– by Erin Voegele, October 30, 2017, Biomass Magazine
The 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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– by Wendy Mitchell, November 3, 2016, Ledger Independent
Rumpke Brown County Landfill (Photo: Ledger Independent)
Mountains of trash are being turned into utility resources in Brown County, Ohio.
On Thursday, state and local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the Rumpke Brown County landfill, designating the site as the place where methane from the decomposition of trash will be turned into usable electricity.
According to Rumpke officials, the approximately $8 million plant should be operational in late spring 2017.
“April is the goal to have it done,” said Molly Broadwater, Rumpke spokesperson.
– by Madelyn Beck, October 28, 2016, Idaho Mountain Express
Milner Butte Landfill (Photo: Southern Idaho Solid Waste)
The Milner Butte Landfill’s gas-to-energy project is moving forward after a vote Wednesday by commissioners of counties that manage the southern Idaho facility.
The project would involve taking methane gas created by decomposing garbage and burning it for energy. The Milner Butte Landfill near Burley already captures methane and burns it off to limit the amount of the potent greenhouse gas that reaches the atmosphere, but it does not yet generate energy through the process.
– by Erin Voegele, October 25, 2016, Biomass Magazine
On Oct. 25, the USDA announced it is investing more than $300 million to help hundreds of small businesses adopt renewable energy sources or implement more efficient energy options. The investment includes $327 million to support 423 businesses through the Rural Energy for America Program and a $68 million loan awarded to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative of Johnson City, Texas, through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program to fund system-wide energy efficiency improvements to assist a rural portion of the co-op’s service territory.
Bioenergy-related REAP awards made through the current round of funding include:
– by Josh Schlossberg, The Biomass Monitor
One-quarter of renewable energy in the U.S. in 2015 came from wind (21%) and solar (6%), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, 43% was from generated from bioenergy, combusting trees, crops, manure, and trash for electricity and/or heat, or converting these materials into liquid transportation fuels.
So where do the nation’s largest and most influential environmental groups stand on bioenergy, the largest source of renewables?
The Biomass Monitor contacted representatives for the following organizations (listed alphabetically) to determine their stances on biomass power and heating, liquid biofuels for transportation, and trash incineration: 350*, Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, National Wildlife Federation*, Natural Resources Defense Council, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, and Stand (formerly Forest Ethics).
*350 and National Wildlife Federation representatives didn’t respond to repeated inquiries, so organizational platforms are based on information found online.
– by Sarah Jerome, August 9, 2016, Water Online
Sewage treatment plant (wastetreatmentprocess.net)
Experts say the sewage-powered car market has potential in the U.S.
“In the U.S., most hydrogen is produced from natural gas. But a 2014 study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that biogas from wastewater treatment plants, landfills, animal manure and industrial facilities could be used as a major source of hydrogen — enough to support 11 million fuel cell vehicles per year,” the Los Angeles Times recently reported.
Japan is already exploring waste-powered sustainability. The Japanese government, Mitsubishi, and Toyota have all invested in making it a reality.
– by Steven Johnson, July 29, 2016, ECT
Photo: Alex Milan Tracy
The Department of Agriculture announced July 25 that it will provide loan guarantees of up to $250 million for commercial-scale biorefineries and biobased product manufacturing facilities.
The support stems from a 2008 program that was expanded as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA said.
“The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers,” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said.