Inslee signs bill to promote RNG in state of Washington

On March 22, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that is designed to increase the development and use of renewable natural gas (RNG) within the state. The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas is among the groups that supported the legislation.
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EIA: 790,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in December

On March 20, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced U.S. manufacturers of densified biomass fuel reported producing 650,000 tons of product and selling 790,000 tons in December.
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EPA funds development of biomass-fueled thermoelectric stoves

In mid-March, the U.S. EPA awarded $1.8 million to six small businesses to develop technologies that provide solutions for environmental issues. Two of the six companies are developing biomass-fueled thermoelectric stoves.
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USDA report shows impact of US biobased economy

The USDA has released a new report that measures economic growth, job creation and household income from biofuel and bioenergy production, along with future growth in renewable chemicals and biobased products.
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EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month, including approximately 20.36 million cellulosic RINs.
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Global Green to expand biogas program to 2 California cities

Non-profit, Global Green announced March 23 it will select two Southern California cities as partners to participate in a new food waste recycling program, using an Eco-Ambassador resident outreach model.
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Researchers improve method to convert food waste into biofuels

Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a better way to convert waste food into biofuels using a process that features catalysts and hydrothermal liquefaction.
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JBEI: Enzyme enables microbial production of toluene

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene.
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Researchers engineer yeast to grow on xylose

Researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities.
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Pöyry awarded contract for biomass power plant in Thailand

Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Public Co. Ltd. has awarded Pöyry with the engineering services assignment for Chana 20.6 MW net biomass power plant project in Chana District, Songkla, Thailand.
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Cool Planet completes 100th independent trial of Cool Terra

Cool Planet has announced the successful completion of its 100th quantifiable, independent trial of Cool Terra, the company’s flagship soil health product. The trial was conducted by the University of Florida on bell peppers.
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Agrisoma completes $12 million investment round

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., an agricultural technology company that sells Carinata seeds used to produce biojet fuel for the aviation industry, announced March 12 it has completed a CAD $12 million investment round.
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Scientists say California can get tougher on clean fuels

California can reduce carbon emissions by more than 70 million metric tons by 2030, akin to taking 15 million gasoline-powered cars off the road in one year, by adopting a higher target for its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, according to a new report.
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World Energy acquires AltAir biojet, renewable diesel assets

The purchase includes a 63-acre complex consisting of a 45 MMgy renewable jet/renewable diesel production facility, 1.7 million barrels of product storage, a truck rack with 28,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity, rail storage and pipelines.
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Enerkem produces a new high-octane biofuel

Enerkem Inc. recently announced that it has produced a new high-performance biofuel that could improve the octane rating of fuels sold on the market and reduce their carbon footprint. The fuel has a research octane number (RON) of up to 112.
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