Biomass

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Biofuels lead growth in U.S. biomass energy

The use of energy from biomass resources in the United States grew more than 60% over the decade between 2002 and 2013 -- primarily in the form of increased use of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel that are produced from...more

Solar, geothermal led new US capacity in January 2014

Solar and geothermal resources led the new utility-scale electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. in January 2014, according to a report by the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In all, the report...more

EPA Proposes Reducing Renewable Fuel Mandate, Citing Market Issues and Technical Constraints

Several aspects of the Agency’s proposal raise issues for industry to address in comments and explore in the rulemaking process. Background and Summary - On November 29, 2013, the US Environmental Protection...more

Baucus Proposes Reforms to Energy Tax Incentives

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a proposal on December 18 that would streamline energy tax incentives to make them more predictable and technology-neutral. The proposal consolidates several...more

On The Horizon — Renewable Energy In Asia: India

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in India? India’s power generation sector has been dominated by conventional energy. As per data released by the Central Electricity Authority...more

Grant For University Of Michigan Bio-Conversion Project

In September the University of Michigan was awarded a $3 million grant to work on the anaerobic bioconversion of methane to methanol. Rather than achieving methane activation through the addition of energy and oxygen, the U...more

Events Focus On Michigan’s Wind And Bioenergy Resources

The American Wind Energy Association and The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association will host a day long wind forum on November 4 to explore the benefits and challenges of the wind energy in Michigan. The AWEA program is...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 14, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- Movin' and shakin': geothermal projects face a rocky road: Renewable Energy World - Sep 30 - Geothermal energy, one of the "forgotten renewables," powers 4,419 megawatts, or just more than 1...more

IRS Clarifies Guidance on Beginning Construction of a Qualified Energy Facility for Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax...

A qualified facility is eligible to receive a renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) or an energy investment tax credit (ITC) in lieu of the PTC if construction of the facility begins before January 1, 2014....more

Army Pre-Qualifies Biomass Developers Under MATOC

On September 23, 2013, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, acting in conjunction with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, issued its final round of awards under the multi-award task order...more

IRS Releases New Guidance on Beginning of Construction - 23 September 2013

Production tax credits ("PTCs") are available for wind, biomass, geothermal, landfill gas, trash, hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic facilities, if construction of the facility begins before January 1, 2014....more

Anaerobic Digester Opens At MSU

Michigan State University has commissioned an anaerobic digester to create energy for its East Lansing campus. The digester will utilize about 17,000 tons of organic waste to generate 2.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - August 2013

In This Issue: - Natural Gas Power Plant Approval Case Gets Started - Deep Water Offshore Floating Wind Turbines Showcased - Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Loses Partner - Anaerobic Digester Opens at MSU -...more

Biomass Opportunities Abound In Michigan

Michigan State University has created a biomass inventory for the state that identifies biomass and land that can produce high energy value biomass....more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of August 12, 2013

With Congress out for the August recess, this week’s major energy-related announcements came from the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency....more

Senator Grassley Proposes Repeal of Fossil Fuel Tax Incentives if any Renewables Tax Incentives Expire

The tax press is reporting comments made by Senator Grassley (R-IA) at a Department of Energy forum on biomass. Senator Grassley is reported to have said: “Congress should ‘do away with the incentives for oil’ tax breaks if...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - July 2013

In This Issue: - Gas Generating Plant Certificate of Necessity Sought - Natural Gas Generation to Cut Need for Coal - S.S. Badger Saves Diesel Fuel by Carrying Wind Towers - Albion Solar Company Growing -...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 1, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables outpace coal, oil, and nuclear energy in U.S.: REVE Wind News - Jul 20 -- Renewable energy sources, including wind energy, solar power, biomass, hydro, and geothermal energy,...more

Court Holds Biological Assessment Reviewable, But Denies Temporary Injunctive Relief

On July 17, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, after finding that the plaintiffs could not establish a likelihood of success on the merits, denied a motion to enjoin a 28,545 acre vegetation...more

'Deferral Rule' Is Derailed - Biogenic Greenhouse Gas Emitters Stand By To Be Regulated

The greenhouse gas rule you’ve never heard of, the Deferral Rule, was shot down (barely) by the D.C. Circuit last week. See Center for Biological Diversity v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 11-1101 (D.C. Cir., July 12,...more

Biomass Facilities Lose CO2 "Deferral"

The U.S. EPA greenhouse gas regulations provided biomass facilities with an important incentive - a unique “deferral” from having to achieve established CO2 emission limits. For certain biomass facilities not being regulated...more

Regulation of Biogenic GHG Emissions, From Manure Management And Ethanol Sources, Cannot Be Delayed, Says D.C. Circuit

In 2007, the United States Supreme Court directed EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (“GHG”) as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Since that time, EPA has published an Endangerment Finding and issued a series of...more

One Step At A Time Is Just Too Late: The DC Circuit Strikes Down EPA’s Deferral of GHG Regulation of Biomass Emissions

On Friday, in Center For Biological Diversity v. EPA, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down EPA’s rule deferring regulation of GHG emissions from “biogenic” sources. ...more

Capital Thinking Update - February 11, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations, and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial...more

Torrification Facility To Supply Carbon For Environmental Control

A new $30 Million plant in Marquette will create proprietary renewable carbon products made from renewable materials. This is the largest advanced biocarbon production facility in North America. Biogenic Reagents will offer a...more

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