EC approves state aid for third Drax unit conversion

On Dec. 19, The European Commission announced it has determined that U.K. support for the conversion of the third generating unit of Drax Power Station from coal to biomass complies with European Union state aid rules.
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North Carolina renewable natural gas project breaks ground

Colorado-based Carbon Cycle Energy recently broke ground on a $100 million, swine waste-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) project near Warsaw in southeastern North Carolina. The project was first unveiled in March.
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EPA extends comment period on REGS, point of obligation proposals

On Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA announced it will extend the public comment periods for its Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support proposed rule and its proposed denial to change the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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EPA: 1.66 billion RINs generated in November

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 16.54 million cellulosic RINs.
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Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

The Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S.
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UK RHI reform met with mixed feelings for biomass

The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently announced new tariffs for biomass boilers and other renewable heat technologies under the Renewable Heat Incentive in its response to the consultation that closed in April.
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Denmark approves 0.9 percent mandate for advanced biofuels

On Dec. 15, the Danish Parliament voted to implement a 0.9 percent blending mandate for advanced biofuels in the transportation sector. The mandate is set to become effective in 2020.
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MassCEC releases 2016 report on job growth in clean energy sector

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently released its 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, showing steady growth in the clean energy industry with an additional 6,300 employed during the past year, a growth of 6 percent.
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Scientists find how a bacterium reduces CO2 in biofuel production

A paper co-authored by Lisa Warner, an assistant research professor at Boise State University, looks at how Clostridium thermocellum breaks down and converts cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels while decreasing CO2 released as byproduct.
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UMass Amherst researcher aims to improve pine biomass yield

University of Massachusetts Amherst plant geneticist Sam Hazen recently received a grant to demonstrate that his new technology can be translated to grow trees that produce more wood than conventional trees.
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Wartsila to supply Germany with groundbreaking biohybrid plant

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a biohybrid production plant to the German energy company, Erdgas Südwest GmbH. The new plant will produce both bioLNG (liquefied biogas) and LNG.
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Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new institute

Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute, which is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing.
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BE&E equipment supplied to New York bioenergy plant goes online

Biomass Engineering and Equipment recently announced that equipment supplied to Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York, bioenergy plant has gone online. The system transforms wood and other feedstocks into electricity through the process of gasification.
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BioAmber, CJCJ plan joint venture in Asia

BioAmber Inc. has signed a non-binding letter of intent with South Korean-based CJ CheilJedang Corp. (CJCJ). Under the terms of the agreement, BioAmber and CJCJ plan to establish a joint venture (JV) in China to produce bio-succinic acid.
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SEFA funds preparation of Uganda biomass gasification project

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa has approved a $993,000 grant to the Earth Energy Company Ltd. to prepare the first-ever biomass gasification project in Uganda, expected to add 20 MW of baseload power to the national grid.
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Anellotech announces breakthrough in extending catalyst lifetime

Anellotech recently announced that it has developed proprietary technology to extend catalyst lifetime in its Bio-TCat process for low cost conversion of biomass into valuable aromatic chemicals and renewable fuels.
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