Pruitt commits to creating regulatory certainty for biomass

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has provided New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu with a letter announcing EPA’s efforts to work towards a carbon-neutral policy for biomass and clarify federal procurement recommendations for responsibly managed forests.
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Construction underway on Indiana RNG project

Renewable Dairy Fuels, a business unit of AMP Americas, has announced construction is underway on a on-farm anaerobic digester-to-vehicle fuel operation in Fair Oaks, Indiana. The facility will produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from dairy waste.
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Budget bill retroactively extends biofuel tax credits for 2017

On Feb. 9, President Donald Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 into law. The two-year funding bill ends a brief government shutdown and includes retroactive tax extenders for several biofuel-related tax incentives.
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ABC: Budget act extends biogas, biomass PTC through 2017

The American Biogas Council has released a statement in response to passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which only includes a one year retroactive extension of the Production Tax Credit for biogas and biomass through 2017.
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Connecticut seeks proposals for AD, wind, fuel cell projects

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit offers for certain Connecticut Class I renewable energy sources, including anaerobic digestion, offshore wind and fuel cells.
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Paper discusses impact of weather, oil prices on pellet demand

FutureMetrics has published a brief white paper explaining how weather and the price of heating oil influence demand for wood pellets used for heating. The paper, published Jan. 31, was authored by William Strauss, president of FutureMetrics.
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EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in February report

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide approximately 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2018 and 2019.
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EPA expands list of non-waste fuels under NHSM rule

The U.S. EPA has published a final rule adding creosote-borate, copper naphthenate and copper naphthenate-borate treated railroad ties to its list of non-waste fuels under the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials regulations.
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Organic Power to install 2 MW AD plant in Puerto Rico

Organic Power Ltd. is installing a Global Water Engineering Raptor anaerobic digestion plant at its green energy facility in Bega Baja, Puerto Rico. Once fully operational in mid-2018, the facility is expected to produce 2.055 MW of electricity.
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Active Energy opens Utah facility

U.K.-based Active Energy Group plc has announced its CoalSwitch plant in Utah officially became operational the week of Feb. 5 and is producing the company’s high-calorific, high-bulk-density biomass pellet.
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Gevo amends isobutanol supply agreement with Musket

Gevo Inc. has strengthened its existing relationship with Musket Corp. by amending its isobutanol supply agreement to provide Musket with the exclusive right to sell Gevo’s renewable isobutanol within a 300 mile radius of Houston, Texas.
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Gene improves plant growth and conversion to biofuels

A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels.
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Prodesa, FutureMetrics announce partnership agreement

Prodesa and FutureMetrics are teaming up under a new partnership agreement under which FutureMetrics operations expert, John Swaan, will lead a team that trains the operators of new Prodesa pellet plants.
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Biogen acquires Tamar Energy

Biogen has expanded its food waste recycling network through the acquisition of Tamar Energy, one of the largest anaerobic digestion (AD) owners and operators in the U.K. The combined group operates a network of 13 AD plants and six composting sites.
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PA Biomass Energy Association expands to Mid-Atlantic

The Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association has expanded its focus beyond the keystone state to the region and will now be known as the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council. The material focus of the organization remains the same.
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Sylvatex, Valicor announce joint development agreement

Sylvatex Inc. and Valicor Inc. have entered into a joint development agreement that will oversee the development, construction, and commercialization of Sylvatex’s MicroXTM technology to convert distillers corn oil into MicroXTM renewable blendstock.
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DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office evaluated in new report

U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducts a biennial peer review that enables external stakeholders to provide feedback on its R&D portfolio and develop recommendations. On Feb. 6, BETO published the results of last year's peer review.
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Biofuels feedstock study supports billion-ton estimate

Researchers are trying to determine if farmers can produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock, according to North Central Regional Sun Grant Center Director Vance Owens.
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Consumers can save a bundle by switching to wood pellets

The New Hampshire Wood Energy Council reveals modern wood heating with locally sourced wood pellet fuel is delivering significant heat cost advantages over conventional fossil heating fuels.
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