Recent Biofuels

DTE Energy’s Northern California Biomass Plant begins Operations

DTE Energy Services, Inc. (DTEES) has finished its construction project to convert a shuttered coal-fired power plant at the Port of Stockton to operate on biomass fuel. The plant, known as Stockton Biomass, began commercial operations on Feb. 21. It is selling its renewable power to PG&E Company to help it meet its renewable energy […]

REA comments on Cancellation of RES’ North Blyth Biomass Power Plant

REA calls for “strong, clear and positive message that the UK is still open for business for biomass” Responding to the news that RES is ceasing work on its biomass power station project at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland [1], REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska said: “This is a bitter blow for RES, […]

Vertimass licenses ORNL Biofuel to Hydrocarbon Conversion Technology

Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels. The ORNL technology offers a new pathway to biomass-derived renewable fuels that can lower greenhouse gas emissions and decrease U.S. reliance on foreign sources of oil. “Vertimass is […]

Aventine working to update Pekin Plants, including Boiler Upgrade

Aventine Renewable Energy is in the midst of a two-year strategic plan to bring its two ethanol plants located in Pekin, Ill., back up to and above original production levels. That includes a project under way right now, to replace three aging coal boilers with natural gas-fired boilers. The Pekin complex includes a wet mill […]

DECC has announced a Review of RHI Biomethane Injection Tariffs

DECC issued the following statement today: “The biomethane injection tariff is to be reviewed following representations from industry that there is a risk of overcompensation for large biomethane to grid plants under the current Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) biomethane injection tariff. Larger plants benefit from economies of scale which can make them efficient generators of […]

BETO Announces Launch of the Bioenergy KDF Legislative Library

The Bioenergy Technologies Office is pleased to announce the release of a new Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (Bioenergy KDF) resource: the Legislative Library. Using this database, site visitors can track federal legislation relevant to the production and use of biofuels in the United States. Users can choose from a variety of search filter options—including congressional […]

Army Awards 20 Additional Contracts for Renewable Energy Technologies

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on February 20 awarded another 20 base contracts to companies for renewable energy-related technologies. The contracts, including two for biomass energy, 15 for solar energy, and three for wind energy, are part of a $7 billion large-scale renewable and alternative energy power production contract. The “base” contracts enable third-party-financed […]

BETO Announces Bioenergy Technologies Incubator FOA

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a new $10 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help achieve bioenergy development goals, but are not significantly represented in the Bioenergy Technology Office’s (BETO’s) existing multi-year program plans or current research and development portfolio. BETO intends […]

REA disappointed at Government U-turn on biogas Feed-in Tariff review

On-farm projects face cancellation as policy fix delayed to 2015 at the earliest The Government has confirmed it will not review the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) for anaerobic digestion (AD) this year, despite Energy Minister Greg Barker saying in a letter to industry last November “I have asked my officials to consult on measures, including a […]

Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Bioenergy Technologies Incubator

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a notice of intent to issue a funding opportunity entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator.” The Bioenergy Incubator Program is intended to identify potentially impactful ideas that are not meaningfully addressed in the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) strategic plan or project portfolio. It is anticipated that the funding opportunity announcement […]