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May 03, 2016

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Increased biofuel demand supporting global micronutrients market

May 2, 2016: In the UK, according to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global agricultural micronutrients market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 8% until 2020 in large part thanks to growing demand for biofuels. This research report titled ‘Global Agricultural Micronutrients Market 2016-2020’, provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in […]…

Brazilian hydrous ethanol sales fall during H1 April by nearly 20%

May 2, 2016: In Brazil, hydrous ethanol sales fell by nearly 20% during the first half of April, the fifth month in a row sales had fallen year-on-year, which is in line with the increased prices as a result of higher demand going into the end of 2015. Sales during the period were better than in March, however, […]…

Biomass R&D board to hold bioeconomy webinar on Thursday

May 2, 2016: In Washington, the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Board Operations Committee will hold an online bioeconomy listening session on Thursday, May 5, 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Eastern Time. During the listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States,” we encourage attendees to provide their thoughts and comments and to ask questions about the […]…

Renewable Developments Australia receive A$3 million for cellulosic ethanol project development

May 2, 2016: In Australia, the national renewable energy agency has approved A$3 million in funding for Renewable Developments Australia to help offset early stage development costs for a proposed A$800 million 350 million liter cellulosic ethanol plant in North Queensland. The funding will go towards irrigation and crop trials for sugarcane and sweet sorghum as well as […]…

North Dakota industrial sugar beet plans on hold

May 2, 2016: In North Dakota, Green Vision Group has put on hold its ambitions to develop industrial sugar beet processing plants around the state to produce ethanol and chemicals, saying that the costs to store sugarbeets and syrup are too high, making the price of sugars for feedstock in turn too high. The company has communicated to […]…

EU market expecting Central American ethanol imports in May and June

May 2, 2016: In the Netherlands, the European market is expecting ethanol to arrive from Central America into Rotterdam this month, with at least 7,000 cubic meters on route and a much larger volume set for arrival in June despite the market being well supplied at the moment. The arrival of the new imports is not expected to […]…

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers digging into disease resistance in plants

May 2, 2016: In Texas, scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant, research that could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. With almost $500,000 from the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative over three years, the researchers say the study will […]…

RFA shows how CARB didn’t want grain ethanol but it’s what it got

May 2, 2016: In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association reviewed the California Air Resources Board’s quarterly update on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and found regulated parties have reduced the carbon intensity of the state’s transportation fuels by a cumulative 16.55 million metric tons (MMT) of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases (GHG) since enforcement began in 2011. While that’s an […]…

Digest Bioeconomy Index dips 0.29 percent to 54.90 as ethanol equities decline

May 2, 2016: The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dipped 0.29 percent to 54.90 as ethanol equities declined. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) dropped 4.44 percent to $4.52, while Biox (BX.T) dropped 9.84 percent to $0.55. Among other equities, BASF (BAS.F) wilted 3.36 percent to $69.85. Overall, advances led declines by […]…

Reliable, affordable, scalable, sustainable: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe

May 2, 2016: NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, NexSteppe is developing Malibu sweet sorghum and Palo Alto high biomass sorghum to produce feedstocks tailored for these biobased industries. Recently, CEO Anna Rath — […]…

Wind Energy Kicks off 2016 with a Bang

May 2, 2016: The American wind energy industry kicked off the year with a bang – the best since first quarter 2012. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), wind added 520 MW of new generating capacity from January – March of … Continue reading →…

PERC Promotes Propane at ACT Expo

May 2, 2016: Propane will be on display at the upcoming 2016 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long,Beach California. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is promoting the benefits of propane. Tucker Perkins, chief business officer, is presenting at the expo’s … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Apr 29, 2016: According to the latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, nine new “units” of wind provided 707 megawatts (MW), followed by 44 units of solar (522 MW), 9 units of … Continue reading →…

MN Students Continue to Learn About Ethanol

Apr 29, 2016: Minnesota high school students throughout the state are continuing to learn about ethanol. Recently, 70 students from Pipestone Area High School visited Highwater Ethanol to learn more about ethanol production, the benefits of the renewable fuel, and ethanol career opportunities. … Continue reading →…

Report: Clean Energy Techs Cut Road CO2 Emissions

Apr 28, 2016: A new report from Lux Research has found that using low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut road transport CO2 emissions 29 percent by 2030. Biofuels and natural gas combined will account for 45 percent of petroleum displacement. Today, global … Continue reading →…

Renewables Swamp Natural Gas in First Quarter 2016

Apr 28, 2016: Setting a new lopsided quarterly record, renewable sources outpaced — in fact, swamped — natural gas by a factor of more than 70:1 for new electrical generating capacity placed in-service during the first three months of calendar year 2016.

