White House OMB reviewing EPA rule to amend RFS program

The U.S. EPA delivered a proposed rule to amend the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget on May 10. The rule is titled “Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule.”
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Insolvency administrator sells 3 German Pellets’ plants

The law firm of an attorney serving as insolvency administrator to German Pellets GmbH has released a statement noting three of the company’s pellet plants in Germany have been sold, with negotiations ongoing in the sale of a fourth.
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Rentech Q1 2016: domestic pellet sales down big, rebound expected

On May 11, Rentech Inc. reported first quarter results significantly below historic levels, attributing a main reason as being the struggles faced by the domestic wood pellet industry in the face of a warm winter and low oil prices.
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EPA defers action on petition challenging treatment of biomass

The U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register responding to six petitions for reconsideration of carbon pollution standards for new, modified and reconstructed electric generating units.
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Enviva reports production increase, lower fiber costs for Q1

On May 5, Enviva Partners LP released its first quarter results, reporting that solid operating and financial performance during a historically high cost quarter lay a strong foundation for the remainder of the year.
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Gevo Q1 results provide update on isobutanol equipment upgrades

Gevo Inc. released first quarter financial results, focusing on progress made at Luverne since the restart of isobutanol production in mid-March, and announcing Alaska Airlines’ first commercial flight using Gevo’s ATJ fuel is scheduled in June.
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EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecasts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 11.3 percent in 2016 and 4.4 percent in 2017.
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FERC: 33 MW of biomass capacity added in March

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects recently released its Energy Infrastructure Update for March 2016, reporting the U.S. added 33 MW of energy capacity during the first quarter of this year.
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Amyris reports increased revenues in first quarter results

Amyris Inc. recently released first quarter financial results, reporting revenues of $8.8 million, including product sales growth of 50 percent when compared to the same period of 2015.
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EIA releases 2016 International Energy Outlook

U.S. Energy Information Administration released its International Energy Outlook 2016, which continues to show rising levels of energy demand over the next three decades. Renewables are the fastest-growing energy source over the projection period.
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Andritz reports good project investment in biomass pelleting

Andritz recently released first quarter financial results, reporting sales of nearly EUR 1.29 billion ($1.46 billion), down 8.5 percent from the same period of 2014. According to the company, all business areas recorded a decline in sales.
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USDA, DOE invest $10 million in biofuel, feedstock research

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy have announced a joint investment of $10 million towards research that aims to drive more efficient biofuels production and agricultural feedstock improvements.
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White paper refutes letter to Congress claims on biomass energy

Earlier this month, FutureMetrics LLC published a white paper that discusses why an editorial the Washington Post published at the end of April, and the letter to U.S. Congress the article was based on, are wrong about biomass for energy.
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Air Canada, CBSCI choose airport for aviation biofuel project

Air Canada has announced Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative will be held at Montréal-Trudeau Airport. It is a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce biojet into a shared fuel system.
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Grant helps project realize ‘ultra-productive’ biofuel crops

The University of Illinois and the University of Florida have been awarded a third round of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to realize ultra-productive biofuel crops.
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Berkeley Lab scientists brew jet fuel in one-pot recipe

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a “one-pot” method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pretreated plant material.
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AMP Americas launches biogas division, signs fuel agreements

AMP Americas recently announced the launch of ampRENEW, its newly formed biogas division. In addition, Dillon Transport and Ruan Transportation Management Systems have signed fueling agreements with ampRENEW to fuel a portion of their fleets.
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Deinove partners with TWB to optimize Deinococcus production

Deinove has announced a technology collaboration with Toulouse White Biotechnology. The project aims to map the metabolic fluxes of the Deinococcus chassis.
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New biomass-fired CHP plant inaugurated in Sweden

Fortum Värme, jointly owned by Fortum and the city of Stockholm, has inaugurated its new, biomass-fired-combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Värtan, Stockholm, Sweden. The plant is expected to begin commercial operations this fall.
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Massachusetts supermarket chain opens AD facility

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC celebrated the opening of its green energy facility in Freetown, Massachusetts, on April 15. The innovative facility will convert inedible food into energy using an anaerobic digestion process.
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AEBIOM weighs in on post-2020 bioenergy policy

The European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to define a sustainable European Union bioenergy policy for the period post-2020, and to open up the debate through its public consultation.
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California landfill-gas-to-energy project begins operations

Potrero Hills Energy Producers, a partnership between DTE Biomass Energy Inc. and Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, recently started generating electricity from landfill gas at the Potrero Hills Landfill in Suisun City, California.
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Emerson to automate UK waste-to-energy plant

Emerson will provide control systems and project services for a waste-to-energy power plant near Knaresborough Allerton, North Yorkshire, U.K. The plant, which incorporates biogas and recycling facilities, will produce 28 MWh of electricity per hour.
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Lygos, Sirrus announce synthesis of biobased methylene malonates

Lygos Inc. and Sirrus Inc. have jointly announced that Sirrus has successfully synthesized its Chemilian 1,1 di-substituted alkenes using Lygos' bio-DEM at the laboratory scale.
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DOE opens funding opportunity for biofuels, bioproducts, biopower

Recognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities.
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