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July 19, 2019

Velocys raises £7M, secures £2.8M in co-funding from BA, Shell

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys has secured £7 million ($8.75 million) by way of a placing of more than 233.33 million new ordinary shares. The placing complements £2.8 million committed by British Airways and Shell, strategic partners in Velocys' U.K. biojet fuel project. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

USDA: $400 million still available for REAP loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced July 18 that more than $400 million is still available for renewable energy system and energy efficiency loan guarantees through the Rural Energy for America Program. USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Enviva thanks NCDEQ for hearing on expansion of Sampson plant

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Partners LP issued a statement July 15 thanking the North Carolina DEQ for the opportunity to hear from stakeholders at a public hearing regarding new emission control equipment to be installed at its pellet plant in Sampson County. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Kinetrex Energy’s GHG emissions calculator shows benefits of RNG

BY Kinetrex Energy Kinetrex Energy has released a new online GHG emissions calculator that makes it simple for fleet managers to measure their GHG emissions as a first step in creating a greener vehicle fleet by showing the benefits of RNG when compared to diesel. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

Aries gets permits for New Jersey plant, launches biochar sales

BY Erin VoegeleAries Clean Energy has completed environmental permitting for a large-scale biosolids gasification facility to be built in New Jersey. The company has also launched retail sales of its Aries Green biochar product. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

B&W Vølund turns over biomass energy project to customer in UK

BY Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. announced July 15 that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S, has successfully turned over a biomass-to-energy plant in Margam, Wales, to Margam Green Energy Ltd. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

Biofuels, carbon offsets power carbon-neutral flights for Delta

BY Delta Air Lines The newest A321 in Delta’s fleet made its initial flight completely carbon-neutral in July using biofuels and carbon offsets, a first for Delta as it continues to make strategic moves to bolster its ongoing sustainability commitments. READ MORE

July 16, 2019

Pinnacle to build pellet plant in Alberta, signs 2 new contracts

BY Erin VoegelePinnacle Renewable Energy announced plans in early July to build a new pellet plant in Alberta. Later in the month, the company said it has entered into two new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with customers in Japan and South Korea. READ MORE

July 16, 2019

New York bioenergy plant to be dismantled

BY Erin VoegeleAn announcement issued by Lewis County, New York, indicates ReEnergy’s 22-megawatt (MW) Lyonsdale Biomass energy facility will be dismantled this summer, with the 46-acre property then transferred to the Lewis County IDA. READ MORE

July 16, 2019

Green Biologics to cease operations

BY Erin VoegeleA former Little Falls, Minnesota, ethanol plant that was converted to biobased butanol and acetone production in 2016 it ceasing operations. Green Biologics Ltd. recently announced it has begun “an orderly closure of operations.” READ MORE

July 16, 2019

Mississippi DEQ approves permit for Enviva’s Lucedale plant

BY Enviva Holdings LP The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board has approved Enviva’s permit to begin construction on its Lucedale wood pellet plant. Enviva Chairman and CEO John Keppler thanked the community of Lucedale for its support. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

Bill provides tax incentives for investments in biogas projects

BY Erin VoegeleReps. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., and Tom Reed, R-N.Y., reintroduced the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act on July 12. The bill aims to provide tax incentives for farmers and rural electric cooperatives who invest in biogas technology. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

Orsted: Biomass unit at Asnæs Power Station begins commissioning

BY Erin VoegeleOrsted announced July 5 that the biomass conversion of its Asnæs Power Station is nearly complete. The first shipment of wood chips has arrived onsite and the project team is preparing to fire up the boilers with wood chips for the first time. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

Xebec partners in DOE project on composite sorbent technology

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc. has announced it is a supporting industrial partner on a project led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to commercialize a composite sorbent technology to more effectively remove CO2 from biogas. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet July 25

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an opening meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held July 25 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

LyondellBasell, Neste produce biobased plastics

BY LyondellBasell LyondellBasell and Neste recently announced the first parallel production of biobased polypropylene and biobased low-density polyethylene at a commercial scale. The joint project used Neste's renewable hydrocarbons. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

Duke Energy offers Bloom Energy fuel cell technology to customers

BY Duke Energy A subsidiary of Duke Energy plans to acquire a portfolio of distributed fuel cell technology projects from Bloom Energy Corp. The company will purchase approximately 37 MW of Bloom Energy Servers, which can be fueled with biogas or natural gas. READ MORE

July 11, 2019

EPA to hold hearing on 2020 RFS proposal July 31 in Michigan

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on its proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 11, 2019

Clean Energy opens RNG fueling station in NYC

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced the opening of its newest natural gas fueling station in Hunts Point—the first station in New York City to exclusively offer renewable natural gas (RNG) for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets. READ MORE

July 11, 2019

Attis Industries joins the Advanced Biofuels Association

BY Attis Industries Inc. Attis Industries Inc. announced July 10 it has joined the Advanced Biofuels Association. The company owns a corn ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, and plans to produce second-generation biofuels in the future. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

FERC: Up to 624 MW in bioenergy editions proposed by June 2022

BY Erin VoegeleData released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission July 5 shows that the U.S. could add up to 61 biomass generation units with a combined capacity of 624 MW by June 2022. The U.S. currently has 16.04 GW of bioenergy capacity in place. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

IRENA: Bioenergy employed 3.18 million people globally in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleIRENA recently released the sixth edition of it Renewable Energy and Jobs report, announcing the renewable energy sector employed at least 11 million people last year, directly and indirectly. Bioenergy employed approximately 3.18 million people. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

Bergs Timber acquires 100,000-ton-per-year pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleSweden-based Bergs Timber signed an agreement June 27 to acquire all shares in wood pellet producer Fågelfors Hyvleri AB. The acquired business primarily consists of a new 100,000-metric-ton-per-year pellet plant located in southeast Sweden. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Electricity excluded from EPA’s proposed 2020 RFS fuel targets

BY RFS Power Coalition The U.S. EPA released proposed 2020 RFS RVOs on July 5. More than 11 years have passed since Congress included electricity from renewable feedstocks as a qualifying fuel in the program, and yet again EPA has ignored electricity in its rulemaking. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

EIA updates 2019, 2020 bioenergy forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of utility-scale generation this year, increasing to 13 percent next year. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Enexor Bioenergy to expand operations in Tennessee

BY Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Enexor BioEnergy officials announced July 8 that the renewable energy company will expand its operations and move into a new manufacturing facility. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Anellotech successfully demos biomass pretreatment technology

BY Anellotech Anellotech’s MinFree technology, an innovative, patent pending biomass pretreatment process, has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton per day scale. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

USDA: Wood pellet exports up in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data July 3, reporting wood pellet exports reached 553,882.9 tons in May, up from 415,836.2 tons during the same month of the previous year and up from 424,680.5 tons in April. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

Total begins operations at biorefinery in France

BY Erin VoegeleTotal announced July 3 it has started up production at its La Mède biorefinery in southeastern France. The company has been working since to 2015 to convert the former oil refinery into a new energies complex. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

BIO: Batchelor named vice president

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization The Biotechnology Innovation Organization announced July 2 that Stephanie Batchelor has been named BIO’s vice president for its industrial & environmental (I&E) section. Batchelor has worked for BIO in the I&E section since July 2008. READ MORE

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