USDA issues final rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program


The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program on Dec. 27. The program provides quarterly payments to producers of eligible advanced biofuels.
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Trump signs spending bills, tax extenders legislation


President Trump signed two legislative packages into law on Dec. 20, avoiding another government shutdown. The packages include all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills and tax extenders legislation that will benefit biofuels and bioenergy.
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Report predicts strong growth in US pellet exports to Japan


A report recently filed with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network indicates Japan’s market for wood pellets is expanding rapidly. The U.S. is expected to supply Japan with 3 million tons of pellets annually by 2025.
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BTEC: Support for woody biomass included in spending, tax deals


Congress has passed a $5 million allotment for the new Community Wood Energy and Innovations Program in the $1.4 trillion spending deal, extended the Section 25C Wood and Pellet Stove Credit, and reauthorized the carbon neutrality of biomass policy.
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Greenlane wins biogas upgrading contract for California project


Greenlane Renewables Inc. announced on Dec. 27 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has secured a new $8.3 million (US$6.3 million) biogas upgrading contract with a customer in California.
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USDA seeks applications for advanced biofuel payment program


The USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service published a notice on Dec. 18 seeking applications from biofuel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which provides quarterly payments to producers of qualified advanced biofuels.
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Co-combustion of wood and oil-shale reduces carbon emissions


Utilization of fossil fuels can be made more environmentally friendly by adding wood—as concluded based on the preliminary results of the year-long study carried out by thermal engineers of Tallinn University of Technology.
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Forest Service grants license for biomass conversion technology


The U.S. Forest Service has granted a license for technology that can efficiently fractionate lignocellulosic biomass to Ontario-based Whispering Green Energy. The company plans to begin experiments using the technology this spring.
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DOE to fund feedstock monitoring, carbon storage technology


On Dec. 19, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to develop technologies to quantify feedstock-related emissions at the field level.
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Forisk acquires the North American Wood Fiber Review


Forisk Consulting has acquired the North American Wood Fiber Review from Wood Resources International. The Review, which tracks wood fiber markets in all major regions of the U.S. and Canada, will be published by Forisk beginning in Q1 2020.
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