RFA Releases E15 Retailer New Equipment Guidance

Apr 28, 2016: With E15 offerings on the rise across the U.S., the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released a guide to assist retailers with choosing legal equipment with which to dispense the renewable fuel. The E15 retailer new equipment guide provides information … Continue reading →…

Iowa Legislature Votes for Blender Pumps

Apr 28, 2016: Iowa will see another year of funding for retailers to add blender pumps. The Iowa Legislature voted unanimously to allocate funding for the biodiesel and ethanol blender pump program known as the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP). The Iowa Renewable … Continue reading →…

Hungarian Delegates Visit Enginuity Worldwide

Apr 27, 2016: Missouri-based Enginuity Worldwide hosted a group of energy delegates from Hungary recently where they learned more about the company’s biotechnology efforts. The company has developed technology that turns local agriculture waste into renewable solid biomass fuel. The delegation was comprised … Continue reading →…

BioEnergy Bytes

Apr 27, 2016: Radio Iowa is reporting the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Homeland Security and Emergency Management have released a report on the study of the rail transport of oil and biofuels in the state. The Iowa DOT believes it is … Continue reading →…

REG Holds Ribbon Cutting for Wisconsin Plant

Apr 27, 2016: The Renewable Energy Group (REG) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the formal opening of its biodiesel plant in Madison Wisconsin. The facility, REG Madison, received upgrades prior to its reopening. The facility was formerly owned by Sanimax … Continue reading →…

Vermont Utility Opens Collaborative Space for Energy Businesses, Seeks Applicants

Apr 26, 2016: Green Mountain Power has launched a contest to find energy companies and entrepreneurs to colocate at the utility’s headquarters in Colchester, Vt., and work to develop innovative energy products for consumers.

New York to Spend $150M on Clean Energy Projects

Apr 25, 2016: New York State will spend $150 million on large-scale clean energy projects as part of its goal to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

Researchers Move Forward with Drone Program to Advance Biofuel Production

Apr 25, 2016: The U.S. is funding research to breed better sorghum plants using sensor-laden drones and data mining. Next month, a team of researchers will load one small aerial drone and two ground drones with sensors and release them on a field planted with hundreds of varieties of sorghum.

#EarthDay2016: US Joins Countries of the World in Signing Paris Agreement

Apr 22, 2016: More than 170 countries are marking #EarthDay2016 by following through on their expressed intentions to sign the text of the Paris Agreement adopted by 196 countries in December.

Where’s the Algae? A Look at the 'European Roadmap for an Algae-Based Industry'

Apr 21, 2016: One hundred European Union algae stakeholders are preparing to release a white paper, European Roadmap for an Algae-Based Industry, after a meeting co-organised by the European Algae Biomass Association, Miracles, FUEL4ME, Splash and the Algae Cluster (InteSusAl, BIOFAT and All-gas).

Senate Passes Energy Bill, Looks to Conference With House

Apr 21, 2016: The Senate voted 85–12 April 20 to pass what could be the first broad energy bill in nearly a decade, putting in motion what is expected to be a formal conference to work out the differences with the House version of the bill.

A Cleantech Recipe that Finally Works: Student Entrepreneurs

Apr 21, 2016: “Cleantech,” once a sexy term for innovations from tech engineers creating products like thin film solar panels and futuristic batteries, has turned into a plagued phrase in recent years, as billions of grants, loans, investments, and tax breaks have been poured into the sector, only to result in a lack of anticipated breakthroughs and a series of expensive tax-funded failures.

Senate Sends FAA Reauthorization Bill to House without Tax Extenders Amendment

Apr 20, 2016: The Senate overwhelmingly passed a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, kicking the measure over to the House, where similar efforts have stalled. In a 95-3 vote, lawmakers approved an amended measure that would greenlight FAA programs through fiscal 2017. The agency's current legal authority expires on July 15.

BRICS Bank Gives $811 Million in First Round Green Energy Loans

Apr 18, 2016: The New Development Bank, a multilateral lender formerly known as the BRICS Development Bank, will provide $811 million in a first round of loans for green energy projects in four nations.

Hitachi Zosen Wins Order for Waste-to-Energy Plant in Thailand

Apr 15, 2016: Hitachi Zosen Corp. won an order for a waste-to-energy plant from KPN Green Energy Solution Co. in Thailand’s Nong Khai province.

A Different Way to Look at Waste: Creating a Source for Renewable Products

Apr 13, 2016: Waste disposal is growing significantly. Greenhouse gas emissions from landfills are increasing. Recycling programs are faltering. It is time we reassess the way we manage our waste.

Waste-to-energy electricity generation concentrated in Florida and Northeast

Apr 12, 2016: At the end of 2015, the United States had 71 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that generated electricity in 20 U.S. states, with a total generating capacity of 2.3 gigawatts. …

Renewable Energy Growth to Slow Through 2025, BMI Forecasts

Apr 12, 2016: Clean energy growth rates will slow even as falling costs buoy renewable power technologies in the wake of last year’s climate accord committing 195 countries to reduce pollution, BMI Research said in a report.

New UK Energy Policies Must Be Handled Carefully But Could Cut Red Tape

Apr 12, 2016: The UK Government has committed to cutting carbon emissions and meeting its obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent before 2050. However, it is also aiming to keep energy prices competitive and has pledged in recent budgets to reduce green regulatory costs.

