EU opens investigation on UK support for Drax unit conversion

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the U.K.'s plans to support the conversion of part of the Drax coal power plant to operate on biomass are in line with European Union state aid rules.
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DOE study quantifies benefits of state RPS programs

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory have released a study estimating value of emissions reductions associated with state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies.
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Onsite Energy Conference & Expo to be colocated with IBCE

Onsite Energy Management magazine has announced the Onsite Energy Conference & Expo dates for 2016. The event, colocated with the International Biomass Conference & Expo, will take place April 11-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Air Force opens comment period on Red Rock Biofuels draft EA

The U.S. Air Force has opened a public comment period on its draft environmental assessment for the proposed Red Rock Biofuels LLC biorefinery. The facility is expected to produce 14 MMgy of biofuel from woody biomass using a Fischer-Tropsch process.
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Virent bio-jet achieves 50% particulate matter reduction

Emissions testing by Rolls-Royce and supported by the Federal Aviation Administration have confirmed that jet fuels containing Virent's BioForm synthesized aromatic kerosene fuel blend achieve greater than 50 percent particulate matter reduction.
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DOE to issue FOAs on algae biomass, bioproducts

In recent weeks, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to issue funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to support the development of biobased hydrocarbon fuels and algae biomass.
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Bill aims for long-term extension of renewable energy tax credits

In mid-December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is seeking the democratic presidential nomination, introduced legislation that aims to enact long-term extensions of several clean energy tax credits that benefit the bioenergy and biofuel sectors.
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WM sustainability report highlights waste-to-energy achievements

Waste Management recently published its 2015 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress made in meeting its 2020 sustainability goals. The report provides updated data to the company's full 2014 report titled "Creating a Circular Economy."
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SCS Engineers awarded contract for landfill gas-to-energy system

SCS Engineers was hired by the Orlando Utilities Commission to expand its existing landfill gas (LFG) treatment and compression facility located at the Orange County Landfill. Expanding the LFG facility will double the nominal inlet flow capacity.
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Veolia acquires Boomeco assets

Veolia ES (UK) Ltd. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Boomeco Ltd., a waste wood processor and producer of refuse derived fuel (RDF). Based in Bristol, the Boomeco site produces both wood chips and RDF.
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BioAmber, Reverdia sign a non-assert agreement

Reverdia has signed a non-assert agreement concerning its Biosuccinium technology with BioAmber Inc. Both companies are involved in the production and commercialization of biobased succinic acid using their own proprietary yeast-based technologies.
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New Energy Farms discusses energy grasses for use as AD feedstock

While anaerobic digestion (AD) operators have always recognized that aninclusion of consistent, dedicated crop biomass feedstock can optimize production performance, many are now considering using perennial energy grasses to replace food crops.
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Global Bioenergies widens cooperation with Audi

Global Bioenergies and Audi announce the signature of a new collaboration agreement to further broaden the feedstock flexibility of Global Bioenergies' isobutene process to include feedstocks beyond biomass.
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BIO changes name to Biotechnology Innovation Organization

To better reflect the remarkable progress and groundbreaking innovations its members achieve in healing, fueling and feeding the world, BIO is changing its name to Biotechnology Innovation Organization.
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IU scientists create 'nano-reactor' to produce hydrogen biofuel

Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen, one half of the "holy grail" of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water.
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ARF releases candidate report card on RFS support

America's Renewable Future recently released its final candidate report card. The report card places each presidential contender into a good or bad category based on their support for the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Study suggests perennial crop yields can compete with corn stover

A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems can yield as much biomass as corn stover.
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Industry Events

2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo

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

Global Pellet Market Outlook Summit

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

Onsite Energy Conference & Expo

April 11-13, 2016
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 20-23, 2016
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin



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