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April Showers Good News on the Biomass Industry
Posted April 16, 2010



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Biodiesel interests want retroactive extension of tax incentive

The National Biodiesel Board released a letter April 13 to congressional leadership urging Congress to take immediate action to retroactively reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive. The NBB spearheaded this letter and was joined by several organizations representing the U.S. biodiesel industry; fuel marketers and retailers; as well as agriculture stakeholders.READ MORE

Poet/Growth Energy air national TV ads

For the first time ever, the ethanol industry has a television advertising campaign. Through a six-month, $2.5 million campaign, Growth Energy will air a series of commercials promoting the benefits of ethanol on the cable networks: Fox, MSNBC, CNN and HLN. Poet LLC will also air a series of three commercials promoting ethanol.READ MORE

Canadian company uses algae to capture CO2

Pond Biofuels Inc. is utilizing flue gas emitted from a cement plant in southern Ontario to cultivate algae, effectively capturing the carbon dioxide (CO2) present in the emissions. According to Pond Biofuels CEO Steven Martin, the project has been under development for approximately three years.READ MORE

Novozymes launches bioinsecticide in North America

Novozymes Biologicals BioAg Group will expand its market this year for Met52 Granular -a bioinsecticide made from a soil fungus-from just Europe to include the U.S. and Canada.READ MORE

Lafarge cement plant battles CO2 with biomass

Lafarge's cement plant in Bath, Ontario, is aggressively pursuing carbon emission reduction strategies through the planting of multiple energy crops that may eventually replace a portion of the 110,000 metric tons of coal and petroleum coke the plant requires as fuel each year.READ MORE

U.S. Navy biodiesel project nears completion

The first ARIES biodiesel production system was delivered to U.S. Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, Calif., for the final phase of a collaboration on its development.READ MORE

BCAP comments amass

The USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program proposed rule comment period expired April 9. Those anxious for the final rule release and/or the current freeze on the program to cease can now only wait for the USDA to sort through the 24,000-plus comment submissions in order to formulate a fair and consensus-driven rule.READ MORE