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December 19, 2014

EPA: Nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for November, reporting that more than 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Purdue researchers develop process to convert lignin to chemicals

BY Purdue University A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

REG, Neste Oil settle U.S. and Singapore patent lawsuits

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc., headquartered in Ames, Iowa, and Neste Oil Corp. of Finland have entered into a settlement and license agreement whereby the parties have settled patent infringement lawsuits. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

BioCNG breaks ground on biogas project in Colorado

BY BioCNG LLC BioCNG LLC announced that it participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the BioCNG biogas conditioning system and gas pipeline for the Persigo wastewater treatment plant in Grand Junction, Colorado. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

Vencor International enters agreement to produce bio-coal

BY Venco International Inc. Venco International Inc. recently announced it has entered into an five-year agreement with Vega Biofuels Inc. to produce bio-coal, a form of torrefied wood pellets. The initial order of 3,000 tons will be produced and ready to ship in early 2015. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

BPC report highlights 40 RFS policy options

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy has responded to a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center that describes several options for reforming the renewable fuel standard (RFS), noting it pushes some of same tired talking points Big Oil has relied on for years. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

FutureMetrics paper focuses on biomass conversions

BY Katie FletcherFutureMetrics LLC recently published a white paper on the conversion of old pulverized coal plants to use advanced solid biofuel rather than coal, noting biomass conversions are a low-cost solution to comply with state renewable portfolio standards. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

SUNY wins DOE grant to support feedstock logistics research

BY SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Mono County biomass project in California receives $215,000 grant

BY Katie FletcherCalifornia's Mono County thermal biomass project is one of three ventures awarded funding through the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Grant Program. The project received $215,000 to replace a propane boiler with biomass boiler system. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Senate passes short-term tax extenders package

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 16, the U.S. Senate passed a short-term tax extenders package that aims to retroactively extend several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

N.Y. awards funding to bioenergy projects through REDC initiative

BY Erin VoegeleNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Several bioenergy projects were granted funding. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Iogen announces startup of Brazilian cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Sue Retka SchillOttawa-based Iogen Corp. announced its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant is producing ethanol in Brazil. The first 200,000 liters (53,000 gallons) has been distributed by Brazilian ethanol producer Raizen to its network of gas stations. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Solegear, TEQ sign agreement to increase use of bioplastic

BY Solegear Bioplastics Solegear Bioplastics and Thermoform Engineered Quality have signed a strategic agreement to accelerate the growth and expansion of Solegear's bioplastics into identified growth sectors of the rigid plastic packaging marketplace. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

USDA improves forest health by harvesting biomass for energy

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. This summer, 19 energy facilities in 10 states participated in BCAP. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

ETH Zurich researchers manufacture PLA from glycerol

BY ETH Zurich Polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging. To meet the rising demand, ETH Zurich researchers have developed an eco-friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol, a biodiesel byproduct. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Portucel to construct pellet plant in South Carolina

BY Erin VoegelePortugal-based Portucel S.A. has announced plans to build a 460,000-ton-per-year pellet plant in Greenwood County, South Carolina. Construction on the $110 million project is expected to begin in early 2015, with operations commencing in 2016. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

U.K. opens competition to fund demonstration-scale biofuel plants

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department for Transport has announced plans to award GBP 25 million ($39.37 million) to support the development of up to three advanced biofuel demonstration plants through a two-phase competition. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Amyris renewable jet fuel receives regulatory approval in Brazil

BY Amyris Inc. Amyris Inc. welcomed the approval of its renewable jet fuel by Brazil's fuels regulator, ANP, clearing the way for the commercialization in Brazil of the Amyris renewable jet fuel in blends of up to 10 percent. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Renmatix acquires Sweden-based REAC Fuel's intellectual property

BY Renmatix Inc. Renmatix Inc. recently announced it has acquired the intellectual property rights and know-how of REAC Fuel. Based in Sweden, REAC has developed intellectual property that complements Renmatix's existing technology portfolio. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Wood Resources International: U.S. pellet exports up in Q2

BY Wood Resources International LLC The U.S. South increased pellet exports to Europe by 10 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 through the second quarter of 2014. During the same period, Canada decreased exports to Europe by 25 percent, but significantly increased exports to Asia. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

U.K. DECC proposes RO changes for biomass cofiring, conversions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change is proposing to make changes to its Renewables Obligation for certain biomass facilities, including those that carry out new conversions from coal to biomass or increase the levels of cofiring. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

USDA provides greater protection for specialty crop growers

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance, including energy crops. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

California report emphasizes need for renewable gas standard

BY Katie FletcherThe nonprofit Bioenergy Association of California has published a report detailing why California needs a renewable gas standard. The report concludes that the biogas sector needs an effective regulatory framework and greater long-term certainty. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

EPA highlights expected RFS rulemaking schedule during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 10, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, HealthCare and Entitlements held a hearing focused on the U.S. EPA's implementation of the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 12, 2014

Oregon opens $1.5 million renewable energy funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleThe Oregon Department of Energy has opened a renewable energy funding opportunity, announcing that up to $1.5 million in grants are available for renewable energy production systems. Biomass, landfill gas and biogas are among the eligible technogies. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

Genera announces investment from WindSail Capital Group

BY Genera Energy Inc. Genera Energy Inc. has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that provides growth financing to companies advancing energy innovation and sustainability. READ MORE

December 11, 2014

German Pellets' Louisiana plant expected to begin operations soon

BY Erin VoegeleGerman Pellets GmbH has released its third quarter financial results, reporting a good start to the heating season and a new 10-year contract with a European customer. The company also announced its Louisiana pellet plant will begin operations soon. READ MORE

December 11, 2014

Rivertop Renewables begins construction of commercial plant

BY Rivertop Renewables Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based specialty chemicals company, has begun construction of its first commercial plant, located at DanChem Technologies Inc.'s facility in Danville, Virginia. The facility will produce several biobased products. READ MORE

December 11, 2014

Paul Smith's College, NYSERDA partner on renewable energy

BY Paul Smith's College Paul Smith's College is installing a highly sustainable, state-of-the-art wood-pellet boiler system, which will heat its three academic buildings. The project was partially supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. READ MORE

December 11, 2014

NatureWorks and Natur-Tec begin sales of Ingeo in India

BY NatureWorks NatureWorks and Northern Technologies International Corp. have announced they are collaborating on marketing and sales of Ingeo in India and surrounding countries, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. READ MORE

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