Lockheed Martin opens advanced bioenergy plant in New York

Lockheed Martin opened a new bioenergy facility in Owego, New York, at a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 21. The system, which is now completing commissioning, uses Concord Blue’s advanced technology that will convert waste into renewable energy.
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Energy, ag, business groups push for tax credit extensions

More than 50 groups in the energy, agriculture, transportation and other business sectors have banded together to pressure Congress for a multiyear extension of tax provisions set to expire at the end of the year.
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Brown signs bill that encourages renewable gas production

On Sept. 19, California. Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation that establishes the nation’s toughest restrictions of destructive super pollutants, including black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane.
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EPA: 15.63 million cellulosic RINs generated in August

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for August, reporting more than 1.76 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 15.63 million cellulosic RINs.
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Navy tests 100-percent advanced biofuel

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' energy vision came to fruition in September when the EA-18G "Green Growler" completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
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Policy Exchange releases report on decarbonizing UK domestic heat

The U.K.-based Renewable Heat Association announced the renewables industry supports conclusions of the Policy Exchange’s recent report on decarbonizing the U.K. heating sector, particularly the future role of biomethane in this effort.
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Bill includes 2-year extension of tax credit for renewable diesel

In mid-September, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., introduced legislation that aims to extend tax credits for renewable diesel and biodiesel for two years, through 2018. The credits are currently set to expire at the end of 2016.
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EPA finalizes reconsidered issues in Area Source Boilers Rule

EPA finalized its ruling on reconsidered issues that pertained to aspects of the February 2013 final amendments to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers.
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BIO releases report on renewable chemical progress, opportunities

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a report documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry.
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Weltec reveals slurry, digestate process to reduce volume by half

Weltec Biopower announced it’s offering a slurry and digestate processing system called Kumac to livestock owners and biogas plant operators. The fully automated processing system reduces the volume of liquid manure and digestate by 50 percent.
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Cooper Tire reports progress in developing guayule polymer

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. recently announced that its scientists have reached a key milestone toward the goal of producing, by mid-2017, a concept tire in which all of the natural and synthetic rubber is replaced by guayule-based polymers.
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Biomass terminal construction celebrates milestone

Graham Construction is celebrating after recording 1 million man hours free of any RIDDOR notifiable incidents while building the biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool for its client Peel Ports.
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Snow Timber Pellets qualifies into PFI Standards Program

The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Snow Timber Pellets of Hurley, Wisconsin, into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program by accredited auditing agency Timber Products Inspection.
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JetBlue, SB Preston sign renewable jet fuel purchase agreement

JetBlue recently announced a 10-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston, a bioenergy company. The airline is partnering with SG Preston to purchase renewable jet fuel made from renewable, biobased feedstocks.
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USDA ARS: Tapping sorghum's genetic potential

A USDA Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist has developed new genetic resources that allow the breeding of sorghum varieties with higher grain yields and greater resistance to diseases and pests.
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Jet fuel may be grown on iconic Aussie gum trees

Australian National University scientists are a step closer to using Australia's iconic gum trees, also known as eucalyptus, to develop low-carbon renewable jet and missile fuel.
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Enerkem CEO receives 2017 Clean16 sustainability award

Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer based in Canada, is pleased to announce that Vincent Chornet has been named in the prestigious 2017 Clean16 awards by the Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization.
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EC approves state aid for bioenergy CHP project in Lithuania

The European Commission has approved support for a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vilnius, Lithuania, under European Union state aid rules. The facility will generate electricity for the power grid and heat for a district heating system.
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Sandia: Turning ubiquitous lignin into high-value chemicals

Lignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an unusual soil bacteria, Sandia National Laboratories researchers believe they now know how to crack open lignin, which could transform the economics of biofuel and ethanol production.
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KPA Unicon, Renewa join forces in Europe

Two Finnish energy solution suppliers are joining forces through a merger in which KPA Unicon Group Oy is purchasing the entire share capital of Renewa Oy. The parties aim to finalize the acquisition by the end of September.
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PFI changes PFI Standards Program labeling system

Pellet Fuels Institute has announced a change in the labeling system for its PFI Standards Program to accommodate the common practice of private labeling. The change allows the pellet producer to request an additional registration number.
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Borregaard invests in ethanol plant upgrade

Borregaard has decided to invest NOK 63 million ($7.61 million) in a project that includes an upgrade of the bioethanol plant and a facility to capture and store biogas. Construction is expected to start during the second half of 2016.
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Lux: Biobased materials, chemicals offer performance advantages

Despite a checkered past, biobased materials and chemicals (BBMC) today offer a clear value proposition when compared with their petro-based counterparts, but smart business execution is critical to eventual success, according to Lux Research.
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