USDA GAIN report highlights Latvian pellet expansion

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network reports that pellet production will continue to moderately expand in Latvia.
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Michigan beefs up state renewable policy, raises RPS

Early this week, Michigan legislators overhauled state energy policy, approving a 234-page plan that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 21.
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Wood pellet trade doubles over 5 years, driven by biomass power

A new study from RISI focuses on how the European pellet supply stream may evolve.
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Construction of Quebec biomethane project underway

Officials of the governments of Canada and Quebec visited the city of Varennes on Dec. 19 to break ground for construction of the biomethanation facilities of the Société d'économie mixte de l'est de la couronne sud (SEMECS).
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Hawaii releases annual energy report

Hawaii has released its annual energy report documenting progress toward its renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, particularly its renewable portfolio standard goal of 100 percent by 2045.
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Velocys releases strategy update with market focus

Velocys plc recently announced results of its strategy review with mention that construction of its commercial reference gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City is complete, and commissioning is ongoing.
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Advanced Biofuels USA gets grant to study energy beets

Maryland-based Advanced Biofuels USA has been awarded a $16,893 grant by USDA to study the feasibility of making bio-jet fuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
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Ontario cooperative releases biomass agronomy guides, videos

Ontario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently released biomass agronomy guides and videos for switchgrass and miscanthus production.
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Enviva begins exports at Port of Wilmington

The Enviva wood pellet domes at the Port of Wilmington are operational and began loading the first export shipment to Europe last week. The ship is expected to depart before year-end.
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DOE opens FOA for algae-based biofuels, selects 6 projects

U.S. DOE announces a funding opportunity of up to $8 million to develop algae-based biofuels and selects six projects for up to $12.9 million in funding for the manufacturing of biofuels, bioproducts and biopower.
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