EPA considers reductions to 2018, 2019 RVOs

The U.S. EPA has published a NODA concerning potential reductions in RVOs for 2018 and 2019 under the RFS. The reductions primarily concern RVOs for biomass-based diesel, but could result in corresponding reductions in advanced and total biofuels.
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P&G, Constellation complete 50 MW biomass CHP plant

The Procter & Gamble Co. and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. recently announced the completion of a 50-MW biomass-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities.
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Froling Energy installs biomass boiler at corrections facility

Froling Energy of Peterborough, New Hampshire, recently completed the installation of a biomass boiler system at the Merrimack County Department of Corrections facility in Boscawen, in partnership with Johnson Controls Inc.
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Grassley floor speech criticizes EPA proposal to reduce RFS RVOs

On Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate expressing his disappointment in action taken by the U.S. EPA that could reduce 2018 and 2019 renewable volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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EPA: 20.4 million cellulosic RINs generated in August

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that nearly 1.76 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.4 million cellulosic RINs.
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UK proposes to increase biofuel obligations, cap crop-based fuels

The U.K. Department for Transport has published proposals that aim to increase the amount of renewable fuel in the transportation energy mix and make several other changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.
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Ontario biogas projects earn FIT contracts

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator recently announced it will offer contracts for 390 projects representing approximately 150 MW of small-scale renewable generation, including eight biogas projects.
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DOE funds project to improve algal biomass yield

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement.
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WE&RF awards research contract to support co-digestion

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation has awarded a contract to the Environmental Law Institute to support a project that aims to develop alternative sustainable business cases for wastewater resource recovery facilities to co-digest food waste.
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WM, MCE bring 3.9 MW landfill gas-to-energy project online

MCE and Waste Management’s Redwood Landfill recently celebrated the opening of a new landfill gas-to-energy plant in California that will generate enough renewable electricity to provide service to more than 5,000 MCE customers.
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Studies show corn stover provides a business opportunity

Trestle Energy LLC has announced that two new studies show that generating energy from corn stover can fuel a billion-dollar business opportunity for the farm economy by replacing coal in power plants.
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MSU: DOE grant to help boost camelina oilseed yield

Michigan State University has announced it will lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to explore ways to boost the yield of camelina, a crop that shows potential as a feedstock for biobased jet fuel.
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Enzyme’s worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research

An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex.
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Webinar highlights transportable biomass conversion facilities

Transportable biomass conversion facilities and the economics of using forest harvest residues to produce biochar, briquettes, and torrefied wood is the topic of a Sept. 27 webinar hosted by the Waste to Wisdom research project.
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