Biomass association leaders discuss triumphs, troubles

Leaders of seven bioenergy trade associations participated in the International Biomass Conference & Expo's State of the Industry general session on March 25 in Orlando, Fla.
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Exhibitors report positive outlook, serious interest at IBCE

More than 1,100 attendees at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., March 24-26 came from 41 counties, 48 states and eight Canadian provinces to learn more about the growing biomass-to-energy sector.
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Ackerly, Abengoa recognized for contributions to biomass industry

John Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat, was presented with the Excellence in Bioenergy award at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo, while Abengoa Bioenergy was recognized with the Groundbreaker of the Year award.
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Global pellet market to reach $9 billion by 2020

The global market for pellets is expected to double in the next seven years, growing from a $4 billion market to $9 billion, Michele Rebiere with Viridis Energy Inc. told attendees at the Pellet Supply Chain Summit, March 24.
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Global biomass development panel details Mexico, Nicaragua

There's a great deal of biomass power project potential in Mexico, which has abundant feedstocks and a desperate need for cheaper power.
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EPA proposal classifies wood fuel from construction, demolition

On March 27, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule to amend its Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials. The proposal would add wood processed from construction and demolition debris to the list of fuels covered by the regulation.
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Geechee Energy announces Georgia pellet project

South Carolina-based Geechee Energy LLC has announced plans to build a 360,000-metric-ton-per-year pellet plant near Millen, Ga. The proposed Ogeechee River Pellet Mill project is scheduled to break ground later this year.
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Waste Management, Ventech, NRG and Velocys form joint venture

Waste Management Inc., Ventech Engineers International LLC, NRG Energy Inc. and Velocys plc have formed a joint venture to produce renewable fuels and chemicals from biogas and natural gas using smaller-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology.
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Fiberight begins construction of waste processing facility

Waste-to-energy firm Fiberight LLC is beginning construction of its waste processing facility in Marion, Iowa. "We are now building," said Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of the company, noting that workers are scheduled to be onsite April 7.
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Anaergia commissions 1.5 MW biogas facility in London

Anaergia Inc. has announced that UTS Biogas Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Anaergia based in the United Kingdom, has successfully constructed and commissioned a 1.5 MW biogas facility at Dagenham, London, for its client TEG Environmental Ltd.
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Agenda set for 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

Produced by BBI International, the agenda for the 30th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo includes more than 140 speakers and four highly informative track sessions.
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New Harris Poll finds public perception of biomass held steady

A recently released Harris Poll addresses public perception of a variety of energy technologies, including biomass energy. The results show that many U.S. adults are unfamiliar with biomass energy and its benefits.
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Forth Energy abandons plans for 3 biomass power plants

U.K.-based Forth Energy, a joint venture between SSE Ltd. and Forth Ports, has announced it will not continue with plans to develop its previously announced Grangemouth and Rosyth biomass power plants in Scotland.
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Blue Sun Energy, ARA, Chevron Lumus achieve development milestone

This week, Blue Sun Energy, ARA Inc. and Chevron Lummus Global achieved a key development milestone with their 100 barrel per day (4,200 gallon per day) demonstration-scale Biofuels Isoconversion (BIC) facility in St. Joseph, Mo.
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Xergi to build large biogas plant in France

The biogas company Xergi A/S has just landed a new order to build France's largest biogas plant to date based on waste products from agriculture and the food industry. The facility is expected to be operational next year.
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3-MW on-farm AD facility opens in the UK

A new anaerobic digestion facility that turns organic waste into green energy for thousands of homes was opened March 20 in Retford, Nottinghamshire. The facility is a joint venture between Tamar Energy and Sutton Grange Anaerobic Digestion.
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EurObserv'ER annual report highlights EU bioenergy sector

EurObserv'ER has released the 2013 edition of its annual renewable energy report, which determined that final energy consumption from renewable resources, including biofuels and biomass, increased significantly in 2012.
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Dyadic International receives new patent

Dyadic International Inc. was issued a new patent for enzyme composition and development to convert plant biomass into fermentable sugars. The patent broadens Dyadic's advanced biofuel and biobased material portfolio.
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Evogene releases financial results, announces Brazil agreement

Israel-based Evogene Ltd. has released its 2013 financial results, signed an agreement for the commercial production of castor beans in Brazil and announced enhanced capabilities for gene stacking prediction.
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MagneGas unveils new technology at biomass conference

MagneGas Corp. revealed its mobile liquid biomass technology that processes liquid waste into sterilized water for irrigation and fertilization, in addition to hydrogen-based fuel, at the International Biomass Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.
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Pellet Technology USA, ICM enter joint development agreement

Pellet Technology USA has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) joint development agreement with ICM Inc. that will see it become the exclusive contractor for PTUSA in the United States and abroad.
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February RIN data reveals continued cellulosic production

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that more than 1.21 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five fuel categories, including 7,072 D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs.
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Gevo to produce isobutanol and ethanol simultaneously

Gevo Inc. has released 2013 financial results, reporting total revenues of $17.91 million for the year. The company also announced it will produce both ethanol and isobutanol concurrently at its plant in Luverne, Minn.
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Enel Green Power, SECI Energia to develop 30 MW plant in Italy

Enel Green Power and SECI Energia introduced a project to construct a new Powercrop biomass plant in the town of Russi, Italy, near Ravenna. The facility, with an installed power generation capacity of 30 MW, will be fueled by chipped virgin wood.
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Biofuel trade organizations ask for tax incentive extensions

On March 24, a group of biofuel trade organizations sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, encouraging extension of critical advanced biofuel tax incentives.
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BP sustainability report highlights biofuel projects

BP has released its 2013 sustainability report, announcing it has fulfilled its 2005 commitment to invest $8 billion in alternative energy by 2015 two years early. The company has not made another public commitment for alternative energy spending.
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Sundog Energy installs biomass boiler at 17th century farm

Sundog Energy has installed a 24-kW biomass boiler at Glencoyne Farm, a portion of which dates to 1629, in the western U.K. The Palazzetti CT24 biomass boiler, which replaces an aging oil-fired boiler, operates at 90.72 percent efficiency.
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