Senate passes short-term tax extenders package

On Dec. 16, the U.S. Senate passed a short-term tax extenders package that aims to retroactively extend several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014.
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U.K. DECC proposes RO changes for biomass cofiring, conversions

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change is proposing to make changes to its Renewables Obligation for certain biomass facilities, including those that carry out new conversions from coal to biomass or increase the levels of cofiring.
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Iogen announces startup of Brazilian cellulosic ethanol plant

Ottawa-based Iogen Corp. announced its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant is producing ethanol in Brazil. The first 200,000 liters (53,000 gallons) has been distributed by Brazilian ethanol producer Raizen to its network of gas stations.
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Mono County biomass project in California receives $215,000 grant

California's Mono County thermal biomass project is one of three ventures awarded funding through the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Grant Program. The project received $215,000 to replace a propane boiler with biomass boiler system.
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BPC report highlights 40 RFS policy options

Growth Energy has responded to a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center that describes several options for reforming the renewable fuel standard (RFS), noting it pushes some of same tired talking points Big Oil has relied on for years.
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Vencor International enters agreement to produce bio-coal

Venco International Inc. recently announced it has entered into an five-year agreement with Vega Biofuels Inc. to produce bio-coal, a form of torrefied wood pellets. The initial order of 3,000 tons will be produced and ready to ship in early 2015.
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FutureMetrics paper focuses on biomass conversions

FutureMetrics LLC recently published a white paper on the conversion of old pulverized coal plants to use advanced solid biofuel rather than coal, noting biomass conversions are a low-cost solution to comply with state renewable portfolio standards.
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SUNY wins DOE grant to support feedstock logistics research

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries.
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N.Y. awards funding to bioenergy projects through REDC initiative

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Several bioenergy projects were granted funding.
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U.K. opens competition to fund demonstration-scale biofuel plants

The U.K. Department for Transport has announced plans to award GBP 25 million ($39.37 million) to support the development of up to three advanced biofuel demonstration plants through a two-phase competition.
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Solegear, TEQ sign agreement to increase use of bioplastic

Solegear Bioplastics and Thermoform Engineered Quality have signed a strategic agreement to accelerate the growth and expansion of Solegear's bioplastics into identified growth sectors of the rigid plastic packaging marketplace.
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Portucel to construct pellet plant in South Carolina

Portugal-based Portucel S.A. has announced plans to build a 460,000-ton-per-year pellet plant in Greenwood County, South Carolina. Construction on the $110 million project is expected to begin in early 2015, with operations commencing in 2016.
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USDA improves forest health by harvesting biomass for energy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. This summer, 19 energy facilities in 10 states participated in BCAP.
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Amyris renewable jet fuel receives regulatory approval in Brazil

Amyris Inc. welcomed the approval of its renewable jet fuel by Brazil's fuels regulator, ANP, clearing the way for the commercialization in Brazil of the Amyris renewable jet fuel in blends of up to 10 percent.
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Renmatix acquires Sweden-based REAC Fuel's intellectual property

Renmatix Inc. recently announced it has acquired the intellectual property rights and know-how of REAC Fuel. Based in Sweden, REAC has developed intellectual property that complements Renmatix's existing technology portfolio.
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USDA provides greater protection for specialty crop growers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance, including energy crops.
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Wood Resources International: U.S. pellet exports up in Q2

The U.S. South increased pellet exports to Europe by 10 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 through the second quarter of 2014. During the same period, Canada decreased exports to Europe by 25 percent, but significantly increased exports to Asia.
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ETH Zurich researchers manufacture PLA from glycerol

Polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging. To meet the rising demand, ETH Zurich researchers have developed an eco-friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol, a biodiesel byproduct.
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April 20-22, 2015
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June 1-4, 2015
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