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February 24, 2020

Covanta reports record electricity production for 2019

BY Erin VoegeleCovanta Holding Corp. produced a record volume of electricity at its energy from waste (EfW) plants last year, according to information released during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, held Feb. 21. READ MORE

February 24, 2020

Valmet to supply equipment to bioenergy heating plant in Finland

BY Erin VoegeleValmet will supply a flue gas condensing plant to Helen Ltd’s Vuosaari C bioenergy heating plant in Helsinki, Finland. At the facility, heat from flue gases will be recovered to increase district heat production by 69 megawatts (MW). READ MORE

February 24, 2020

INEOS, UPM Biofuels partner on feedstock for renewable plastic

BY INEOS INEOS and UPM Biofuels announced a long-term agreement to supply UPM BioVerno, a sustainable raw material from a renewable residue of wood pulp processing, to produce new and innovative bio-attributed polymers to be produced at INEOS Köln, Germany. READ MORE

February 24, 2020

In Depth: Meeting in the Music City

BY Anna SimetThe 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo drew nearly 900 attendees to Nashville, Tennessee. READ MORE

February 21, 2020

In Depth: Fighting Climate Change with Ancient Technology

BY Ron KotrbaUsed for millennia, biochar is gaining significant market traction for its versatility in dozens of applications and its primary environmental benefit of sequestering carbon indefinitely. READ MORE

February 21, 2020

Minnesota bill aims to encourage alternative fuels, including RNG

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation recently introduced in Minnesota aims to establish a state regulatory policy allowing natural gas utilities to add alternative fuels, such as renewable natural gas and hydrogen gas, to their distributions systems. READ MORE

February 21, 2020

EPA: 23 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Feb. 21, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019. READ MORE

February 21, 2020

Smithfield, Roeslein increase investment in Missouri RNG projects

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Smithfield Foods Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy announced an additional $45 million investment in their Monarch Bioenergy joint venture, which captures methane from hog manure to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) in Missouri. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

USDA: Ag Innovation Agenda will benefit biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA unveiled its Agriculture Innovation Agenda on Feb. 20. The initiative, in part, aims to support renewable fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and biomass. This includes a goal to achieve market-driven blend rates of E30 by 2050. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

Brightmark to expand New York dairy biogas project

BY Brightmark Energy Brightmark has expanded its Western New York dairy biogas project to partner with six total farms throughout the region. Including two new farms, the project will extract methane from 265,000 gallons of dairy manure per day and convert it into RNG. READ MORE

February 20, 2020

Xebec announces its first RNG infrastructure project in Canada

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc. and Bähler Biogas Inc. have signed an agreement to develop an integrated facility in Quebec, Canada, to process various organic wastes for the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) and biofertilizer. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Colorado bill aims to establish an RNG standard for gas utilities

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation recently introduced in the Colorado Senate aims to establish a renewable natural gas (RNG) standard that would require large gas utilities within the state to source a certain percentage of the fuel they supply from renewable resources. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Biomass Heat Works calls for industry support by UK officials

BY Biomass Heat Works Leaders from the U.K.’s biomass heat industry have called on the chancellor for support ahead of the spring budget to help government meet heat decarbonisation targets, address climate change and deliver on its 30 million tree planting initiative. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

GE supplies steam technology for biomass power plant in Japan

BY GE GE announced Feb. 5 that it will provide its renewable steam technology for the high efficiency Kamisu Biomass Power Generation plant in Japan. The facility is scheduled to start commercial operation in July 2023. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

SoCalGas applauds CPUC’s biomethane incentive reservation system

BY Erin VoegeleSouthern California Gas Co. on Feb. 13 announced its support for the California Public Utilities Commission’s new incentive reservation system for its biomethane monetary incentive program, which opened Feb. 3. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

Trump nominates Benevento, Menezes to fill posts at EPA, DOE

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump on Feb. 13 nominated Douglas Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA and Mark Wesley Menezes to serve as deputy secretary of energy. Both nominations are subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

