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February 18, 2019

Covanta announces progress with UK energy-from-waste projects

BY Erin VoegeleCovanta Holding Corp. has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting record operating and safety performance. The company also said it has made progress with several waste-to-energy projects under development in the U.K. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Velocys announces amended agreement with Red Rock Biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys has agreed to a series of amendments in its licensing contracts with Red Rock Biofuels LLC regarding Fischer-Tropsch reactors and proprietary catalyst the company is supplying to the RRB biorefinery under construction in Lakeview, Oregon. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Global Bioenergies produces isobutene from wheat straw

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies recently announced that runs using wheat straw hydrolysate provided by its partner Clariant were successfully performed in its Leuna demo plant, leading to the production of cellulosic isobutene for the first time at this scale. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

EIA: 900,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 750,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in October 2018, with sales reaching 900,000 tons. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Spending bill urges EPA to quickly process eRIN applications

BY RFS Power Coalition The RFS Power Coalition today applauded the spending bill passed by both the House and the Senate. The committee report of the Interior-EPA portion of the spending package includes a provision to encourage EPA to process eRIN applications. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Canadian government funds new biomass research cluster

BY Erin VoegeleThe government of Canada has announced it will invest up to $7 million in a new biomass research cluster. An additional $3.1 million is contributions is expected from industry, bringing the total investment to $10.1 million. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

Report tracks US renewable energy investments, deployments

BY Erin VoegeleA new report published by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy shows renewable energy is continuing to grow in the U.S., with 103 megawatts of capacity from biomass and waste-to-energy sources added last year. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

Republican senators threaten Wheeler’s confirmation over RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 11, five Republican senators sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler suggesting that his willingness to bend to oil industry interests over the Renewable Fuel Standard will impact their upcoming confirmation votes. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

DOE announces $66 million for research on plants, microbes

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. DOE has announced a plan to provide $66 million for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30 million plant initiative aims to expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts READ MORE

February 13, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in February STEO

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year and 13 percent next year. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Neste’s renewable fuels reduce GHG emissions by 7.9 million tons

BY Neste In 2018, Neste's renewable fuels helped private motorists as well as professional and commercial drivers in several geographic markets to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by altogether 7.9 million tons. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Erickson to leave BIO after 19 years, open consulting company

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced that after 19 years leading the Industrial and Environmental Section, Executive Vice President Brent Erickson will step down from the organization in March 2019 to begin new business ventures. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

Advanced biofuel producers ask Congress to extend tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleA group of advanced biofuel producers are urging leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means to extend two tax credits that are critical to the development and deployment of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

Pinnacle reports fire at Entwistle pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 11, Pinnacle Renewable energy Inc. announced it has temporarily suspended operations at its 400,000-metric-ton wood pellet plant in Entwistle, Alberta, following a fire that occurred earlier that day at the facility. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

Republic Services expands adoption of Redeem RNG

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Republic Services Inc. has announced to expand its use of Clean Energy Redeem RNG. A growing number of Republic Services’ natural gas-powered vehicles will utilize increasing amounts of Redeem fuel across 21 states over the next five years. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

BECCS project at Drax begins capturing carbon dioxide

BY Erin VoegeleDrax Group has announced the first carbon dioxide has been captured at the bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot at Drax Power Station. The pilot uses technology developed by C-Capture, a spin-out from Leeds University. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

RFS Power Coalition launched by BPA, ABC, ERC

BY Biomass Power Association, American Biogas Council and Energy Recovery Council Three trade associations representing renewable electricity producers have announced the launch of the RFS Power Coalition, which aims to get the EPA to implement a law mandating the inclusion of qualifying renewable electricity under the RFS. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

Opinion: The Big Picture

BY Anna SimetAs our team at Pellet Mill Magazine works to send this issue to print, we’re also in the throes of gathering and organizing data for our annual North American Pellet Producer Map READ MORE

February 09, 2019

Opinion: Our Version of Groundhog Day

BY Tim Portz The inclusion of minimum pellet fuel requirements in a piece of federal regulation is misguided. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

FERC: US could to add 572 MW of biomass capacity by 2022

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows the U.S added 68 MW of biomass power last year. An additional 572 MW of biomass capacity could be installed by January 2022. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

Braskem, Haldor Topsoe commission biobased MEG demonstration unit

BY Braskem Braskem and Haldor Topsoe have announced the commissioning of a demonstration unit in Denmark that converts sugar to monoethyleneglycol (MEG), which can be used as a raw material for the production of PET. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

Opinion: Coming Together in the Name of Wood Heat

BY Maura Adams In January, nearly 60 wood heat leaders from the Northeast came together at the University of Vermont to reflect on and strategize about their work. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Aemetis begins permitting, construction of RNG project

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. announced Feb. 7 that it has initiated the permitting and construction phase of its multi-dairy renewable biomethane digester cluster. The project will produce RNG will be used in ethanol production or as a vehicle fuel. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Finland to require 30% biofuel, 10% advanced biofuel by 2030

BY Erin VoegeleOn Feb. 6, the Parliament of Finland voted in favor of a law that aims to require transportation fuel to be comprised of 30 percent biofuel by 2030, with advanced biofuels accounting for 10 percent of transportation fuel by the same year. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Simmons sworn in as assistant secretary of DOE’s EERE

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has a new leader. Daniel Simmons was recently sworn in assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

In Depth: Surveying the Global Wood Pellet Landscape

BY Anna Simet In a Q&A with Pellet Mill Magazine, FutureMetric’s Seth Walker and William Strauss shine light on domestic and worldwide wood pellet markets. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

ABFA, NBB ask Congress to extend biodiesel tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 10 trade associations, including the Advanced Biofuels Association and National Biodiesel Board, are urging Congress to pass a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Skeena Sawmills, PacBio enter wood pellet off-take agreement

BY Pacific BioEnergy Corp. Skeena Sawmills Ltd. and Pacific BioEnergy Corp. have entered into a long term off-take agreement for wood pellets under which PacBio will purchase all of the pellets produced at Skeena Sawmills’ new pellet in Terrace, British Columbia. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Shell Trading to purchase biofuel from Next Renewable Fuels

BY Next Renewable Fuels Inc. Next Renewable Fuels Inc. and Shell Trading (US) Co. have entered a long-term purchase and sale agreement for the purchase of renewable diesel from Next’s planned 600 MMgy facility in Westward, Oregon. READ MORE

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