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October 16, 2019

EPA approves RFS fuel pathway filed by Texmark, Neste

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA approved a RFS fuel pathway filed on behalf of Texmark Chemicals and Neste that will allow renewable diesel produced at Neste’s biorefinery Finland to be shipped to Texmark's plant and fractionated into renewable jet fuel and diesel bottoms. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Iowa biofuel, ag groups explain outrage over EPA’s SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the Iowa biofuels industry held a press briefing Oct. 16 to explain their outrage over the EPA’s Oct. 15 release of its SRE relief rule, explaining the rule did not accurately represent the deal they were briefed on Oct. 3. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

EPA’s SRE deal falls short of industry expectations

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA issued a supplemental rule Oct. 15 seeking comments on how it should project the volume of SREs in future RFS rulemakings. The rule fell short of industry expectations and demonstrated EPA's failure to follow past DOE SRE recommendations. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Vanguard selects Kinsley system to power Vermont RNG project

BY Kinsley Energy Systems Vanguard Renewables has selected Kinsley Energy Systems to supply high-efficiency CHP for for a groundbreaking renewable energy project. Kinsley will provide an 800 kW TEDOM CHP system to power a new RNG production facility in Salisbury, Vermont. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

SkyNRG launches Board Now program

BY SkyNRG SkyNRG officially launched its Board Now program on Oct. 3. The program allows participating companies to reduce air travel emissions why contributing to the development of a new production facility for sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

USDA seeks applications for biorefinery loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Applications for the current cycle of the loan guarantee program are due April 1. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

PFI to hold board meeting, other events in Washington, DC

BY Pellet Fuels Institute The Pellet Fuels Institute will host its fall board meeting in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 29-30. The two-day event will also include discussions with other aligned associations, including BTEC, and visits with elected officials on Capital Hill. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass sales reach 780,000 tons in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced 770,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in June, with sales reaching 780,000 tons. Exports reached more than 648,000 tons for the month. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

UNSW scientists use graphene filter to purify methane from biogas

BY University of New South Wales University of New South Wales scientists that developed a graphene filter to improve the quality of drinking water have discovered the very thin form of carbon can also purify methane from biogas produced in wastewater plants. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

Velocys to integrate CCUS at Mississippi biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys announced plans Oct. 10 to capture and store carbon dioxide generated at its proposed Mississippi biorefinery, enabling the production of carbon-negative biofuel. The company also recently announced its technology will be deployed in Japan. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

EPA’s SRE proposal under OMB review

BY Erin VoegeleThe supplemental rulemaking referenced by the U.S. EPA in an Oct. 4 announcement regarding its plans to reallocate RFS volume obligations waived through future SREs appears to be under White House Office of Management and Budget review. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

CalBio, Bloom Energy to generate electricity from dairy waste

BY California Bioenergy LLC Bloom Energy and California Bioenergy LLC announced a collaboration Oct. 10 to deploy the companies’ commercial solution for the conversion of dairy waste into renewable electricity without combustion. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

EIA: 2 million households to heat with wood this winter

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that nearly 2 million, or approximately 2 percent, U.S. households will use cord wood or wood pellets as a primary residential space heating fuel for the 2019-’20 winter. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Neste to open office for renewable aviation business

BY Neste Corp. Neste has opened a new office in Hoofddorp, in greater Amsterdam which will serve as the global hub for the growing Renewable Aviation business. Neste is now also launching Neste MY Renewable Diesel to climate-conscious fleet customers. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

VTT validates production of biofuel using Fischer-Tropsch process

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues was successfully validated in the EU’s COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run at VTT. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

UK: Energy production from biomass, waste up 10% in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government has announced energy production from bioenergy and waste was up 10.4 percent during the second quarter of 2019 when compared to the same period of 2018. The growth is attributed to increased capacity. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

Future Forests + Jobs initiative combats biomass misinformation

BY Future Forests + Jobs Future Forests + Jobs launched Oct. 8 to advance a fact-based conversation around renewable wood energy and hold those who spread misinformation about the industry to account. The initiative is supported by the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

Midwest Biomass Exchange now online

BY Midwest Biomass Exchange Individuals and companies seeking outlets for selling agricultural residues have a new option at their fingertips. Access is available to a new web-based resource, called the Midwest Biomass Exchange, created and supported by the USDA Forest Service. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

BIO announces 2021 leadership transition

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced that industry veteran Jim Greenwood will step down as president and CEO of the world’s largest biotechnology organization after the 2020 election. READ MORE

October 07, 2019

Enviva to construct Alabama pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva is moving forward with plans to construct a new wood pellet plant in Sumter County, Alabama, and increase the production capacity of its existing wood pellet plant Sampson County, North Carolina. READ MORE

October 07, 2019

UDSA: US wood pellet exports reach 738,300 tons in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 738,300.5 tons of wood pellets in August, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Oct. 4. Pellet exports were up when compared to both July 2019 and August 2018. READ MORE

October 07, 2019

Bloom Energy announces biogas-to-electricity project in India

BY Bloom Energy Bloom Energy and EnergyPower are deploying an integrated solution for supplying clean, reliable power to local Indian businesses. Once complete, the project will be Bloom’s first commercial scale on-site biogas to electricity project in India. READ MORE

October 04, 2019

DOE awards $3 million for R&D to wood stove manufacturers

BY Alliance for Green Heat The U.S. Department of Energy selected two companies—MF Fire and ISB Marketing—to receive $3 million for research and development (R&D) on smart, automated wood stoves through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. READ MORE

October 04, 2019

BioHiTech supplies 12 digesters to 4 US universities

BY BioHiTech Global Inc. BioHiTech Global Inc. announced it has received orders for 12 of its Revolution Series Digesters from four universities in the northeastern U.S. Together, those 12 digesters will be capable of processing 2 million pounds of food waste annually. READ MORE

October 04, 2019

EPA to release supplemental rulemaking to account for future SREs

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA on Oct. 4 announced plans to release its much anticipated RFS relief package but provided few details. The agency said a proposed rule seeking public comment on how and at what levels it should account for future SREs will be issued soon. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

Pinnacle reacts to British Columbia sawmill curtailments

BY Erin VoegelePinnacle Renewable Energy released a statement Sept. 30 indicating ongoing sawmill curtailments in British Columbia are causing higher fiber, maintenance and repair costs at its British Columbia pellet plants. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

Monarch Bioenergy extends RNG marketing agreement with EMRE

BY Monarch Bioenergy Monarch Bioenergy has awarded Element Markets Renewable Energy a five-year contract extension as the exclusive marketer for the renewable natural gas (RNG) produced at Monarch’s biomethane production facilities in northern Missouri. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

Neste, Lufthansa collaborate on sustainable aviation

BY Neste Neste and Lufthansa have announced Lufthansa will use Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel, blended with fossil jet fuel on flights departing from Frankfurt. The first batch of sustainable aviation fuel was delivered to Lufthansa earlier this year. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

DOE awards $75 million to 35 bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Oct. 1 it is awarding $73 million to 35 bioenergy research and development projects that aim to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable the production of biomass products. READ MORE

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