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March 21, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D advisory committee to meet March 27-28

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will meet March 27-28 in Arlington, Virginia. The event is open to members of the public. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

JBEI: Biobased jet fuels could be cost competitive

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory New analysis by scientists at LBNL shows that sustainable plant-based bio-jet fuels could provide a competitive alternative to conventional petroleum fuels if current development and scale-up initiatives continue to push ahead successfully. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

Albioma to convert Caribbean power plant from coal to biomass

BY Erin VoegeleAlbioma recently announced it has secured a long-term loan to support the conversion a 34 MW coal-fired power plant in Guadeloupe, a group of French islands in the southern Caribbean, to 100 percent biomass. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

Canada to invest $2.7 million in ZooShare biogas project

BY Erin VoegeleThe Canadian government recently announced plans to invest up to $2.7 million in the ZooShare Biogas Cooperative to help the organization add new digester technology to its existing biogas plant in Toronto, Ontario. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

Lygos wins 3 grants to advance applications for its biochemicals

BY Lygos Inc. Biochemical producer Lygos Inc. recently announced it has been awarded three innovation research grants totaling $750,000 of non-equity funding to support advanced support advanced research and development. READ MORE

March 19, 2019

Report: Maine can benefit by encouraging switch to pellet heat

BY Erin VoegeleFutureMetrics has released a new white paper that states Maine could dramatically improve its economy by enacting a policy that helps reduce dependence on heating oil by supporting the use of locally produced wood pellets as heating fuel. READ MORE

March 19, 2019

GranBio acquires 100% equity in American Process Inc.

BY GranBio GranBio has completed the acquisition of 100 percent equity in American Process Inc. and affiliate companies. The acquired assets include biorefineries in Alpena, Michigan and Thomaston, Georgia, and an extensive intellectual property portfolio. READ MORE

March 18, 2019

EPA schedules hearing on E15/RIN reform rule for March 29

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing on its proposed E15/RIN reform rule on March 29 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end when all parties present who wish to speak have had an opportunity to do so. READ MORE

March 18, 2019

Xebec to deliver biogas upgrading plant for RNG project in Italy

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Xebec Adsorption Inc. has signed a contract to supply a landfill biogas upgrading plant in Italy. Once fully operational, the plant will produce approximately 5 million cubic meters of renewable natural gas (RNG) annually. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

Washington House passes bill to establish Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe state of Washington is one step closer to mandating the use of cleaner transportation fuels. The state’s House recently passed legislation to establish a Clean Fuels Program that aims to increase the use of biofuels and other renewable fuels. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

EIA updates bioenergy forecasts, predicts capacity increase

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that nonhydropower renewables will provide 11 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year, increasing to 13 percent next year. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

UK renewable energy production reaches record high in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleA U.K. government agency has released provisional 2018 energy data that shows renewable energy production increased by 8.7 percent last year, with bioenergy output up by 7.2 percent. Low carbon generation approached 50 percent of supply. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

Marine biofuel test at Port of Rotterdam gets underway March 19

BY The GoodShipping Program IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam are cooperating in a first-of-its-kind partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine biofuel oil. Bunkering will take place March 19. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

EPA grants more RFS waivers, undercuts add’l demand for biofuels

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA retroactively granted five new small refinery exemptions for 2017, releasing them from their obligations under the RFS. The five new small refinery exemptions reduced the 2017 RVO for biomass-based diesel by an additional 48 million gallons. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

EIA: 800,000 tons of densified biomass fuel sold in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released data showing that 82 operating U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 730,000 tons of densified biomass fuel in November, with sales reaching 800,000 metric tons. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Dutch biomass consumption to reach 2.3 million tons by 2020

BY Erin VoegeleBiomass consumption in the Netherlands is expected to grow from 1.8 million metric tons in 2018 to about 2.3 million tons in 2020, according to a report filed by the Dutch government with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

5-track technical agenda announced for Int’l FEW in Indianapolis

BY BBI International The 2019 Int’l Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry’s largest conference, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and five comprehensive tracks. The event takes place June 10-12 in Indianapolis. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

US EPA releases E15, RIN market reform proposed rule

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA released its proposed rule March 12 for year-round E15 sales and reforms to the RIN market. Much of EPA’s proposed RIN market reforms apply only to D6 ethanol RINs, although EPA is accepting comments on this narrow applicability. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Neste MY Renewable Diesel commercial fueling site opens in Calif.

BY Neste Corp. Renewable diesel will be more accessible to fleet drivers in northern and central California thanks to four cardlock locations, unstaffed fueling stations designed to accommodate fleet vehicles, which will soon offer Neste MY Renewable Diesel. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Boeing to offer biofuel for airlines to fly new airplanes home

BY Boeing Boeing will begin offering airlines and operators the option of powering their new commercial jet with biofuel for the flight home. The program is designed to further spur use of sustainable aviation fuels, which cut emissions by up to 80 percent. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

Natural Resource Canada funds study for potential pellet project

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 5, Natural Resources Canada announced plans to invest $220,000 to support a study that could result in the development of a wood pellet project in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

RNG Coalition announces scholarship awards for 2019

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) has notified five applicants that they will receive financial scholarships from the RNG Coalition - Tudor Williams Academic Scholarship Fund. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

DOE: $50M available for commercial truck, gaseous fuels research

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award up to $51.1 million to support new and innovative research of technologies for trucks, off-road vehicles, and the fuels that power them, including renewable natural gas (RNG) and biopower. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

REG announces plans to sell Life Sciences division

BY Erin VoegeleREG has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, announcing plans to sell its Life Sciences business unit and expressing optimism that the tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel will be retroactively extended for 2018. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

W2C Rotterdam project welcomes Shell as partner

BY Enerkem Inc. Shell has joined as an equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam for a proposed project in Rotterdam will be the first of its kind in Europe to make chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

In Depth: From the Ground Up

BY Anna Simet New York pellet producer Curran Renewable Energy and its associated businesses have deep roots in forestry, and long-term plans for further growth. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

In Depth: Critical Mass

BY Ron Kotrba Old and new players alike are stepping up their game with semi-dry wood chips, and state incentives are helping drive the market to maturity. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

In Depth: Feedstock Sourcing for Project Success: US South Advantages

BY Stan Parton The U.S. South offers global bioenergy producers vast forestry resources and minimal feedstock volatility. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

Opinion: The Many Dynamics of Feedstock Supply

BY Anna SimetWhen it comes to feedstock, there are many variables that can affect the outcome of a project or operation. READ MORE

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