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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Alliance BioEnergy Plus has announced the successful completion of its yearlong efforts to optimize its patented CTS technology to extract 100% of the sugar from virtually any cellulosic feed-stock after having it completed and proven by major industry ethanol producers.
  • Duke Energy Renewables has announced it has acquired six 5 MW solar projects in Eastern North Carolina from Community Energy. Five of the six sites are in service, with the final project, Seaboard, coming on line in May. Collectively, these facilities will generate enough solar energy to power about 6,000 homes.
  • SunLine Transit Agency, which serves more than 3.5 million passengers annually in the Coachella Valley (California) has announced that it has expanded its growing alternative fuel vehicles fleet with the addition of its first emissions-free, all-electric buses. BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles, has provided the 40 ft. low floor transit buses with seats for 35 and room for more than 60 standing passengers to SunLine. The transit agency began testing the vehicle on service routes in January.
  • Legend Solar has announced that the solar power provider is contributing $10 million toward renovating the Dixie State University football stadium, aptly renamed Legend Solar Stadium. Legend Solar will install solar technology on the DSU campus, providing millions of dollars in energy savings over time. A 1,500-kilowatt system, which will be installed gradually through 2027, is projected to generate enough energy to power not only the stadium, but other buildings on campus and save Dixie State University approximately $300,000 a year on its power bill.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1According 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 biomass (33 MW), and one unit of hydropower (29 MW). By comparison, only two new units of natural gas (18 MW) came on line. There was no new capacity reported for the quarter from coal, oil, nuclear power, or geothermal steam.
  • Supported by Partners, Clean City Coalitions and Corporate Sponsors, Alliance AutoGas is embarking on a 5300+ mile, 12-City, cross country road trip – the Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride – with its record-setting propane autogas F-150 on May 2, at 10 a.m., from Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park in Kansas City, MO. The event is being hosted by the Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities in conjunction with Veolia/Kansas City Transportation Group and Alliance AutoGas.
  • FIU and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) have unveiled a new commercial-scale solar installation at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing – the only solar research facility of its kind that FPL has installed at a Florida university. The 1.4-megawatt solar array is comprised of more than 4,400 solar panels on canopy-like structures that provide clean electricity to FPL’s grid and shade for about 400 parking spaces. The unique solar array incorporates a 24-foot by 12-foot FIU logo that is visible from high above.
  • According to a recent report from @NavigantRSRCH, annual raw biogas production capacity is expected to reach 2,141 billion cubic feet per year by 2024. The report, Market Data: Renewable Natural Gas, analyzes the global biogas market, focusing on four feedstock sources: waste, industrial, agricultural, and sewage. Policy issues and market drivers are detailed for each region. Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by feedstock source, end use (electricity, renewable natural gas injection, and transport), region, and selected country, extend through 2024.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Radio 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 the first such report nationally that included a look at how the state is prepared to prevent spills, preparedness in the event of a spill, response to an incident, and recovery from an incident.
  • Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) has released its International Biofuels Baseline Briefing Book. This report presents the international baseline 10-year projections for the international biofuels market.
  • Finland’s Finnair and TAP Portugal have emerged as the two least polluting carriers in a study of 20 of the world’s biggest airlines. A study of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the airline industry from 2007 to 2014 revealed none are showing a significant reduction over the seven years for those that provided the data. In the study Finnair had the smallest carbon footprint in 2014, with TAP Portugal and Virgin Australia in the top three least polluting airlines, while American Airlines, following its merger with US Airways in 2013, had the largest footprint in the study with fellow US carriers Delta and United Airlines also large polluters in this sample.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1BIRD Energy has made a call for proposals in its seventh funding cycle for U.S.-Israel joint Project Proposals with a focus on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Proposals must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel). The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization. The conditional grant per project is up to 50% of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and up to a maximum of $1 million per project.
  • The premium-quality Neste Pro Diesel is now available from the most of the Neste stations in Latvia. Neste Pro Diesel supplements the range of high-quality Futura fuels launched previously in the Baltic region and Russia. Neste Pro Diesel is available in Finland, Lithuania and Latvia.
