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May 20, 2019

In Depth: Saving the Environment and Bottom Lines by Reducing Emissions

BY Becky Long One of the largest sources of emissions is from the creation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), by thermally damaging product in the dryer itself. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Court rejects ABFA request for injunction on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleA court on May 17 denied a motion filed the ABFA last month seeking a preliminary injunction preventing the EPA from granting any additional small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS until its pending lawsuit with the agency is resolved. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Neste, Air BP bring sustainable aviation fuel to Caen airport

BY Neste Corp. Neste and Air BP are supporting the business aviation sector’s Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel initiative and helping drive its adoption with operators and aircraft manufacturers by offering sustainable aviation fuel at Caen airport in France. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

California funds biofuel, renewable gas demonstration projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe California Energy Commission has approved $11 million for clean energy demonstration projects, including those for biofuels, renewable gas and microgrids. One project focuses on catalytic biogas reforming, while two others focus on gasification. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

SoCalGas moves forward with dairy biomethane projects

BY Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced May 16 the utility has received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to begin the next phase in construction of four new dairy biomethane projects in California. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Senate Finance Committee taskforce to examine energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleLeaders of the Senate Finance Committee announced the formation of several bipartisan taskforces May 16 to examine 42 temporary tax provisions that expired or will expire by the end of 2019, including those related to biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

EPA misleads on reason for SRE policy change

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA reportedly changed its small refinery exemption (SRE) evaluation process at least four months before a 2017 court ruling the agency often cites as the reason for its changed process. The policy change has financially benefited refiners. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

EPA: 1 SRE application for 2018 withdrawn or declared ineligible

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery exemptions (SREs) May 16, reporting one of the 40 SRE applications filed for compliance year 2018 was withdrawn or declared ineligible. The 39 remaining SRE petitions for 2018 are still pending. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Atlantic Power to acquire ownership interest in 2 biomass plants

BY Atlantic Power Corp. Atlantic Power Corp. announced May 15 that it has executed an agreement to acquire equity ownership interests in two biomass plants, including North Carolina based Craven County Wood Energy and Michigan-based Grayling Generating Station. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Burgess BioPower wins grant for thermal energy recovery system

BY Burgess BioPower Burgess BioPower was recently awarded $500,000 in grant funding from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission to build a thermal energy recovery system to beneficially utilize energy from Burgess’ steam condenser cooling water circuit. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Hawaii Supreme Court rejects PPA between HELCO, biomass plant

BY Erin VoegeleThe Hawaii Supreme Court issued a ruling May 10 rejecting a power purchase agreement (PPA) between Hawaii Electric Light Co. and Hu Honua, developer of a 21.5 MW biomass power plant under construction on the big island of Hawaii. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Canada invests in national bioeconomy strategy

BY Erin VoegeleThe Canadian government has announced it invested $200,000 in Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, a not-for-profit business accelerator based in Sarnia, Ontario, to support the development of a national bioeconomy strategy. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

EIA: Densified biomass fuel sales reach 610,000 tons in January

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing U.S. manufactures produced approximately 670,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in January, with sales reaching 610,000 tons. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Capstone signs agreement with GESS for RNG projects

BY Capstone Turbine Corp. Capstone Turbine Corp.has signed a long-term national account agreement with Green Energy Sustainable Solutions Inc. As part of the agreement, Capstone secured an initial order for 9.6 MW of micoturbines for use in biogas projects. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

UTIA awarded nearly $1 million to study wood biomass logistics

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture were awarded a grant for nearly $1 million to determine the key parameters for high-quality, year-round woody biomass feedstock logistics systems for commercial biorefineries. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

Aemetis discusses progress with RNG, cellulosic ethanol projects

BY Erin VoegeleAemetis Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 9, reporting progress with its advanced biofuel projects, including its proposed cellulosic ethanol plant and its dairy digester project to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

May 13, 2019

Anellotech: Bio-TCat viability confirmed during pilot testing

BY Anellotech The viability of Anellotech’s Bio-TCat technology has now been proven by achieving commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas, during six months of continuous process operations. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

USDA: US pellet exports reach 610,554 tons in March

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data May 9, reporting the U.S. exported 610,554.3 tons of wood pellets in March, up from 501,563.9 tons exported in February, and up from 374,446 tons in March 2019. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

Schumer urges Army to honor terms of 2014 agreement with ReEnergy

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has spoken out to urge the U.S. Army to fully honor the terms of a 20-year agreement it negotiated with ReEnergy in 2014 to provide power to Fort Drum, a military installation in New York. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

SoCalGas kicks-off 2019 Environmental Champions Grant Program

BY Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has kicked-off its 2019 Environmental Champions Grant initiative, announcing the company is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations focused on clean air, clean energy and renewable natural gas. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

Enviva discusses plans to expand pellet capacity in Q1 results

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Partners LP discussed plans to increase production capacity during a first quarter 2019 earnings call held May 9. Permitting is underway for the Port of Pascagoula and a new pellet plant in Lucedale, Mississippi. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

Pinnacle to increase capacity at 2 British Columbia pellet plants

BY Erin VoegelePinnacle Renewable Energy has announced plans to expansion production at its Williams Lake and Meadowbank pellet plants. The company also has a plan in place to rebuild the dryer area of its Entwistle plant, which experienced a fire in February. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

EIA predicts increase in renewable energy generation

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook on May 7, predicting nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of electricity generation in 2019, increasing to 13 percent in 2020. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

Gevo discusses plans to decarbonize Luverne plant

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 8, highlighting efforts to decarbonize its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery and predicting the company could be become profitable during the next 18 months. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

SUEZ methanis biogas membrane system generates RNG in Kansas

BY SUEZ The Oakland wastewater treatment plant in Topeka, Kansas will generate up to 530 SCFM of pipeline-ready RNG each year with SUEZ Methanis membrane biogas upgrading. The project marks the first North American installation of Methanis. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Bill introduced to establish a federal clean energy standard

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced legislation May 8 that aims to establish a federal clean energy standard. Several forms of bioenergy meet the bill’s definition of clean energy. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Inslee signs bill establishing 100% energy standard in Washington

BY Erin VoegeleWashington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a suite of clean energy legislation into law May 7, including The Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act, which sets a goal of 100 percent clean electricity by 2045. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Forest Service announces 2019 Wood Innovation Grant awards

BY U.S. Forest Service On May 7, the Forest Service awarded over $8.9 million through the Wood Innovations Grant program. Thirty-nine business, university, nonprofit and tribal partners in 20 states are matching the grants with an additional $8.8 million. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

US Gain brings sixth RNG development project online

BY U.S. Gain U.S. Gain ha announced the completion of its sixth renewable natural gas (RNG) landfill development project located in Church Hill, Tennessee. The project will generate enough RNG to displace nearly 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Andritz supplies boiler to 75 MW biomass power plant in Japan

BY Andritz Andritz has received an order from Hitachi Zosen Corp., Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system for use in a new 75 MW biomass power plant. The facility is expected to begin operations in 2023. READ MORE

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