FERC: US adds 268 MW of biomass capacity in 2017

Data released by the federal government shows the U.S. added 268 MW of biomass capacity last year, more than double the 110 MW of biomass capacity that was installed in 2016. An additional 890 MW of biomass capacity is proposed to be added by 2021.
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Pinnacle Renewable Holdings completes IPO in Canada

Canadian pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. announced the successful closing of its initial public offering (IPO) and secondary offering of its common shares. The common shares began trading Feb. 6 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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USDA withdraws support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI

The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet biofuel production incentive (BPI), effective Feb 1. BPI payments, however, will continue to be made under existing commitments.
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BP Verenium Biofuels plant up for sale

The BP Verenium Biofuels plant in Jennings, Louisiana, is being offered for sale. The 1.4 MMgy demonstration-scale facility celebrated its grand opening in 2008, and was acquired by BP Biofuels North America in mid-2010.
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CDFA extends application deadline for dairy digester program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has extended the grant application deadline for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program through Feb. 23. The application period was original set to conclude Jan. 26.
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Japanese facility to use Anaergia technology

Anaergia Inc. has announced the start of construction at a facility in Japan that will convert farm waste and food waste into renewable energy. The facility will use Anaergia’s advanced solid waste processing and wastewater treatment equipment.
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Clean Energy reports 37 percent growth in Redeem sales

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. recently announced that sales of Redeem, its renewable natural gas (RNG) offering, grew by 32 percent last year, from 60 million gallons in 2016 to 79 million gallons in 2017.
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Enerkem raises its largest financing round, adds new investors

Enerkem Inc. has completed a C$280 million ($222.82 million) investment round—its largest to date. In addition to new investors BlackRock and Sinobioway, existing investors also participated in this financing.
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ElectraTherm supplies generator to Japanese biomass plant

ElectraTherm shipped a Power-plus Generator to Japan to generate fuel-free, emission-free electricity. The Power-plus will utilize the waste heat streams from three reciprocating engines running on biomass.
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Andritz to supply biomass-fired BFB boiler to Finland plant

Andritz has received an order from Pori Energia, Finland, to deliver an EcoFluid bubbling fluidized bed boiler (BFB) with flue gas cleaning system for an existing biomass power plant at Pori Energia’s Aittaluoto facility.
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Argonne, Energy Vision case studies show success of C-RNG

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision recently released two case studies assessing the results of pioneering projects that were among the first to produce rR-CNG vehicle fuel.
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Nuseed, Agrisoma carinata distribution agreement takes flight

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and Nuseed confirm they are in discussions to develop a distribution agreement for carinata seed. The announcement follows last week’s world first transpacific Qantas Airways flight powered by biojet fuel made from carinata.
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U of Calgary scientists produce better fuel from biowaste

Researchers have found a way to produce a higher quality, more stable fuel from biowaste, such as sewage, that is simpler and cleaner than existing methods. The process simultaneously produces and upgrades bio-oil in one step.
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Biogen acquires Scottish AD plant

Biogen has expanded its operations into Scotland through the addition of a 1.5 MW anaerobic digestion facility in Millerhill, Edinburgh. The acquisition has been completed by Ancala Partners LLP from Kelda Water Services for an undisclosed sum.
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UPM considers developing a biorefinery in Finland

UPM is studying biofuels development opportunities by starting an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in south-eastern Finland. The EIA process is expected to take approximately one year.
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Vermont’s state constitution is staying warm with wood heat

The Vermont State Archives, home to the constitution, is heated with wood. Last fall the Department of Buildings and General Services replaced the aging boilers in the State Archives in Middlesex with two new automatic Froling wood pellet boilers.
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IBBR to investigate how to protect poplar from disease

The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer durable resistance the biofuel crop.
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