the closing of $13 million in Series A financing led by IA Ventures and OS Fund. Other investors include First Round Capital, the Y Combinator Continuity Fund, 50 Years and Vast Ventures, along with angel investors. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

BEV to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 12, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that will finance emerging energy breakthroughs. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

Denmark's largest power station replaces coal with wood pellets

BY DONG Energy For the past 18 months, Avedøre Power Station has been converting its coal-fired power station unit, and the entire combined-heat-and-power plant is now able to produce electricity and heat based on wood pellets and straw, rather than coal and gas. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

Waste washing unit takes shape at REnescience plant

BY DONG Energy In February 2016, construction of the first full-scale REnescience plant commenced, with the plant is scheduled for commissioning in spring 2017. Currently, there is plenty of activity at the project site and the plant is starting to take shape. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

Minnesota n-butanol plant comes online

BY Anna SimetGreen Biologics Inc. has successfully converted a Minnesota ethanol plant into an n-butanol production facility. The plant, which is now online after two years of development, recently made its first customer shipment. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

DOE to open FOAs for integrated biorefineries, algae biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleIn early December, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to open two biofuel-related funding opportunities. One is focused on the optimization of integrated biorefineries, while the other is focused on algae-based fuels. READ MORE