PGE Boardman station biomass test burns extend into 2017

Portland General Electric’s plans to conduct a 24-hour, full-scale biomass test burn at its 550-MW Boardman Power Station in Boardman, Oregon, have changed a bit, but are still moving forward.
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EPA denies petition filed by Biogenic CO2 Coalition

The U.S. EPA has denied a petition for reconsideration of its finding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft cause or contribute to air pollution that may be reasonably anticipated to endanger public health and welfare.
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EPA may revoke ability of Genscape to verify RINS

On Jan. 4, the U.S. EPA issued a notice of intent to revoke the ability of Genscape to verify renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) quality assurance program (QAP).
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AFPM petitions EPA to waive portion of 2016 cellulosic RVO

On Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. EPA asking the agency to waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume obligation, citing a shortfall in 2016 cellulosic production.
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DOE announces 8 Co-Optima initiative awards

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced plans to award $7 million to eight universities under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.
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Senators discuss biofuels with Pruitt

On Jan. 5, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, hosted a meeting with several Midwest senators and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA.
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USDA: Incentives available for drop-in biofuel delivered to Navy

The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks.
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Grassley to host meeting with Pruitt, Midwest senators

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has announced plans to host a meeting on Jan. 5 with Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. EPA, and senators from states with significant jobs and investments in biofuels.
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Global Bioenergies announces plans to acquire Syngip

Global Bioenergies recently signed a contribution agreement with the shareholders of Syngip B.V. to transfer all Syngip shares to Global Bioenergies S.A. The company has developed a process to convert gaseous carbon sources into chemicals.
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SkyNRG, Fly Green Fund, Swedavia supply biojet to Swedish airport

Swedavia has received its first sustainable aviation fuel at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It marks the start of deliveries of sustainable aviation fuel through the Fly Green Fund and demonstrates Swedavia’s commitment to sustainable aviation.
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Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may sequester carbon in soil

Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii, sugarcane and napiergrass, may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published Jan. 4 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.
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Lux: VCs invest $5.8 billion in biobased chemicals

In 2016, synthetic biology startups raised 53 percent of all VC funding in biobased materials and chemicals, as venture firms flock to technology platforms such as DNA synthesis-as-a-service, says Lux Research.
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GB Railfreight announces contract with Lynemouth Power

GB Railfreight (GBRf), one of the largest rail freight operators in the U.K., has announced it has signed a rail haulage contract with Lynemouth Power Ltd. following a successful tender submission.
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LanzaTech awarded DOE funding for biofuel demonstration facility

LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy to receive a $4 million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons per year of low carbon jet and diesel fuels.
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Bio-on signs agreement for PHAs bioplastic

Bio-on recently signed a new multi-license contract worth 55 million euro with a major multinational company and leader in its sector. The client aims to to replace conventional plastic with biodegradable biopolymers within the next three years.
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