Dec. 8, 2016 - Construction of biomass-fuelled power plants in Merritt and Fort St James, B.C., have stalled due to a dispute between the construction company and a sub-contractor.
Dec. 5, 2016 - Ecologist, environmental policy analyst and former Ontario Environment Commissioner Gord Miller has delivered a thorough review of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission's anti-biofuels report titled Course Correction.
Nov. 30, 2016 - In an op-ed in The Globe and Mail, Bob Rae argues that biofuels will have a critical role to play in future energy use in Canada.
November 25, 2016 - The use of solid biomass - in the form of wood chips, pellets, briquettes, firewood, sawmill residues, bark, or insect-killed trees - for fuel production is rapidly growing worldwide, with the global market for biomass pellets expected to nearly double from $4.5B in 2014 to $8.3B in 2020. Applications range from home heating, to greenhouses, schools, combined heat and power (CHP) plants, district heating stations and co-firing with coal in industrial power plants.
Nov. 16, 2016 - Vega Biofuels, Inc. has completed construction of its fourth generation torrefaction machine, and it includes a pre-dryer to speed production time.
Nov. 15, 2016 - Washington state-based Alaska Airlines made history yesterday flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. The alternative jet fuel was produced through the efforts of the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA).
Oct. 28, 2016 - The Ontario Ethanol Growth Fund established in 2005 to encourage ethanol companies to set up shop in Ontario is set to expire by the end of the year.
Oct. 24, 2016 - Canada's biofuels policy, while modestly successful in improving the environment, achieves its outcome at too high a cost, according to members of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.
Oct. 17, 2016 - MagneGas Corporation announced today that it has entered into its largest equipment sale to date with a Letter of Intent (LOI) to manufacture and deliver certain equipment and supplies to a company based in Germany. MagneGas will receive $2.65 million for its proprietary Gasification and Sterilization systems and will supply MagnesGas2 fuel and cylinders. The sale marks a new era for the company as it seeks to expand the availability of its technology and MagneGas2 fuel across the European continent in the global $5 billion metal cutting fuel market.
Oct. 12, 2016 - Gevo, Inc. announced yesterday that it has completed production of the world’s first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights.
Oct. 6, 2016 - Enerkem, in partnership with Minnesota-based SKB Environmental, is proposing to build a US$200 million waste-to-fuel refinery in Rosemount, Minn.
Oct. 4, 2016 -The federal government announced yesterday its intention to place a national price on carbon emissions of $10 per tonne in 2018, rising by $10 per tonne each year to $50 per tonne by 2022. The federal government's action allows provincial or territorial governments to select from amongst types of carbon pricing systems (carbon tax or cap & trade), and to utilize the carbon revenues as they choose (e.g. reduce other taxes, or recycle the revenues into clean economic growth).
Sept. 27, 2016 - The B.C. Utilities Commission has firmly rejected a proposal from a Vancouver private power company to build a low-carbon power plant that would likely use biofuel from wood waste.
Sept. 20, 2016 - Steve Pratte, a policy manager with Canadian Canola Growers Association, wrote a response to an opinion piece published in the Alberta Farmer Express, which questions the benefits of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.
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