EPA finalizes amendments to 2015 NSPS for wood heating appliances


The U.S. EPA on March 11 finalized amendments to the 2015 NSPS for residential wood heating appliances. The amendments remove the minimum requirements for pellet fuel and clarify a requirement regarding the use of unseasoned wood to make pellets.
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Executive order expands Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order on March 10 that sets a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and outlines several steps the state will take to combat climate change, including expanding Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program.
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UK reports record bioenergy production for 2019


The U.K. government recently released provisional energy statistics for 2019, reporting that renewable energy production increased by 4.9 percent last year. Bioenergy output of was up 2.1 percent for the year.
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DOE offers $25 million for plastics recycling R&D


The DOE on March 16 announced it will award up to $25 million to support plastics recycling research and development as part of the Plastics Innovation Challenge. A portion of the funding will support the development of novel biobased plastics.
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50 MW biomass power plant begins operations in Spain


Spain-based power producer Greenalia announced on March 10 that its 50 megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in Curtis-Teixeiro, Spain, began operations ahead of schedule and is currently producing and selling electricity.
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Aemetis provide updates of RNG, cellulosic ethanol projects


Aemestis Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on March 12, reporting increased revenues and progress with the development of its cellulosic ethanol and renewable natural gas (RNG) projects.
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EIA predicts increase in biomass power capacity


The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts 19 percent of U.S. electricity will be generated from renewable sources this year, up from 17 percent last year, according to the agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released March 11.
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ENGIE to supply biomethane to all Heathrow Airport terminals


ENGIE has announced an agreement with Heathrow Airport to replace natural gas with 100 percent green biomethane from anaerobic digestion to all meter points, across all terminals until March 2022. The biomethane is certified under the RGGOs Scheme.
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ABC staff initiates remote work procedures due to COVID-19


The American Biogas Council has announced its staff will work remotely for the rest of the month, effective March 16. The organization will continue to operate at full capacity. ABC staff can be reached by phone, email and teleconference.
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DOE cancels March 24-25 meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee


The U.S. Department of Energy on March 16 announced it has canceled the open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee scheduled for March 24-25 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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