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January 17, 2019

New York sets new goals for 100% clean power, 70% renewables

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that calls for the state to achieve 100 percent clean power by 2040. It also aims to set new renewable energy mandates. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

Promising bioplastic derived from ‘poo molecule’

BY Lund University A new, fossil-free bioplastic is emerging, according to Lund University. Lab experiments show the material is more durable than both regular plastic and other bioplastics, and is potentially better suited for recycling. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

RNG Coalition adds former CARB transportation fuel chief to staff

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) has announced the hire of Sam Wade, former chief of the transportation fuel branch at the California Air Resources Board, as the organization’s director of state regulatory affairs. READ MORE

January 16, 2019

Wheeler: E15, RFS rulemakings could be delayed by shutdown

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 16, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed that the agency currently plans to complete a rule allowing year-round E15 by June 1, but cautioned it will be unable to meet that deadline if the government shutdown continues. READ MORE

January 16, 2019

EQTEC signs contract with Phoenix Energy

BY EQTEC plc EQTEC plc, the technology solution company for biomass gasification-to-energy projects, is pleased to announce that it has signed its first equipment purchase contract with Phoenix Energy, in relation to the company's first power plant in California. READ MORE

January 16, 2019

BTA completes waste-to-gas plant for SÉMECS in Canada

BY BTA International GmbH BTA International GmbH and its North American partner CCI BioEnergy Inc. have completed a major waste-to-gas facility in Varennes, Quebec. The facility is owned by SÉMECS and converts household organic waste into biogas. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts for 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EIA has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that the total share of renewable electricity generation will reach 18 percent in 2019 and 20 percent in 2020, up from 17 percent in 2018. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

PFI submits comments on minimum pellet fuel requirements in NSPS

BY Pellet Fuels Institute On Jan. 14, the Pellet Fuels Institute continued its ongoing effort to eliminate the inclusion of minimum pellet fuel requirements in the New Source Performance Standard by submitting written comments to the U.S. EPA prior to the comment deadline. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

FutureMetrics adds policy advisor to team

BY FutureMetrics Yoshinobu Kusano has joined FutureMetrics as a policy advisor regarding the Asian wood pellet markets. He will provide FutureMetrics with updates and analysis on current and evolving policy in the high-growth regions of northeast and southeast Asia. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

UK Clean Air Strategy could impact coal-to-biomass conversions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government has released its Clean Air Strategy. The U.K. REA said it welcomes the ambitions of the strategy, but called on the government to take into account contemporary evidence on the role of bioenergy in meeting carbon targets. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

Advancements in catalytic fast pyrolysis give biofuels a boost

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Researchers from NREL, PNNL, and ANL have identified an approach to improve the efficiency and reduce costs of biofuel production by demonstrating improvements in bio-oil yield through catalyst and process development. READ MORE

January 11, 2019

Pilot biogas system installed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleIn Brazil, a waste-to-energy pilot plant that produces biogas and fertilizer was recently installed in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The Rio press office said the plant is located at the municipal company of urban cleaning (Comlurb). READ MORE

January 11, 2019

Assets of former Ineos Bio plant to be sold piecemeal via auction

BY Erin VoegeleEquipment associated with the former Ineos Bio Energy 8 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and 6 MW bioenergy plant in Vero Beach, Florida, are being sold piecemeal via a timed auction ending Jan. 15, according to the Maas Companies. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

FuelCell Energy enters option agreement for landfill gas project

BY Erin VoegeleFuelCell Energy Inc. has announced progress with the development of two biogas fuel cell projects in California, including one in Orange County that will convert landfill gas into renewable electricity and hydrogen. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

Seneca supplies biomass fuel to Templeborough plant

BY Seneca Resource Recovery Seneca Resource Recovery recently commenced a three-year contract to supply high-spec biomass fuel to Templeborough Biomass Power Plant in Rotherham. The fuel is manufactured using waste wood recovered from construction and commercial waste. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

Canada joins International Renewable Energy Agency

BY International Renewable Energy Agency Canada has officially become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Canada becomes the Agency’s 160th member to join the global intergovernmental organization dedicated to the widespread adoption of renewable energy. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

EU approves biomass support scheme in Portugal

BY Erin VoegeleThe European Commission has approved, under European Union state aid rules, a scheme in Portugal to support biomass energy installations located close to forest areas regarded as critical due to the risk of fires. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Pinnacle announces name change

BY Erin VoegeleCanada-based pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. recently announced it has changed its name to Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Pinnacle currently operates eight wood pellet production facilities in western Canada and one in Alabama. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

Comments due Jan. 14 on EPA’s residential wood heater proposal

BY Erin VoegeleMembers of the public who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to amend new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters have less than a week to do so. The public comment period closes Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

EIA proposes changes to biofuel reporting requirements

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking public comments on several changes it intends to make within its Petroleum Supply Reporting System, including those related to data collection on biofuels. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

Japan Airlines to fuel flights with sustainable aviation fuel

BY Japan Airlines Japan Airlines has announced plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. The flights are expected to begin later this month. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

Global Bioenergies welcomes increased biofuel mandates in France

BY Global Bioenergies Global Bioenergies welcomes the French deputies' vote for the country's 2019 finance bill, which stipulates an increase in the minimum amount of biofuels to be incorporated into motor vehicle fuel. The minimum will reach 8.2 percent in 2020. READ MORE

January 07, 2019

EIA: 780,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 720,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in September, with sales reaching 780,000 tons. READ MORE

January 04, 2019

Arizona Corporation Commission action supports bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleThe Arizona Corporation Commission has announced a new effort to expand bioenergy production. On Dec. 19, the group announced its commissioners recently voted to adopt a policy statement addressing the role of forest bioenergy in Arizona. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

UK sets new quarterly record for renewable electricity generation

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government recently released updated quarterly energy statistics showing that the renewables share of electricity generation increased to a record 33.1 percent during the third quarter of 2018. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

ORNL team uses supercomputer to aid in biofuel production

BY Jonathan Hines, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Using supercomputers, a team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down biomass. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

Opinion: The Conspiracy Against Wood Stoves

BY John AckerlyIn recent years, we’ve heard more and more from people who believe the government is trying to regulate wood stoves out of existence. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

In Depth: Corrosion Management of Anaerobic Digesters and Sludge Tanks

BY Marina Silva and Tom Belli FROM THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE READ MORE

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