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June 15, 2018

EIA: Bioenergy capacity, generation to increase in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide more than 10 percent of electricity generation in 2018, up from less than 10 percent in 2017. READ MORE

June 15, 2018

UK-produced green gas now being used to fuel vehicles

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association The U.K. Renewable Energy Association has announced the first transport fuel supplier has succeeded in earning Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates for biogas-based transportation fuel produced in the U.K. READ MORE

June 15, 2018

BASF invests in carbon recycling company LanzaTech

BY BASF BASF Venture Capital GmbH has announced plans to invest in LanzaTech. Using special microbes, LanzaTech has developed a technology for gas fermentation that first enables ethanol to be produced from residual gases. READ MORE

June 14, 2018

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables. READ MORE

June 14, 2018

California fuel carrier switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

BY Neste Fuel Delivery Services Inc., a bulk transporter of refined petroleum products based in Stockton, California, recently switched their Stockton based fleet of trucks to Neste MY Renewable Diesel . READ MORE

June 14, 2018

PNNL technology clears way for ethanol-derived jet fuel

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5, Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons, based on fuel produced by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory partner LanzaTech. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Senate ag committee restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe Senate ag committee has approved the its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that restores mandatory funding to Farm Bill Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

DuPont celebrates opening of Industrial Biosciences’ headquarters

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences DuPont Industrial Biosciences officially opened the doors of its renovated global business headquarters June 8 in Wilmington, Delaware. This new center of technological innovation, known as Building E353, is part of DuPont’s Experimental Station. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

Veolia renews contract to operate waste-to-energy plant in France

BY Erin VoegeleVeolia recently announced that it has been awarded a contract that will allow it to continue to operate a 180-gigawatt-hour-per-year waste-to-energy in France for an additional six and a half years. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

Unilever installs biomass boiler at factory in South Africa

BY Unilever Unilever has installed a R50 million ($3.75 million) biomass boiler at its historic Maydon Wharf Factory in Durban, South Africa. The boiler is fueled by wooden pallets, waste wood and off-cuts from local furniture and door manufacturers. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

FEW general session focuses on RVP and RIN waivers

BY Tim AlbrechtA panel of industry leaders discussed Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief and small refiner exemptions during the general session of the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha on June 12. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

Skor to FEW: Battles ahead are tough, but we can win

BY Lisa GibsonGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor delivered the keynote address at the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Omaha, telling attendees that no other industry can hold a candle to the pace of growth of the ethanol industry. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

FEW recognizes Moore, Walker for contributions to fuel ethanol

BY Tim Albrecht and Erin Voegele Kristin Moore and Graeme Walker were recognized June 12 for their contributions to ethanol industry during the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha. Moore was presented with the High-Octane Award and Walker received the Award of Excellence. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

EU researchers develop biomass torrefaction process

BY Erin VoegeleA new steam drying technique for wood developed through the EU-funded SteamBio project could significantly reduce transportation costs for biomass, according to the German-based Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

Neste, IKEA to produce PP and PE bioplastics

BY Neste IKEA and Neste are now able to utilize renewable residue and waste raw materials, such as used cooking oil, as well as sustainably-produced vegetable oils in the production of plastic products. The pilot at commercial scale starts during fall 2018. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

Researcher wins DOE grant to study sustainability of biofuels

BY University of Idaho A researcher at the University of Idaho was awarded $750,000 by the Department of Energy to study the sustainability of biofuels. The grant is part of a larger project to create a new generation of bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleThe Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on June 8. The bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs, but provides insufficient funding to ensure their success, according to the AgEC. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Valmet to deliver boiler, equipment to biomass plant in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 7, Valmet announced it will supply a biomass-fired 75 MWe CFB boiler and flue gas cleaning system to Air Water & Energia Power Onahama Corp.’s Onahama Plant in Japan. The plant will be primarily fueled by wood pellets and palm kernel shells. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Carbon utilization bill could create value for CO2 emissions

BY Tim AlbrechtSen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., has introduced legislation would allow carbon utilization technologies and biogas production to access USDA loan guarantees, research programs and rural development loans. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

WM unveils $30 million RNG facility in Louisville, Kentucky

BY Waste Management On June 5, Waste Management unveiled the latest technology at its Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility in Louisville, Kentucy. The technology converts waste from the landfill into usable, renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

June 07, 2018

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of regulations

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 7, the U.S. EPA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, announcing the agency is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

RNG Coalition provides thought leadership for G7 Summit

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has been selected by Climate Change—The New Economy to write the lead statement on the role of policy in promoting sustainable energy practices for this year’s G7 Summit in Canada. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

RDIF, JBIC to develop wood pellet project in Russia

BY Russian Direct Investment Fund A coalition that includes the Russian Direct Investment Fund and JBICIG Partners have agreed to consider potential investments in Russia’s wood pellet industry. Construction on a 135,000-tom-per-year facility is expected to begin this year. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

Preem, RenFuel to construct lignin plant for biofuels in Sweden

BY Rottneros Preem and RenFuel are assessing, in collaboration with Rottneros, the construction of a lignin plant for biofuels at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn, Sweden. The plant is expected to be complete in 2021. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

Trump rejects RFS deal, fight for year-round E15 will continue

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 5, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, broke news that President Trump has rejected a deal on the RFS that would have allowed year-round E15 sales, but also allowed RINs from exported biofuels to be used to meet RVOs. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

Drax moves closer to coal-free future with unit four conversion

BY Drax Group Drax Power Station June 6 took a step closer to achieving its coal-free ambitions by taking its fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline as part of a planned outage program as it prepares to convert it to run on sustainable biomass. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

NREL finds easier ways to deconstruct biomass

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are working to develop a one-step process to deconstruct biomass. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Turboden sells 300th ORC biomass plant

BY Erin VoegeleItaly-based Turboden S.p.A., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group company, has announced the sale of its 300th Organic Rankine Cycle biomass plant, a 5 MWe plant sold in Turkey to AGT. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

EIA: 640,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 570,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 640,000 tons during the month. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Walz Scale develops volumetric measurement systems for biomass

BY Walz Scale Illinois-based Walz Scale has developed new volumetric measurement systems for the biomass industry. The non-contact laser based measurement systems provide high accuracy volume measurement for trucks and conveyor belts. READ MORE

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