March 21, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D advisory committee to meet March 27-28

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will meet March 27-28 in Arlington, Virginia. The event is open to members of the public. READ MORE

March 19, 2019

GranBio acquires 100% equity in American Process Inc.

BY GranBio Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessGranBio has completed the acquisition of 100 percent equity in American Process Inc. and affiliate companies. The acquired assets include biorefineries in Alpena, Michigan and Thomaston, Georgia, and an extensive intellectual property portfolio. READ MORE

March 18, 2019

Aemetis: Ethanol production, revenues up in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, providing an update on the performance of its California-based corn ethanol plant and reporting progress with its biogas and cellulosic ethanol projects. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

W2C Rotterdam project welcomes Shell as partner

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessShell has joined as an equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam for a proposed project in Rotterdam will be the first of its kind in Europe to make chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

Lallemand, Toyota sign agreement for new cellulosic yeast strains

BY Lallemand Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessLallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, a business unit of Lallemand Inc., signed an agreement on Feb. 26 with Toyota Motor Corp. to produce and market a new portfolio of yeast strains, Toyota XyloAce, for cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

EPA releases RIN data for December 2018, January 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December 2018 and January 2019 that shows nearly 19.5 billion RINs were generated last year. During the first month of 2019, RIN generation reached 1.48 billion. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Grassley, Wyden introduce tax extenders bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerSenate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have introduced a bill to extend 29 tax credits, including those that benefit producers of renewable diesel, second generation biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Spending bill urges EPA to quickly process eRIN applications

BY RFS Power Coalition Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe RFS Power Coalition today applauded the spending bill passed by both the House and the Senate. The committee report of the Interior-EPA portion of the spending package includes a provision to encourage EPA to process eRIN applications. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

DOE announces $66 million for research on plants, microbes

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. DOE has announced a plan to provide $66 million for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30 million plant initiative aims to expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Aemetis announces $125M USDA loan guarantee for Riverbank plant

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyAemetis Inc. announced Feb. 13 that the USDA has issued a conditional commitment under the 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program to guarantee a $125 million, 20-year loan to the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol plant to be built in Riverbank, California. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

Cooper discusses industry achievements, 2019 goals at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper, president and CEO of the RFA, addressed attendees of the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, and outlined RFA’s goals for the coming year, which include advocating for the RFS and and a high-octane fuel standard. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

Advanced biofuel producers ask Congress to extend tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA group of advanced biofuel producers are urging leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means to extend two tax credits that are critical to the development and deployment of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

Aemetis wins $5 million CEC grant for Riverbank cellulosic plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessOn Feb. 4, Aemetis Inc. announced that the California Energy Commission has issued a notice of proposed award (NOPA) for a $5 million grant to support the company’s proposed 12 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant under development in Riverbank, California. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

Growth Energy sues EPA over small refinery exemptions

BY Growth Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has filed a petition in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s failure to address small refinery exemptions in its 2019 RVO rulemaking, which was issued late last year. READ MORE

January 31, 2019

RFA asks EPA to use RFS ‘reset’ rule to reallocate waived RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association is calling on the U.S. EPA to use its upcoming RFS “reset” rule to reallocate renewable volume obligations (RVOs) impacted by recent small refinery exemptions, a 2016 lawsuit, and a recent bankruptcy settlement. READ MORE

January 31, 2019

New biosensor highlights best biofuel-producing microbes

BY Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessA new study led by Vatsan Raman, an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, unveils a biosensor that may light the way to the best microbial candidates for biofuel production. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

ARPA-E projects to develop sensors for bioenergy, agriculture

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy recently awarded nearly $6 million to four projects under its OPEN+ program for the Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture cohort team. READ MORE

January 25, 2019

Australian pilot biorefinery now under construction

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessConstruction recently began on a pilot cellulosic biorefinery in Australia. The plant is a collaboration between the University of Newcastle’s Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec). READ MORE

January 24, 2019

Attis, Iowa State partner on lignin-based carbon fiber

BY Attis Industries Inc. Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAttis Industries Inc. has announced a partnership with Iowa State University to develop carbon fibers for use in a wide variety of applications derived entirely or predominately from lignin produced at Attis’ planned biorefineries. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

Aemetis: USCIS approves EB-5 Phase II funding for Riverbank plant

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyAemetis Inc. recently announced that the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service has issued an I-924 Exemplar Approval for its $50 million EB-5 Phase II funding related to the Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic biorefinery project in California. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

ExxonMobil, REG partner with Clariant on cellulosic biodiesel

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group have signed a joint research agreement with Clariant to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste and residues to produce cellulosic biodiesel. READ MORE

January 22, 2019

Attis plans to convert Fulton ethanol plant to green tech campus

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAttis Industries has announced plans to purchase a 85 MMgy corn ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, from Sunoco LP and develop the site into a green tech campus that will produce corn ethanol, cellulosic ethanol and other biomass-based products. READ MORE

January 22, 2019

Koda Energy urges EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyShakopee, Minnesota-based Koda Energy LLC is urging the U.S. EPA to promptly process applications to allow biomass power facilities to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program by generating e-renewable identification numbers (eRINs). READ MORE

January 21, 2019

Attis to buy New York ethanol plant, collaborate with Novozymes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAttis Industries Inc. has announced plans to purchase a New York-based ethanol plant. The company also recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes to provide biotechnology for ethanol production at its biorefineries. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

In Depth: Burgeoning Biomethane

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

Aemetis advanced biofuel project wins $12M California tax waiver

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has announced that the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority awarded its Riverbank Advanced Biofuels Project an exclusion from the payment of California sales and use taxes valued at $12.7 million. READ MORE

January 11, 2019

Assets of former Ineos Bio plant to be sold piecemeal via auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessEquipment associated with the former Ineos Bio Energy 8 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and 6 MW bioenergy plant in Vero Beach, Florida, are being sold piecemeal via a timed auction ending Jan. 15, according to the Maas Companies. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

ORNL team uses supercomputer to aid in biofuel production

BY Jonathan Hines, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicUsing supercomputers, a team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down biomass. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

EPA: 27.83 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.58 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 27.83 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE