EPA, USDA, DOE send letter to Congress on biomass neutrality


The EPA, UDSA and DOE sent a letter Congress Nov. 1 describing the agencies’ work to ensure consistent federal policy on forest biomass energy and promote policies that encourage the treatment of biomass as a carbon-neutral energy solution.
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OMB reviews final rule to set 2019 RVOs under the RFS


The U.S. EPA has delivered its final rule to set 2019 RVOs under the RFS, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel, to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the final rule is published.
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Contest on National Mall to showcase wood, pellet stoves


The Wood Stove Design Challenge, an international competition to showcase innovative and clean-burning wood stoves, will begin on Nov. 9 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., according to the Alliance for Green Heat.
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LCY Chemical purchases BioAmber assets, Sarnia biorefinery


LCY Biotechnology Inc., a division of Taiwan-based LCY Chemical Corp., has purchased the assets of BioAmber Inc., a bankrupt renewable chemicals company that built a biobased succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario.
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Pinnacle reports progress with commissioning at 3 new plants


Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. has released third quarter 2018 financial results, reporting strong operations for existing pellets plants. The company also provided an update of ongoing commissioning activities at three new facilities.
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Phillips 66, REG to build renewable diesel plant in Washington


Phillips 66 and REG announced Nov. 1 that planning is underway for the construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant adjacent to Phillips 66's Ferndale Refinery in Washington State. The plant will use REG's proprietary BioSynfining technology.
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Valero announces approval of Diamond Green Diesel plant expansion


Valero Energy Corp. announced Nov. 5 that its board of directors approved a project to expand the Diamond Green Diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana, to 675 million gallons per year renewable diesel production capacity.
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EIA: 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in July


The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in July, with sales reaching 570,000 million tons.
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Enviva to supply pellets to power plant being converted in Japan


On Oct. 31, Enviva announced that off-take contract agreements with Mitsubishi Corp. are now firm. The announcement follows news released by Mitsubishi the previous day indicating construction is underway on a biomass power plant conversion in Japan.
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Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas eclipses 150-member milestone


With the addition of eight new members in September and October, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas now represents more than 150 member companies and organizations. The group started in 2011 with seven members.
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