Air Liquide opens two new RNG plants in the U.S.
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by Todd Humber
1d ago
Air Liquide has expanded its capacities in biomethane, also known as renewable natural gas (RNG) in the United States. The company has constructed two new production units — one in Center Township, Pennsylvania, and the other in Holland Township, Michigan. These units will treat waste sourced from dairy farms. Following a circular economy approach, these units will contribute to the emergence of a low-carbon society, the company said in a press release. “With these two new biomethane production units, Air Liquide is reinforcing its presence in the U.S. RNG production market,” said Armelle Lev ..read more
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Thunder Bay chipping infected trees for biofuel to deal with ‘significant’ emerald ash borer infestation
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by Todd Humber
1d ago
The City of Thunder Bay’s urban forestry department has discovered a significant emerald ash borer infestation in trees along the Woodward trail corridor, which is consistent with observations made near the rail line. Urban forestry workers are assessing all the ash trees in this area in preparation for the removal of 115 trees during cooler temperatures before the insect emerges. Dan Corbett, the urban forester for the City of Thunder Bay, said the city has had an emerald ash borer infestation for a long time, which has developed slower due to the cooler climate. In dealing with the problem ..read more
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NRCan kicks in $16.7 million to help Ontario decarbonize electricity grid
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by Todd Humber
1w ago
With funding support from the federal government, Ontario’s grid operator is expanding its efforts to take advantage of the rapid growth of energy storage, hybrid generation/storage facilities and small-scale electricity resources to help meet the province’s future electricity needs. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is providing up to $16.7 million to the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Enabling Resources Program. This funding will help the IESO expand its work to tap into new and emerging technologies to help meet Ontario’s energy needs reliably and cost e ..read more
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Cielo secures $1.48 million in financing, aims to accelerate wood-to-diesel projects in Alberta
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by Todd Humber
1w ago
Cielo Waste Solutions has secured an additional $1.48 million through its latest round of financing. With the financial injection from the second tranche of its ongoing private placement offering, Cielo aims to accelerate the front-end engineering and design of the Carseland and Dunmore Projects in Alberta, it said, transforming wood byproducts into low-carbon Bio-SynDiesel. It  anticipates using the net proceeds of the Private Placement for the continued advancement of its renewable fuel projects, namely the wood byproduct to Bio-SynDiesel Project in Carseland, Alta., which is currently ..read more
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BC Hydro issues ‘call for power’ as it seeks to boost clean electricity from renewable resources
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by Todd Humber
1w ago
BC Hydro has put out a “call for power” as it looks to the future to provide clean and affordable electricity for the province’s growing economy. It has issued a request for proposals to acquire about 3,000 gigawatt hours per year of electricity from clean or renewable resources, including biomass, biogas, wind, solar, hydro and geothermal heat. “British Columbians are on the front lines of the fight against climate change and seeing the devastating impact it is having on our communities. The switch from fossil fuels to clean power has never felt more urgent,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of E ..read more
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Terragia Biofuel raises $6 million in funding, appoints Kristin Brief as CEO
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by Todd Humber
2w ago
Terragia Biofuel, a technology startup with the goal of driving the next generation of biofuels, has raised $6 million U.S. in funding and appointed a new CEO. The company said it will use the capital to commercialize its novel biology-based approach to converting cellulosic biomass into ethanol and other products, expand its employee headcount and initiate partnerships with major biofuel producers. Terragia uses engineered thermophilic bacteria to break down cellulosic biomass and convert it into ethanol and other chemical products. “The company’s technology avoids key features responsible fo ..read more
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USDA announces $124 million in renewable energy funding, including biomass-related projects
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by Todd Humber
2w ago
In a significant push towards renewable energy and sustainable agricultural practices, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $124 million (all figures U.S.) investment to support renewable energy and fertilizer production projects across 44 states. This initiative, aimed at reducing energy costs and fostering job creation, benefits U.S. farmers, ranchers, and small rural businesses, according to the USDA. “USDA is committed to ensuring farmers, ranchers and small businesses are directly benefitting from both a clean energy economy and a strong U.S. supply chai ..read more
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U.S. could sustainably triple biomass production to more than one billion tons annually: DOE
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by Todd Humber
3w ago
The United States could sustainably triple its production of biomass to more than one billion tons per year, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The 2023 Billion-Ton Report (BT23) — the fourth in a series of assessments of potential biomass resources in the United States since 2005 — finds that 1 billion tons of biomass could satisfy more than 100 per cent of the projected demand for airplane fuel in the country, allowing the U.S. to fully decarbonize the aviation industry with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Advancing clean energy solutions like biomass is cri ..read more
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Proposed U.S. legislation aims to power electric cars with renewable electricity from forest byproducts
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by Todd Humber
3w ago
Legislation that would support renewable electricity from forest byproducts to charge electric vehicles has been introduced in the United States. This week, Congressman John Garamendi and Senator Angus S. King, Jr. introduced the “Biomass for Transportation Fuel Act” (H.R.7609), with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Jared Golden and Ann Kuster. This legislation would allow facilities generating renewable electricity from forest biomass like woodchips or sawdust to “finally” participate in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, which forces fossil fuel companies to su ..read more
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Cost of ‘renewable’ propane so far unknown: Canadian Propane Association
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by Todd Humber
3w ago
Developing technology may make a popular heating fuel used by farmers and rural residents better for the environment, but the price could remain a flash point at least in the short term. The Canadian Propane Association (CPA), which is touting the “renewable” version of propane based on research it funded, said the price Canadian customers would pay for the cleaner fuel is not immediately known. “It depends,” an association spokeswoman said on Wednesday. “What we see in the U.S. currently is the premium cost for renewable propane.” “That being said, given economies of scale and improved techno ..read more
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