EPA highlights expected RFS rulemaking schedule during hearing

On Dec. 10, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, HealthCare and Entitlements held a hearing focused on the U.S. EPA's implementation of the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
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Enviva joint venture to construct S.C. pellet, export facilities

Enviva Holdings LP and John Hancock Life Insurance Co. announced plans to develop wood pellet plants and export terminals in the southeastern U.S. Construction on a pellet plant and export terminal in South Carolina is expected to begin this month.
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German Pellets' Louisiana plant expected to begin operations soon

German Pellets GmbH has released its third quarter financial results, reporting a good start to the heating season and a new 10-year contract with a European customer. The company also announced its Louisiana pellet plant will begin operations soon.
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California report emphasizes need for renewable gas standard

The nonprofit Bioenergy Association of California has published a report detailing why California needs a renewable gas standard. The report concludes that the biogas sector needs an effective regulatory framework and greater long-term certainty.
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FERC: 102 MW of biomass capacity added in October

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects recently published its Energy Infrastructure Update for October, reporting seven biomass units with a combined 102 MW capacity was were placed into service during the month.
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Oregon opens $1.5 million renewable energy funding opportunity

The Oregon Department of Energy has opened a renewable energy funding opportunity, announcing that up to $1.5 million in grants are available for renewable energy systems. Biomass, landfill gas and biogas are among the eligible technologies.
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Genera announces investment from WindSail Capital Group

Genera Energy Inc. has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that provides growth financing to companies advancing energy innovation and sustainability.
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Rivertop Renewables begins construction of commercial plant

Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based specialty chemicals company, has begun construction of its first commercial plant, located at DanChem Technologies Inc.'s facility in Danville, Virginia. The facility will produce several biobased products.
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KiOR auction scheduled for Jan. 9

KiOR Inc. is expected to proceed with a bankruptcy auction in early January following a Dec. 8 order issued by a judge with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
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NatureWorks and Natur-Tec begin sales of Ingeo in India

NatureWorks and Northern Technologies International Corp. have announced they are collaborating on marketing and sales of Ingeo in India and surrounding countries, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
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Paul Smith's College, NYSERDA partner on renewable energy

Paul Smith's College is installing a highly sustainable, state-of-the-art wood-pellet boiler system, which will heat its three academic buildings. The project was partially supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
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ASTM approves new standard for butanol purity testing

A new ASTM International standard will be used in isobutanol manufacturing to test its purity for use in the chemical and fuel markets. Isobutanol manufacturers and quality laboratories that work with fuels will be the primary users of ASTM D7875.
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Alstom renews electrostatic precipitators at bioenergy in Hungary

Thermal Power Service division of Alstom Hungary Ltd. has successfully accomplished its first air quality project. Alstom supplied and put in operation two new electrostatic precipitators in one of the biomass-fired blocks of Pecs Power Plant.
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Stora Enso opens new biomaterials innovation center

Stora Enso will concentrate its new biomaterials business development in an innovation center that will be located in the Stockholm area in Sweden. The center is expected to open during the second quarter of 2015.
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Indiana landfill gas-to-energy project begins operations

Republic Services recently announced the start of operations at its latest landfill gas-to-energy project. The new 6 MW project at County Line Landfill involves four engines operating at one energy generation facility.
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Waste-derived pellet fuel manufacturing facility planned for 2015

Engineered Carbon Solutions, the manufacturer of a hybrid pellet fuel made with recycled biomass material and coal, has plans to establish a mid-sized manufacturing facility in Connecticut next year.
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Hurst boiler selected for New Hampshire district heating project

Sullivan County, New Hampshire, has purchased a Hurst biomass boiler district heating system with a backpressure steam turbine/generator. The Hurst system will serve the county's nursing home, prison complex and two smaller onsite buildings in Unity.
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Danish ministry announces biomass sustainability agreement

The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building recently posted a notice to its website announcing a new voluntary agreement formed with members of its domestic energy industry on sustainable biomass.
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UPM advocates for EU advanced biofuel policy

Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, an industry coalition to promote advanced biofuels, met on Dec. 4 at the European Parliament. LSB, chaired by UPM's Marko Janhunen, is advocating for a strong EU-wide subtarget for advanced biofuels.
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Spart announces completion of financing for Michigan AD project

Sustainable Partners LLC (Spart) has announced completion of financing for Lowell Energy AD LLC an anaerobic digestion (AD) waste-to-energy facility in Lowell, Michigan. Spart has been at work on Lowell Energy AD for two years.
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Airbus signs MOU with Emerging Fuels Technology

Airbus Group Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. to promote EFT in the commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable fuels for aviation.
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Official opening of biomass terminal at Port of Hull celebrated

It dominates the skyline in the eastern part of the city and now the Port of Hull's dedicated biomass terminal, built to support Drax Power Station's conversion to a lower carbon power generator has been officially opened.
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