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April 06, 2020

DOE opens $15 FOA for energy deployment on tribal lands

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy on March 27 announced it making up to $15 million available to deploy energy technology on tribal lands. Bioenergy projects are among those eligible for the funding, according to the funding opportunity announcement. READ MORE

April 06, 2020

Hynion to produce hydrogen from biogas using Metacon equipment

BY Metacon AB Metacon AB has entered into an agreement with Hynion AS under which Hynion will rent a hydrogen generator from Metacon. The system will convert upgraded biogas into hydrogen. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of this year. READ MORE

April 06, 2020

Gevo hires Citigroup to assist with financings

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has engaged Citigroup Global Markets Inc. to assist the company in exploring financing for its operations, including its projects. Gevo is seeking financing to expand its production capabilities to supply renewable jet fuel and isooctane. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

Permitting process for AEG CoalSwitch plant impacted by COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleActive Energy Group announced on March 30 that the public comment period for the construction and air permit needed for the company’s proposed CoalSwitch plant in Lumberton, North Carolina, has been extended through April 27 due to COVID-19. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

EPA clarifies details of temporary enforcement policy

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA sent a letter to members of Congress on April 2 clarifying the temporary enforcement policy the agency announced on March 26 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offering assurances the agency continues to enforce its regulatons. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

Gasum delivers biogas to cleantech company Forchem

BY Gasum The energy company Gasum has entered into an agreement with the cleantech company Forchem Oy on the supply of liquefied biogas for the Forchem tall oil biorefinery in Rauma, Finland. Forchem switched to using liquefied natural gas in 2019. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

USDA: US wood pellet exports top 546,435 tons in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S exported 546,435.2 metric tons of wood pellets in February, up from both 500,904 tons in January and 501,563.9 tons in February 2019, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on April 2. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

Capstone Turbine helps California facility produce renewable ener

BY Capstone Turbine Corp. Capstone Turbine Corp. announced March 26 that it received an order for an 800 kilowatt Signature Series microturbine to upgrade the City of Roseville, California, wastewater treatment plant. The upgrade will allow the facility to generate power. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

UW lab uses bacteria to convert biomass into renewable chemicals

BY Jason Daley, University of Wisconsin Researchers at the University of Wisconsin recently developed a pathway with the potential to convert biomass, like wood chips or grasses, into a widely used industrial solvent and aim to expand this work to produce an array of sustainable chemicals. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on April 1 published a notice seeking comments on the most important agricultural innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. The comments will inform efforts related to the agency’s Agricultural Innovaton Agenda. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

Notice provides update of MSW landfill gas emissions guidelines

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA has announced 42 states and territories failed to submit state plans under the 2016 emissions guidelines for existing MSW landfills. The agency has two years to promulgate a federal plan for those states. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

Ace approved to generate D3 RINs from corn kernel fiber ethanol

BY BBI International To participate in the RFS program and generate RINs, renewable fuel producers must meet the registration requirements in Title 40 CFR Part 80. With the EPA approval, Ace Ethanol can now produce ethanol from corn kernel fiber and generate D3 RINs. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

Enviva, The Longleaf Alliance announce partnership

BY Enviva Enviva and The Longleaf Alliance have signed a five-year partnership to protect and restore longleaf pine forests. Enviva and The Longleaf Alliance will collaboratively implement Enviva’s longleaf forest restoration plan. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

EPA: 36.77 cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA recently released RIN generation data for February, reporting that nearly 1.54 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the month, including more than 36.77 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

Gevo to push forward with project funding amid COVID-19 layoffs

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has suspended production at its bioreifnery in Luverne, Minnesota, due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy and has terminated 30 employees. Gevo expects to continue engineering efforts related to a renewable hydrocarbon plant. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

ENGIE invests in hydrogen technology platform H2SITE

BY ENGIE ENGIE, through its corporate venture capital arm ENGIE New Ventures, has announced a strategic investment in Spain-based H2SITE, which is commercializing a membrane-based reactor system to produce hydrogen from biomethane and other sources. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

Enviva assures stakeholders COVID-19 is not impacting operations

BY Erin VoegeleEnviva Chairman and CEO John Keppler sent a letter to stakeholders on March 30 announcing the company’s operations have not been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and reaffirming the company’s financial guidance for 2020. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

Trump signs $2 trillion CARES Act into law

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act into law on March 27. The bill is the third COVID-19 stimulus packaged signed into law. A fourth stimulus package is in the works that could provide more targeted relief for renewable fuel producers. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

Andritz starts up biomethanol plant in Sweden

BY Andritz International technology group Andritz has recently started up the world’s first biomethanol plant using Andritz’s self-developed A-Recovery+ concept at the Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill in southeastern Sweden. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on March 27 announced it intends to develop an “appropriate implementation and enforcement response” to the Tenth Circuit Court’s SRE ruling “after appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued." READ MORE

March 27, 2020

Inslee signs bill recognizing carbon benefits of forest industry

BY Erin VoegeleWashington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill March 25 that recognizes the contributions of the forest products sector to the state’s climate response and affirms it is in the public interest to support all aspects of a fully integrated forest sector. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

Renova reaches financial close on 75 MW biomass power plant

BY Erin VoegeleRenova Inc. announced March 24 it has reached financial close on the 74.95 megawatt (MW) Ishinomaki Hibarino Biomass Power Generation Project in Ishinomaki, Japan. The facility will be fueled with wood pellets and palm kernel shells. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA announces enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic

BY U.S. EPA The U.S. EPA on March 26 announced g a temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy applies to civil violoations duirng the outbreak. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

After delay, PA pellet producers deemed essential workforce

BY Anna SimetDespite guidance from federal agencies recognizing forest product manufacturing sites as an essential critical infrastructure workforce, Pennsylvania wood pellet producers were temporarily forced to shutdown March 19. The issue was resolved March 21. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

COVID-19 delays construction of 299 MW biomass power plant in UK

BY Erin VoegeleConstruction on the Tees Renewable Energy Plant (Tees REP) a 299 megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in the U.K. was suspended on March 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A small number of critical maintenance staff remain onsite. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

Alfa Laval to supply equipment for St1 renewable diesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaAlfa Laval has won a $5.8 million contract to supply various pieces of equipment for a process line to remove impurities in waste fats and oils at St1’s renewable diesel biorefinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Equipment deliveries are scheduled for 2021. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

BHW urges UK government to keep biomass supply chains open

BY Biomass Heat Works! Industry leaders are urging government to keep U.K. wood fuel supply chains fully open to ensure suppliers can continue delivering to home heating customers and key frontline organisations and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

Greenlane Renewables provides COVID-19 operational update

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Greenlane Renewables is providing an update with respect to the impact from the COVID-19 virus outbreak on its current operations. To date, there have been no known cases of COVID-19 at any of Greenlane’s offices or projects. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Drax: Operations continue during COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleWill Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group, released a statement on March 25 explaining how Drax and its employees are working to ensure the U.K. is supplied with the power it needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Kcoe Isom hosts crisis planning webinar

BY Matt ThompsonKcoe Isom hosted a webinar on March 24 that discussed crisis planning and employee communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also discussed emergency family and medical leave and offered tips for working remotely. READ MORE

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