Thermal Storage a Hot, Yet Debated Topic for Biomass Water Heating Industry

Apr 11, 2016: Thermal storage integrated with biomass water heating systems is a “hot topic,” that has been debated “over and over,” according to Scott Nichols, owner and president of New Hampshire-based Tarm Biomass. But members of the biomass heating industry, he says, are reaching a point where they are finding some common understanding on the technology and its benefits to the market.

Bioeconomy: One Billion Tons of Biomass

Apr 11, 2016: The federal agencies that provide the muscle for energy policy are finalizing plans to harness the energy from one billion tons of biomass per year. The “Bioeconomy Vision” is an effort to move biomass out of the laboratory and into the market. The goal, within the next 15 years, is production and commercialization of biofuels, renewable chemicals and similar organic products.

Utilities Are Sending the Wrong Message on Energy

Apr 11, 2016: Typically, energy engagement programs focus narrowly on specific concerns, such as saving money. These programs may hit their short-term goals, but tend to fall short in the long run. We’ve been working with clients for years to solve this problem. We — along with numerous social science researchers — have found that energy consumption behaviors and attitudes are deeply loaded with emotion, and are far from rational. We’ve learned that for effective, long-term results, it’s necessary to make energy human.

New waste-to-energy Tennessee plant will feature power generation technology from Clean Energy Technologies

Apr 8, 2016: CETY's equipment will generate over a million kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity over the 20-year life of the project by converting 8,000 tons of waste material diverted from landfills each year.

Papua New Guinea First to Finalize Climate Plan Under Paris Agreement

Apr 8, 2016: Papua New Guinea recently became the first country to formally submit the final version of its national climate action plan (called a “Nationally Determined Contribution,” or NDC) under the Paris Agreement. The small Pacific nation’s plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 is no longer just an “intended” nationally determined contribution (INDC) — it is now the country’s official climate plan.

Banks Pledge $7BN to Scale Up Clean Energy Investment

Apr 8, 2016: A group of eight banks and investors pledged $7 billion to join Bank of America Corp.’s initiative that plans to raise at least $10 billion for investments in clean energy and sustainable development.

Biomass, Tidal Power Part of Plan to Revive UK Steel Industry

Apr 7, 2016: Sanjeev Gupta is convinced there’s still a profitable life ahead for Britain’s nearly bankrupt steel industry, and he’s planning to use biomass and tidal power to save it.

The Big Question: What Is Your Greatest Concern for Your Industry in 2016?

Apr 4, 2016: Where will the industry stumble and where will it thrive? We asked executives at major renewable energy companies to talk to us about their worries, fears and concerns as we head into 2016.

The US DOE: To Be or Not to Be in Renewable Energy

Mar 31, 2016: Without exception, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is all about Atomic Energy Defense (AED). Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on the other hand, are far from mission-critical. To the extent that the DOE’s 2016 budget request allocates 63 percent to AED activities and only 9 percent to EERE, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs seem to make good publicity and little else.

A Look at Liquid Air Energy Storage Technology

Mar 30, 2016: With traditional coal-fired power stations coming to the end of their working lives, the challenge to engineers to develop clean, reliable energy technologies has never been so pressing.

Harvesting Sunshine More Lucrative Than Crops at Some U.S. Farms

Mar 30, 2016: For more than a century, Dawson Singletary’s family has grown tobacco, peanuts and cotton on a 530-acre farm amid the coastal flatlands of North Carolina. Now he’s making money from a different crop: solar panels. Singletary has leased 34 acres of his Bladen County farm to Strata Solar LLC for a 7-megawatt array, part of […]…

Press Release: Iowa Electric Co-op Sets Standard for Rural Solar

Mar 29, 2016: Contact: Katie Coleman, (312) 795-3710 Solar Shines for Rural Electric Co-Ops Announcement Sets New Iowa Record for Solar from Rural Electric Co-ops Iowa’s Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) and its member cooperatives announced a major investment in solar energy today, unveiling plans to build 5.5 megawatts of new solar energy at six locations across its […]…

Funding Available for Commercial Biomass Heating Systems in New Hampshire

Mar 28, 2016: Thermal renewable energy certificates, aka T-RECs, which were authorized by the New Hampshire Legislature in 2012, are now being used to help fund new biomass heating projects in the state.The T-RECs Enterprise Fund will buy T-RECs from wood fueled heating system owners in advance, for up to five years of projected heat output, and pay a lump sum before project construction begins.  As a result, a performance incentive becomes a capital incentive that can be used to reduce the project capital cost. High performance wood heating systems qualify.  For more information, check out the T-RECs page in the link above.

US Senator Pushes for Boost in Biomass Energy

Mar 28, 2016: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is pressing for increased production of sustainable, low-carbon biomass energy to heat and power homes and businesses, while reducing the risk of wildfires and creating jobs in rural areas, according to the senator's office.

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Renewable Energy

Mar 28, 2016: The practical benefits of an organic product do not necessarily end when it goes down the drain or into the trash. In fact, there is quite a bit of useful energy left in the items we discard. Using heat exchanges, anaerobic digestion technology, and waste-to-energy facilities, the projects here showcase important bioenergy technology that is being used right now to drive down traditional energy costs and increase renewable energy installed capacity worldwide.