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[NEWS] EPA Decision on Renewable Fuels Good News for Ethanol Industry

– by James Q. Lynch, November 24, 2017, Globe Gazette

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to deny attempts to change Renewable Fuel Standard rules is good news for the ethanol industry and fuel retailers who would have had to assume responsibility for blending ethanol with gasoline, according Iowa officials who opposed the changes.

“This is the right policy conclusion and I’m glad to see it happening,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said about the EPA decision announced Wednesday. “This decision puts the issue to bed, and certainty is so important. It’s a decision from the EPA that sides with the integrity of the RFS.”

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[NEWS] Neighbor Concerned About West Virginia Biomass Project

– by Tina Alvey, November 17, 2017, Register-Herald

Maxwelton_iA man who lives near the proposed site for a synthetic fuel facility in the Sam Black area is urging local officials to “be proactive” in determining the potential environmental impact of the project.

Houston Adkins shared his concerns with the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors Thursday afternoon.

Among the issues Adkins raised is the possibility that the plant — which was pitched to state economic development officials as a $73 million facility — may operate far below capacity and, therefore, never deliver the promised 60 to 100 jobs.

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[NEWS] UPS Signs Biogas Deal for 10 Million Gallons Per Year

– Alyssa Danigelis, November 21, 2017, Energy Manager Today

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UPS signed a deal this week with Environmental Energy LLC subsidiary Big Ox Energy to buy 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas annually through 2024. It’s the largest investment that UPS has made in this type of biogas.

RNG, also called biomethane or biogas, can be produced from renewable sources such as decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural facilities, and wastewater treatment facilities. Once produced, RNG can be distributed through natural gas pipelines, UPS says, so that it becomes available for use as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG).

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[NEWS] First Chinese Intercontinental Biofuel Flight Lands in Chicago

– by Katie Cantle, November 22, 2017, Air Transport World

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Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 has completed China’s first intercontinental passenger flight with sustainable fuel produced from waste cooking oil from restaurants in China by Sinopec.

According to Xinhua News Agency, Hainan Airlines flight 497 flew from Beijing to Chicago O’Hare International Airport Nov. 21 after flying more than 11,000 km (6,835 miles).

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[NEWS] DOE Schedules Meeting of Biomass Advisory Committee

– by Erin Voegele, October 30, 2017, Biomass Magazine

DOE_15093993318854-300x300-noup.jpThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C.

According to information published in the Federal Register, the meeting aims to develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and products. The agenda is expected to include an update on USDA and DOE biomass research and development activities and presentations from industry, national laboratories, and federal agencies on improving feedstock supply chain cost and efficiency and upgrading of biomass into feedstocks.

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[NEWS] Academics Slam Chatham House Bioenergy Report as “Misleading”

– by Liz Gyekye, March 13, 2017, Bioenergy Insight

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More than 125 academics have joined the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) slamming Chatham House’s recent report on bioenergy, calling it ‘misleading.

The group of academics from across the world and the IEA state that the report “does not present an objective overview of the current state of scientific understanding with respect to the climate effects of bioenergy”.

They are urging the Chatham House author to “reconsider flawed policy recommendations.”

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