UK government eliminates Department of Energy and Climate Change

Newly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has abolished the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of a larger ministerial overhaul. The functions of the DECC will be transferred to other government departments.
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DOE releases update of billion-ton report on biomass

Within 25 years, the U.S. could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for a variety of uses and benefits.
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Nearly 42,500 comments filed on 2017 RFS proposal

The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, has officially closed.
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SRP to test burn forest debris at coal plant

Salt River Project is exploring the feasibility of using forest debris as a supplemental fuel at its Coronado Generating Station in St. Johns, Arizona, to improve the health of Arizona's forests and watersheds.
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Nebraska awards grant to Enginuity for BioCoal project

Enginuity Worldwide recently announced that Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality has awarded the company a $250,525 grant to develop BioCoal Fuel using its patented rotary compression technology.
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USDA GAIN report highlights Russian pellet potential

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the Russian federation’s biofuels industry, including data on likely growth with wood pellet production and exports.
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40-plus groups call on Congress to end tax breaks for Big Oil

In a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse coalition of environmental, veterans, labor, renewable fuels and social justice groups are challenging Congress to repeal nearly $4 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies given to Big Oil.
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House members issue letter in support of the RFS

On July 14, 17 members of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to compete its 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking “in a manner consistent with the Congressional intent."
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EIA updates short-term bioenergy forecast

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting total renewables used in the electric power sector will increase by 11.2 percent in 2016 and 3.9 percent in 2017.
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Velocys reports progress with Envia Energy GTL project

U.K.-based Velocys plc recently issued a business update confirming construction of the Envia Energy gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is progressing well. A project in Ohio, however, has been put on hold.
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Comment period on 2017 RFS proposal closes July 11 at midnight

The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, closes July 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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USDA awards REAP funding

The USDA has awarded Rural Energy for America Program funding to 821 projects supporting energy efficiency improvements and the installation of renewable energy systems, including $43.2 million in loan guarantees and $11.6 million in grants.
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UK DECC publishes Q1 2016 energy statistics

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently released first quarter 2016 energy statistics in its Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications, reporting 8.3 percent of final energy consumption in 2015 came from renewables.
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Spencer Group to design, build pellet facilities at Port of Tyne

Spencer Group has won a contract from Lynemouth Power Ltd. to design and build wood pellet facilities at the Port of Tyne. The contract includes design and construction of a facility for the handling, storage and rail-loading of wood pellets.
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Andritz sludge dewatering line aims to increase biogas production

International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Saugbrugs Bioenergi AS, a part of the Norske Skog Group, to supply a new sludge dewatering line for thickening and dewatering of fibrous sludges for its mill in Halden, Norway.
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UK plant hosts scientists, farmers interested in miscanthus

The Brigg Renewable Energy Plant recently hosted a visit from scientists and farmers to explore the use of miscanthus as a fuel for renewable energy and support groundbreaking research into miscanthus growing.
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Vermont AD system demonstrates operational success

“Big Bertha,” the anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College, is operating at full capacity and successfully putting electricity onto the grid. At full power, the system transforms 16,000 gallons of waste to 8,800 kwh of electricity daily.
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ABO: DOT’s 2016 Billion-Ton Report shows potential of algae

The Algae Biomass Organization hailed the findings in the Department of Energy’s 2016 Billion-Ton Report that show the United States possess ample resources to produce large quantities of biomass from algae.
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New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

Researchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round.
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1st sustainable flight in Africa fueled by tobacco-based biojet

On Boeing's 100th anniversary, South African Airways celebrated Africa's first sustainable biofuel flight. The flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used biojet fuel produced from Sunchem's nicotine-free tobacco plant.
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Veolia signs contract to operate, maintain AD system in Michigan

Veolia recently signed a five-year contract with Lowell Energy AD, managed by Sustainable Partners of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the operations and maintenance of its Lowell Energy Anaerobic Digester.
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Researchers: Generically improving sorghum could benefit biofuels

New research conducted by a group of U.S. universities examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop.
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Researchers investigate impact of biomass harvest on wildlife

North Carolina State University researchers announce results of four-year study on how biomass harvesting treatments impact wildlife, noting no significant impacts were found. The study addressed six different harvesting treatments.
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NTU, NEA collaborate to develop waste-to-energy research facility

The National Environment Agency recently signed a collaboration agreement with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore to co-fund the development of a S$40 million ($29.7 million) waste-to-energy (WTE) research facility.
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Gaz Metro converts biomass into renewable natural gas

Gaz Metro has been conducting a demonstration project aimed at converting forestry biomass into second-generation renewable natural gas. The trials were carried out in collaboration with G4 Insights at the Natural Gas Technologies Centre.
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