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Maine ruling on biomass for renewable energy

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Maine renewable energy regulators have issued a ruling clarifying that biomass generators fueled by a "dewatered cellulose pulp" developed by a municipal solid waste recovery company may qualify under the state's renewable...more

DOE Announces Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Meeting

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 25, 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

BIO Requests Reauthorization Of Biobased Assistance Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 19, 2017, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), an Associate member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced that it and its member companies sent a letter to the House...more

Oregon Targets Renewable Heating Companies for Increased Assessments

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Biomass heating companies, which use renewable energy sources like wood, crop waste, or garbage to generate heat, will now come under central assessment in Oregon. Under central assessment, all of a company's property,...more

Spero Energy Receives SBIR Grant For Biobased Chelates

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

USDA awarded Spero Energy Inc. a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $100,000 to conduct research and development to increase the availability and competitiveness of biobased products within the agricultural...more

DOE Awards Up To $3.5 Million In Funding For Advancements In Algal Biomass Yield Project

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of an additional project for the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement (FOA)....more

EPA Issues NODA Regarding RFS Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 4, 2017, EPA issued a NODA in the Federal Register to provide supplemental information and an opportunity for further public comment on potential reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and...more

DOE Announces $22 Million In Funding For Marine Biomass Production

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 18 projects from the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program will receive $22 million in funding through the Advanced...more

DOE Announces $15 Million In Funding For Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 20, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that DOE selected eight projects related to the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR) to negotiate for up to $15 million in DOE funding. The...more

DOE Studies Impact Of Drought On Biomass Products

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have linked changes in rainfall and other environmental stressors during crop growth to potential deleterious effects on biofuel production. The study demonstrates that...more

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

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