Rentech files bankruptcy, sells Atikokan, NEWP pellet plants

Rentech has filed for bankruptcy and sold off the bulk of its assets, including an Ontario wood pellet plant and U.S. wood pellet business New England Wood Pellet. The bankruptcy filing lists Lignetics of New England Inc. as the buyer of NEWP.
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Enviva announces new joint venture, acquisition of pellet plant

Enviva has announced a new joint venture (JV) with affiliates of The John Hancock Life Insurance Co. to acquire, develop and construct pellet plants and deep-water marine terminals. A South Carolina facility is expected to be the first acquisition.
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Agenda for technical sessions of 2018 IBCE released

BBI International recently announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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New California program to develop 5 dairy digester RNG projects

The California Public Utilities Commission has established a program that aims to reduce methane emissions from manure generated at dairies. The program will incentivize at least five projects where dairy digesters produce RNG from manure.
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Brazil establishes national biofuels policy

Brazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. The law was published in the official federal gazette of Brazil on Dec. 26. The Brazilian Senate approved the bill on Dec. 12.
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EPA: 21.9 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.64 billion RIN were generated during the month, including more than 21.9 million cellulosic RINs.
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Report shows positive impact of Burgess Biopower on local economy

A report published in late 2017 illustrates the positive impact of Burgess BioPower on its local community and the state of New Hampshire. The report was completed by PolEcon Research and released by Advance NH.
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UK bioenergy production up during the third quarter

The U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy released updated energy statistics in late December, reporting that the share of low carbon electricity accounted for a record high of 54.4 percent during the third quarter of 2017.
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FCIC to fund projects to improve biomass handing

To accelerate innovation and adoption of new practices and technologies to determine the root cause of biomass handling failures and designing solutions, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is overseeing a directed funding opportunity call.
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Veolia helps Scottish Water achieve energy self-sufficiency

Veolia is helping Scottish Water achieve energy self-sufficiency at its Seafield Wastewater Treatment Works. Veolia has helped the site boost renewable energy derived from a combination anaerobic digestion of sludge and biogas-fired CHP plants.
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Pentair awards grant to WE&RF to advance biogas research

Water Environment & Reuse Foundation recently received a grant of $100,000 by the Pentair Foundation for research characterizing the quality of biogas derived from wastewater solids, co-digested organic wastes, and other digestion enhancements.
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EBRD provides loan for biogas plant at Ukraine’s MHP

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has awarded a loan to a Ukrainian producer of poultry meat, grain and fodder. The loan will be used to construct and put into operation a 10 MW biogas plant.
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