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April 17, 2019

Naig, Shaw say pending SREs would hurt farmers, damage RFS

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw held a press conference April 17 to discuss the 39 small refinery exemptions (SREs) currently pending for compliance year 2018 under the RFS. READ MORE

April 17, 2019

Neste, Air BP to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to Sweden

BY Neste Corp. Neste and Air BP have entered into an agreement to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to airline and airport customers in Sweden in 2019. The sustainable aviation fuel produced by Neste has proven its technical capability in thousands of flights. READ MORE

April 17, 2019

Enerkem closes a new round of financing for C$76.3 million

BY Enerkem Inc. Enerkem Inc., a global leader in biofuels production from solid waste, announces the closing of a new round of financing totaling C$76.3 million. The financing comes from Enerkem's existing investors, as well as a new investor, Suncor Energy Inc. READ MORE

April 16, 2019

RNG on-road fuel use reaches historic high

BY Natural Gas Vehicles for America and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Natural Gas Vehicles for America and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas announced April 16 that 32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2018 was renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

April 16, 2019

EU approves state aid for Irish heat scheme, Polish WtE plant

BY Erin VoegeleThe European Commission announced April 15 that it has approved state aid for an Irish scheme for renewable heat generation and for a waste-to-energy (WtE) cogeneration plant under development in Poland. READ MORE

April 16, 2019

Alabama governor awards Auburn University grant to study carinata

BY The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs A $39,757 grant awarded by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

MTI funds project by Biofine to produce biobased levulinic acid

BY Erin VoegeleThe Maine Technology institute has awarded $750,000 to Biofine Developments Northeast to support the development of a commercial biorefinery in Bucksport, Maine, that will produce biobased chemicals from wood biomass. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

USDA: Eligibility criteria released for tribal biomass program

BY Erin VoegeleThe Forest Service has released eligibility criteria for Indian tribes and Alaska tribal organizations that want to develop demonstration projects to promote biomass energy production under amendments made to the Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

Increases in biomass power generation stop after decade of growth

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Expansion in electricity generation from biomass and waste has ended in recent years, after growing from 2004 through 2014, and in 2018 was 2 percent below its peak generation of 71.7 million MWh in 2014, according to the EIA. READ MORE

April 12, 2019

EPA seeks comments on SRE portion of proposed REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced April 12 that it will reopen the comment period on one aspect of proposed rule issued in 2016 in an effort to “expand transparency surrounding the small refinery exemption program and provide further opportunity for input.” READ MORE

April 12, 2019

Grassley asks for clarity on DOE’s review of SRE applications

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry on April 11 asking for clarity on the U.S. Department of Energy’s review process concerning Renewable Fuel Standard small refinery exemption (SRE) applications. READ MORE

April 12, 2019

CLTCC welcomes Drax Biomass as forestry program partner

BY Drax Biomass The Central Louisiana Technical Community College Huey P. Long Campus Forest Technology program is welcoming Drax Biomass as an industry partner. The program is celebrating its one-year anniversary. READ MORE

April 11, 2019

2017 ag census includes data on on-farm methane digesters

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced the results of its 2017 Census of Agriculture on April 11. The report includes millions of new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including data on on-farm biogas operations. READ MORE

April 11, 2019

SoCalGas wins $3 million CEC grant to advance new RNG technology

BY Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas announced the California Energy Commission has awarded the company a $3 million grant to fund the next phase of development of a new technology that increases the efficiency of RNG production at wastewater treatment plants. READ MORE

April 11, 2019

DSM: Biomass CHP project reduces CO2 emissions at vitamin plant

BY DSM Royal DSM is reducing carbon dioxide emissions at its vitamin production facility in Sisseln, Switzerland, through a new biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant on the site. The new CHP plant opened April 9. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

EIA: Updates bioenergy forecasts, predicts capacity increase

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting renewables will produce 18 percent of U.S. electricity this year, increasing to nearly 20 percent in 2020. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

EPA to award $110,000 to anaerobic digestion projects

BY U.S. EPA On April 9, the U.S. EPA announced that three projects have been selected to receive funding to help reduce food waste and loss and loss and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity in the U.S. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

Gevo, Praj to commercialize renewable fuels in India

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has signed a binding, definitive construction license agreement with Praj Industries Ltd. to commercialize the production of renewable isobutanol using sugary-based feedstocks. The two companies also signed an MOU on renewable hydrocarbons. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

Opinion: Heart of the Process

BY Anna SimetFeedstock can make or break an operation—whether it is too far a distance to be economical, insufficient quality, too wet or dirty, or inconsistently fed into the system. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

EPA to propose rule on biomass carbon neutrality this summer

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently informed federal lawmakers that the agency is working on a rulemaking that will define biomass as carbon neutral. A proposed rule is expected to be released this summer. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

Pacific BioEnergy: No injuries sustained during April 6 fire

BY Pacific BioEnergy Corp. Pacific BioEnergy Corp.’s management team at the Prince George Plant continues to investigate a fire that occurred on April 6. No injuries were sustained during the incident. The company is assessing damage and generating a plan for recommissioning. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

Andritz to supply biomass handling system for Brazil power plant

BY Andritz International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Eldorado Brasil to supply a biomass handling system for its new Onça Pintada plant in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Minnesota offers funding for bioenergy, biochemical pilot plants

BY Erin VoegeleThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering funding to help advance bioenergy and biochemical production technologies to the pilot scale through its AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Brightmark Energy launches Washington dairy biogas project

BY Brightmark Energy Brightmark Energy recently launched a biogas project in Yakima County, Washington, that will convert 150,000 gallons per day of dairy waste from up to 7,000 cows into 160,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Biogas groups sponsor 2 teams at Honda Indy Grant Prix of Alabama

BY American Biogas Council The American Biogas Council and GESS International sponsored IndyCars driven by Colton Herta with Harding Steinbrenner racing and Patricio O’Ward with Carlin Motorsport at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

EIA: 790,000 tons of densified biomass sold in December

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 710,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in December, with sales reaching 790,000 metric tons. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

DOE offers $59 million for advanced vehicle technologies research

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has opened a $59 million funding opportunity that aims to accelerate advanced vehicle technologies research. Clean Cities coalition-led alternative fuels projects are eligible to apply for a portion of that funding. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Opinion: ENplus: The US Perspective

BY Chris Wiberg The ENplus quality certification scheme serves an important role for U.S. wood pellet producers, but there is at least one key issue that has limited its adoption within the U.S. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Finkenauer introduces House bill to extend biodiesel tax credit

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, introduced the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act, a two-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. Congress had previously extended the tax credit retroactively for 2017 but left it expired for 2018 and beyond. READ MORE

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