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June 21, 2012

Farm Bill passes Senate, energy title programs intact

BY Anna SimetThe Senate has finished voting on 73 amendments proposed for the 2012 Farm Bill and passed it on to the House, leaving the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, Rural Energy for America Program and Biorefinery Assistance Program intact. READ MORE

June 19, 2012

La Coop federee invests in Prairie Bio Energy

BY Erin VoegeleMontreal-based La Coop federee has signed an ownership agreement with advanced biomass company Prairie Bio Energy Inc. Under the agreement, LCF assumes 50 percent ownership over the intellectual property held by the PBE Group. READ MORE

June 19, 2012

New Energy Farms develops energy grass capsules

BY Anna SimetBy reverse engineering a seed, energy crop developer New Energy Farms says it has developed a unique system for establishing miscanthus that could potentially reduce farmer establishment costs by 50 percent or more. READ MORE

June 15, 2012

UK team releases 10-step guide to pellet production

BY Luke GeiverA father and son team who own and operate PelHeat, a pellet mill development company based in Staffordshire, England, have created a 10-step guide explaining how pellets are produced. READ MORE

June 13, 2012

BCAP funding awarded to New York, North Carolina, Arkansas

BY Luke GeiverThe USDA's BCAP program is back in action. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that two new project areas will be developed and another existing BCAP project area will be expanded through the help of a $9.6 million funding round. READ MORE

June 11, 2012

Ohio algae membrane company wins grant, plans demonstrations

BY Erin VoegeleThe Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Eco2Capture of Ohio Inc. a $100,000 grant to support the demonstration of its membrane technology to aid in algae growth through its Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-up Fund. READ MORE

June 06, 2012

Biomass dominant in Ore.'s draft energy plan

BY Anna SimetOregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has released a draft of the state's 10-year energy action plan, and it has a strong emphasis on nurturing the state's burgeoning biomass energy industry. READ MORE

June 05, 2012

Report: Natural gas prices to surpass wood pellets in 8 years

BY Luke GeiverA new report issued by FutureMetrics LLC predicts that the price of natural gas will be higher than that of wood pellet fuel within the next three to eight years. READ MORE

June 01, 2012

Metso acquires Wartsila company holdings

BY Anna SimetMetso Corp. will acquire Wartsila's holding in the MW Power joint venture, upon approval from the European Union competition authorities. READ MORE

May 31, 2012

Penn. forms first biomass organization

BY Luke GeiverThe Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association was recently formed after the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund provided the biomass advocacy group with a grant. READ MORE

May 30, 2012

UK energy bill outlines electricity market reform

BY Luke GeiverThe U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released a draft of an energy bill that could clarify the future of biomass-based energy in the country. READ MORE

May 24, 2012

UK pellet equipment manufacturer offering mini mills

BY Luke GeiverA U.K. pellet mill development company has a small solution for meeting the big demands of the wood pellet market in Europe: the mini pellet mill. READ MORE

May 23, 2012

Minn. organization offering energy project funding

BY Luke GeiverBiomass project developers in Minnesota have until July 2 to submit applications for funding through the Clean Energy Resource Team's grant request for proposals. READ MORE

May 22, 2012

Vt. bans fracking, expands renewables program

BY Anna SimetVermont has become the first U.S. state to ban fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, for natural gas. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation on May 18 and at the same time signed several other pieces of energy-related legislation. READ MORE

May 22, 2012

Heliae breaks ground on commercial algae demonstration facility

BY Heliae Arizona-based algae technology company Heliae broke ground on a commercial demonstration facility that will showcase the scalability and economics of its proprietary algae technology platform. Heliae plans to build many more plants in coming years. READ MORE

May 18, 2012

Video series explains biomass sustainability guidelines

BY Luke GeiverA recently released online video series on biomass harvest and retention issues provides perspective on how woody biomass can be used for energy while maintaining forest habitat, soils and water. READ MORE

