USDA announces restart of BCAP

On June 1, the USDA announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.
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DOE previews 2016 Billion-Ton Update in webinar

A recent U.S. Department of Energy webinar included preview of the 2016 U.S. Billion-Ton Study update, which is currently scheduled for release in June 2016. The event was presented by DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office.
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Viridis Energy reports continued revenue growth in Q1 results

On May 27, Viridis Energy Inc. released its first quarter 2015 results, reporting a revenue increase of 55 percent to $8.8 million from 2014 quarter one. The increase represents the fifth quarter of sequential growth, up 5 percent from last quarter.
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Bills aim to raise, alter, remove state RPS programs

While Hawaii has made recently headlines in the renewable policy world with plans to raise its renewable portfolio standard higher than any state has to date, several states have seen recent attempts to freeze, dismantle or alter their programs.
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Senate hearing addresses RES legislation, biomass thermal

On May 19, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on 26 pieces of legislation related to energy supply, including recently introduced legislation to establish a national renewable energy standard.
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EIA publishes updated wood, biomass waste SEDS data

On May 29, the U.S. Energy Information Administration updated the wood and biomass waste data associated with its State Energy Data System, which is the source of the EIA's comprehensive state energy statistics.
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Report highlights Mexico’s renewable growth potential

Mexico has the potential to quadruple its use of renewable energy over the next 15 years, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. Biomass shows potential for use in the electricity, heat and transportation sectors.
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Two free ISCC events coming up in Miami

The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification group is holding two free events in the United States in late June, including a Global Risk Assessment Services workshop and a regional stakeholder meeting.
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IRENA publishes renewable energy jobs report

The International Renewable Energy Agency has announced 7.7 million people worldwide were employed by the renewable energy industry in 2014, including, 822,000 jobs in biomass, 381,000 jobs in biogas, and 1.788 million in liquid biofuels.
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Renewables share of U.S. energy consumption highest since 1930s

Renewable energy accounted for 9.8 percent of total domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply.
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DOE hosts webinar on biofuel affordability

The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced it will host a webinar on biofuel affordability on May 27. The event, titled "A Changing Market for Biofuels and Bioproducts," will address research related to biomass supply.
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EDF contributes funding to U.K. biomass district heating project

EDF Energy has announced that it is contributing £1 million ($1.52 million) to fund energy efficient heating measures in three Manchester tower blocks, which were recently launched collectively as "Tribe."
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Coalition announces Biomass101 campaign

A leading coalition of forest owners, wood suppliers and manufacturers of pulp and paper goods have announced the creation of Biomass101.org, a clearinghouse for scientifically sound information on carbon-neutral bioenergy.
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UN SE4ALL announces global bioenergy initiative

UN FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the sustainable bioenergy solutions to meet the global need for sustainable energy.
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Drax’s Haven Power signs deal with Thames Water

Haven Power, the specialist electricity supplier to U.K. businesses and part of Drax Group plc, has signed a deal with Thames Water to supply their electricity requirements in a deal worth more than GBP 500 million ($769.31 million) over five years.
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ACT biomass boilers receive critical certification

Advanced Climate Technologies, a New York-based manufacturer of fully automatic wood chip and wood pellet boilers used for heating commercial buildings, announced it has received the Intertek/ETL listing.
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Scotland receives first Windhager DuoWIN in the U.K.

The first U.K. installation of Windhager's new hybrid technology DuoWIN boiler has been completed in Scotland. The wood pellet and log fired combined boiler has been installed at the headquarters of McInnes Plumbing & Heating and McInnes Renewables.
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ASABE announces new ISO standard for solid biofuels

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces that the international community has approved a new International Organization for Standardization standard for determining the composition of solid biofuels.
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Industry Events

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 26-28, 2015
Hilton Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 11-14, 2016
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina



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