UK sets sustainability standards for solid biomass, biogas

The U.K. Department of Energy & Climate Change has announced that starting in 2015, the biomass industry must show its fuel is sustainable to receive financial support. The requirements apply to power generators with 1 megawatt capacity or higher.
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Biomass Magazine webinar provides real project updates

During the second installment in Biomass Magazine's free webinar series, four companies provided progress reports on the construction of their respective biomass power, biogas, and advanced biofuel plants.
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North American wood pellet exports reached new record in Q1

North American wood pellet exports reached a new record of over 1 million tons in the first quarter of 2013, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the U.S. South, pellet export volumes to Europe resumed their double-digit growth.
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Annual EU report projects increased pellet, biogas consumption

The European Union recently published its annual biofuels report for 2013 with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting that solid biomass will play an important role in meeting renewable targets.
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Public-private partnership to develop MSW pellet, biofuel project

Washington County, Md., recently announced it is forming a public-private partnership with America First Inc. to launch a waste-to-renewable energy initiative. The two-phase project will produce refuse-derived pellets and drop-in biofuels.
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Zilkha lands financing to convert Alabama plant to Black Pellets

Zilkha Biomass Fuels has closed an $18.8 million finance package to renovate and retrofit the former Dixie Pellets plant in Selma, Ala., to a full-scale Black Pellet plant with an annual capacity of 275,000 tons.
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FutureMetrics paper outlines its phase-zero feasibility analyses

FutureMetrics LLC has published a white paper outlining how its pre-feasibility, "phase-zero" analyses for prospective pellet export projects can provide assistance in defining whether or not a project is feasible before funding is committed.
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Power from wood, wood-derived fuels up in June

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August 2013 issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, which includes power generation data through June. While total power generation was down, power production from wood increased.
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USDA announces REAP funding

On Aug. 15, the USDA awarded more than $21 million in grant and loan funding to 631 projects under the Rural Energy for America Program, several of which include the installation of biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion systems.
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Rentech sells Natchez site, reports Q2 financial results

Rentech Inc. recently announced its subsidiary has closed on the sale of approximately 450 acres of land near Natchez, Miss., for $9 million. The company also released its second quarter financial results, providing an update of its pellet business.
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EPA's expanded RE-Powering tool shows vast biomass potential

The U.S. EPA has updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which is part of the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative. The tool lists thousands of potential sites for bioenergy and biofuels on contaminated land, landfill and mine sites.
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R.C. Costello, Zeton sign MOU to offer scale-up services

R.C. Costello & Associates Inc. and Zeton Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding to provide a customized "end-to-end" solution from feasibility studies, process simulation, front end engineering to detailed design, procurement, and fabrication.
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