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September 25, 2014

Coalition examines effective alternative fuel policies

BY Sue Retka SchillLocal policies to promote alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) are among the most effective, a recent study by the Clean Energy Coalition finds. The study compares the number of alternative fuel vehicles in each state to the types of policies. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

NexSteppe raises $22 million in series C financing

BY NexSteppe NexSteppe recently announced it has raised $22 million in its third round of funding. New investors Total Energy Ventures and ELFH Holding GmbH join existing investors Braemar Energy Ventures, CYM Ventures, DuPont Ventures and others. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production

BY University of York Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have discovered variant straw plants whose cell walls are more easily broken down to make biofuels. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Schott, Algatechnologies agree to continue partnership

BY Algatechnologies Ltd. Schott AG and Algatechnologies Ltd. have signed a research and development agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

GranBio begins cellulosic ethanol production in Brazil

BY GranBio GranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern Hemisphere. The Bioflex 1, unit built in Sao Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas, has an initial production capacity of 82 MMly (21.66 MMgy). READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Montana school moving from fuel oil to wood pellets

BY Anna SimetEight years after its elementary became the one of the first schools in the state to use biomass as heating fuel, Troy Public Schools is in the process of converting its high school to wood pellets. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Southwest Airlines to purchase biojet fuel from Red Rock Biofuels

BY Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines has signed an agreement with Red Rocks Biofuels LLC to purchase low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western United States. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Neste Oil adds biopropane production to Rotterdam biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleFinland-based Neste Oil has announced plans to add biopropane production capabilities to its biorefinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Construction of the project is expected to begin immediately, with biopropane sales commencing in 2016. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Proterro, Bunge plan pilot study of sucrose production process

BY Proterro Inc. Proterro and Bunge Global Innovation LLC have announced a pilot study of Proterro's sucrose-production technology in Brazil. Two of Proterro's photobioreactors have been installed at Bunge's Moema Fazenda sugarcane mill as part of the project. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Recycled cooking oil powers Finnair flight to New York

BY Finnair Finnair operated its flight from Helsinki to New York on Sept. 23 with an Airbus A330 using environmentally sustainable biofuel, coinciding with the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on the same day. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Legislation would extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 19 aims to enact two-year extensions for several clean energy tax incentives. The bill is titled the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

ESF faculty member contributes to biogenic carbon report

BY State College of New York Robert W. Malmsheimer, a professor at the State College of New York, was part of the Society of American Foresters team that provided policy makers with a summary of the existing science regarding forest bioenergy and "carbon debts." READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany

BY Vecoplan AG Vecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

USDA announces REAP funding for bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 18, the USDA announced it is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program. Bioenergy projects were among those selected to receive funding. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

Greenlane commissions Canadian plant, faces pending acquisition

BY Katie FletcherGreenlane Biogas Technologies recently announced the commissioning of a 16,000 cubic-meter-per-hour biogas plant in Montreal. In mid-September Pressure Technologies announced an agreement to acquire the business and certain assets of the company. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

Bridgestone begins producing natural rubber in Mesa, Arizona

BY Bridgestone Americas Inc. Bridgestone Americas Inc. is one step closer to its long-term environmental goal of developing a new, domestic and commercially-viable source for natural rubber with the opening of its Biorubber Process Research Center in Mesa, Arizona. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

DOD awards 3 biofuel contracts under Defense Production Act

BY Anna SimetRed Rock Biofuels, Fulcrum Bioenergy and Emerald Biofuels have been awarded contracts under the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Protection Act to construct and commission biorefineries for the production of drop-in biofuels. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

Community aims to develop district heating project in Minnesota

BY Erin VoegeleA proposed biomass-fueled district heating project in Grand Marais, Minnesota, is one step closer to reality with the recent publication of a Step II study. Construction could begin as soon as 2016. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a new report predicting a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world's energy mix. It includes forecasts for power, thermal and liquid fuels production. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

Gevo provides update on Luverne, Minnesota, plant

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo reported an update on the progress of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota, on Sept. 18. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

Nebraska Forest Service offering biomass energy system grants

BY Anna SimetThe Nebraska Forest Service announced it will offer two cost-share assistance grants for organizations including municipalities, universities, hospitals and greenhouses that wish to install woody biomass-fired energy systems. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Florida cellulosic ethanol plant upgraded, coming back online

BY Holly JessenThe Indian River BioEnergy Center, a cellulosic ethanol production center near Vero Beach, Florida, has completed a major turnaround, including technology upgrades, and the facility is now being brought back online. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

EPA extends Clean Power Plan comment period

BY Anna SimetThe U.S. EPA has extended the comment period on its proposed Clean Power Plan for an additional month and a half. The deadline to submit comments is now set for Dec. 1. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Enviva to develop 3 new pellet plants

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva LP is pursuing the development of three new wood pellet plants, including two in North Carolina, which were recently announced by state officials. A location for the third project has not been finalized. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on energy tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate is once again addressing energy tax incentives. On Sept. 17, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing, titled "Reforming America's Outdated Energy Tax Code," to discuss possible paths forward to reform U.S. energy tax code. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Dane County landfill expansion to increase savings and production

BY Katie FletcherA landfill in Dane County, Wisconsin, is expanding its landfill gas-to-energy project. Once complete, the operation is expected to have an annual capacity of approximately 6 MW. Construction is expected to be complete in December. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Massachusetts adds thermal provision to state APS

BY Erin VoegeleIn August, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation that adds renewable thermal energy as a component of the state's alternative portfolio standard (APS). The measure is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

ElectraTherm technology generates power from wood waste

BY ElectraTherm ElectraTherm has commissioned its second Green Machine at an integrated wood products mill in Wallowa, Oregon. Together, the two machines operate off the waste heat of a biomass boiler to generate emission-free electricity. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Procter & Gamble biomass CHP project moving forward

BY Anna SimetA $230 million combined-heat-and-power biomass project under construction in Albany, Georgia, is progressing, it's most recent milestone being approval of a deal with the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

MIPS funds 5 poultry manure-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program has approved research projects worth $4.7 million to 18 teams, including five projects worth $1.9 million that aim to convert poultry manure into energy. READ MORE