DTE acquires two renewable natural gas facilities

DTE Biomass Energy has acquired two renewable natural gas projects in Texas. Ford Bend Power Producers LLC, located near Rosenberg, is currently operating, while the Seabreeze project in Angleton, Texas, is expected to begin construction in June.
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U.S. Forest Service grants expand wood energy markets

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced over $8.3 million to substantially expand and accelerate wood products and wood energy markets. Federal funds will leverage almost $37 million in matching funds.
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Republic Services expands RNG agreement with Clean Energy

Republic Services Inc. recently announced that the company will increase its usage of renewable natural gas (RNG) by three times what it used in 2016 through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy.
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Georgia-Pacific mill completes boiler upgrade

Georgia Pacific has finished a $388 million boiler system overhaul at its Brewton, Alabama, containerboard mill. The project has enabled the mill to generate all of its own energy by burning a mix of biomass and natural gas.
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MSEA video opposes efforts to move RFS point of obligation

The Main Street Energy Alliance recently released a video outlining some of the negative impacts associated with shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members.
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UPM earns RSB certification for wood-based liquid biofuels

UPM Biofuels has received Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials certification for UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, as well as production side streams turpentine and pitch.
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UK ADBA: RHI reform delays expected to impact biomethane projects

In the U.K., the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association has lowered its forecast for new biomethane plants expected to be commissioned this year, citing a delay with Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms.
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BETO announces 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge winners

The Bioenergy Technologies Office recently announced the winner of the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge, titled “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae,” was created by two students from Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois.
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Study evaluates camelina’s varied response to location

A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains. The goal is to find the variety that performs best in each location.
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Anellotech announces successful performance test of pilot plant

Anellotech has completed a successful continuous performance test of the TCat-8 pilot plant as part of unit commissioning in Silsbee, Texas. The test involved continuous injection of MinFree woody biomass feedstock and production of BTX.
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UC collaboration unlocks a key to biofuel

Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis.
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Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs

A Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of creating biofuels.
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UW technology converts biomass into 3 high-value chemicals

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers and their collaborators have developed a new process for obtaining three high-value products from biomass in one fell swoop using gamma valerolactone (GVL), a solvent that is derived from plant material.
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