Drax has strengthened its biomass sustainability policy and set up an independent advisory board (IAB) of scientists, academics and forestry experts to ensure the biomass the company uses to generate renewable electricity meets the highest standards. READ MORESHARE
Pellet quality certification scheme ENplus announced Oct. 7 it is undergoing a major overhaul of its requirements and procedures. As part of that effort, ENplus has opened a second public consultation on its newly drafted standards. READ MORESHARE
The EPA’s actions regarding SREs were addressed during an Oct. 21 meeting at the White House. Trump directed the EPA to “make sure the small refineries are happy” while USDA indicated farmers will be fine with the plan once they see it implemented. READ MORESHARE
Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. announced Oct. 17 it has secured a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Japan-based Mitsui & Co. Ltd for the supply of 100,000 metric tons of industrial wood pellets annually beginning in 2023. READ MORESHARE
Two of New Hampshire's six independent biomass energy plants—Springfield Power and DG Whitefield—announced in mid-October that they are closing and will lay off staff. Each plant employs 20 full-time workers. READ MORESHARE
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Oct. 17 announced plans to resign from his post, effective later this year. The White House has not yet announced a nominee to replace Perry following his departure.
The U.S. EPA published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 17 that shows the agency has received five SRE applications for compliance year 2019. All five applications are listed as pending.
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Panel, which evaluates and provides recommendations on Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program proposals. READ MORESHARE
The EPA approved a RFS fuel pathway filed on behalf of Texmark Chemicals and Neste that will allow renewable diesel produced at Neste’s biorefinery Finland to be shipped to Texmark's plant and fractionated into renewable jet fuel and diesel bottoms. READ MORESHARE
Aries Clean Energy broke ground on New Jersey's first biosolids-only gasification facility on Oct. 15. The plant will will bring environmental and sustainable benefits to the area by processing 430 tons of biosolids daily into clean renewable energy. READ MORESHARE