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December 03, 2020

EIA seeks comments on extension of densified biomass fuel report

BY Erin VoegeleThe EIA is inviting public comments on a proposed three-year extension of its form to collect data for the Densified Biomass Fuel Report, which features data on the manufacture, shipment, export, energy characteristics and sales of densified biomass. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

Enviva commemorates first shipment of wood pellets to Japan

BY Enviva Enviva Partners LP on Dec. 2 announced that its first shipment of sustainable wood pellets is on its way from Port Panama City in Florida to Japan’s Iwakuni Port. The shipment consists of approximately 28,000 metric tons. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

Greenlane signs $10 million supply contract for US RNG project

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Greenlane Renewables Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., signed a $10 million (US$7.7 million) contract for a new RNG project in the United States owned by an international energy company. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

Innio technology selected for WtE project in China

BY Innio Innio has announced that Wuhan Environmental Investment and Development Co. Ltd has selected Innio Jenbacher’s J320 gas engine technology for the Wuhan Jiangxia Changshankou Municipal Solid Waste landfill project. READ MORE

December 02, 2020

Idle wood pellet plant in South Africa to resume operations

BY Erin VoegeleU.K.-based Hive Energy recently announced it has partnered with South Africa-based iLive Sustainable Development and the Netherlands-based Partners for Innovation to take over and restore a wood pellet export plant in Africa. READ MORE

December 02, 2020

Idemitsu breaks ground on 50 MW biomass plant in Japan

BY Erin VoegeleJapanese energy company Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. announced on Nov. 30 a groundbreaking ceremony for its 50 megawatt (MW) Tokuyama biomass plant, a facility under development in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. READ MORE

December 02, 2020

UGI subsidiary invests in RNG project

BY UGI Corp. UGI Corp. announced on Nov. 20 that its subsidiary, UGI Energy Services LLC, entered into definitive agreements to invest in New Energy One HoldCo LLC, which is part of the team developing a utility-scale renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Idaho. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

EPA fails to extend sales deadline for Step 1 wood heaters

BY Erin VoegeleThe Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association posted a notice to its website on Nov. 18 announcing it has received confirmation from the U.S. EPA that the agency will not be providing a sell-through period for Step 1 residential wood heating appliances. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

USDA solicits FY 2021 REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for FY 2021 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program. Biomass energy systems, including biogas and anaerobic digesters, are among those eligible for the program. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

Covanta: Protos energy-from-waste project reaches financial close

BY Covanta Holding Corp. Covanta Holding Corp., Green Investment Group Limited and Biffa plc have announced financial close and the commencement of construction on the Protos Energy Recovery Facility (Protos ERF) in Cheshire, England. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

Quebec invests in forestry waste-to-advanced biofuel project

BY Neste The Quebec government on Nov. 30 announced it awards funding totaling CAD 5.94 million to the non-profit organization Bioénergie La Tuque to support a project develop and demonstrate the potential to produce advanced biofuels from forest waste. READ MORE

November 30, 2020

EPA misses statutory deadline to set 2021 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has missed its Nov. 30 statutory deadline to set the 2021 RVOs under the RFS, as well as the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel. While a COVID-19-related delay was not unexpected, the agency has yet to issue even an initial proposal. READ MORE

November 30, 2020

EPA updates AD operator guidebook, schedules webinar

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA in November released an updated version of its AgSTAR Anaerobic Digester/Biogas System Operator Guidebook and announced it will hold a webinar focused on the new operator guidebook on Dec. 15. READ MORE

November 30, 2020

Village Farms renews, extends Vancouver landfill gas contract

BY Village Farms International Inc. Village Farms Clean Energy Inc. has renewed and extended its existing contract with the City of Vancouver under which VFCE receives landfill gas captured by the City of Vancouver at the City's landfill site in Delta, British Columbia. READ MORE

November 25, 2020

UK details plans for future of the CfD scheme

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government on Nov. 24 confirmed that coal-to-biomass conversion projects will be excluded from future allocation rounds under its CfD scheme. Dedicated biomass with combined-heat-and-power (CHP) will continue to be eligible. READ MORE

November 25, 2020

Japan’s wood pellet imports to reach 2.1M metric tons in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleJapan imported a record 1.6 million metric tons of wood pellets last year, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network. Wood pellet imports for 2020 are expected to reach 2.1 million metric tons. READ MORE

November 25, 2020

Canfor sells Fort Nelson forest tenure to Peak Renewables

BY Erin VoegeleCanfor announced on Nov. 17 it has reached multi-year $30 million agreements with pellet producer Peak Renewables involving the sale of the company’s forest tenure in the Fort Nelson region of British Columbia. READ MORE

November 25, 2020

CenterPoint Energy gains approval for made-in-Minnesota RNG

BY CenterPoint Energy CenterPoint Energy announced Nov. 19 it has received approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to open its natural gas distribution system to made-in-Minnesota renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

November 24, 2020

EU seeks comments on review of RED II, biomass sustainability

BY Erin VoegeleThe European Commission has launched a public consultation on the EU's review of its Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) focused on aligning RED II targets with the European Green Deal and a review of sustainability criteria for for forest biomass. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Wood pellets can help Biden administration reach climate goals

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics LLC published a white paper in mid-November describing how co-firing sustainably produced wood pellets at existing power stations can help the Biden administration meet its climate goals. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Report: BioLNG can help decarbonize transport sectors

BY European Biogas Association The European Biogas Association, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association and SEA-LNG have published a joint paper that demonstrates the concrete benefits of using BioLNG to decarbonize the transportation sector. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Governors urge EPA to address biogenic CO2 barrier

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition The Biogenic CO2 Coalition on Nov. 19 commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. governors who are urging the U.S. EPA to take prompt, science-based action to keep the United States from falling behind its competitors in the international bioeconomy. READ MORE

November 23, 2020

Senate hearing addresses Forest Health and Biomass Energy Act

BY Erin VoegeleA county official from Arizona offered testimony in favor of the Forest Health and Biomass Energy Act during a Senate hearing held Nov. 18. The bill aims incentivize the removal of dangerous overgrowth in forests. READ MORE

November 23, 2020

EPA: 1.56 billion RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released data showing nearly 1.56 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in October, down from 1.73 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

November 23, 2020

Court asked to hold EPA accountable on improper 2016 waiver

BY Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Corn Growers Association, National FarmBiofuel groups on Nov. 23 filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. EPA to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel in the 2016 RVO. READ MORE

November 20, 2020

Aemetis awarded $7.8M for phase 2 RNG dairy digesters project

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Biogas LLC, a wholly woned subsidiary of Aemetis Inc., has been awarded $7.8 million in matching grants through the 2020 California Department of Food and Agriculture Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. READ MORE

November 20, 2020

UTIA awarded FAA grant to research SAF development

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the FAA to evaluate regional biomass supply chains with regard to their potential for supplying feedstock for domestic fuel production. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act establishes LCFS for aviation fuel

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., on Nov. 18 introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, a bill that aims to incentivize the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and help the aviation sector reduce carbon emissions. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

Quebec’s green economy plan addresses RNG, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleThe government of Quebec on Nov. 16 unveiled its 2030 Plan for a Green Economy. The plan focuses primarily on clean electricity, but also addresses the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) and bioenergy for heating. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

EPA: 6 more SRE petitions filed, 58 now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated SRE data on Nov. 19, reporting that six additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency, including one for RFS compliance year 2019 and five for compliance year 2020. READ MORE

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