2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference wraps in Milwaukee

The 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week, hosting a number of panels surrounding the advanced biofuels and biobased chemical industries.
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Conventional, advanced biofuel leaders gather in Milwaukee

The National Biodiesel Board's Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel participated in a panel with other biofuel industry leaders at the 32nd Annual International FEW and colocated National Advanced Biofuels Conference in Milwaukee June 21.
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UK votes to leave the EU, Prime Minister Cameron to resign

The U.K. has voted to leave the European Union and Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his intention to resign. The referendum, known as the Brexit, was held June 23, with 51.9 percent voting to leave the EU and 48.1 percent voting to stay.
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Proposed bill expands tax credit to biogas-based RNG

A bill recently introduced to the House Ways and Means Committee on Space, Science and Technology would add more biogas applications to the list of technologies that qualify for the federal Section 45 investment tax credit.
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Maine opens RFP for biomass energy

On June 17, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the sale of energy from biomass sources. The RFP relates to a law enacted earlier this year to boost Maine’s biomass industry.
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House hearing focuses on RFS implementation

On June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, biofuel supporters and other stakeholders.
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NRDC releases 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard

The National Resources Defense Council has released its 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard, which rates airlines on the sourcing and use of biofuels. The scorecard is now in its third year.
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BIO: RFS rule continues to chill advanced biofuel investment

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has released an analysis that finds the U.S. EPA’s new methodology for setting annual renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes is continuing to chill investment in advanced biofuels.
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Senators issue letter in support of strong RFS

A group of 39 senators have issued a letter to the U.S. EPA advocating for a strong renewable fuel standard that will support U.S. jobs and the economy, reduce the environmental impact of the transportation and decrease dependence on foreign oil.
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Military spending bill includes anti-biofuel provision

On June 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5293, titled “Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017” by a vote of 282 to 138. The bill includes a provision exempting the military from biofuels use.
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EPA: 1.62 billion RINs generated in May

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May, reporting nearly 1.62 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the net total for the first five months of the year to 6.76 billion.
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ElectraTherm generates biomass power in the UK

ElectraTherm has commissioned two Power+ Generators in the U.K utilizing biomass to generate emission-free electricity. Both sites use a combination of biomass and combined-heat-and-power to generate clean energy and increase onsite efficiency.
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UK GIB: Northern Irish AD plants secure investment

The Foresight Group LLP managed Recycling and Waste LP Fund, in which U.K. Green Investment Bank plc is a cornerstone investor, has committed GBP 10.5 million ($15.4 million) to two anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in Northern Ireland.
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Cleanaway powering homes with energy from landfill gas

Australia-based Cleanaway has turned landfill gas into enough renewable energy to power over 16,000 homes for a year. Last year Cleanaway collected 113 million kWh of energy from landfill gas.
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Greenyug to colocate biobased chemical plant at ADM facility

Greenyug LLC recently announced that it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska.
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BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU

Two leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy.
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Poet expands cover crop research in Iowa

Poet LLC is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol.
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Smith Flooring qualifies into PFI Standards Program

The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Smith Flooring of Mountain View, Missouri, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program.
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GE: Italy’s AB orders 115 Jenbacher engines for biogas projects

GE’s Distributed Power business recently announced that AB, a globally leading combined-heat-and-power and biogas project developer based in Italy, has purchased 115 of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher Type 3 and Type 4 biogas engines.
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Tire plant in Finland installs biomass power plant

Nokian Tyres recently joined a joint venture to building the Nokianvirran Energia biomass power plant, which will supply energy to its factory in Nokia, Finland. The facility was commissioned June 16.
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Research examines obstacles to making biofuel from perennials

A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy.
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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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