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Posted December 18, 2009



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New Mexico launches biofuels initiative

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and the state's congressional delegation recently launched an initiative to develop a statewide strategic plan that will make New Mexico a leader in the biofuels industry. The Dec. 9 kick-off meeting was coordinated by the Southwestern Biofuels Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes renewable biofuels through strategic partnerships with universities in the Southwest, national laboratories, state agencies, agriculture, the energy industry and consumers.READ MORE

EIA: Biofuels production to grow significantly, but short of RFS mandates

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2010 reference case on Dec. 14, which includes updated projections for U.S. energy consumption and production through 2035.READ MORE

LSU to establish Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing

The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center has permission from the Board of Regents to establish the Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing (LIBBi), a research, education and outreach initiative within the AgCenter. The LIBBi will not occupy its own facility, but will be a "virtual center" that will provide the roadmap needed to support new biofuels and bioprocessing endeavors in the state and prioritize pathways for integration of those industries into the mainstreamREAD MORE

Rentech signs jet fuel deals

California-based Rentech Inc. announced Tuesday that as a result of two years of negotiations, it has signed a memorandum of understanding with 13 domestic and international air carriers for the supply of certified jet fuel from Rentech's proposed synthetic fuels and power facility in Adams County, Miss., near Natchez. Negotiations with the air carriers has also led to the signing of definitive agreements with eight of the carriers for the purchase of RenDiesel produced at Rentech's planned biomass-based diesel production facility in Rialto, Calif., which will be used for ground vehicle equipment at Los Angeles International Airport.READ MORE

Webinar addresses elements of biomass power project development

In developing a biomass power project, do not underestimate the permitting timeline, Rich Hardegger, of Barr Engineering Company, told attendees of a Dec. 16 Webinar, Mulch to Megawatts, hosted by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Barr Engineering Co. and Cook Engineering. The Webinar discussed several key issues in biomass power project development, including market assessment, permitting, technologies and a financial analysis.READ MORE

Researchers evaluate biomass handling solutions

A group of researchers at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences are poised to solve one of the biomass industry's most pressing issues-developing efficient solutions to transport and store large quantities of biomass. Jude Liu and three other researchers recently received a $100,000 grant from the Sun Grant Initiative, a component of the 2002 Farm Bill, to establish a national network of land-grant universities and federally funded laboratories to create a biobased economy.READ MORE

Florida, Mississippi biomass projects move forward

Georgia-based Biomass Gas & Electric LLC's proposed Northwest Florida Renewable Energy Center has met initial threshold requirements for part I of the U.S. DOE's Loan Guarantee program and the company will now actively pursue the part II application. Elsewhere, BlueFire Ethanol's DOE funding for its Mississippi biorefinery was increased.READ MORE