Biomass industry heads discuss priorities, challenges, at IBCE

The emphasis of the April 9 International Biomass Conference & Expo general session in Minneapolis could be summed up in one word: policy.
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International Biomass Conference & Expo tours biopower plants

Koda Energy LLC and Elk River Resource Recovery Project were the first two biomass industry tours at the International Biomass Conference & Expo being held April 8-10 in Minneapolis.
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IBCE tours District Energy St. Paul, Target Field

A dedicated group of biomass professionals braved winter storm Walda to visit District Energy St. Paul, Environmental Wood Supply (EWS), and Target Field on the final day of the 2013 International Biomass Conference & Expo.
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White House issues fiscal year 2014 budget request

President Obama has sent his fiscal year 2014 budget to Congress. It includes increased spending on several renewable energy initiatives.
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Niebling, Dominion, win biomass industry awards at IBCE

Charlie Niebling, general manager of New England Wood Pellet, received the 2013 Excellence in Bioenergy Award at the International Biomass Conference and Expo in Minneapolis, April 8-10.
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Kentucky Power seeks approval of biomass power purchase agreement

Kentucky Power Co., an operating unit of American Electric Power, has filed an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission asking for approvals related to a renewable energy purchase agreement (REPA) for biomass energy resources.
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IRS increases 2013 PTC for closed-loop biomass

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has published 2013 inflation adjustment factors for the production tax credit for renewable electricity production in the Federal Register, increasing the PTC for closed-loop biomass by 0.1 cent per kilowatt hour.
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ClearSign, Grandeg to cooperate on pellet boilers

ClearSign Combustion Corp. and Grandeg have announced their intention to enter into a development agreement for the integration of ClearSign's proprietary ECC technology into Grandeg's line of commercial wood pellet boilers.
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Ala. DNR division to seek bids for 25-year timber-sale contract

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has announced a decision to proceed with a 25-year timber sale on state land near Tok, an region approximately 200 miles south-east of Fairbanks.
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Wood fiber study will support new private sector investment

Minnesota Power and its regional economic development partners have commissioned a study of northeastern Minnesota's and northwestern Wisconsin's available forest resources.
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D5 RINs for biogas, renewable diesel generated in February

The U.S. EPA has published data on renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) during February 2013.
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IEA publishes global update of advanced, cellulosic projects

The International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39 group recently published a report that outlines progress on more than 100 advanced biofuel projects under development worldwide.
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Berkeley researchers catalyze more sugars from biomass

Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory through support from the Energy Biosciences Institute have literally shed new light on cellulase catalysis using an ultrahigh-precision visible light microscopy technique.
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EIA outlook report predicts increasing biomass power production

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April 2013 issue of its Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook. The report predicts that wood biomass will be used to generate 105 gigawatt hours per day of electricity in 2013.
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Monitoring, diagnostics tackle algae biofuel pond crash problem

Sandia National Laboratories is developing a suite of complementary technologies to help the emerging algae industry detect and quickly recover from algal pond crashes, an obstacle to large-scale algae cultivation for future biofuels.
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Engineering algae to make nanocellulose

Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar have become stars in a project that would turn algae into solar-powered factories for producing the "wonder material" nanocellulose.
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Clarke Energy signs contract for landfill project in Ireland

Clarke Energy has signed a contract with Bord na Mona to deliver a landfill gas power plant at the Drehid Landfill site in the Republic of Ireland. The project will utilize four of GE Power & Water's containerized Jenbacher 420 gas engines.
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Hawaii invests in papaya-to-biofuel project

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently presented a $200,000 check from the state Department of Agriculture that will go toward the Hilo center's zero waste biofuel and high protein feed program.
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Advanced biofuel feedstocks targeted in N.C. research awards

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina recently awarded $684,000 for six projects to accelerate the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina. Awards were determined through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.
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The industry comments on proposed 2013 RFS volumes

The public comment period on the U.S. EPA's proposed rule for the 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS) is now closed. According to the rulemaking's docket folder on Regulations.gov, nearly 50 public comments were submitted on the proposal.
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Nippon Paper Industries to develop biomass power project in Japan

Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. has decided to implement a biomass power generation project using 100 percent unused woody materials, making it the first project of its kind in Japan.
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Agrebon to install biogas-to-nitrogen technology at ethanol plant

Project development is in the financing stage for a nitrogen fertilizer facility to be co-located with Tharaldson Ethanol Inc., a 153 MMgy facility located in Casselton, N.D. The fertilizer plant would produce urea, anhydrous ammonia and UAN.
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Trade group publishes land use data for bioplastic feedstocks

European Bioplastics has published data demonstrating that less than 0.006 percent of global agricultural area is currently required to grow feedstock for the bioplastics industry. That percentage is expected to grow to 0.022 percent by 2016.
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Iona Capital finances farm-scale anaerobic digestion plants

Iona Capital has announced the successful completion of an investment into JFS Howla Hay Biogas Ltd., a joint venture company with developer JFS & Associates Ltd. and a family run Farm in North Yorkshire, England.
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Industry Events

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

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

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

September 10-12, 2013
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

Algae Biomass Summit

September 30-3, 2013
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Florida

International Biomass Conference & Expo

March 24-26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida



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