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December 06, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 900,000 tons in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe EIA recently released data showing U.S. manufactures produced 820,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in August, with sales reaching 900,000 tons. Production included 195,382 tons of heating pellets and 625,896 tons of utility pellets. READ MORE

December 06, 2019

E.ON to construct biomass power plant at UPM site in Hürth

BY E.ON E.ON is planning to build a biomass power plant on a paper mill site provided by UPM in Hürth. The new plant is designed for an electrical output of 20 megawatts (MW) and a thermal firing capacity of 87 MW. READ MORE

December 06, 2019

Biotech breakthrough turns waste biomass into high value chemical

BY University of Manchester A move towards a more sustainable biobased economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals, according to the University of Manchester. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

Mitsubishi plans biomass conversion of Japanese power plant

BY Erin VoegeleMitsubishi Corp. on Dec. 4 announced plans to convert the Suzukawa Energy Center Ltd. to biomass. The 112-megawatt facility is currently fired with coal. The plant is expected to begin producing renewable energy from wood pellets in April 2022. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

RNG industry launches SMART Initiative

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The RNG Coalition has launched the Sustainable Methane Abatement and Recycling Timeline (SMART) Initiative, under which RNG stakeholders aim to develop an action to plan to capture and use methane more than than 43,000 North American sites by 2050. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

Xebec enters California dairy RNG market with Maas Energy Works

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc. signed a letter of intent on Dec. 4 with Maas Energy Works for five renewable natural gas (RNG) systems. Four of these systems will use Xebec’s innovative small-scale containerized Biostream upgrading solution. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

Avantium secures €25 million EU funding for FDCA flagship plant

BY Avantium The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), an EU body, reconfirmed to award the PEFerence consortium, coordinated by Avantium Renewable Polymers, with a €25 million “PEFerence” Horizon 2020 grant. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

In Depth: Southern Sprawl

BY Ron KotrbaSome of the biggest names in the wood pellet industry continue to make port infrastructure investments in the southern U.S. to facilitate exportation of added tonnage from pellet mill construction or expansion projects. READ MORE

December 04, 2019

US Gain to purchase RNG from Brightmark Energy

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. Gain announced Dec. 3 it has reached an agreement to purchase dairy-based RNG from Brightmark Energy, which earlier this year announced its investment in biogas projects at dairy farms in Wisconsin, Washington and New York. READ MORE

December 04, 2019

BioPortYVR launched to support supply of SAF in British Columbia

BY Erin VoegeleThe Green Aviation Research and Development Network, SkyNRG, Waterfall Group and Vancouver Airport Authority on Nov. 26 announced the launch of BioPortYVR, an industry-led project to increase the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). READ MORE

December 04, 2019

Iogen: Dairy manure RNG project begins operations in Oregon

BY Iogen Corp. Iogen Corp. has spoken out to congradulate Threemile Canyon Farms and Equilibrium for the successful opening and operation of their RNG project near Boardman, Oregon, that processes manure from 33,000 dairy cows. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Biogas companies launch Integrated Biogas Alliance

BY Erin VoegeleMembers of the international biogas industry on Dec. 3 announced the launch of the Integrated Biogas Alliance, an innovative global partnership that will offer state-of-the-art, turnkey technology solutions for converting organic waste into energy. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Senate confirms Brouillette as energy secretary

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate voted 70-15 on Dec. 2 to confirm Dan Brouillette as energy secretary following his Nov. 7 nomination by President Trump. Brouillette previously served as deputy energy secretary under former Energy Secretary Rick Perry. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

North American RNG industry celebrates new production facilities

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas commenced the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry’s annual conference program on Dec. 3 by celebrating industry growth and recognizing 13 companies for their RNG projects. READ MORE

December 02, 2019

Enviva awarded construction permit for Alabama pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva released a statement on Dec. 2 announcing the Alabama Department of Environmental Management has approved a permit allowing Enviva to construct a wood pellet facility in Sumter County, Alabama. READ MORE

