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January 24, 2020

NV Energy seeks proposals for renewable energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleNV Energy, a Nevada energy utility, announced on Jan. 21 it is seeking proposals for biomass, biogas, solar, geothermal and wind project that are compliant with the state’s existing renewable portfolio standards. READ MORE

January 24, 2020

Avantium to build FDCA flagship plant in the Netherlands

BY Avantium Avantium has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Avantium Renewable Polymers, has signed a letter of intent to locate its new flagship plant at Chemie Park Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The 5-kiloton facility will produce plant-based FDCA. READ MORE

January 24, 2020

Opinion: New Year, New Decade

BY Anna Simet It’s a new year, and the future is bright for the North American wood pellet industry. This is true for both the domestic and export industry segements. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

DOE offers $96 million for bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe Department of Energy on Jan. 23 announced it will award up to $96 million for bioenergy research and development to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

US Gain purchases another digester at Wisconsin dairy

BY U.S. Gain U.S. Gain has announced the purchase of an anaerobic digester at Deer Run Dairy LLC in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. The company is currently installing biogas clean-up equipment. RNG produced at the site will be used to meet RFS and LCFS requirements. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

Eqtec receives approval for RDF testing at French university

BY Eqtec plc Eqtec plc announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has received approval from the the University of Lorraine's research laboratory on wood material to carry out tests utilizing refuse derived fuel at an R&D plant located at the university. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

In Depth: The Other Parts of the Equation

BY Anna SimetA specialty hearth retailer and appliance manufacturer weigh in on what might help facilitate further growth in the thriving U.S. wood pellet market. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

Pinnacle charters ship to transport wood pellets to Japan

BY Erin VoegelePinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., a wood pellet producer based in Canada, recently announced company representatives attended a christening and launching ceremony for a ship Pinnacle is chartering to transport wood chips to Japan. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

Opinion: A Banner Year

BY Tim Portz If a sector’s health is determined by the opportunities in front of it, it would be hard to argue that the residential wood pellet industry has ever been healthier. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

BLM issues notice on tribal biomass demonstration projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe Bureau of Land Management has published a notice focused on eligibility and selection criteria for a program that provides woody biomass from BLM and Forest Service lands to support tribal and Alaskan Native biomass demonstraton projects. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

Clean Fuel Partners joins Integrated Biogas Alliance

BY Integrated Biogas Alliance Clean Fuel Partners has joined the Integrated BIogas Alliance. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, the company operates four biogas facilities in focused advancing sustainable agricultural solutions. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

A new model of metabolism draws from thermodynamics and 'omics'

BY École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Mathematical models that describe how cells use enzymes to transform sugar have helped improve second generation biofuel production, but have failed to account for metabolic cost of producing those enzymes. A new model is helping solve that problem. READ MORE

January 22, 2020

In Depth: Fiber, Inventory and Sales

BY Anna Simet Pellet Mill Magazine reviews the U.S. EIA’s most recent Monthly Densified Fuel Report. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

REG, Phillips 66 cancel plans for renewable diesel plant

BY Erin VoegeleREG and Phillips 66 announced on Jan. 21 the cancellation of their joint effort to construct a 250 MMgy renewable diesel plant in Ferndale, Washington. The companies cited permitting delays and uncertainties as reasons for the action. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Renewables account for record share of UK electricity in Q3 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. recently released third quarter 2019 energy statistics, reporting the renewables share of electricity generation reached a record 38.9 percent during the quarter, up from 32.9 percent during the same period of 2018. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Brightmark Energy announces Florida RNG project

BY Brightmark Energy Brightmark Energy has partnered with four dairy farms in central Florida to build and operate three anaerobic digesters that will convert a total of 230,000 tons of dairy manure per year from 9,900 cows into renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

January 20, 2020

EPA: 19.75 billion RINs generated in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released updated renewable identification number (RIN) generation data showing more than 1.74 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in December, bringing total RIN generation for 2019 to 19.75 billion. READ MORE

January 20, 2020

UPM: New bio-boiler plant improves energy efficiency

BY UPM A new bio-boiler plant has been put into operation at UPM Joensuu Plywood Mill. The modern bio-boiler plant improves the mill's energy efficiency, enviornmental perfomrance, occupational safety and fire safety. READ MORE

January 20, 2020

Opinion: Spare Part Reflections

BY Holger Streetz Specialized service providers can offer alternatives that save money and outage time while supporting the local economy. READ MORE

January 17, 2020

UDSA: US pellet exports reach nearly 778,000 tons in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 777,976.5 tons of wood pellets in November, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Jan. 7. Exports were up when compared to both the previous month and November 2018. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

EPA: 21 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Jan. 16, reporting that five new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, up from 16 petitions that had been filed as of Dec. 19. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

UPM: Five years at the forefront of biofuel development

BY UPM The first biorefinery in the world to produce wood-based advanced biofuels started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland five years ago. The UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery uses wood-based residual raw material, crude tall oil, to produce fuel. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund protects North Carolina watershed

BY U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities An important piece of the Little River watershed in the North Carolina Piedmont region will be protected for years to come in part through the help of a $20,000 grant from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund to the Three Rivers Land Trust. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

EIA predicts modest increase for waste biomass power capacity

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. electricity generation from renewable sources is expected to reach 19 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021, up from 17 percent in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Calgren Dairy Fuels, SoCalGas announce expansion of RNG project

BY Southern California Gas Co. Calgren Dairy Fuels and Southern California Gas Co. on Jan. 13 announced that four additional Central Valley dairies have started sending methane produced from cow manure to Calgren's biogas operation in Pixley, where it is processed into RNG. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Gevo secures biogas supply

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has contracted with three dairies to provide manure that the company will convert into renewable natural gas (RNG). Combined, these three dairies expect to generate approximately 350,000 MMBTU biogas each year. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

Ence inaugurates 50 MW biomass power plant in Spain

BY Erin VoegeleSpain-based energy producer Ence Energia y Celulosa SA announced on Jan. 9 the inauguration of a new, low-emissions biomass power plant. The 50 megawatt (MW) facility is located near Puertollano, Spain. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

Two biogas tax credits to drive industry growth

BY American Biogas Council As 2020 begins, the biogas industry has a new pair of tax credits to drive project development. The credits can be used for projects that will be developed this year or started operation during the last two years when these credits were expired. READ MORE

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