February 17, 2020

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 850,000 tons in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 870,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in October, with sales reaching 850,000 tons. READ MORE

February 17, 2020

Shell Ventures, Valent Low-Carbon Technologies invest in Forge

BY Forge Hydrocarbons Corp. Forge Hydrocarbons Corp., a Canadian biofuel start-up, has announced an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies. The company plans to build a biofuel plant in Sombra, Ontario. READ MORE

February 17, 2020

Xebec receives $27 million in orders for US dairy projects

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc. announced on Feb. 12 that $27 million in orders were received from U.S dairy farmers for a total of six turnkey biogas upgrading plants and small-scale containerized Biostream systems to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

February 14, 2020

Drax’s biomass policy meets highest sustainability standards

BY Drax In its first report, an Independent Advisory Board has found that Drax’s sustainable biomass sourcing reflects recommendations made by Forest Research—the research agency of the Forestry Commission widely considered the industry gold standard. READ MORE

February 14, 2020

15 North Carolina bioenergy, crop farming projects win funding

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services The North Carolina Bioenergy Research Initiative and the New and Emerging Crops Program recently awarded $1 million in grants for 15 projects aimed at boosting bioenergy opportunities and crop production in the state. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Oberon Fuels, SHV Energy partner to accelerate use of rDME

BY Oberon Fuels Oberon Fuels, a producer of ultra-low-carbon, renewable dimethyl ether, and SHV Energy, the world’s largest distributor of propane fuel, are partnering to accelerate the use of renewable DME to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuel. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Resolute Forest Products to produce cellulose filaments in Quebec

BY Resolute Forest Products Inc. Resolute Forest Products recently announced the construction of a commercial plant specializing in the production of cellulose filaments, a new sustainable biomaterial derived from wood fiber, at its Kénogami paper mill in Quebec, Canada. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Genomatica produces 1st ton of renewable nylon intermediate

BY Genomatica Eighty years after nylon’s first commercial production, Genomatica achieved a new milestone for the material—its production of the world’s first renewably sourced ton of the key ingredient for nylon-6, made from plants instead of crude oil. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

Indigenous First Nations in Saskatchewan to get biomass power

BY Turboden Turboden S.p.A. has concluded a contract to provide the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, representing nine Indigenous First Nations in Saskatchewan, Canada, with an 8,000 kW ORC power generation system that uses sawmill residual woody biomass as fuel. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

UK waste-to-energy facility achieves financial close

BY Covanta Holding Corp., Biffa plc and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group JV partners Covanta, Biffa and GIG announced that the Newhurst Energy-from-Waste Facility in Leicestershire, England, has reached financial close. Covanta and GIG will own 50 percent of the project while waste provider Biffa will own the other half. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

UPM invests in biochemicals to drive switch from fossil materials

BY UPM-Kymmene Corp. UPM takes the next transformative growth step and enters the biochemicals business by investing in a biorefinery at Leuna, Germany. The biorefinery, expected to cost USD$600 million, will produce a range of 100 percent wood-based biochemicals. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

HollyFrontier to use HydroFlex technology for biofuel production

BY Haldor Topsoe Under the agreement with Artesia Renewable Diesel Company, a subsidiary of HollyFrontier, Haldor Topsoe will license and supply basic engineering, proprietary equipment, catalysts and technical services. The project is based on HydroFlex technology. READ MORE

February 07, 2020

Skeena Bioenergy wins grant to produce pellets from slash

BY Erin VoegeleThe Forest Enhancement Society of BC announced on Jan. 30 it will award $408,320 to Terrace, British Columbia-based Skeena Bioenergy Ltd. to use materials from slash piles to make wood pellets in the Coast Mountains Natural Resources District. READ MORE

February 07, 2020

Brightmark to build dairy RNG project in South Dakota

BY Brightmark Energy Brightmark announced Feb. 5 that it has signed a manure supply agreement with two South Dakota dairy companies to capture methane produced by nearly 12,000 dairy cows and heifers and convert it into renewable natural gas. READ MORE

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