Biogas & Landfill Gas

May 16, 2017

OSU launches new program in bioenergy and biowaste management

BY Ohio State University Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute has announced a new associate of applied science program in bioenergy and biological waste management to prepare students for careers in wastewater and drinking water treatment. READ MORE

May 15, 2017

OMB reviews 2018 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

Smithfield highlights biogas projects in sustainability report

BY Smithfield Foods Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasSmithfield Foods Inc. recently announced the release of the second installment of its 16th annual sustainability report. The Environment section highlights Smithfield’s environmental leadership in key areas, including biogas production. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

EIA updates short-term biomass power forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes 2017 and 2018 forecasts for biomass power generation. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Bioplastic bags successfully biodegrade in AD facility

BY Novamont Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsNovamont commissioned IGlux Witzenhausen GmbH and Witzenhausen-Institut GmbH to conduct a scientific study into the behaviour of biodegradable carrier bags made from MATER-BI, the bioplastic made by Novamont, in German anaerobic digestion plants. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

BETO launches Bioenergy Career Map

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Argonne National Laboratory have developed an Bioenergy Career Map, an educational tool that helps users discover traditional and nontraditional career opportunities in the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

ABC applauds Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Biogas Council applauds the recent introduction of the bipartisan Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act, which provides a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) for qualifying biogas and nutrient recovery systems. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

Senators request investigation of Icahn’s impact on RIN market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA group of senators are calling for an investigation of Carl Icahn regarding potential insider trading, market manipulation and other securities and commodities law violations related to the market for renewable identification numbers (RINs). READ MORE

May 08, 2017

NEB report addresses biomass power generation in Canada

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, BiogasThe National Energy Board recently released a report on Canada’s adoption of renewable power sources, reporting the country generates a larger share of its electricity from renewable sources than most other developed economies in the world. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

Technology-neutral energy tax reform bill introduced

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would even further level the playing field for biomass-derived power, heat and liquid fuels. READ MORE

May 03, 2017

California Senate leader unveils 100 percent clean energy bill

BY The Office of Kevin de León Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalifornia Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, on May 2 introduced Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act of 2017, which puts the state on the path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045. READ MORE

May 01, 2017

New study shows economic value of RNG in California

BY RNG Coalition Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. READ MORE

April 28, 2017

Senators propose 100 percent renewable energy in US by 2050

BY Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, along with Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, introduced climate legislation that would transition the U.S. to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

PG&E makes call for renewable energy project proposals

BY Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, BiogasPacific Gas and Electric Company has announced a call for proposals for renewable energy developers to build new projects for a clean energy program available to PG&E customers. READ MORE

April 26, 2017

Five bioenergy projects score funds via DOE pilot program

BY Anna SimetFound In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE has awarded funding to 38 projects for which small businesses will team up with national lab researchers through the DOE’s Small Business Vouchers pilot program. READ MORE

April 25, 2017

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue confirmed as US ag secretary

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn an 87-11 vote, on April 24, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue as the 31st U.S. secretary of agriculture. Perdue brings to the USDA a farming background and lengthy career of public service. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

Opinion: Our Most Abundant Feedstock

BY Tim PortzFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWaste is this industry’s most available and most widely utilized feedstock. it is also the most broadly defined. READ MORE

April 19, 2017

IRS issues 2017 production tax credits, ups closed-loop biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasThe Internal Revenue Service has published guidance pertaining to the Section 45 Production Tax Credit for 2017. The PTC provides a per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for electricity generated and sold by qualified energy resources. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

In Depth: Solid Organic Waste Conversion in Small Communities

BY Babatunde Olateju, Xiaomei Li and Axel Meisen Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA study was conducted to identify the most promising technologies and their providers for converting 10,000 to 100,000 tonnes of SOW per year, generated by or in the vicinity of small and medium communities in Alberta. READ MORE

April 14, 2017

Viridor names contractor for England waste-to-energy plant

BY Viridor Found In:Power, BiogasViridor, one of the U.K.’s largest recycling and renewable energy companies, has appointed CNIM S.A. and Clugston Construction Ltd to build a new £252 million Energy Recovery Facility on an industrial site in Avonmouth on the outskirts of Bristol. READ MORE

April 12, 2017

In Depth: Diversion Dynamics

BY Tim PortzFound In:BiogasIn Southington, Connecticut, two biogas projects are a testimony to both the catalyzing impact of new organics diversion laws, and their limits. READ MORE

April 11, 2017

Bioenergy leaders gather in Minneapolis for annual discussion

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy industry leaders gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 11, for their annual state-of-the-industry discussion at the 10th International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 11, 2017

Hess, Highland Pellets win biomass industry awards

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBBI International and Biomass Magazine have named their annual industry award winners as J. Richard Hess of Idaho National Laboratory and Highland Pellets of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. READ MORE

April 11, 2017

In Depth: A First in 20 Years

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, BiogasThough a new waste-to-energy plant hadn’t been built in the U.S. in nearly two decades, the Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility No. 2 is proving that it can still be done economically, innovatively and environmentally friendly. READ MORE

April 06, 2017

Born Global makes call for bio-based technologies

BY Born Global Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Challenge establishes Bio-Based conversion platforms to support emerging technologies and complete utilization pathways for the delivery of Bio-Based products. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

IRENA: 2016 record year for renewables, bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency finds that 2016 was a banner year for addition of global renewable energy capacity, and bioenergy specifically. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

Opinion: What Tangled Webs

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe April issue of Biomass Magazine, the companion issue for the International Biomass Conference & Expo, offers a data-rich and comprehensive assessment of the role that imports and exports play in the broader biomass-to-energy segment. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Trump Executive Order puts Clean Power Plan on chopping block

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, BiogasA new Executive Order signed by the president on March 28 requires a review of the Obama-enacted Clean Power Plan, and eliminates numerous other climate and environmental regulations, including rescinding a moratorium on mining coal on federal land. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Opinion: Providing Clarity of Industry Terminology

BY Marcus Gillette Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsImprecise or incorrect use of one term in place of another can thus prevent sustainable gas from a landfill or anaerobic digestion facility from meeting a prescribed specification and reaching its highest and best use. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

EPA: 15.9 million D3 RINS generated in February

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. EPA data shows D3 RINs generation for cellulosic biofuel totaled 15.9 million RINs in February, compared with 459,000 reported for January. READ MORE