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June 24, 2019

FutureMetrics criticizes treatment of biomass in EPA’s ACE rule

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics has released a statement criticizing the U.S. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Program for its treatment of biomass and calling the program’s discussion of how to measure CO2 emissions “misguided.” READ MORE

June 24, 2019

HC2 Holdings’ American Natural Gas acquires ampCNG

BY HC2 Holdings Inc. HC2 Holdings Inc. announced June 17 that its energy portfolio company American Natural Gas has acquired ampCNG, a natural gas fuel provider, for $41 million. ANG aims to provide 100 percent RNG by 2020. READ MORE

June 24, 2019

Virgin Australia flies 1 million kilometers with Gevo’s jet fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Virgin Australia has used Gevo’s sustainable aviation jet fuel to power 1 million kilometers of flights, for all aircraft operating in and out of Brisbane Airport when the fuel was put through the general fuel supply system. READ MORE

June 24, 2019

In Depth: High-Efficiency Shutdowns: Improving Boiler Reliability and Increasing Uptime

BY Rebecca M. Knecht Regular inspections of boilers, pressure vessels, piping, and tanks help reduce the risk of failures, accidents and unplanned downtime. READ MORE

June 24, 2019

In Depth: Low-Carbon Cure

BY Ron KotrbaA Sri Lanka-based tire factory switches from fuel oil to biomass for steam generation in the tire-curing process. READ MORE

June 21, 2019

46 MW biomass plant in Spain begins final testing phase

BY Erin VoegeleA 46-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant under development by Ence Energía y Celulosa S.A. in Huelva, Spain, has begun the final testing phase of its equipment. Commercial startup is expected later this year. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif. introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Boeing invests in Brazil’s sustainable aviation fuel industry

BY Boeing Boeing has announced a $1 million investment in Brazil’s efforts to establish a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry. The investment will focus on initiatives that maximize benefits to local communities engaged in feedstock development for SAFs. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Lee Enterprises consulting adds team members

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Lee Enterprises Consulting has added four new members to its team of 100-plus subject matter bioeconomy experts, including Chris Burk, P.E.; Daren Daugaard, Ph.D. P.E.; David Whittle; and Tad Dritz, P.E. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

EPA finalizes ACE rule, biomass co-firing not a compliance option

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA released its final rule for its Affordable Clean Energy program June 19. The program replaces the Clean Power Plan and aims to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants. Biomass co-firing is not a compliance option under the ACE rule. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

CalBio, dairy farmers partner with Chevron on dairy RNG projects

BY California Bioenergy LLC Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and California Bioenergy LLC announced June 18 a joint investment in a holding company with California dairy farmers to produce and market dairy biomethane as a vehicle fuel in the state. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

SkyNRG, UL sign deal on sustainable aviation fuel

BY SkyNRG SkyNRG and the Bernal Institute at University of Limerick signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in mid-June to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) manufacturing in Ireland. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UNF researcher wins USDA grant to study switchgrass

BY University of North Florida Mike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was just awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable plant-based biofuel. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

USDA: Wood pellet exports reach nearly 425,000 tons in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 424,680.5 tons of wood pellets in April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 6. Exports volumes were down from both the prior month and the same period of the previous year. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Iowa State researchers work to make biochar more useful, valuable

BY Iowa State University Iowa State University researchers have found that biochar produced as coproduct of bio-oil production during the pyrolyis process shows promise as a slow-release fertilizer that could feed crops while protecting water quality. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

ANA signs offtake agreement with LanzaTech

BY All Nippon Airways All Nippon Airways has signed an offtake agreement with LanzaTech Inc. that will allow the company to purchase sustainable aviation fuel. The current agreement targets 2021 for delivery of the sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Letter urges Congress to make BTU Act part of tax extenders bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe Biomass Thermal Energy Council and 140 members of the BTU Act Coalition are urging members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to include the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2019 as they address tax extenders legislation. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations must be submitted by June 30. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Kinetrex breaks ground on RNG plant in Indianapolis

BY Kinetrex Energy Kinetrex Energy, EDL and South Side Landfill announced June 17 that they have broken ground on a new RNG facility in Indianapolis. The completed facility will convert landfill gas into approximately 8 million gallons of RNG each year. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Oberon Fuels secures $2.9 million grant for rDME production

BY Oberon Fuels Oberon Fuels was awarded a grant for $2.88 million from the California Energy Commission for a first-of-its-kind, multi-phase project to produce the first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), a clean-burning, ultra-low-carbon transportation fuel. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

In Depth: Self-heating Hazards of Biomass Materials

BY Vahid Ebadat The biomass energy sector is growing rapidly, and the number of fires and explosions in the industry is unfortunately growing along with it—it’s time to act. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

Bill aims to reform EPA’s SRE process, increase transparency

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on June 13. The bill aims to bring transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA: Power generation from renewables to increase in 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. power generation in 2019, increasing to 13 percent in 2020. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 710,000 tons in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 700,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in February, with sales reaching 710,000 tons. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

UK to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

BY Erin VoegeleBritish Prime Minister Theresa May announced June 12 that the U.K. Parliament has introduced legislation that will mandate the country achieves net-zero emissions by 2050. Bioenergy is expected to help reach that goal. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs). READ MORE

June 13, 2019

ABFA: Letter urges EPA to finalize provisions in REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 15 companies sent a letter to Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum June 12 urging the agency to finalize provisions in the proposed REGS rule to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers for the production of certain biofuels. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Senators urge EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of nine senators, led by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff. Merkley, D-Ore., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to act on pending applications for electric fuel pathways under the RFS. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Senators ask EPA to end SRE approvals, reallocate waived volumes

BY Erin VoegeleA dozen democratic senators, led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to end approval of unjustified SRE applications and reallocate waived volumes. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Smithfield Foods begins construction on biogas systems

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Smithfield Foods Inc. has announced the construction of new biogas gathering systems in Missouri and Utah, which bring the company steps closer to delivering RNG to communities in multiple states using manure from its hog farms. READ MORE

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