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Maine's energy legislation carryovers from 2017

by PretiFlaherty on

When the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine State Legislature adjourned earlier this year, its committees reserved a list of bills for further debate in 2018. A list of these carryover bills published by the legislative...more

HelioBioSys Inc. Patents Algae-like Organisms For Biofuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Sandia National Laboratories announced that it is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming cyanobacteria on a large scale would be successful in producing sugar for biofuels. HelioBioSys Inc. patented a group of three...more

Bill To Repeal Bioenergy Subsidies Introduced In The House Of Representatives

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 26, 2017, the Farewell to Unnecessary Energy Lifelines Reform Act of 2017 or FUEL Reform Act (H.R. 3419) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ). The bill would eliminate...more

Biofuel Industry Testifies At EPA Hearing On RFS Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing to hear from all segments of the fuel industry on the proposed rule to set the 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the...more

DOE Announces Open Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 2, 2017, DOE published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of approximately 30 volunteers...more

DOE Awards Additional MEGA-BIO Project

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 2, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a fourth project under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity would be awarded up to $1.8 million. Michigan State University was...more

USDA Announces $15.1 Million In Grants For Bioenergy and Bioproducts

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 34 grants totaling $15.1 million for research on renewable energy, biobased products, and agroecosystems....more

EPA Publishes Proposed 2018 RFS Requirements

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 18, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register its proposed rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019. ...more

EPA Releases Proposed 2018 RFS Volume Requirements

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2018,...more

Bipartisan Renewable Chemicals Bill Introduced In The House

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 29, 2017, Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017 to the House. If enacted, the legislation would...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Federal Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - Federal business income tax credit for renewable electricity production - A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business...more

DOE Announces $9 Million In Funding For Biomass Research And Development

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be...more

DOE Seeks Nominations For Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee

On May 23, 2017, EERE published in the Federal Register a solicitation for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly to advise DOE...more

Energy Innovation and President Trump's 2018 Budget Proposal - A Comprehensive Outlook for Key Grant and Loan Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump released on May 23, 2017, his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which closely mirrors his America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again – also known as the "skinny budget"...more

Fraunhofer UMSICHT Launches Project To Convert Biomass To Synthetic Fuel

On May 15, 2017, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT (Fraunhofer UMSICHT) announced the launch of TO-SYN-FUEL, a project involving 12 industrial, scientific, and small and...more

University Of Maine Launches Demonstration Of Biomass To Bioproducts Pilot Plant

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 1, 2017, the University of Maine (UMaine) began a continuous 100-hour demonstration of a biomass to bioproducts pilot plant at its Technology Research Center (TRC). The plant, which is the result of a partnership...more

BETO Hosts Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting an Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop on May 23-24, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The event will feature...more

Wind PTC Increased from 2.3 Cents to 2.4 Cents per KwH

On April 11, the IRS announced an inflation adjustment increase in the production tax credit (“PTC”) for power sold in 2017 that is generated by wind, closed-loop biomass, geothermal projects to 2.4 cents from the prior 2.3...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

South Africa Energy Minister, axed - Many South African’s are stunned at the President’s bold reshuffle of Cabinet last night. Among the 20 position changes – some being axed and others shifted to different portfolios – ...more

EPA Implements 2017 RFS Volume Requirements

On March 21, 2017, the renewable fuel volume requirements for 2017, which were issued in final by EPA on December 12, 2016, were implemented. The effective date for the 2017 requirements was delayed following the...more

DOE Announced Biomass Technical Advisory Meeting

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice in the Federal Register regarding an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development...more

DOE Announces Recipients Of $5.9 Million In Funding For CO2 Utilization Strategies

On February 22, 2017, the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy announced seven recipients of $5.9 million in funding to develop novel ways to use carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from coal-fired power plants. The projects will focus...more

DOE Launches Consortium To Tackle Catalysis Challenges

On February 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium...more

Indonesia power sector: New regulation on tariff and tendering for renewable energy projects

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia (MEMR) recently issued regulation No. 12 of 2017 on the utilisation of renewable energy sources for electricity supply (Regulation 12/2017). Key...more

AkzoNobel Joins Partnership To Develop Wood To Chemicals Biorefinery

On February 9, 2017, Avantium announced a partnership with AkzoNobel (a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®)), Chemport Europe, RWE Generation, and Staatsbosbeheer to develop a reference plant...more

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