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April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

New York opens $150 million RFP for large-scale renewable energy

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 21, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $150 million in funding to support large-scale renewable energy projects. The funding will be provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Covanta announces shutdown of Maine, California biomass plants

BY Erin VoegeleCovanta Holding Corp. has released first quarter financial results, reporting that the company’s biomass assets have recently been idled. Overall, total revenue increased to $403 million compared to $383 million during the same period of 2015. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

RFA publishes analysis of California LCFS data

BY Erin VoegeleThe Renewable Fuels Association has released an analysis of recently published data on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, noting grain ethanol provided nearly half of the greenhouse gas reductions achieved through 2015. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

DOE BETO hosts bioenergy event with 4-H youth leaders

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12. The roundtable was part of the larger National 4-H Conference. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Pentair Haffmans introduces CO2 recovery system for biogas

BY Pentair Haffmans Pentair Haffmans has launched a compact enclosed skid CO2 recovery system that can be connected to any existing biogas upgrading plant. The system helps maximize yield and minimize environmental impact. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Winner announced in Pellet Stove Design Challenge

BY Anna SimetA German-designed Wittus pellet stove has been named winner of the third Pellet Stove Design Challenge, an event coordinated by the Alliance for Green Heat and this year hosted by the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Lab. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Ohio bill would extend freeze on RPS

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation recently introduced in Ohio aims to extend a freeze on the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) at 2.5 percent for three additional years, through 2019. In June 2014, a law was signed to freeze the RPS for two years. READ MORE

April 27, 2016

Eastern Pennsylvania natural gas consumers enrolling in RNG offer

BY Katie FletcherThe Energy Co-op, an independently-owned, local, nonprofit energy supplier, launched a renewable natural gas product to residential consumers in the Philadelphia Electric Company natural gas territory to offset their pipeline gas consumption. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

USDA opens Value-Added Production Grant funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is making up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses through its Value-Added Producer Grant program. On-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) systems are among the projects eligible for the program. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Lux: Low-carbon fuels, vehicle efficiency to cut CO2 emissions

BY Lux Research Global road transportation accounts for a sixth of all global carbon dioxide emissions, and its share is rising. A new analysis from Lux Research finds that low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29 percent in 2030. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Airline teams up with Alberta's Clean Energy Technology Centre

BY WestJet WestJet recently announced it has teamed up with Alberta-based Clean Energy Technology Centre to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Vermont funds pellet infrastructure, wood heat projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe Vermont Department of Public Service has awarded $913,054 from the Clean Energy Development Fund to support local wood heat, including five grants to support bulk pellet infrastructure and 11 to support advanced wood heating system installation. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

PHYCO2, MSU announce breakthrough in algae technology

BY PHYCO2 PHYCO2 has made a technology breakthrough in Phase I of the multi-year trial with Michigan State University. The technology partnership set out to capture man-made carbon dioxide and create renewable alternative energy feedstock. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

BTEC applauds Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council The Biomass Thermal Energy Council expressed its support for the recent Senate passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act. Two key BTEC-supported provisions that benefit biomass were included in this legislation. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Opinion: What’s in a Name?

BY Tim PortzWhat is waste? Initially, the question seems rhetorical, but in practice, the answers have significant impacts on the industry. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

In Depth: Out With the Old

BY Linda Graham The city of Quebec has achieved major cost savings by replacing its 34-year-old cranes with modern, automated versions. READ MORE

April 24, 2016

In Depth: Sponsor Spotlight: Hurst Boiler

BY Anna Simet Hurst Boiler is equipped with the knowledge, technology and drive to expand global waste-to-energy applications. READ MORE

April 23, 2016

Opinion: Biomass at a Crossroads

BY Bob Cleaves There’s nothing better than low-priced natural gas, unstable renewable energy credit markets and a stalled Clean Power Plan to motivate the biomass power sector to flip over every rock looking for additional economic value. READ MORE

April 23, 2016

Opinion: Utilizing German Pellet Stove Ash

BY Karl Brunner All in all, the best choice is for wood pellet ash usage is as a fertilizer. READ MORE

April 23, 2016

In Depth: Export Industry’s Impacts on Southern Forests, Markets

BY Tracy Leslie Forest2Market data disproves claims regarding the wood pellet export industry and its impacts on forest inventory and fiber prices. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

EPA: 1.52 billion RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for March, reporting nearly 1.52 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first three months of the year to more than 4.37 billion. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

DOE to offer funding for biorefinery projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to issue a funding opportunity to support technology development plans for the manufacture of drop-in biofuels, bioproducts, or biopower in a pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

Valmet to supply a wood pellet heating plant to Finland facility

BY Valmet Valmet will supply a wood pellet heating plant to Helen Oy's Salmisaari power plant. The wood pellet plant will enable Helen to increase the use of biofuels in district heat production in Helsinki, Finland. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

In Depth: Biomass Boilerhopping in Burlington

BY Anna SimetBiomass heating installations in northern Vermont are far from sparse. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

ZooShare holds groundbreaking ceremony for Toronto biogas plant

BY Katie FletcherZooShare held a formal groundbreaking ceremony this week to celebrate the start of construction on its 500 kW biogas facility, located across from the Toronto Zoo, which will generate renewable power for the Ontario grid from zoo and food waste. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Iowa Senate passes resolution calling for federal support of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 20, the Iowa Senate adopted a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress, U.S. EPA, President Obama and the next president of the United States to continue to support the renewable fuels standard (RFS) through 2022. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Gov. LePage signs bill to boost Maine’s biomass industry

BY Erin VoegeleMaine Gov. Paul LePage has signed legislation that will inject up to $13.4 million into the state’s biomass sector via renewed and new power purchase agreements. The legislation passed the state House and Senate April 15. READ MORE