Obama signs executive order to reduce federal GHG emissions

President Obama has signed an executive order focused on planning for federal sustainability in the next decade. Renewable energy targets and compliance with the USDA's BioPreferred program are among the issues addressed in the executive order.
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API, AFPM sue EPA over RFS delays

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the U.S. EPA regarding delays in finalizing 2014 and 2015 renewable fuel standards.
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BioAmber begins commissioning Sarnia plant

BioAmber Inc. has released 2014 financial results and announced commissioning has begun at its 30,000 metric ton succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The facility is expected to reach commercial production by the third quarter.
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Rentech releases 2014 results, nears completion of pellet plants

On March 17, Rentech Inc. announced 2014 financial results, reporting the company is commissioning its 45,000 metric ton Atikokan, Ontario, pellet plant and nearing the end of construction at its 450,000 metric ton Wawa, Ontario, facility.
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EPA to open comment period on pennycress oil GHG analysis

The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website inviting comment on an analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) attributable to the production and transport of pennycress oil for use in biofuel production.
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Metabolix reports PHA biopolymer expansion in year-end results

Metabolix Inc. has announced financial results for the three months and full year ended Dec. 31, reporting that in late 2014 the company decided to significantly increase the pilot production capacity for Mirel polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers.
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EIA report illustrates biofuel, bioenergy subsidies

On March 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published a report on direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy for fiscal year (FY) 2103. The report responds to a request from two members of Congress.
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AEE report illustrates growth in the U.S. advanced energy market

The Advanced Energy Economy recently commissioned a study completed by Navigant Research that found the U.S. advanced energy market grew by 14 percent last year, which is five times the rate of the U.S. economy overall.
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Bioenergy projects selected for CEC funding

The California Energy Commission recently approved $21 million in grants for energy innovation and efficiency programs. Several bioenergy projects were among those selected for funding.
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IRS issues guidance on Section 45, Section 48 tax credits

On March 11, the Internal Revenue Service published guidance pertaining to the Section 45 Production Tax Credit and Section 48 Investment Tax Credit. Legislation signed into law in late 2014 extended the credits through the end of 2014.
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Dyadic releases annual results, calls 2014 a turning point

Dyadic International Inc. recently released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $12.5 million, down from $17.1 million the prior year. The decrease is primarily attributed to a $6 million BASF upfront license fee in 2013.
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Aria Energy begins operations at landfill gas-to-energy facility

Aria Energy, a leading provider of baseload renewable energy, has announced the beginning of commercial operations and renewable energy production at Sarasota County's Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex located in Nokomis, Florida.
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Propel launches rollout of high-performance renewable diesel

Propel Fuels has launched high performance renewable diesel at its locations across northern California. The fuel uses Neste Oil's NEXBTL renewable diesel, a low-carbon renewable fuel that meets petroleum diesel specifications.
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Minnesota bill aims to create cellulosic biomass incentives

Legislation pending in Minnesota aims to establish state production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The measure was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate in February.
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Ontario Power Generation reports strong year

On top of opening the largest biomass-fired power station in North America, Ontario Power Generation reported 2014 income at $568 million before extraordinary gain, a 334 percent increase compared to $135 million in 2013.
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BioEnergy Hawaii plans waste-to-energy project

BioEnergy Hawaii LLC plans to develop a fully integrated resource recovery facility on the west side of Hawaii Island. The $50 million facility will incorporate state-of-the-art material handling equipment and energy conversion technology.
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Scientists harness enzymes to break down tough cell walls

Researchers at the University of Toronto Bioproducts Research Lab studying ways to isolate components of plant cell walls so they can be used to create renewable fuels, high-value chemicals, and novel bio-based materials.
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Cleanergy announces first deployment of GasBox

Cleanergy recently announced the first deployment of its GasBox at a waste water treatment plant. The Jesenice plant in the north west of Slovenia is now using Cleanergys combined-heat-and-power system to generate electricity and heat from methane.
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Alstom signs two more biomass contracts in the U.K.

Alstom has signed two contracts with Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor for geared reaction steam turbines (GRT) to be used in two U.K. biomass projects.
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Supercomputers help solve puzzle-like bond for biofuels

One of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a science team researching biofuels with the help of supercomputers. Their find could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food waste plants.
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Scotia Atlantic Biomass receives fiber inventory loan

Viridis Energy Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd., has received a working capital loan of $2 million from Cornwall Investments LLC, which will be used to procure wood fiber for pellet production.
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Dragonair to fuel flight with biofuel blend

Dragonair has announced that it will operate its first-ever commercial flight using a certified sustainable biofuel blend in March, highlighting its commitment, and the commitment of the Cathay Pacific Group as a whole, to sustainable development.
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Flagship Ventures invests in Red Rock Biofuels

Red Rock Biofuels LLC has unveiled a strategic partnership with Flagship Ventures that sets the stage for the construction of its first commercial scale refinery in Lakeview, Oregon. As part of the partnership, Flagship will invest in Red Rock.
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Progressive Waste Solutions opens renewable natural gas facility

Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. recently celebrated the official opening of its renewable natural gas facility, the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The facility is located in Terrebonne, Quebec, near Montreal.
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Tempe approves ASU food waste-to-energy study

The city of Tempe and Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability are teaming up on a study that will analyze food waste and fats, oils and grease (FOG) to determine the feasibility of turning this material into renewable energy.
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BASF now offers biobased PolyTHF

BASF has made biobased Polytetrahydrofuran 1000 (PolyTHF 1000) available for the first time. The company is now providing this intermediate to selected partners for testing various applications in a large scale.
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