Drax sees challenging year, remains confident in biomass

Despite a tough year influenced by severe deterioration of the commodities market and a challenging regulatory environment, Drax had a very good operational year and stands ready to convert more units to biomass, said CEO Dorothy Thompson.
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GE to build world’s largest commercial biomass-fired power plant

GE recently announced that it has been selected by Mechelen-based Belgian Eco Energy to build the largest greenfield, 100 percent biomass-fired power plant in the world. The plant will be powered by wood chips and agro residues.
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Senate holds hearing on RFS oversight

On Feb. 24, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on oversight of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, was among those testifying.
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Bio plant for handling household waste to be built in UK

A world first bio plant for handling unsorted household waste will be built in Northwich, Cheshire by DONG Energy. The facility will handle unsorted household waste, without prior treatment, using enzymes.
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Valero asks EPA to redefine RFS definition of obligated party

Valero Energy Corp. has filed with a petition for reconsideration with the U.S. EPA, asking it to revise its definition of “obligated party” under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The company has also challenged the recent RFS rule in court.
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Mercedes-Benz Trucks approves use of renewable diesel

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has granted immediate approval for the use of HVO for its in-line six-cylinder engine variants of its OM 470, OM 471 and OM 936 as well as the in-line four-cylinder variants of the OM 934 meeting the Euro VI emissions standard.
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EPA: 1.74 million cellulosic RINs generated in January

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that a net total of 1.44 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 1.74 million cellulosic RINs.
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Washington bill incentivizes conversion of last coal plant

Washington’s last coal-fired power plant may have a new incentive to convert to a cleaner fuel, rather than closing down in less than a decade. SB 5575 would provide the 1,340-MW plant with incentives to convert to biomass or natural gas.
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Astec reports annual results, highlights pellet plant activities

Despite a challenging quarter that saw a 10 percent decrease in net sales, Astec Industries President and CEO Benjamin Brock said the future of Astec is bright, and highlighted pellet plant quoting as an active area in its business.
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RusForest reports startup of Russian pellet mill

On Feb. 22, Sweden-based RusForest released preliminary fourth quarter results, announcing its 30,000-ton-per-year pellet mill in in Magistralny, Russia, began operations during the final quarter of last year.
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FutureMetrics comments on why CPP opponents should reconsider

FutureMetrics published a white paper on why opponents to the Clean Power Plan should change their minds. Amongst the reasons is a demonstration why cofiring industrial wood pellets with coal should be part of a plan to a more decarbonized future.
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Louisiana pellet mill files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

On Feb. 18, subsidiaries of German Pellets associated with its Louisiana-based pellet plant filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana.
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Federal biomass board releases bioeconomy report

The Biomass Research and Development Board, an interagency collaboration composed of senior decision-makers from federal agencies and the White House, recently published a report, titled “Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy.”
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UN report gives sweeping overview of advanced biofuels

Advanced biofuels can be exploited to meet sustainable development and climate change mitigation goals, says a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The report updates a similar 2014 survey.
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Biomass report finds significant reductions in GHG emissions

A report released to the European Union Directorate-General for Energy, titled “Carbon impacts of biomass consumed in the EU: quantitative assessment,” confirms using bioenergy has significant carbon savings and can reduce greenhouse emissions.
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Best regions for growing bioenergy crops identified

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have identified regions in the United States where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing effects on water quantity and quality.
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Researchers find bioenergy potential in fungi found in manure

Nature’s figured it out already, how to best break down food into fuel. Now scientists have caught up, showing that fungi found in the guts of goats, horses and sheep could help fill up your gas tank too.
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National Trust: Former home of Shell Oil chairman goes green

U.K.-based National Trust has announced its first completed Renewable Energy Investment Programme project, Upton House, Warwickshire, has made the switch from oil to a renewable energy heating system.
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ElectraTherm ORC to generate clean energy from biomass in UK

ElectraTherm has shipped the Power+ Generator 4400 to a chicken farm in the United Kingdom, its second application in the country to utilize biomass to generate emission-free electricity. The project is expected to be commissioned this spring.
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Boeing, Aeromexico, Mexican government collaborate on biofuels

Boeing, Aeromexico and Mexico's Airports and Auxiliary Services will collaborate with a biojet program supported by Mexico's Sector Fund for Energy Sustainability to advance research and development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Mexico.
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Lux: Cellulosic ethanol price hinges on feedstock cost

Six companies have now brought cellulosic ethanol facilities online, but with widely varying costs that indicate where innovation is still needed to make next-generation biofuels competitive, according to Lux Research.
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National Trust: Getting warmth from the woods

Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, visited Croft Castle in Herefordshire countryside to see how a new biomass heating system is getting the property off oil, reducing costs and benefiting the environment.
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Gevo signs licensing and joint development agreements with Porta

Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a license agreement and a joint development agreement with Porta Hnos S.A. to construct multiple isobutanol plants in Argentina using corn as a feedstock.
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Anellotech continues to build intellectual property portfolio

Anellotech recently announced it has been granted U.S. Patent No. 9,249,080 that describes a catalytic process for converting non-food biomass into a wide range of intermediates for the chemical industry.
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ANL: Genetic diversity can lead to more productive biofuel growth

Researchers have mixed different genetic varieties of switchgrass on production-size plots, hypothesizing this could increase yield, produce a fuller crop and potentially reducing the crop's vulnerability to weather fluctuations.
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Tiny red crystals dramatically increase biogas production

University of New South Wales Australia-led researchers have discovered a way to produce a tenfold increase in the amount of methane gas emitted by naturally occurring microbes living in coal seams and on food waste.
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GFBiochemicals acquires Segetis, enters US market

GFBiochemicals, an industrial-scale producer of biobased levulinic acid, has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, the main levulinic acid derivatives producer in the U.S. market.
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