February 26, 2015
A draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources was approved by the Environment Committee on 24 February. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel crops. Current legislation requires EU member states to ensure that renewable energy accounts... [Read More]

February 26, 2015
Gasrec, a European supplier of liquefied gas fuel for transport, has welcomed the EU's latest compromise agreement with the European Parliament which will pave the way for an increase in weight for HGVs converting to run on gas, ensuring they maintain their full load carrying capacity. Under the agreement, investment in clean fuels such as liquefied biomethane and LNG... [Read More]

February 24, 2015
New England Wood Pellet (NEWP), a subsidiary of Rentech, has acquired the assets of Allegheny Pellet Corp. The acquisition, Rentech says, expands NEWP's market position as the largest producer of wood pellets for the US heating market. Allegheny's wood pellet plant in Youngsville, Pennsylvania has been operating since 1993. The facility processes residuals from local... [Read More]

February 23, 2015
UK-based anaerobic digestion (AD) plant operator Tamar Energy has secured a landmark £32 million (€43 million) non-recourse project finance facility, the first such financing facility in the AD industry. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is providing the seven-year term facility which will refinance Tamar Energy's existing five AD plants. The new financing facility... [Read More]

February 23, 2015
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced that Forest Research and E.ON will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy programme – a study into the characterisation of feedstocks. The project will provide an understanding into the properties of UK-produced second generation biomass, how these vary, and relate this variability to the origins of the... [Read More]

February 23, 2015
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the US voluntary standardisation system, has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass products. ANSI is accepting applications for this pilot programme... [Read More]

February 23, 2015
Seneca Sustainable Energy's biomass plant, located in Oregon, US, has received its final Title V permit from the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). The granting of this permit, which took a very long time, confirms that the plant has been operating within its stated pollution limits since it went into operation in 2011. Seneca also has received confirmation... [Read More]

February 23, 2015
In the US, Applied LNG has signed an agreement to purchase biomethane from BP Energy Company. Applied LNG will use the biogas, sourced from waste landfill sites which produce methane as a by-product, to produce LNG in its liquefaction facility in Topock, Arizona that will be sold to the transportation fuel market. 'We are committed to providing affordable, cleaner and... [Read More]

February 23, 2015
Wood pellet manufacturer and trader German Pellets has taken over the pellet business of Nord Energie, effective 16 February. Nord Energie supplies wood pellets to consumers in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and northern Lower Saxony and has more than five years' experience in pellet trading and logistics. The acquisition by German Pellets includes its vehicle fleet, pellet... [Read More]

February 23, 2015
The European Commission announced on 19 February that it is assessing whether UK plans to support the conversion of the Lynemouth coal power plant to operate on biomass were in line with EU state aid rules. The Commission will investigate further to ensure that public funds used to support the project are limited to what is necessary and do not result in overcompensation.... [Read More]

February 18, 2015
A new report has found that renewable materials such as biomass have been an important driving force in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Europe. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), titled 'Renewable energy in Europe – approximately recent growth and knock-on effects,' says that without the deployment of renewable energy since 2005,... [Read More]

February 17, 2015
Renewable energy will play an important role in sustainably meeting India's growing energy needs. This was the message delivered by Adnan Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at RE-Invest, the First Renewable Energy Global Investors' Meet & Expo in New Delhi. India is the world's third largest economy and the fourth largest energy... [Read More]

February 16, 2015
Resolute Forest Products, an owner and operator of 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities, and power generation facilities, and six First Nations chiefs have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) that sets out a framework for negotiating business agreements related to the company's sawmill investments in north western Ontario. In attendance at the signing,... [Read More]

February 16, 2015
In California, a consortium of US companies joined together with state energy officials to launch the Calgren Ethanol Biodigester, which utilises waste from dairy farms to power the production of tens of millions of gallons of ethanol. The Two-Stage Mixed Plug Flow Digester, designed by DVO of Wisconsin and built by Regenis, is the first California digester to use agricultural... [Read More]

February 16, 2015
In the US state of Georgia, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., will jointly develop a biomass plant with a capacity of up to 50MW which will help run one of P&G's largest US facilities. The plant will significantly increase P&G's use of renewable energy and move the company closer to its 2020 target of obtaining 30%... [Read More]

February 16, 2015
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has published a 'first-of-its-kind scorecard', which evaluates airlines on their adoption of biofuels. The highest scoring carrier was Air France/KLM, followed by British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific and Alaska Airlines. 'It's great to see certain airlines becoming leaders in the use of sustainable... [Read More]