DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses.
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Valero petitions EPA to redefine RFS obligated party

On June 13, Valero Energy Corp. issued a petition to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking the agency to redefine obligated party under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). In February, Valero made a similar request.
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Georgia Biomass qualifies into PFI Standards Program

Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of Georgia Biomass of Waycross, Georgia, into the PFI Standards Program. There are now 14 pellet manufacturing companies with a combined 23 facilities qualified under the program.
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White paper discusses state of pellet market, Japanese potential

FutureMetrics released a white paper discussing the current state of the industrial wood pellet markets and new opportunities for growth in the Japanese market. A dashboard associated with coal-to-wood pellet conversions also received updates.
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PHI Group to acquire pellet plant in Southeast US

PHI Group recently announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a wood pellet manufacturing company in Southeastern United States. The identity of the target company and certain details are being kept confidential until closing.
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REN21 report shows increased use of biomass in heat, power

REN21 recently published its annual overview on the state of renewable energy, reporting 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations. Renewable power and renewable heat both increased, along with renewables used in transportation.
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EIB provides loan to biomass plant in Finland

The European Investment Bank has announced a loan agreement with an energy utility company in Finland for the deployment of a biomass-fired facility that will provide district heat.
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Peel Ports announces milestone in supply of biomass to Drax

Seven months after opening phase 1 of its biomass terminal, Peel Ports has dispatched more than 400 freight services from the railheads at the Port of Liverpool to Drax power station in North Yorkshire.
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Gevo signs agreement to supply isobutanol for gasoline blending

Gevo Inc. has entered into an agreement with Musket Corp. to supply isobutanol for blending with gasoline. Initial target markets are expected to include the marine and off-road markets in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.
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Deinove completes key milestone in its Deinochem program

Deinove recently announced that it has validated the second key milestone of the Deinochem program, dedicated to the production of biosourced isoprenoids, funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).
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Pacific Ag acquires Calagri

Pacific Ag has acquired Calagri. The transaction further solidifies Pacific Ag's ability to ensure cost-competitive, year-round supply and more streamlined harvesting and delivery of forages and other crop residues to customers.
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CE&P awards Technip engineering services agreement

California Ethanol & Power LLC has awarded a engineering services agreement to Technip for its proposed biorefinery project in Imperial Valley, California. The facility will produce ethanol, electricity and biogas.
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GRFA commits to biofuels policies to achieve COP21 targets

GRFA called on parties to the climate agreement reached at COP21 to take immediate action to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector and incorporate increased biofuels blending as part of their national plans.
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S2G begins commercial production of biobased glycols

S2G BioChemicals Inc. recently announced it has successfully initiated commercial production of fossil-free, biobased glycols at the Memphis, Tennessee, site of its operating partner Pennakem LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minafin Group.
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Amyris biojet fuels Airbus A350-900 for Cathay Pacific

Amyris Inc. has announced that on May 29 Cathay Pacific commenced a two-year program of flights from Toulouse, France, to Hong Kong using Amyris renewable jet fuel. The initial 12-hour flight was the longest flight using a renewable jet fuel to date.
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White Dog Labs wins DOE grant

White Dog Labs recently emerged from stealth by announcing a prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The company's innovative fermentation technology platform promises to increase output of practically any biochemical by 50-100 percent.
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Industry Events

2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 20-23, 2016
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

June 20-23, 2016
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2016 Christianson & Associates' Biofuels Financial Conference

October 17-18, 2016
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 10-12, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota



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