Senate Ag Committee approves Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry has voted to approve a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
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House Ag Committee approves Farm Bill

The House Committee on Agriculture has approved its version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 1947, by a vote of 36 to 10. The bill, titled the Federal Agricultural and Reform and Risk Management Act, includes nearly $40 billion in spending cuts.
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Moniz confirmed as secretary of energy

The Senate has unanimously confirmed Ernest Moniz as the Secretary of Energy by a vote of 96 to 0. Moniz was nominated by President Obama in March. He will replace former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who announced his resignation on Feb. 1.
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Georgia Power signs biomass PPA

Southern Company's largest subsidiary, Georgia Power, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rollcast Energy Inc. for 53.5 MW generated at Piedmont Green Power Plant, which began commercial operations in late April.
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Biomass Power Association holds annual Washington fly-in

The Biomass Power Association held its annual "fly-in" this week in Washington, DC. This event enables BPA members from across the country to meet with elected and appointed federal officials to discuss the issues important to the biomass industry.
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Bill aims to open RFS to natural gas-based ethanol

Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and Jim Costa, D-Calif., have introduced legislation that would allow ethanol produced from domestic natural gas to meet the volume requirements of the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Viridis completes private placement, prepares to startup plant

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Viridis Energy Inc. has announced it closed the second, and final, tranche of its $5 million non-brokered private placement and is preparing to begin operations at its Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd. plant.
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Evonik Industries, OPX Biotechnologies sign development agreement

OPX Biotechnologies Inc. and Evonik Industries AG have announced an agreement to jointly develop certain biobased specialty chemicals. The agreement calls for OPXBIO to use its proprietary EDGE technology to develop the bioprocesses.
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Scientists develop 'green' pretreatment of miscanthus for biofuel

Two University of Illinois scientists have developed an environmentally friendly and more economical way of pretreating miscanthus in the biofuel production process. The technique uses butadiene sulfone, which can be recovered.
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Canada funds algae project in the oil sands

The Government of Canada has announced that an innovative new technology will reduce industrial GHG emissions. The three-year project will use algae to recycle industrial carbon dioxide emissions from an oil sands facility into commercial products.
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FCC Environment harvests first crop of biomass fuel

FCC Environment harvested its first crop of miscanthus grass grown on its former landfill and quarry sites in Darrington, West Yorkshire and Calverton in the U.K. The grass is grown on a 30 hectare (74.1 acre) site two hours north of London.
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EU confirms unannounced inspections in oil and biofuels sectors

The European Commission can confirm that on May 14, 2013, commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies active in and providing services to the crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels sectors.
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BASF announces agreements with Genomatica, Dyadic

Chemical company BASF has announced new agreements with Dyadic International Inc. and Genomatica Inc. this month. The company also recently released financial results for the first quarter of 2013.
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USDA extends deadline for fiscal year 2013 REAP funding

The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has extended the deadline to apply for fiscal year 2013 Rural Energy for America Program funding through May 31. The extension was made due to increased funding made available through recent legislation.
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Algenuity releases its newest photobioreactor technology

U.K.-based Algenuity launched its newest lab-scale photobioreactor, Algem, in Europe and Middle East markets on May 15. The product allows researchers to run simultaneous and comparative algal growth studies in two 1-liter flasks.
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Enerkem starts drop-in renewable fuels R&D

Enerkem Inc. announced the launch of a new research project with the government of Canada. The objective of the project is to develop new catalytic processes for the conversion of waste into drop-in biofuels.
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Weltec Biopower constructs 1.8 MW plant in Finland

Weltec Biopower GmbH, a biogas plant construction company from Vechta, Germany, is building a biogas plant in Jeppo, Finland. The company from Lower Saxony is implementing this project jointly with its Finnish project partner Doranova.
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BIO, Ag Energy Coalition applaud Farm Bill draft

The Biotechnology Industry Organization and Agriculture Energy Coalition have issued statements thanking members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for authoring legislation to reauthorize Farm Bill Energy Title Programs.
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KiOR announces Q1 results, progress at Columbus facility

KiOR Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of 2013, noting continued progress with operations at its facility in Columbus, Miss. The company announced the initial shipments of cellulosic diesel from the plant in mid-March.
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