Enviva discusses Chesapeake fire, productivity improvements

On May 3, Enviva Partners LP released first quarter 2018 financial results, providing an update of restoration work at the Chesapeake terminal following a recent fire and reporting year-over-year productivity improvements.
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Pinnacle enters new off-take contracts with Japanese customers

On May 2, Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting it generated record first quarter revenue and announcing it has entered into new off-take contracts with customers in Japan.
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Trump to allow year-round E15 sales, attach RINs to exports

President Donald Trump hosted a meeting May 8 on the RFS at the White House. During the meeting, attendees agreed to allow year-round sales of E15, to abandon plans to pursue a price cap on RINs, and to allow RINs to be assigned to exported biofuels.
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ABFA challenges EPA’s RFS small refinery exemptions in court

The Advanced Biofuel Association has submitted a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to sue U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, challenging EPA’s process for granting RFS small refinery hardship waivers.
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USDA solicits applications for Repowering Assistance Program

The USDA is soliciting applications for up to $5 million in funding under its Repowering Assistance Program, which helps eligible biorefineries use biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used to create heat or power.
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Chempolis, Fortum, NRL partner to build biorefinery in India

Chempolis, Fortum and Numaligarh Revinery Ltd. have formed a joint venture to develop a biorefinery in India that will convert 300,000 tons of bamboo annually into ethanol, furfural, acetic acid and biocoal.
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Covanta: Fairfax plant runs at record levels in Q1

Covanta Holding Corp. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results. During an April 26 investor call, the company provided updates of its waste-to-energy projects, including the restart of the Fairfax County, Virginia, plant.
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Neste reports strong Q1 performance for renewables division

On April 26, Neste Corp. released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting strong results for the company’s Renewable Products division. Overall, the company posted an all-time high quarterly profit.
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Velocys sells license to Red Rock Biofuels

Velocys plc, the renewable fuels company, has received a “notice to proceed” action to commence manufacturing of the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the Red Rock Biofuels LLC biorefinery that will be located in Lakeview, Oregon.
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Sweetwater, Graanul announce first commercial biorefinery

Sweetwater Energy and Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and highly pure lignin from 50,000 tons of local hardwood each year.
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Researchers produce biohydrogen using green algae

A research group from the University of Turku, Finland, has discovered an efficient way for transforming solar energy into the chemical energy of biohydrogen through the photosynthesis of green algae that function as cell factories.
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Pasadena fire department switches to Neste renewable diesel

The Pasadena Fire Department in California has switched much of its fleet of apparatus from operating on petroleum diesel to using Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Its entire fleet is expected to be fueled with renewable diesel by next year.
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REG launches REG Ultra Clean Diesel

Renewable Energy Group Inc. launched the company’s latest innovation in diesel fuel, REG Ultra Clean Diesel, at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California, May 2.
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RNG production facility begins operations in Iowa

GAIN Clean Fuel and BioResource Development announce the start-up of a renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility located at Water and Resource Recovery Center in Dubuque, Iowa. RNG produced at the facility will be used as transportation fuel.
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Air Canada operates biofuel flight from Edmonton to San Francisco

Air Canada announced its Edmonton-San Francisco flight May 2 operated with biofuel onboard a 146-seat Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Air Canada continues to support and advocate for the development of biofuel in Canada.
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Pingree, Young launch bipartisan food waste caucus

On April 30, Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and David Young, R-Iowa, launched a bipartisan House Food Waste Caucus to explore opportunities to reduce food waste. The American Biogas Council spoke at a recent briefing hosted by Pingree.
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Wood formation model to fuel progress in bioenergy

A new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood.
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Xebec, JNK heaters form strategic partnership

Xebec Adsorption Inc. has announced a strategic partnership with JNK Heaters Co. Ltd. of Korea to advance biogas upgrading and on-site hydrogen generation solutions. JNK will exclusively market the Xebec biogas solutions in Korea and India.
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DOE offers bioenergy research funding opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.
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