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EPA Letter To Congress Promotes Biomass As Carbon-Neutral Solution

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acting administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to the House and Senate Committee on Appropriations, detailing the steps taken to ensure consistent federal policy on forest biomass energy and promote clear policies that encourage the treatment of forest biomass as a carbon-neutral renewable energy solution. The letter was written alongside […]

Letter Urges EPA To Process RINs For Biomass And Biogas Electricity

A press release from the American Biogas Council announced that a letter, signed and approved by 111 separate firms from the biomass and biogas industry, requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler include renewable electricity into the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In 2007, Congress approved the RFS participation of using […]

EPA Issues Proposed RVOs For Biofuel Industry In 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued proposed volume requirements for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard program calling, among other things, for a 30% increase in biogas related fuel. 381 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel are called for the in the proposed rule by 2019. EPA estimates that the majority of this – […]

Senate Leans Toward Labeling Biomass Power Plants As Carbon Neutral

Pushback rises on burning wood fiber in electric generating plants, as scientists and environmentalists question whether it is, indeed, carbon neutral. A U.S. Senate committee is leaning toward labeling wood-fired power plants as carbon neutral. Panel manufacturers have complained in the past such actions would raise the cost of raw materials for wood products companies. […]

Enviva Applauds EPA On Clean Power Plan

Enviva applauds the steps the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking with the Clean Power Plan and its recognition of the role biomass can play in tackling climate change. “Converting coal-fired plants to dedicated or co-fired biomass plants is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways of achieving substantial reductions in emissions of carbon […]

EPA Considers Rolling Back 2013 Target For Advanced Biofuels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that it would reconsider the 2013 cellulosic ethanol mandate, which requires oil refiners to blend a specific amount of advanced biofuels made from grasses, trees and crop waste into gasoline. The decision to review the mandate was made in light of concerns raised by oil industry groups. […]

Environmental Groups Seek End To EPA Biomass Exemption

Environmental groups in 23 states have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end its three-year exemption of biomass power plant greenhouse gas emissions from Clean Air Act permitting. The exemption also enables biomass plant builders and operators to avoid using the best pollution controls for the smokestack emissions that cause local air pollution […]

EPA To Hold Hearing On Sierra Pacific’s Proposed California Woody Biomass Plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding two public hearings Tuesday on a proposal by Sierra Pacific Industries to build a wood-fired power plant in Anderson. A panel of judges ordered the EPA to hold the hearings on Sierra Pacific’s proposal to build a 31-megawatt power plant at its sawmill north of Anderson off Highway […]

KiOR Granted Registration For Cellulosic Biofuel

Biofuels producer KiOR recently received Part 79 registration for its Renewable Gasoline Blendstock 5 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The registration, required by manufacturers of motor vehicle fuels by the EPA, must be completed prior to the sale of the product. According to KiOR President and CEO Fred Cannon, KiOR’s action represents the […]

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