Gov. Brown removes sunset date from Oregon Clean Fuels Standard

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed S.B. 324 into law. The bill removes the Dec. 31, 2015 sunset date from the state's Clean Fuels Program. By signing S.B. 324, Brown has allowed the program to be implemented past the end of this year.
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WPAC approves Michele Rebiere as its new president and director

On March 10, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada announced that its board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Michele Rebiere as the new president and director of the trade association.
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2015 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo agenda released

The 2015 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 140 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event takes place June 1-4 in Minneapolis.
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Lygos completes pilot-scale production of malonic acid

Lygos Inc., an industrial biotechnology company, recently announced that it has successfully achieved pilot-scale production of malonic acid from sugar. Malonic acid is a high-value specialty chemical useful for production of a variety of products.
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E2 report highlights 2014 biofuel, bioenergy job announcements

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) recently released its fourth quarter and year-end 2014 jobs report, which shows continued growth of clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the U.S.
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RWE drops biomass power, adds biomass thermal, wind

While RWE Group reported it achieved its earnings targets for 2014 and EBITDA was better than planned, low electricity prices and unusually mild weather negatively affected business performance, which dropped 25 percent from 2013 to 2014.
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Blazing a trail for biomass apprentices

Leading players in the U.K.'s biomass industry have joined forces to develop a skills standard under the British government's Apprenticeship Trailblazers program. The Biomass Installation Engineer program is led by Neil Harrison of re:heat.
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Researchers combine biomass, solar energy conversion

In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion.
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RWE officially opens 65 MW Markinch biomass plant

RWE Innogy has officially unveiled its 65 MW biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) facility in Fife, Scotland. The Markinch facility was opened March 5 by Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP.
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JBEI researchers use proteomics to profile switchgrass

Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers have used advanced proteomic techniques to identify 1,750 unique proteins in shoots of switchgrass, a North American native prairie grass that is widely viewed as one of the most promising fuel crop candidates.
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Report highlights potential of U.K. bioeconomy

The U.K. government has published a policy paper that highlights the economic and environmental potential of the emerging bioeconomy. The report finds significant potential in the utilization of waste resources.
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Fuels America responds to anti-RFS claims from API, others

Fuels America recently hosted a media event featuring leaders in the U.S. ethanol industry responding to a call from the American Petroleum Institute, the Environmental Working Group and ActionAid to dismantle the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
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EIA reports illustrate bioenergy growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, forecasting that total renewables used for electricity and heat generation will grow by 2.9 percent this year.
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ISU, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

A partnership between Iowa State University and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region's agricultural and bioprocessing industries.
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ABO survey shows continued optimism for growth, commercialization

A survey of the algae industry conducted by the Algae Biomass Organization broadly shows high expectations for continued growth in the sector as well as increased production of a wide range of algae-derived products.
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Valmet to deliver a biomass boiler plant to project in Finland

Valmet Corp. will deliver a boiler plant that utilizes biomass to Nokianvirran Energia in Finland. Valmet's delivery will include a HYBEX boiler with a steam power of 68 MW.
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B&W Volund awarded contracts for U.K. biomass power plant

The Babcock & Wilcox Co. has announced that its Denmark-based subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Volund A/S, has been awarded contracts totaling more than $220 million to design, manufacture and operate a biomass power plant in Rotherham, England.
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Viridis Energy subsidiary secures supply agreement

Viridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Viridis Merchants Inc., has secured a contract with an existing supplier for exclusive distribution of up to 18,000 metric tons of 100 percent Douglas fir pellets.
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Gevo sells renewable jet fuel to NASA

Gevo Inc. has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has purchased Gevo's renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Project aims to help Adirondack residents switch to pellet heat

Financial and technical assistance to help homeowners and businesses switch to high-efficiency wood pellet heating is now available to Adirondack homeowners and businesses through the Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative.
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Industry Events

Le Salon Bois Energie 2015

March 19-22, 2015
Parc Expo
Nantes, France

2015 Small Log Conference

March 24-26, 2015
Coeur d'Alene Resort
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Northeast Biomass Heating Expo 2015

April 16-18, 2015
Cross Insurance Arena
Portland, Maine

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 20-22, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Heating the Midwest

April 20-20, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 1-4, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 26-28, 2015
Hilton Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska



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