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April 28, 2017

Senators propose 100 percent renewable energy in US by 2050

BY Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, along with Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, introduced climate legislation that would transition the U.S. to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

PG&E makes call for renewable energy project proposals

BY Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Pacific Gas and Electric Company has announced a call for proposals for renewable energy developers to build new projects for a clean energy program available to PG&E customers. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

Toshiba fires up 50-MW biomass power plant in Japan

BY Toshiba Corp. Toshiba Corp. started commercial operation of its first ever biomass power plant on April 27, a 50-MW facility that will supply enough electricity for 80,000 households and reduce CO2 emissions to about 300,000 tons a year. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Drax completes acquisition of Louisiana pellet plant

BY Anna SimetDrax Group plc announced it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Louisiana Pellets, at a price of $35.4 million. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Research focuses on soil quality, stover removal for biofuel

BY American Society of Agronomy Cynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University, is working to determine a method for proper removal of maize stover for biofuel production. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Five bioenergy projects score funds via DOE pilot program

BY Anna SimetThe U.S. DOE has awarded funding to 38 projects for which small businesses will team up with national lab researchers through the DOE’s Small Business Vouchers pilot program. READ MORE

April 25, 2017

Construction of England waste gasification plant begins

BY Energy Technologies Institute Work has started to build an innovative waste gasification plant in England's West Midlands, creating around 100 construction jobs and 25 new permanent jobs once operational. READ MORE

April 25, 2017

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue confirmed as US ag secretary

BY Anna SimetIn an 87-11 vote, on April 24, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue as the 31st U.S. secretary of agriculture. Perdue brings to the USDA a farming background and lengthy career of public service. READ MORE

April 24, 2017

New community wood handbook published

BY Biomass Thermal Energy Council The Biomass Thermal Energy Council has announced the publication of the 4th volume of the Community Biomass Handbook, a companion to the three previously published volumes. READ MORE

April 24, 2017

UK operates coal-free for a day

BY Anna SimetThe United Kingdom went without coal power for 24 hours on April 21, reported National Grid, the system operator for the country’s electric grid. READ MORE

April 21, 2017

Maine RPS satisfied by mostly biomass power in 2015

BY Anna SimetThe Maine Public Utilities released its annual report on state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requirements last month, which indicates that in 2015, the vast majority of renewable power used to meet the mandate was derived from biomass power faci READ MORE

April 21, 2017

Gevo enters into exchange agreement with senior secured lender

BY Ethanol Producer Magazine Colorado-based Gevo has reached an agreement with its senior secured lender that will improve its balance sheet, allowing the company to pursue necessary financing to produce biojet fuel, renewable gasoline and isobutanol at its Minnesota facility. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

Macquarie-led consortium to acquire Green Investment Bank

BY Macquarie Group Ltd. A Macquarie-led consortium, comprising Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 and Universities Superannuation Scheme, has agreed to acquire the UK Green Investment Bank plc. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

Maine wood pellet plant installs ORC system

BY Turboden Turboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and a leader in Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerators for distributed power generation employing renewable sources and waste heat, successfully delivered an ORC system to Maine Woods Pellet Co. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

Opinion: Our Most Abundant Feedstock

BY Tim PortzWaste is this industry’s most available and most widely utilized feedstock. it is also the most broadly defined. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

Enerkem advanced ethanol ranks lowest in carbon intensity in BC

BY Enerkem Inc. Enerkem Inc. has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product under the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

IRS issues 2017 production tax credits, ups closed-loop biomass

BY Anna SimetThe Internal Revenue Service has published guidance pertaining to the Section 45 Production Tax Credit for 2017. The PTC provides a per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for electricity generated and sold by qualified energy resources. READ MORE

April 18, 2017

Proposed California biomass CHP plant wins NFF contest

BY National Forest Foundation This year's National Forest Foundation Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge combines energy production, sustainable forestry and community development in innovative proposal receives $100,000 in prize money. READ MORE

April 18, 2017

Opinion: One Step Forward

BY Micheal McAdams If the U.S. is to see the use of more advanced and cellulosic fuels, we have to provide more certainty and less friction to create a stable environment for investment in these companies. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office launches projects map

BY US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office announced the launch of its Small Business Innovation Research Projects Map, an interactive map depicting all of BETO’s recent projects throughout the U.S. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

Oregon Senate passes bill adding woody biomass to green tech list

BY Anna SimetPassed in a 30-0 vote, Oregon Senate has passed a bill that adds woody biomass to list of types of green energy generating technology that must be included in the construction, reconstruction or renovation of public buildings. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

In Depth: Solid Organic Waste Conversion in Small Communities

BY Babatunde Olateju, Xiaomei Li and Axel Meisen A study was conducted to identify the most promising technologies and their providers for converting 10,000 to 100,000 tonnes of SOW per year, generated by or in the vicinity of small and medium communities in Alberta. READ MORE

April 14, 2017

Viridor names contractor for England waste-to-energy plant

BY Viridor Viridor, one of the U.K.’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies, has appointed CNIM S.A. and Clugston Construction Ltd to build a new £252 million Energy Recovery Facility on an industrial site in Avonmouth on the outskirts of Bristol. READ MORE

April 14, 2017

Alliance Bio-Products procures feedstock for cellulosic project

BY Ethanol Producer Magazine Alliance Bio-Products Inc. announced it has entered into an option agreement with the Indian River County solid waste disposal district to secure its processed vegetative waste. READ MORE

April 14, 2017

Amec Foster Wheeler wins contract for Finland biomass heat plant

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by Lahti Energia Oy, a municipality-owned energy supplier, for the design, supply and assembly of a circulating fluidized-bed steam generator plant for the new biomass heating plant in Lahti, Finland. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

In Depth: Sponsor Spotlight: Komptech Americas

BY Todd Dunderdale In 1992, Komptech developed the TopTurn, one of the industry's original European windrow turners. Today, the company has more than 40 distributors worldwide selling the company’s trademark green waste and biomass processing equipment. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Opinion: BTEC Top Priorities for 2017

BY Aaron Aber The first few months of the new presidential administration have left the legislative future for biomass thermal energy uncertain. However, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council sees opportunities to advance biomass thermal adoption. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

D3MAX pilot test results at Ace Ethanol surpass expectations

BY BBI International With pilot test results at Ace Ethanol exceeding expectations, D3MAX, a bolt-on technology to convert corn fiber to cellulosic ethanol, plans to begin designing the first commercial-scale plant this summer with construction expected to begin by fall. READ MORE

April 12, 2017

In Depth: The Evolving World of Wood Shredding

BY Peter Streinik Wood shredding activity is on the rise, as is the number of operators rethinking their plant design. READ MORE

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