  • Biofuels Digest is reporting that North Dakota ethanol plant Red Tail Energy has paid off the last of its $5.5 million in debt. The company paid the debt off three years ahead of when was indicated in previous financial filings and paid investors $20 million in dividends. The plant has paid off a total of $50 million in debt and added $13 million in capital to the company since 2011.
  • Comet Biorefining has announced the appointment of Rich Troyer as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Troyer was most recently the Chief Business Officer at Coskata and was previously a Managing Director at the Blackstone Group. “I am pleased to join Comet at such an exciting time, and look forward to working with the management team as we advance Comet to commercial stage,” said Troyer.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1KMA Land Radio is reporting that the Missouri House has voted to extend the state’s ethanol producer incentive program until 2020. The program provides grants to ethanol biorefineries to assist in renewable fuel production.
  • The Geothermal, Hydropower and Biomass Associations have launched the first Baseload Renewable Energy Summit, to be held June 7-8 in Reno, Nevada. The Summit will bring together industry leaders, policy makers, public representatives and other experts to engage in a dialogue about the issues and opportunities facing these industries. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. renewable electricity comes from baseload sources – hydropower, biomass and geothermal. And, as renewable production grows, these baseload technologies are projected by EIA to continue to produce a majority of renewable power through at least 2040.
  • The Dickinson Press has reported plans for a $150 million cellulosic ethanol plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park are underway. If built, the plant would employ around 40 people. One of the projects founding partners is Pennsylvania-based New Energy Investors.
  • The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA) has appointed the team of Decker Creative Marketing and Makiaris Media Services to spread the good news about the home heating fuel industry’s new energy-efficient blend called Bioheat. The renewable, cleaner burning, more cost-efficient fuel is already being delivered to customers statewide by the more than 230 independent CEMA member companies.

 

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Gevo has announced that ASTM International has now completed its process of approving the revision of ASTM D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons) to include alcohol to jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) derived from renewable isobutanol. The ASTM process is now completed in all respects.
  • According to the latest April 2016 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) and Summer Transportation Fuels Forecast, U.S. drivers are expected to pay the cheapest summer gasoline prices in 12 years with ongoing low crude oil prices. EIA is also reporting, “Low pump prices and continuing growth in employment contribute to more driving, resulting in a forecast of record high gasoline demand this summer.”
  • Advanced Energy Economy is reporting employment in California’s advanced energy industry grew 18% last year, six times the statewide employment growth rate. More than half a million California workers spend some or all of their time on advanced energy (energy efficiency, advanced electricity generation, biofuels, advanced grid technology, and advanced vehicles).
  • The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has announced its selection of Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) as a Legislator of the Year for 2016. Representative Peters receives the award in conjunction with BIO Legislative Day Fly-In.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Fourteen students from Butterfield-Odin visited the Heron Lake Bioenergy ethanol plant on April 8 to get a better understanding of ethanol production and its benefits. During the tour, the students, all from the 11th grade, learned about incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, liquefaction and ethanol storage and shipment. Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association assisted with setting up the student visit at the ethanol facility.
  • Growth Energy Co-Chair Tom Buis will be speaking at the upcoming Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum April 28-29 at the La Vista Conference Center. Buis will participate in the government policy panel alongside Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition executive director, and Mark Palmer, Nebraska Ethanol Producers Association executive director. Click here to register.
  • The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a new annual report on Maine’s use of renewable electricity in 2014. The report shows the impact of Maine’s renewable portfolio standard and found that compliance costs have fallen nearly in half since 2013.
  • The Alabama Department of Corrections is reporting a significant savings and reduced emissions from its switch to propane auotgas to fuel 72 of its work release vans. The vehicles us ICOM liquid injection propane systems and the kits were installed by Precision Sales & Service in Birmingham, Alabama, owned by Buddy Gamel.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1The nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) has announced that Google is providing foundational support through a seed grant to establish a coalition of stakeholders that will support expansion of renewable energy market infrastructure throughout Asia, with initial efforts focused on advancing renewable energy purchasing options in Taiwan. The aim of this collaborative effort, led by CRS, is to explore opportunities to establish robust voluntary renewable energy options that will allow individuals and businesses to buy credible and impactful renewable energy.
