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Category: Government

Helius Energy named as prequalified and eligible for government loan guarantee

In the United Kingdom, Helius Energy announced that its 100MWe capacity biomass energy facility in Avonmouth dock near Bristol, has been named by HM Treasury as ‘prequalified’ and eligible for support under the UK Guarantees Scheme. The scheme provides a government-backed loan guarantee for a significant portion of the project’s debt to help infrastructure projects [...]

October 23, 2013 More

BioNitrogen receives allocation of $300 million to issue tax-exempt bonds

In Louisiana, BioNitrogen Louisiana Holdings announced it has been awarded $300 million of allocation to issue tax-exempt bonds for the acquisition, development and construction of the initial plant in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. The $300 million allocation represents part of the $1.25 billion bond issue, which BioNitrogen has already received approval on from the Louisiana [...]

October 23, 2013 More

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy responds to reports of the EPA cutting ethanol quota for 2014

In Washington, the EPA responded to reports regarding a possible reduction in ethanol RFS targets for 2014. In an article on Reuters, Gina McCarthy, the EPA Adminsitrator is quoted as stating, “At this point, EPA is only developing a draft proposal.”  McCarthy is quoted as further stating, “No decisions will be made on the final [...]

October 16, 2013 More

National Research Council of Canada launches research program to bring biomass to Canada’s energy mix

In Canada, the National Research Council of Canada launched its Bioenergy Systems for Viable Stationary Applications research program to help industry capitalize on these market opportunities. The NRC bioenergy program will channel a critical mass of expertise into projects to optimize biofuel production and upgrading, and resolve biofuel-power plant compatibility issues, lowering the capital and [...]

October 16, 2013 More

Sen Tom Harkin introduces S.1563 to expand the ethanol fuel market

In Nebraska, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition reports that Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has introduced S. 1563. The bill would require the Secretary of Energy to issue grants covering gas station installation of fuel pumps capable of handling any ethanol blend from zero to as high as E85. The bill would require installation of at least [...]

October 9, 2013 More

Biofuels Association of Zambia looking to Government to establish incentives

In Zambia, the Biofuels Association of Zambia is confident that Zambia’s Government will establish incentives to promote growth in the biofuels industry. An article in the Times of Zambia quotes Thomsom Sinkala, BAZ President, as stating the following, “We have been working closely with Government and we have since submitted the association’s budget proposals for [...]

October 9, 2013 More

Harper Government invests $4.9 million in Mustard 21

In Canada, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced an investment to Mustard 21 Canada for research and development that will help producers increase their competitiveness and profitability. The investment of $4.9 M will enable Mustard 21 Canada to raise the bar for quality and supply in the mustard sector. Research will focus on developing new and [...]

October 2, 2013 More

Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador grants $148,743 to equip two laboratories

In Canada, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador is investing $3.7 million in Memorial University to support 34 academic-led research projects. One of the projects received $148,743 to enable Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, Dr. Lesley James, and Dr. Robert Helleur to acquire new equipment to be used in the upcoming Hibernia Enhanced Oil [...]

October 2, 2013 More

New £6 million grant program launched in the UK

In the United Kingdom, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched a new £6 million grant funding program has been launched to help Local Authorities in England and Wales to develop new heating and cooling networks, and expand existing networks.  Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Thanks to the Coalition Government’s support, [...]

September 25, 2013 More

Empire State Development Board awards $1.5 million grant to Mohawk Valley Region – Oneida County project

In New York, the Empire State Development’s Board of Directors approved $16.6 million in funding for projects that will create more than 75 new jobs and retain nearly 700 jobs throughout the Empire State. One grant for $1,500,000 was awarded to GUSC Energy, who provides the steam and electricity to Griffiss Utility Services Corporation, which [...]

September 25, 2013 More