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March 19, 2018

Senators ask Trump to dismiss RFS waiver cap, request meeting

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 15, Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, sent a letter to President Donald Trump opposing proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Total Corbion PLA announces start-up of pilot plant in Thailand

BY Total Corbion PLA Total Corbion PLA has successfully started up its 1,000-ton-per-year poly lactic acid (PLA) pilot plant in Rayong, Thailand. The pilot plant started up in December 2017 and over the past two months has produced a broad range of Luminy PLA resins. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

2018 International FEW releases technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International The 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event will be held June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

In Depth: Awaiting the Signal

BY Ron KotrbaCanada’s wood pellet industry stands patiently ready to deliver domestic supply as a federal Clean Fuel Standard and complementary support mechanisms develop. READ MORE

March 18, 2018

In Depth: Pellet Stove Prowess

BY Anna SimetScott Williamson, the "Pellet Guy," shares insight based on his extensive knowledge and experience in pellet stove installation, service and repair. READ MORE

March 17, 2018

In Depth: Best Practices for Fighting and Preventing Wood Pellet Storage Fires

BY John Swaan Best practices and lessons learned from decades of experience were recently used to resolve a major pellet silo fire. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Pinnacle provides update of Entwistle, Smithers pellet plants

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 15, Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. released fiscal year 2017 financial results and provided an update of its planned expansion and acquisition projects. The company completed an initial public offering (IPO) on Feb. 6. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

DuPont Tate & Lyle expands biobased propanediol production

BY DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products LLC DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products LLC, a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle, recently announced an expansion to their manufacturing facility in Loudon, Tennessee, to increase annual production of biobased 1,3-propanediol by 35 million pounds. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Better solvents improve production of biofuels, bioproducts

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Researchers have found a new way to measure and analyze how a solvent alters the stability of two different points of a chemical reaction, the initial state and the transition state. The findings could help improve biofuel production. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Oklahoma cellulosic diesel facility achieves D7 Q-RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaD7 RINs generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Envia Energy uses FT technology to convert landfill gas and natural gas into diesel fuel, naphtha and wax. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Governors ask Trump to reject proposals that would weaken the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 15, a group of five Midwestern governors send a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reject proposals designed to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard, specifically those recently proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

UPM Biofuels enters the bioplastics market with new partners

BY UPM Biofuels UPM is committed to creating value from sustainable bioinnovations. In addition to renewable diesel, the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha—an excellent raw material for bioplastics. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Biofuel groups advocate for tax credit extensions at hearing

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on post tax reform evaluation of recently expired tax provisions. Several representatives of the biofuels industry offered testimony at the event. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Engineers develop tools to scale up of bio-oil production

BY Iowa State University A research team at Iowa State University will study, model and develop design tools for autothermal pyrolysis, a new way to break down corn stalks, wood chips and other biomass to produce a liquid bio-oil. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Researchers develop methanation technology to produce RNG

BY University of Waterloo Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from manure so it can be added to the existing energy supply system for heating homes and powering industries. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Connecticut bill aims to create RPS for RNG

BY Erin VoegelePending legislation in Connecticut aims to create a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requiring gas companies to ensure that renewable natural gas (RNG) comprises at least 5 percent of their output by 2033. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Pinnacle to convert particle board facility to wood pellet plant

BY Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. has announced plans to redevelop an existing particle board facility in Smithers, British Columbia, to a wood pellet production facility. The project will be completed by Smithers Pellet Limited Partnership. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

NREL, NRCan partner on alternative fueling station locator tool

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has teamed up with Natural Resources Canada to create the Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator, a Canadian version of the lab-developed Alternative Fueling Station Locator. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Orsted increases the efficiency of Herning Power Station

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 5, Orsted broke ground on a project that aims to increase the efficiency of its Denmark-based Herning Power Station, a combined-heat-and-power facility that was converted to biomass fuel in 2009. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Stobart on track to deliver 2 million metric tons of biomass fuel

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 8, Stobart Group released preliminary financial results for 2017 and provided an update on the operations of its energy division, which supplies biomass fuel to power plants in Europe. Full results are expected to be released in May. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

British Columbia city converts organic waste into biofuel

BY City of Surry In British Columbia, Surry’s biofuel facility officially opened March 9 in the Port Kells industrial area. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

EIA revises short-term bioenergy, residential wood heat forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that non-hydropower renewables will provide 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2018 and nearly 11 percent in 2019. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

Rockwell invests in Ecoremedy technology

BY Rockwell Venture Capital Rockwell Venture Capital recently announced an asset purchase of Ecoremedy, an innovative waste conversion technology that repurposes problematic municipal, agricultural, and industrial byproducts into renewable energy and recovered nutrients. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

NCGA: Consider Corn Challenge winners named

BY National Corn Growers Association Lygos, Annikki, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Vertimass, Sasya and South Dakotas State University were recently named as winners of the National Corn Grower Association's inaugural Consider Corn Challenge. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

Bill aims to dismantle RFS, limit biofuel blending

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel fuels. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

BPA welcomes new members Granite Shore Power, Veolia

BY Biomass Power Association Granite Shore Power, the owner of the biomass power facility Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Veolia, a multinational firm with expertise in energy operations, technology and engineering, have joined the Biomass Power Association. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

Construction begins on facility producing MSW-derived fuel

BY Accordant Energy LLC Accordant Energy LLC has announced its licensee, RePower South LLC, has begun construction of its first Advanced Recycling and recovery facility, which will utilize Accordant’s patented ReEngineered Feedstock technology. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Letter urges reauthorization of energy title in next Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 6, a group of more than 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate Agricultural Committee leaders urging them to reauthorize and fund energy title programs in the next Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Secretary Perdue administers oath of office to Bill Northey

BY USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue administered the oath of office to Bill Northey March 7 at the Annual Iowa Ag Leaders Dinner. Northey previously served as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, a position he had held for more than 11 years. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Scania engines being tested with raw untreated biogas

BY Scania In collaboration with Linköping-based energy recovery specialists Tekniska verken, Scania Engines is currently testing one of its engines using raw biogas that is not cleaned or upgraded to remove wastewater, carbon dioxide and other particles. READ MORE