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September 13, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel production reaches 790,000 in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 790,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in May, with sales reaching 620,000 tons. READ MORE

September 13, 2019

Total Corbion PLA celebrates opening of bioplastics plant

BY Total Corbion PLA Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, has inaugurated its 75,000 tons per year poly lactic acid (PLA) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. A grand opening celebration was help Sept. 9. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Colorado to evaluate feasibility of a LCFS program

BY Erin VoegeleColorado has taken an initial step toward considering the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Colorado Energy Office issued a documented quote (DQ) Sept. 11 inviting bids from independent contractors to conduct a LCFS feasibility study. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

DTE Biomass opens RNG processing, injection site in Wisconsin

BY DTE Energy DTE Biomass Energy, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy, today announced it has opened its first and the state of Wisconsin's first combined dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) processing and interstate injection facility. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Canadian associations call for a national ‘Clean Fuel Strategy’

BY Wood Pellet Association of Canada Canada’s national clean fuels associations forecast greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions of over 50 million metric tons (Mt) per year by 2030 through greater production and use of renewable energy in Canada. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

RNG Coalition, Biomass Magazine partner on North American RNG map

BY BBI International BBI International and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas announced this week that the RNG Coalition is collaborating with Biomass Magazine to produce, design and release a new 2020 North American Renewable Natural Gas Facilities Map. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Valero, Darling evaluate development of Texas biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc. are considering the development of a new biorefinery in Port Arthur, Texas, that would have the capacity to produce 400 MMgy of renewable diesel and 40 MMgy of renewable naphtha. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts in September STEO

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration expects nonhydropower renewables to provide 10 percent of total utility-scale electricity generation this this year, increasing to 12 percent in 2020, according to its September Short Term Energy Outlook. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

New educational platform launched at RNG Works 2019

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The RNG Global Initiative and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas announced a new learning platform Sept. 11 that is dedicated to public education of the environmental and economic benefits resulting from converting waste into RNG. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Mariposa Biomass Project applies for PPA through BioMAT program

BY Erin VoegeleNew progress has been made on a proposed 2-MW biomass power project located in Mariposa County, California. A partner in the project has taken a significant step toward obtaining a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the sale of electricity. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Port of Columbia County approves lease for Next Renewable Fuels

BY Port of Columbia County The Port of Columbia County Commissioners has approved a long-term ground lease with next Renewable Fuels for a 90-acre industrial site at Port Westward, Oregon, for an advanced green diesel production facility. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Gevo, Leaf Resources sign JDA

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. and Leaf Resources have signed a joint development agreement to explore the potential use of cellulosic derived sugars and glycerol from Leaf and the ability to convert these to hydrocarbon molecules useful as fuels or chemicals. READ MORE

September 09, 2019

UK REA urges government to commit to 16% bioenergy goal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association on Sept. 4 released the third and final installment of its Bioenergy Strategy, urging the government to commit to bioenergy accounting for 16 percent of the U.K.'s primary energy supply by 2032. READ MORE

September 09, 2019

Court denies NBB’s petition for review regarding 2018 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a judgement Sept. 6 denying three petitions for review filed regarding the U.S. EPA’s 2018 RFS rule, including one filed by the National Biodiesel Board. READ MORE

September 09, 2019

Vietnam pellet mill comes online under guidance of FutureMetrics

BY FutureMetrics FutureMetrics has announced a 120,000-metric-ton-per-year pellet plant located in the Binh Dinh province of Vietnam that was developed with the guidance of FutureMetrics' operations expert John Swaan has begun commercial operations. READ MORE

September 09, 2019

Opinion: Adding to Bottom Lines

BY Anna SimetAmong the many benefits of the industry segments we cover in Biomass Magazine is that most often, the feedstock or fuel source would otherwise go unused—waste wood, food waste and other organics, municipal solid waste, biogas and the list goes on. READ MORE

September 09, 2019

In Depth: Chicken Manure to Megawatts

BY Ilaria Peretti Güres Group is turning a liability into an asset via clean energy technology. READ MORE

September 08, 2019

Opinion: Biomass Policy in Washington

BY Bob Cleaves In the past couple months, several noteworthy policy developments that affect the biomass power industry have happened in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

September 07, 2019

Opinion: Should Dartmouth Heat its Campus with Wood Chips?

BY John Ackerly Before sizing its new biomass heating plant, the Dartmouth College should engage in aggressive energy efficiency measures to reduce the amount of heat needed by each building. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

USDA solicits REAP applications for fiscal year 2020 funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced Aug. 30 it is seeking applications for fiscal year 2020 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agriculture producers and rural small businesses make renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

EQTEC signs contract with NFCP, provides update on Napa project

BY Eqtec plc EQTEC plc has signed an equipment sale and services contract with North Fork Community Project LLC, which is developing a 2 MW biomass project. EQTEC said the NFCP is the first joint venture under its agreement with Phoenix Biomass Energy Inc. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

Opinion: India’s Nascent Crop Residue Supply Industry

BY Aru Mangla In India, crop residue has not been able to achieve the economic potential it possesses, primarily owing to the lack of a reliable supply chain mechanism for its collection and processing, READ MORE

September 06, 2019

In Depth: Blending Passion with Flavor

BY Anna SimetThe grilling pellet market has experienced exponential growth over the past few years, a trend likely to continue. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

USDA: US exports 450,000 tons of wood pellets in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 451,299.1 tons of wood pellets in July, according to data published by the USDA FAS on Sept. 4. Exports were down when compared to the 694,515.3 tons exported in June and the 476,634.8 tons exported in July 2018. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

CS Energy breaks ground on RNG plant in Indianapolis

BY SCS Energy SCS Energy recently broke ground on construction of a 4,000-scfm landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Indianapolis. Indy High Btu LLC engaged SCS Energy to build the RNG plant under an engineer/procure/construct (EPC) agreement. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

Neste appoints Jeremy Baines president of Neste US

BY Neste Corp. Jeremy Baines was named president of Neste US, effective Sept. 1, 2019. He is responsible for supporting and aligning regional business strategies to deliver the strategic growth targets and acts as the company's primary representative in the U.S. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

In Depth: Get with the Program

BY Ron KotrbaBiogas producers struggling to generate revenue from their digestate may find an opportunity to turn this around through the American Biogas Council’s Digestate Standard Testing and Certification Program. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

In Depth: Alternatives to Traditional Silo Designs

BY Joel Dulin The benefits of a horizontal system are well worth considering for your next storage project, especially for multi-product operations. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

MOU between EPA, IRS aims to improve biofuel tax fraud analysis

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA posted a notice to its websites Sept. 4 announcing a MOU with the Internal Revenue Service under which the agencies have agreed to share information in an effort to identify and respond to fraud related to renewable fuels. READ MORE

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