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September 25, 2018

California governor signs RNG procurement bill into law

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 23, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1440, which authorizes a state procurement program for renewable natural gas (RNG). SB 1440 was the second piece of RNG legislation signed by Brown in late September. READ MORE

September 25, 2018

Drax rail project named as best in class

BY Drax Group The partnership between Drax Power Station and Davis Wagon Services saw a new fleet of freight wagons designed and built to deliver biomass. Now, the program has been named project of the year by the Rail Freight Group. READ MORE

September 25, 2018

Researchers study best time to harvest switchgrass

BY Paige Short, Michigan Tech Switchgrass is a promising biofuel feedstock, but farmers, environmentalists and biofuel developers, find deciding on the right time to harvest particularly thorny. Researchers at Michigan Tech are working to find some answers. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Cellulosic biorefinery to break ground in North Dakota

BY Erin VoegeleA biorefinery that will produce 16 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol and 120,000 of lignin pellets is set to break ground in Spiritwood, North Dakota, in spring 2019. The facility, under development by New Energy Blue, will feature Inbicon technology. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Atlantic Power to acquire 2 South Carolina biomass plants

BY Atlantic Power Corp. Atlantic Power Corp. announced Sept. 20 that it has executed an agreement to acquire two biomass plants in South Carolina from EDF Renewables Inc. for $13 million. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur during the second half of 2019. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

Eqtec selected as technology supplier for Phoenix Biomass Energy

BY Eqtec plc Eqtec plc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Phoenix Biomass Energy, a California based power company, to supply its proprietary Eqtec gasifier technology (EGT) for two power plants in California. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

In Depth: Forecasting Industrial Wood Pellet Prices

BY William Strauss FutureMetrics has developed a comprehensive model for estimating the cost to produce and ship industrial wood pellets to a foreign port. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

California governor signs bill to aid RNG pipeline integration

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 20, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that aims to facilitate pipeline integration of renewable natural gas (RNG). The bill was supported by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

Harnessing algae and fungi to create new biofuel system

BY Michigan State University Michigan State University scientists developed a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation and harvesting costs and increases productivity. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

New method more than doubles sugar production from plants

BY EPFL EPFL chemists have developed a method that can significantly increase the yield of sugars from plants, improving the production of renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

EPA releases data on small refinery hardship waivers

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released new data on small refinery hardship waivers confirming the agency has, to date, waived volumes equal to approximately 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) for 2017 and 790 million RINs for 2016. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Airbus delivers aircraft to JetBlue using biojet blend

BY Airbus Airbus’ A320 Family production facility in the U.S. is delivering its first aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel. The latest A321 for JetBlue is due to depart Mobile on Sept. 20 with 15 percent sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Enerkem commits to taking action on ocean plastics waste

BY Enerkem Inc. Enerkem Inc. announced Sept. 20 at the G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministerial Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that it will be exploring opportunities to take action on ocean plastics waste and marine litter. READ MORE

September 19, 2018

Envia idles GTL plant, Velocys focuses on Mississippi project

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys has announced that Envia Energy will suspend operations at its Oklahoma City plant due to financial circumstances. The gas-to-liquids facility, which features Velocys’ Fischer-Tropsch technology, began producing finished products in 2017. READ MORE

September 19, 2018

Wärtsilä to supply biogas upgrading plant to Oregon facility

BY Erin VoegeleWärtsilä has announced its subsidiary Puregas Solutions has been contracted to provide a turnkey biogas upgrading plant to an existing anaerobic digestion facility in Oregon for the production of renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

September 19, 2018

Bacteria used as cell factories could produce biofuels

BY University of Kent A new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of biotechnical applications, including the production of biofuels and vaccines, has been developed by a team of scientists led by the University of Kent. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

HPBA: Wood stove manufacturers need more time to meet EPA regs

BY Erin VoegeleThe Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association is speaking out in support of a bill that aims to push back the effective compliance date of new source performance standards for residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

Enviva reports minimal hurricane damage

BY Enviva Partners LP Enviva Partners LP reported Sept. 17 that its facilities have incurred only minor damage from Hurricane Florence. The company's production facility in Sampson County, North Carolina, was briefly idled but has already resumed operations. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

PFI launches pellet heat social media beta test

BY Pellet Fuels Institute Beginning Sept. 18, and continuing for the next four months, social media ads carrying messages extolling the benefits of using wood pellets for residential heat will be delivered to consumers in eight markets across the United States. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

UK bioenergy plant begins commercial operations

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 14, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners announced that Kent Renewable Energy, a 27 MW wood-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant located in Sandwich, U.K., has successfully commenced operations. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

SoCalGas to offer RNG at its fueling stations

BY Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas Co. will soon begin using renewable natural gas for the first time at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations across its service territory, as well as at six fueling stations in the San Diego area. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

Australian researchers produce biobased hydrogen

BY Macquarie University Bacteria that turn sugar into hydrogen are being engineered by Macquarie University researchers who received a $1.1 million grant from ARENA, the Australian government’s renewable energy agency. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

EIA: 680,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 680,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in May, with sales reaching 610,000 tons. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

Biojet blend fuels transatlantic flight

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is partnering with United Airlines and World Energy on an international commercial flight powered by biojet fuel made from Carinata seed oil. The nonstop San Francisco-to-Zurich flight took place Sept.14. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

U of A biologist receives grant to improve biofuel production

BY University of Arkansas A University of Arkansas biologist is using protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to make the process of turning organic material into biofuels more efficient and environmentally sound. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

OPINION: Mirrors and Smoke, Smoke and Mirrors

BY John Crouch Recently, there has been some talk in the biomass community about the possibility of a $500 million woodstove change-out fund being created by Congress. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

New Hampshire legislature overrides veto of biomass bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe New Hampshire legislature has successfully voted to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of Senate Bill 365, which will require electric utilities to purchase energy from six of the state’s independent biomass power plants for three years. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Virgin Australia leads trial using Gevo’s biojet in Brisbane

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 11, Virgin Australia announced the successful completion of a trial to deliver sustainable aviation fuel through Brisbane Airport’s general fuel supply system. Biojet used during the trail was supplied by Gevo Inc. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

DOE funds 6 projects for co-optimization of engines and fuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research, with $10.1 million funding six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

EPA’s SAB to address biogenic CO2 framework at Sept. 26 meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced its Chartered Science Advisory Board will hold a teleconference Sept. 26 to address several issues, including a new draft SAB review of EPA’s Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. READ MORE

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