Drax completes acquisition of Pinnacle


Drax Group plc announced on April 13 that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. The transaction increases Drax’s annual wood pellet production capacity to 4.9 million metric tons from 2022.
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DOE offers $61.4 million for biofuel, bioenergy projects


The DOE on April 8 announced it will award $61.4 million to support the development and demonstration of bioenergy projects, including those focused on marine and aviation fuels, cellulosic sugars, separations technologies, wood heating, and RNG.
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2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo agenda released


Ethanol Producer Magazine has announced the preliminary agenda for the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) taking place July 13-15, 2021 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Bioenergy companies urge Biden to set GHG reduction goal


Drax Group plc, Enviva and Vanguard Renewables are among 310 businesses and investors that have signed an open letter to President Biden urging his administration to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
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Biomass accounts for half of Georgia’s renewable power in 2020


In 2020, Georgia generated 5.8 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity from biomass, or about 10 percent of the nation’s total, the second most of any state according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly.
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Drax: BECCS offers less expensive way to meet UK climate goals


Drax Group plc released the results of a new study on April 12 that shows its planned BECSS projects will save the U.K. more than £4.5 billion ($6.18 billion) over the next decade as the country works to meet its climate goals.
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Washington Senate passes Clean Fuel Standard bill


The Washington Senate on April 8 voted 27 to 20 in favor of H.B. 1091, a bill that aims to establish a state-wide CFS. The amended legislation will now be considered by the House, which passed an earlier version of the bill on Feb. 27.
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Total begins producing sustainable aviation fuel in France


Total has begun producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its La Mède biorefinery in southern France and its Oudalle facility near Le Havre. The biojet fuel, made from used cooking oil, will be delivered to French airports starting in April 2021.
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EPA awards $2.5 million to 24 environmental projects


The U.S. EPA on April 6 announced nearly $2.5 million in awards to 24 small businesses to support the development of environmental technologies. A portion of that funding is supporting bioenergy and biomaterials projects.
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USDA: US wood pellet exports at 556,802 metric tons in February


The U.S. exported 556,801.7 metric tons of wood pellets in February, up from 546,435.2 metric tons during the same month of last year, but down from 599,624.2 metric tons in January, according to data released by the USDA on April 7.
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Industry Events

Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Summit

July 13-15, 2021
Iowa Event Center
Des Moines, Iowa

2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

July 13-15, 2021
Iowa Event Center
Des Moines, Iowa

National Biomass Summit & Expo

July 13-15, 2021
Iowa Event Center
Des Moines, Iowa

2021 UAS Summit & Expo

October 13-14, 2021
Alerus Center
Grand Forks, North Dakota



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