Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
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Highland Pellets commissions Arkansas pellet plant

Highland Pellet’s 600,000 metric-ton wood pellet plant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is officially open and undergoing commissioning and is expected to be producing pellets by the end of the year. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 21.
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Minnesota n-butanol plant comes online

Green Biologics Inc. has successfully converted a Minnesota ethanol plant into an n-butanol production facility. The plant, which is now online after two years of development, recently made its first customer shipment.
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Senate committee hearing focuses on GAO’s RFS reports

On Dec. 1, the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to discuss the U.S. EPA’s management of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and two Government Accountability Office reports released on Nov. 28.
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MESys opens pellet distribution facility in Massachusetts

Nov. 18 marked the official opening of Maine Energy Systems’ wood pellet distribution facility and heating equipment showroom with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the project site in North Oxford, Massachusetts.
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DOE to open FOAs for integrated biorefineries, algae biofuels

In early December, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to open two biofuel-related funding opportunities. One is focused on the optimization of integrated biorefineries, while the other is focused on algae-based fuels.
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EIA updates 2017 bioenergy, wood heating forecasts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will generate 8 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2016, increasing to 9 percent in 2017.
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EPA seeks comments on flex fuel provisions of REGS rule

On Dec. 2, the U.S. EPA issued a notice of data availability (NODA) that will make additional data available for comment on the ethanol flex fuel (EFF) provisions of its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule.
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Agrivert opens 3 MW AD project in the UK

U.K-based Agrivert recently announced the opening of its fourth anaerobic digestion (AD) system in Bridgend, South Wales. The facility is expected to process approximately 48,000 metric tons of organic waste per year, generating 3 MW of electricity.
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Drax to acquire Opus Energy, 4 OCGT development projects

On Dec. 6, Drax Group plc announced plans to acquire Opus Energy Group Ltd. and four open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) development projects. Drax also said it is continuing to monitor opportunities to acquire additional wood pellet plants.
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Baringa Partners appointed to lead ETI biomass logistics project

The Energy Technologies Institute has appointed energy consultancy Baringa Partners to lead a project to understand the impact that decisions on technology choices and feedstock sources might have on U.K. logistics infrastructure development.
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EPA holds hearing on REGS rule

On Dec. 6, the U.S. EPA held a hearing on its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule in Chicago. Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association were among the organizations that testified at the event.
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EPA sets cellulosic waiver credit price for 2017 at $2.00

The U.S. EPA recently published a notice to its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2017 at $2.00. The CWC price for 2016 was set in at $1.33 in November 2015.
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Study finds people are willing to pay more for new biofuels

When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel.
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ADM announces project to provide renewable natural gas

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has announced a project in which renewable natural gas, produced as a byproduct at ADM’s corn processing facility in Decatur, Illinois, will be distributed by Ameren Illinois into the nation’s natural gas infrastructure.
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UPM Biofuels joins Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

UPM has become member of RSB, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. RSB is a global standard and certification scheme for sustainable production of biomaterials and biofuels. UPM produces renewable diesel, known as UPM BioVerno.
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Air Liquide to design, build landfill gas purification plant

Air Liquide has announced it will design, construct and operate its first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in the U.S. at the Northeast Mississippi Landfill (NEML), in Walnut, Mississippi.
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UMass Amherst: Engineers boost biobased p-xylene production

A team of chemical engineering researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an ingredient of plastics. The new method has a 97 percent yield and uses biomass as the feedstock.
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University of St. Andrews commissions biomass plant

The University of St. Andrews’ strategic aim to become the U.K.’s first carbon neutral university for energy usage took a major step forward Dec. 6 when the biomass plant at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge was officially commissioned.
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Lux Research finds paradigm shift in low-carbon fuels

Traditionally, policies to promote greener transportation fuels have focused on mandating volumes of specific biofuels that must be used. However, a new generation of policies is based on technology-agnostic carbon intensity metrics.
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Researchers collaborate with AST to develop lignin-based products

American Science and Technology has teamed up with Terma Group, a team of Waste and Environmental Technology researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, to continue efforts on the development of new lignin-based products.
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Leaf Resources, Novozymes launch biomass-to-sugars collaboration

Leaf Resources recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources’ innovative biomass conversion technology.
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Amyris signs multi-year collaboration extension with Kuraray

Amyris Inc. recently announced that it has executed a multi-year extension to its collaboration agreement with its long-time partner Kuraray Co. LTD. The agreement features increased farnesene supply to Kuraray and the joint marketing of products.
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Green Biologics certified under USDA BioPreferred program

Green Biologics Inc. recently announced that its high purity biobased n-butanol and acetone have received official certification under the USDA BioPreferred program. The products are marketed under the BioPure brand.
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NIB finances new biomass heating plant in Finland

Nordic Investment Bank has signed a 15-year loan with the Finnish utility Lahti Energia for the construction of the new biofuel heating plant Kymijärvi III. The project is part of the city of Lahti’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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