UK announces plans to extend, reform Renewable Heat Incentive

On Nov. 25, the U.K. government published its spending review, which includes details of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s budget for the next four years. The budget includes calls for extension and reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive.
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EPA: 1.54 billion RINs generated in October

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that 1.54 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first 10 months of the year to net total of 14.79 billion RINs.
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Report concludes US pellet exports no threat to southern forests

A report commissioned by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, NAFO and USIPA, finds the U.S. export of industrial wood pellets to meet renewable energy goals in the EU is not a threat to the sustainability of southern U.S. forests.
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Ensyn receives key regulatory approval for its renewable gasoline

Ensyn Corp. has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. EPA for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline. The approval is required for the sale of RFGasoline into U.S. commerce. The company's renewable diesel was previously approved.
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Export of wood pellets more environmentally friendly than coal

According to a University of Illinois expert in environmental economics, even after accounting for factors ranging from harvesting to transportation to the U.K., wood pellets still trump coal by a wide margin in carbon emissions savings.
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Rentech restarts Wawa plant, achieves record week at Atikokan

Rentech Inc. has released operational updates on its Canadian pellets plants. According to the company, the Wawa, Ontario, plant is back online, while the Atikokan, Ontario, facility recently achieved record weekly production volumes.
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Camco reaches agreement to sell 2 Idaho biogas projects

Camco Clean Energy has announced an agreement to sell Idaho-based biogas assets AG Power Jerome LLC and AG Power DCD LLC to Clean Power Holdings LLC. As part of the transaction, Camco will sign long-term service agreements for the facilities.
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Drax provides update of biomass operations

Drax Group plc released a trading update on Nov. 24, reporting that trading conditions in the markets in which the company operates have remained challenging. Biomass operations, however, are continuing in line with expectations.
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Energex qualifies as eighth member of PFI standards program

The Pellet Fuels Institute has announced Energex has qualified its Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, and Lac-Megantic, Quebec, facilities under the PFI Standards Program. The pellet producer is the eighth company to qualify under the program.
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E.ON to close Ironbridge Power Station

E.ON has announced plans to close the Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire, U.K, following 46 years of service. The facility, previously coal-fired, was converted to run on biomass in 2012.
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Deinove produces second generation ethanol on 300-liter scale

Deinove recently announced that it has produced second generation ethanol with an exceptional performance level in a 300-liter fermenter. The trials were conducted at VTT1, Deinove's long-term partner, using a mixture of glucose and xylose.
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Sequencing algae’s genome may aid biofuel production

University of Washington scientists have sequenced the complete genetic makeup a type of ancient algae. It is the second time that researchers have sequenced the genome of one of these ecologically important and plentiful algae, known as haptophytes.
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Ontario program to boost industrial bioproduct development

Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Agricultural Adaptation Council are fostering innovation in the province's growing agri-based industrial bioproducts sector through the $3 million Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts R&D Challenge launched Nov. 9.
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BPA urges Congress to preserve tax credits for biomass

The Biomass Power Association has strongly urged Congress to preserve Section 45 Production Tax Credits for the biomass industry, rather than phasing out all renewable tax credits.
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REA: Top 10 things UK Green CSR would do to support renewables

On Nov. 25, the U.K. government will announce the contents of its long-awaited Comprehensive Spending Review. This document effectively sets the budgets of many departments and agencies, including the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
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BPA, renewable industries call for long-tern extension of the PTC

The Biomass Power Association has joined with the National Hydropower Association and Energy Recovery Council to send a letter to Congressional leaders, encouraging a long-term extension of the Section 45 Production Tax Credit.
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Genomatica, Braskem produce biobased butadiene at lab scale

Genomatica and Braskem announced they have been successfully producing butadiene at lab scale since June 2015, using their direct, biobased process. The companies are jointly developing a commercial process for the on-purpose production of butadiene.
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Gasification projects could benefit the environment, economy

Two overlapping research projects involving UC Merced professors focused on biomass gasification and biochar could have big implications for the region's economy and effects on renewable energy, water and wildfires.
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