May 16, 2012

Algae firm Bard forms second joint venture with Solutions4CO2

BY Erin VoegeleThrough this JV, Toronto-based Solutions4CO2 and Morrisville, Pa.-based Bard Holding Inc. will develop a commercial production facility in the Midwestern U.S. to produce algae biomass, which will be processed into bioplastics and other coproducts. READ MORE

May 16, 2012

UMass Amherst researchers work to improve camelina yields

BY Erin VoegeleA team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is working to significantly increase the oil yields of camelina with the goal of creating a commercially viable crop for biofuel production. It's a $2 million project with two phases. READ MORE

May 15, 2012

Report: UK positioned to lead the world in algal sustainability

BY NNFCC The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group commissioned NNFCC to identify the potential positive and negative environmental impacts of large-scale algal production and identify the key research needs that must be addressed to be sustainable. READ MORE

May 14, 2012

New Mexico Consortium to break ground on research center May 18

BY Ron KotrbaThe New Mexico Consortium's biology research facility, a 24,000 square-foot research center and greenhouse, will focus in part on biofuel production, especially fuels derived from certain plants and algae. The event will take place May 18 at 4:00 pm. READ MORE

May 11, 2012

Algae.Tec announces commissioning of Australian algae facility

BY Algae.Tec Ltd. The Shoalhaven One showcase facility team has the bioreactor technology and associated racks, piping and separation tanks in place, and full testing and final validation is now underway. The company expects full capacity to be reached by end of June. READ MORE

May 10, 2012

Minnesota, Arizona sign new biofuel legislation into law

BY Erin VoegeleMinnesota and Arizona recently passed new laws related to biofuels. In Minnesota, the 2012 Omnibus Agriculture Policy bill extends exceptions to the state's biodiesel mandate for three more years. In Arizona, two new laws aid the growth of algae. READ MORE

May 10, 2012

Mass. to host first US net zero transit center

BY Lisa GibsonBoston, Mass., is on the path to having the nation's first net zero transit center, using a combination of solar, geothermal and biomass energy. READ MORE

May 09, 2012

U. of Texas at Austin research award promotes algae modeling

BY The University of Texas at Austin Venkat Raman, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, will work on computational modeling of photobioreactors for algae-based fuel production. Raman will work to understand interactions inside PBRs. READ MORE

May 09, 2012

Pellet producer offering heat for schools program

BY Luke GeiverA startup pellet producer has unveiled a plan to create a larger market for its hybrid wood, agricultural residue and plastic residual pellets. READ MORE

May 09, 2012

Groups lobby Congress to support military biofuels initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleThe Advanced Biofuels Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, Airlines for America, BIO and the Natural Farm Bureau Federation issued letters to leaders of congressional subcommittees asking them to support the military's commitment to biofuels. READ MORE

May 04, 2012

Heliae, Salim Group partner to expand algae efforts in SE Asia

BY Heliae Algae tech company Heliae announced a capital raise of $15 million in funding from international conglomerate Salim Group's agribusiness company, PT. PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Agri Investments Pte. Ltd. READ MORE

May 02, 2012

Solazyme, Dow enter contingent global offtake agreement

BY Solazyme Inc. Solazyme and Dow announced they have entered into a contingent offtake agreement in which Dow has agreed to purchase from Solazyme all of its requirements of nonvegetable microbe-based oils for use in dielectric fluid applications through 2015. READ MORE

May 01, 2012

Nova Scotia-based algae startup SABRTech Inc. receives funding

BY Erin VoegeleThrough the Nova Scotia CleanTech Open, SABRTEch Inc. has been awarded $100,000 in cash, a $200,000 negotiable seed investment, mentoring services and in-kind business building services through the program. The company will add three staff members. READ MORE

April 27, 2012

Mass. DOER releases proposed final RPS regulations for biomass

BY Lisa GibsonThe Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has released its months-overdue proposed final regulations for the qualification of woody biomass under the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS). READ MORE

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