  • The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has announced that Europe’s largest cluster of bioeconomy companies, IAR, will be a top supporting organization of BIO’s 13th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. IAR represents more than 300 innovative companies and technology developers who produce biofuels and biobased products from agricultural residue and biomass. At this year’s conference, IAR will sponsor 400 square feet of Exhibit Space and panel a Breakout Session. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology event will be held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
  • H2 Logic has entered into a contract for the purchase of a facility in Herning, Denmark for the development of a new large-scale production plant for hydrogen refuelling stations. The factory will have an annual capacity to manufacture hydrogen refuelling stations sufficient to support 200 000 new Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) annually.
  • Verdezyne, Inc., a synthetic biology company producing biobased chemicals, has been named a winner of the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award 2016. Michael Wilshire, selection committee chair and head of analysis and transformation at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said, “This year, we were impressed by the very strong set of candidates we received for the New Energy Pioneers program, and the range of activities that they cover – including solar, wind, storage, transport, bioenergy, energy smart technologies and machine learning.” The 10 winners were recognized at the ninth annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Edeniq and Aemetis, Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and renewable chemicals company, have announced they have entered into a License Agreement under which Aemetis will deploy Edeniq’s Pathway technology at its 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility located in Keyes, California.
  • According to the Deccan Herald, The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has planned to run 1,800 of its 8,300 buses on biodiesel. The select buses will run on 20% biodiesel and 80% diesel. Currently, all KSRTC buses are running on 100% diesel. The KSRTC made the decision to reduce the diesel component after a series of trials and tests it carried out with biodiesel were successful.
  • Pankaj Lal, assistant professor of Earth and Environmental Studies with Montclair State University, was recently awarded a five-year, $450,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation to explore sustainable bioenergy solutions in the Midwestern and Southern United States. Titled “Exploring Place-Based Opportunities for Bioenergy Sustainability,” Lal’s CAREER project will focus on place-based policy solutions that develop forest- and agriculture-based bioenergy as a fossil fuel alternative. His solutions will be based on analysis of factors such as location suitability, socioeconomic uncertainty and environmental impact.
  • Reuters is reporting that the Brazilian president has signed into law a proposal passed by both legislative houses to boost the biodiesel blend to 7%, to 8% in 2017 and 10% in 2019. Simultaneously, the government will undergo B15 trials over the next three years to ensure that the national fleet can operate with higher blends. The national biodiesel industry has been calling for such a policy to absorb their fuel into the domestic market and help create demand to boost production closer to their installed production capacity.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Ethanol Producer magazine is reporting that North Africa, Tunisia-based Biodex-sa is doubling its biodiesel production capacity. The plant currently produces 2.1 million-gallons-per-year. The expansion is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
  • UNICA is reporting that sugar production from February 1 to March 16, 2016 has produced hydrous and anhydrous ethanol volumes of 180.38 million liters and 39.01 million liters respectively. During this period there was significant conversion of anhydrous ethanol in hydrous ethanol. As a result, the total supply in the first half of the month increased by 269.16 million liters of hydrous ethanol and a drop of 46.74 million liters in the availability of anhydrous ethanol of which UNICA is reporting is normal for this time of year.
  • American Science and Technology has announced the completion of its Wausau, WI bio-refinery pilot plant scale up. The new pilot plant increases AST’s processing capacity to 2 tons of cellulosic biomass per day.
  • Murex LLC, a leading domestic ethanol marketer and distributer, has announced further market growth with the execution of a multiyear ethanol marketing agreement with White Energy. The agreement calls for Murex LLC to market all three of White Energy’s production locations, two in Texas and one in Kansas, totaling 295mm gallons of permitted ethanol production annually.