Drax bids to acquire two distressed pellet plants

Drax announced on Feb. 27 that it is participating in separate processes for the acquisition out of bankruptcy for the operating assets of Texas Pellets in Woodville, Texas, and Louisiana Pellets in Urania, Louisiana.
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Minnesota bill proposes doubling of state renewable power goal

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith introduced HF 1772, which would raise the state's current renewable portfolio standard, enacted in 2007, from 25 percent by 2025 to 50 percent by 2030.
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BP acquires Clean Energy’s RNG business

BP plc has acquired the upstream portion of renewable natural gas producer Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s business, and signed a long-term supply contract with Clean Energy to support its continuing downstream renewable natural gas business.
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Perry confirmed as US energy secretary

Former governor of Texas Rick Perry has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as secretary of energy, in a vote of 62 to 37. Perry replaces Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist
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Connecticut food waste AD, compost plant receives permit to build

Turning Earth aims to be operational by the second quarter of 2018 to accept residential and commercial material from 16 area municipalities.
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Wood stove competition to focus on automation, electricity

The Alliance for Green Heat has announced the fourth Wood Stove Design Challenge, returning to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in November 2018.
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Fiber By-Products qualifies for PFI Standards Program

The Pellet Fuels Institute announced on Feb. 28 the qualification of Fiber By-Products of White Pigeon, Michigan, to the PFI Standards Program as the 21st pellet manufacturer and 34th facility qualified for the program.
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ANL, Roeslein test wastewater sludge-to-RNG technology

ANL is preparing to scale up its wastewater sludge-to-RNG technology with Roeslein Alternative Energy, a company experienced in operating large-scale anaerobic digester facilities.
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Standards program adds Dry Creek Products, Pacific Coast Pellets

The Pellet Fuels Institute announced the qualification of two pellet fuels producers to the PFI Standards Program: Pacific Coast Pellets of Shelton, Washington, and Dry Creek Products of Arcade, New York.
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REG biomass-based diesel sales top 2 billion gallons

Less than three years after marking its first billion gallons of cumulative biomass-based diesel sales, Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced that the company has sold more than 2 billion gallons cumulatively of biomass-based diesel.
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Fortum installs biggest battery in Nordics at biomass power plant

The biggest lithium-ion battery in the Nordic countries was commissioned on March 3 at Fortum’s Järvenpää biomass power plant, dubbed Fortum’s Batcave battery project.
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