DOER announces renewable portfolio standard Class II suspension

This week, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Secretary Rick Sullivan directed officials from the Department of Energy Resources to begin a moratorium on the qualification of woody biomass units for the Massachusetts RPS Class II program.
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California issues 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan

California has released its 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan, which is designed to accelerate clean energy development, job creation, and protection of public health and safety. The plan was developed by state agencies and outside experts.
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Denver is the place for algae biomass in September

Algae Biomass Summit, now in its sixth year, convenes Sept. 24-27. Algae Biomass Organization expects nearly 900 leaders from all over the world to attend the event, which features more than 90 live sessions and 120 poster presentations.
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CEC hires Gas Tech Institute for biogas, natural gas-fired CHP

The Gas Technology Institute has been awarded two new contracts totaling $3.5 million from the California Energy Commission, in order to develop new combined-heat-and-power (CHP) and waste heat-recovery technologies at industrial facilities.
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Weltec Biopower constructs new biogas plant in Poland

Weltec Biopower GmbH started to build a 2.4 MW biogas plant in Darzyno, Pomerania, Poland. The plant will process farm waste, liquid manure and potato waste from a chip manufacturer. The facility is expected to be operational in mid-2013.
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Chemtex cellulosic plant project wins USDA loan guarantee

Chemtex International Inc. received a conditional USDA loan guarantee to build a 20 MMgy cellulosic ethanol facility in eastern North Carolina's Sampson County. The plant, named Project Alpha, plans to use energy grasses as feedstock.
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Japanese energy giant buys into U.S. biomass power industry

A Tokoyo-based energy company has acquired shares in five biopower facilities located in California from Chicago-based Exelon Corp. IHI Inc., a subsidiary of IHI Corp. from Japan, will gain 70 MW of generating capacity through the acquisitions.
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FutureMetrics analyzes wood pellet project risks

In order to illustrate advanced modeling techniques for identifying and quantifying risks associated with wood pellet manufacturing projects, FutureMetrics Inc. released an overview of a risk analysis authored by company President William Strauss.
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Hong Kong researcher produces biochemical from Starbucks waste

Food waste generated from Starbucks stores in Hong Kong might hold the key for a new biobased chemical-from-waste production process method. The enzymatic hydrolysis step converts the bakery waste into simple sugars, which are fermented.
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Neste Oil, Stora Enso shelve plans for renewable diesel plant

Neste Oil and forest products company Stora Enso are abandoning plans to build a renewable diesel plant. The two companies had applied for funding under the E.U.'s NER 300 program, but the project was not selected for an award.
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Boeing, COMAC see great potential for renewable jet fuel in China

Boeing Inc. and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China have officially opened the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center in Beijing, China to collaborate on the growth of commercial aviation fuel.
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GE gas engine hits milestone at biogas power plant

Powered by GE gas engine technology, a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Germany's Bitburger Brauerei brewery has surpassed 50,000 hours of successful operation. The facility uses a Jenbacher J312 gas engine to convert biogas into power.
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KiOR, Dynamic Fuels achieve EPA registrations

KiOR Inc. and Dynamic Fuels LLC are working to put advanced and cellulosic RINs into the marketplace. The two companies were recently granted additional biofuels registrations by the U.S. EPA for their respective fuel outputs.
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BASF, Cargill and Novozymes partner on biobased acrylic acid

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes have signed an agreement to develop technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. Presently, acrylic acid is produced by the oxidation of propylene derived from the refining of crude oil.
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Mass. publishes final RPS woody biomass regulations

More than two years after the process began, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has published its final regulation pertaining to the eligibility of woody biomass energy for its renewable portfolio standard (RPS) Class I regulations.
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Industry Events

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September 24-27, 2012
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Denver, Colorado

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

November 27-29, 2012
Hilton Americas - Houston
Houston, Texas

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

April 8-10, 2013
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 10-13, 2013
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri



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