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July 28, 2016

DOE seeks input on cellulosic sugar, lignin production

BY Erin VoegeleThe DOE is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other stakeholders in the biofuels and bioproducts industries regarding cellulosic sugar and lignin production capabilities. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

REA: Surprise UK renewable heat cuts put investments at risk

BY Renewable Energy Association The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (previously the Department of Energy and Climate Change) laid an amendment in Parliament to the Renewable Heat Incentive to reduce support for biomass combined-heat-and-power systems. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

BTEC updates mission and vision statements

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council The Biomass Thermal Energy Council recently announced its updated mission and vision statements. BTEC engaged in a series of facilitated strategic planning sessions throughout the fall of 2015. These efforts reaffirmed BTEC’s mission and vision. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

Alternative market opportunities discussed at 2016 PFI conference

BY Katie FletcherThe PFI 2016 conference wrapped in Asheville this week, bringing together individuals from the public and private sectors, academia and government institutions. The last session offered potential market opportunities pellet producers could consider. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

Opinion: Equipped to Innovate

BY Tim PortzIn every issue of Biomass Magazine dedicated to equipment and equipment innovations, the men and women who put these machines to work jump off the page. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

Opinion: California Biomass: Abundant Fuel Needs Policy Solution

BY Bob Cleaves The tree mortality problem in California has gotten so dire that officials aren’t waiting for a biomass solution. Rather, it is considering the use of expensive mobile incinerators. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

In Depth: Acid Gas Control Strategies

BY Ron KotrbaDepending on boiler or plant size and expected lifespan, two major technologies—dry sorbent injection systems and wet scrubbers—can help biomass users effectively remove acid gases for emissions compliance. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

EPA: More than 1.7 billion RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.7 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first half of the year to nearly 9.21 billion. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

Biogenic carbon emissions panel to hold teleconference Oct. 12

BY Katie FletcherThe U.S. EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board has announced plans to hold a public teleconference of the SAB biogenic carbon emissions panel on Oct. 12 as part of its continuing review of the framework for biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

Astec reports solid quarter, expects new pellet plant order

BY Anna SimetAstec Inc. reported a solid second quarter with a 9.9 percent increase in net sales in Q2 2016 compared to Q2 2015, a change of direction from last quarter’s 3.5 percent decrease in net sales in Q1 2016 compared to from Q1 2015. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

In Depth: Brexit and Biomass

BY Amanda Saint There are real concerns about what Brexit means for the future of the U.K.’s renewable energy sector, which has grown significantly with the help of EU-funded investments and subsidies. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

Opinion: Keeping Score

BY David Spindler DCM Logic has developed a simple and straightforward way of measuring Boiler Plant Effectiveness, or BPE. READ MORE

July 26, 2016

USDA announces application periods for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is accepting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, which provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to develop, construct and retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries. READ MORE

July 26, 2016

Republic Services unveils 24.1 MW landfill gas-to-energy project

BY Republic Services Inc. Republic Services Inc. and Mas Energy LLC recently unveiled a new renewable energy project serving the Atlanta, Georgia, metro area. The innovative project involves landfill gas-to-energy facilities at three area landfills. READ MORE

July 26, 2016

Rivertop Renewables’ sodium glucarate designated a ‘Safer Choice’

BY Rivertop Renewables Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based novel chemicals company, announced that sodium glucarate produced by the company’s breakthrough oxidation technology has been listed on the U.S. EPA’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

EPA takes initial step in regulating aircraft engine GHGs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has finalized a determination under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas emissions from certain types of aircraft engines contribute to the pollution that causes climate change and endangers American’s health and the environment. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

WBA issues report on the importance of bioenergy in Europe

BY Katie FletcherA recent study published by the World Bioenergy Association addresses the challenges European cities are facing within global climate mitigation policy and explains the contributions biomass can offer to reduce the use of fossil fuels. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

Endowment launches updated bioenergy database, mapping tool

BY U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities recently announced the launch of the revitalized wood bioenergy facility database and mapping tool. The site, www.wood2energy.org, is the most comprehensive database of its kind in North America. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

UPM, BEE enter agreement for supply of heat to German mill

BY UPM UPM has entered into an agreement with Blue Energy Europe for the supply of heat for its Hurth mill in Germany. BEE will acquire a biomass boiler, turbine and generator from a closed UPM site and transfer the components to a site near the Hurth mill. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

2016 PFI conference underway in Asheville, North Carolina

BY Katie FletcherThe Pellet Fuels Institute returns to Asheville, North Carolina, for its annual conference being held July 24-26, hosting approximately 170 attendees and nearly 30 exhibitors. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

In Depth: Apparatus Advantage

BY Katie FletcherIn-house pellet plant labs enable fuel quality monitoring, an asset for regularly audited producers. READ MORE

July 24, 2016

In Depth: Baltic Rim Wood Fiber Supply and Demand

BY Tracy Leslie Chip quality market data will enable Baltic States to further capitalize on the energy chip export industry as it expands. READ MORE

July 23, 2016

Opinion: Driving Growth in Driving Green

BY Marcus Gillette Together, RNG and natural gas vehicles are an affordable and proven long-term solution to reducing air pollution and carbon emissions. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

DOE to fund projects combining biofuel and engine research

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.” The initiative’s approach combines the previously independent areas of biofuels and combustion. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

DOE funds study on biorefinery waste use, renewable bioproducts

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. Much of the study will focus on ways to make plastic materials from lignin. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

Emerson automation aids waste-to-energy project in Poland

BY Emerson Automation technology and services from Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, have helped ensure the successful startup and operation of a waste-to-energy plant in Bydgoszcz, Poland. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

In Depth: Regs and Bacon

BY Anna SimetNorth Carolina’s renewable energy mandate is advantageous to pork producers, if conditions are right. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Billion-Ton Update authors discuss report findings

BY Anna SimetOn July 19, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute held a briefing to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy's 2016 Billion-Ton Update, its methodology and data collection strategies, findings and goals. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Report features data on EU pellet, biogas markets

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s biofuel market, including data on wood pellets and biogas. READ MORE