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November 11, 2019

Sievers testifies at Senate hearing on Farm Bill implementation

BY Erin VoegeleAmerican Biogas Council Director Bryan Sievers testified at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee, Nutrition and Forestry on Nov. 7 focused on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill’s rural development and energy programs. READ MORE

November 11, 2019

Trump nominates Brouillette to serve as energy secretary

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump on Nov. 7 formally nominated current U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette to serve as the next secretary of energy. Brouillette will replace current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

November 08, 2019

Port of Pascagoula, Enviva break ground on pellet export terminal

BY Port of Pascagoula A groundbreaking ceremony took place Nov. 7 for Enviva’s new marine export terminal in the Port of Pascagoula’s Bayou Casotte Harbor in Mississippi. The ceremony marks the beginning of 15 months of construction on the $90 million terminal. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Agenda released for 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Biomass Magazine announced this week the agenda for the 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place February 3-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Report: European pellet consumption, production up in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe 28 European Union member states produced nearly 17 million metric tons of wood pellets last year and consumed nearly 27 million metric tons, according to date recently released by Bioenergy Europe. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Maryland Environmental Service, Bioenergy DevCo sign agreement

BY Maryland Environmental Service Maryland Environmental Service has announce an agreement to provide operational expertise to Bioenergy DevCo as it designs, sites, constructs, permits, and subsequently operates two anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities planned for the Baltimore area. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

40 members of congress urge passage of biofuel tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleForty democratic members of Congress sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Richard Neal, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, on Nov. 6 urging action on the extension of several biofuel tax credits. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

Xebec, Asja announce progress with RNG plant in Italy

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc. announced Nov. 6 that renewable energy project developer and operator Asja Ambiente Italia SpA is in the final construction phase of its 11.2 MW landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Genoa, Italy. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

ÅF Pöyry selected as St1’s engineering partner for Swedish plant

BY ÅF Pöyry St1 has awarded ÅF Pöyry with engineering assignment for a new renewable fuel production unit investment project. The new plant will be built in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is the largest single investment in St1's history. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Senate interior appropriations bill requires EPA to act on eRINs

BY RFS Power Coalition The RFS Power Coalition applauded the passage of H.R. 3055 (116), the Senate’s Interior Appropriations bill. The Interior-EPA portion of the spending package includes a provision requiring the EPA to take swift action on existing eRIN applications. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

FutureMetrics paper discusses Japan, South Korea pellet markets

BY Erin VoegeleA recent white paper published by FutureMetrics LLC discusses wood pellet markets in Japan and South Korea and provides insight into how policies in those countries impact power producers’ ability to pay for pellet fuel under long-term contracts. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Gevo announces fuel contract, plan for sustainability tracking

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. announced Nov. 4 it has won a contract to supply the city of Seattle with renewable gasoline to fuel its fleets. The following day, the company announced a development agreement for technology to track renewable product sustainability. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Solariant closes financing on 50 MW biomass plant in Japan

BY Solariant Capital Solariant Capital and its equity parnters Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co. Ltd., and Bio Fuel Co. Inc. recently announced financing has closed on a 50 MW biomass power generation project in Japan. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Hawai’i Gas, DMT win ABC’s ‘Project of the Year’

BY DMT Clear Gas Solution On Oct. 29, at their 19th annual BioCycle REFOR19, the American Biogas Council announced Hawai’i Gas and DMT Clear Gas Solutions as the winner of their 2019 “Project of the Year” award. The project was one of eight to be recognized by ABC. READ MORE

November 04, 2019

FERC: 505 MW of biomass capacity planned through August 2022

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published its latest monthly Energy Infrastructure Update on Nov. 1 showing that up to 505 megawatts (MW) of biomass power capacity is currently under development and could be installed by August 2022. READ MORE

November 04, 2019

Biofuel, ag groups ask Trump to uphold SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleA coalition of 60 agriculture and biofuel groups sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 4 urging him to fix the U.S. EPA’s flawed supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that describes the agency’s plan for reallocating future SREs. READ MORE

November 01, 2019

New Hampshire delegation urges EPA to open RFS to renewable power

BY Erin VoegeleThe New Hampshire congressional delegation sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 28 urging the agency to allow renewable electricity producers to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard, starting in 2020. READ MORE

November 01, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 730,000 tons in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe Energy Information Administration hasreleased data showing U.S. manufacturers produced 790,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in July, with sales at 730,000 tons. Inventories of both premium/standard pellets and utility pellets were up in July. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Enviva discusses new capacity development in Q3 earnings call

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva released Q3 financial results on Oct. 30, reporting its highest ever quarterly adjusted EBITDA. During an earnings call, company officials discussed planned capacity increases, including the construction of a new plant in Mississippi. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Aries reaches financial close on biosolids gasification facility

BY Aries Clean Energy Aries Clean Energy has completed the $65 million financial close for the Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility in New Jersey, and construction has commenced. The facility will divert 130,000 tons of biosolids from local landfills annually. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Biofuels could be made from bacteria that grow in seawater

BY University of Manchester Researchers from the University of Manchester are using synthetic biology to explore a more efficient way to produce the next generation of biobased jet fuels—partly made from a type of bacteria that grows in seawater. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Vertimass wins $1.4 million for ethanol to jet fuel process

BY Vertimass LLC Vertimass LLC announced Oct. 30 that Bioenergy Technologies Office within the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will receive a cost-shared award of up to $1.4 million to optimize jet fuel production from ethanol. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Opinion: Accepting, Understanding and Mitigating Risk

BY Anna SimetOperator training is just one piece of the very complex safety puzzle of biomass energy facilities. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Opinion: Ask Smart Questions, Devise Smart Solutions

BY John Ackerly Whether we are talking about solid biomass, liquid biofuels, solar, propane or oil, we still need to think about the smartest use of the energy and how can it be most efficiently deployed. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Opinion: Forest Fire Prevention, Controlling Emissions and Making Money

BY Brian O’Connor Clearing underbrush, vegetation and dead wood from properties is essential in providing fire protection for forests and other wooded areas. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Biofuel groups call on EPA to fix SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the biofuels industry expressed frustration with the EPA’s bait and switch regarding its supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on SREs during an Oct. 30 hearing in Michigan and called on the agency to fix the flawed proposal. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Toshiba begins construction of 44 MW biomass power plant in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleToshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp. announced Oct. 25 that its subsidiary Sigma Power Ariake Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 44 megawatt (MW) biomass power plant it is constructing in Omuta City, Japan. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Argonne National laboratory releases 2019 GREET model

BY Matt ThompsonThe Argonne National Laboratory’s 2019 GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) models include changes and updates to carbon calculations for land use change from the production of biofuels. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

American Biogas Council announces 2019 Biogas Award Winners

BY American Biogas Council The American Biogas Council recognized eight biogas projects for their outstanding performance and contribution to the U.S. biogas industry at the Biogas Industry Awards Dinner at BioCycle REFOR19 on Oct. 29. READ MORE

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