December 02, 2019

More than 11,700 comments filed on EPA’s SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe public comment period of U.S. EPA’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that addresses the agency’s plan to reallocate future RFS volumes lost to SREs closed Nov. 29. More than 11,700 comments were filed on the proposal. READ MORE

December 02, 2019

US Gain purchases digesters at two Wisconsin dairy farms

BY U.S. Gain U.S. Gain has announced the purchase of anaerobic digesters at two Wisconsin dairy farms, S&S Jerseyland Dairy LLC and Dallmann East River Dairy LLC, to expedite RNG development for the transportation and energy markets. READ MORE

November 27, 2019

EPA: 33.07 million cellulosic RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that 1.72 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 33.07 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

November 27, 2019

Dairy farm, BMW partner on biogas electricity to power cars

BY Straus Family Creamery Straus Family Creamery has announced a collaboration with the BMW Group. Under the Low Carbon Fuel Stndard, the two companies are using biogas to create electricity that can charge BMW's electric vehicles. READ MORE

November 27, 2019

Ductor opens biogas facility in Mexico

BY Ductor Ductor opened its first commercial-scale organic fertilizer- and biogas-producing facility in October in Jalisco, Mexico. The full integrated produciton system uses 100 percent poultry waste to produce biomethane and organic nitrogen fertilizer. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

Defense Logistics Agency to honor contract with ReEnergy

BY Erin VoegeleGovernment officials announced on Nov. 26 that the Defense Logistics Agency will no longer seek to renegotiate its contract with ReEnergy to provide biomass power to Fort Drum, a military installation in New York. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

Orsted: Biomass unit at Asnæs Power Station generates power

BY Erin VoegeleDenmark-based Orsted has announced that its Asnæs Power Station was connected to the Zealand grid and generated power for the first time on Nov. 20 following its recent conversion from coal to wood chips. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

LanzaTech moves forward with scale-up of alcohol-to-jet process

BY LanzaTech LanzaTech announced it is continuing to make strides in scaling up its alcohol to jet (ATJ) platform. The company said it negotiating with DOE for a $14 million investment in a demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Comment period on EPA’s SRE proposal closes Nov. 29

BY Erin VoegeleThose who wish to weigh in on the EPA’s plan to reallocate future RFS volumes lost to small refinery exemptions (SREs) have less than one week left to do so. A public comment period on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking closes Nov. 29. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Renova moves forward with 75 MW Omaezakikou Biomass Project

BY Erin VoegeleJapan-based Renova Inc. announced Nov. 19 it has made a final investment decision and reached financial close on a 75 megawatt biomass power plant located approximately 150 miles southwest of Tokyo in Omaezaki and Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Enviva Forest Conservation fund protects forestland in Virginia

BY U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities An important watershed forest along the beautiful and biodiverse Nottoway River in Southampton County, Virginia, will now be permanently preserved thanks in part to a grant from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund. READ MORE

November 22, 2019

DOE to fund deployment of energy infrastructure on tribal lands

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will provide up to $15 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. Biomass, biogas and waste-to-energy systems are among those that can qualify for funding. READ MORE

November 22, 2019

Bioenergy DevCo to purchase compost facility, build AD plant

BY Bioenergy DevCo Bioenergy DevCo announced Nov. 21 that it has entered a 20-year partnership with Perdue Farms for the purpose and management of a soil composting facility near Seaford, Delaware. Plans are underway to develop an anaerobic digester at the site. READ MORE

November 21, 2019

Enviva receives Virginia DEQ approval to expand Southampton plant

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Partners LP announced on Nov. 20 the Virginia DEQ has approved requested modifications to its existing air permit that will allow for increased production capacity and increased use of softwood at Enviva’s Southampton pellet plant. READ MORE

November 21, 2019

5 SRE applications filed for 2019, 2 declared ineligible for 2018

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA posted updated SRE data to its website on Nov. 21 showing that five new SRE applications have been filed for compliance year 2019 and two SRE petitions previously filed for compliance year 2018 have been declared ineligible. READ MORE

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