2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Recap: Bioeconomy Edition

A new financing program for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal is now law. Get the final details on the program now that the legislature has adjourned.

A Biomass Bright Spot from the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session

Minnesota takes a significant step forward in implementing a new model for biomass establishment and utilization on agricultural lands.

A Visionary Model for Biogas Projects

Biogas advocates and project developers have been abuzz since EPA expanded eligible biogas transportation fuel pathways to generate cellulosic RINs.

Betting on Biogas Growth in 2016

On the biogas front, 2015 was a good year, especially when compared to activity in previous years.

Bioeconomy Bill Advances in MN Legislature

A bill establishing a production incentive program for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biomass heat was recently heard in the MN legislature.

Bioeconomy Bill Introduced in MN Legislature

Legislative proposal aims to enable commercial production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biomass thermal energy.

Bioeconomy Bill Prospects as MN Legislature Nears the Finish Line for 2015 Session

As the Minnesota legislature moves into the final weeks of the 2015 session here is quick rundown of the status of the Bioeconomy bill.

Biogas a Combined Heat and Power Opportunity

There is renewed interest in deploying combined heat and power (CHP) technology to improve the efficiency of the energy generation and delivery system. Biogas systems have been early adopters of CHP and are well positioned to benefit from an increased focus on CHP implementation.

Biogas as Transportation Fuel: A Strong Start

The use of biogas as a transportation is moving from vision to reality all across the US. Even though there are practical project examples, there is a still a large amount of untapped potential.

Biogas Contributes to a Diverse Renewable Fuel Mix

Biogas energy systems can also be a source of transportation fuel in compressed natural gas vehicles. This column from Biomass Magazine provides examples of projects in the US already using biogas to fuel large fleet vehicles.

Biogas Integration for Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Anaerobic digesters are being co-located at cellulosic ethanol production to recover biogas from waste material and provide a source of process energy for the plant.

Biogas Projects Can Help Establish Energy Crop Supply

Bioenergy projects present many opportunities for establishing perennial feedstocks. However, biogas projects have not typically been associated with grassland establishment, but a recent discussion at a grassland conference makes a strong case for why that should change.

Biogas Racks up Cellulosic RINs

Record volumes of cellulosic fuel have been reported during August and September.

Bright Future for Biogas Energy Systems

Amanda Bilek's first column for Biomass Magazine describes the incredible potential for the deployment of biogas energy systems.

Cellulosic Fuel Production Surges in August, But Not From Ethanol

August 2014 was a good month for cellulosic fuel production in the US, maybe just not from the the source you would expect.

Collaboratory Report: Pathways to Action on Energy Game Changers in Minnesota

Leaders gather to accelerate innovation on energy and climate game changers in Minnesota.

Data and Tools to Better Evaluate Biogas Potential

Variations among biogas projects make it difficult to adequately assess resource potential.

Developing Pathways for a Sustainable Biomass Supply

Biomass utilization presents a large opportunity for clean energy projects, but responsible management will be essential to assure project sustainability.

Good Policy Should Float all Bio-Boats

Minnesota has many of the essential ingredients for a strong bioeconomy.

GPI Serves as Capitol Pathways Host

The inaugural internship program aims to increase government access for students of color.

Growing a Vibrant Northern MN Bioeconomy

Northern MN has tremendous assets for biobased economic development opportunities.

Infrastructure Critical to Biogas as Transportation Fuel

New infrastructure is needed to enable biogas as a vehicle fuel. Fortunately, the infrastructure needed for biogas is supported by the build out occurring for compressed natural gas (CNG).

International cooperation yields exchange of project models

Sweden is a world leader in bioenergy development. There is tremendous opportunity to develop Minnesota biomass.

Maximizing Biogas Project Value

Given the multiple biogas project configurations and the need to bundle various economic benefits to make projects pencil out, squeezing the most value out of projects all along the supply and production chain is critical.

Michigan Legislature Finally Reaches Agreement on Energy Policy Package

The Michigan Energy policy package contains important provisions for combined heat and power.

Minnesota and Sweden Strengthen Bioenergy Collaboration

As part of our ongoing work with the Swedish Energy Agency, GPI organized a series of visits and meetings among Minnesotan’s and a delegation of biogas experts from Sweden.

Minnesota Policy Leaders Continue to Support Bioeconomy Production Incentive

Funding for the Bioeconomy Production Incentive has been included in budget proposals from the Minnesota Governor, House, and Senate.

Public Policy Helps, Hinders Projects

Project investors and developers in Minnesota and around the country will continue to utilize state and federal programs and other public policies to put project pieces together to build new technology and bring low-carbon cellulosic fuels to market.

Public-Private Partnerships Enable Project Success

Biobased projects, including biogas, need public-private partnerships to bring the potential resource to scale.

Renewable Fuel Standard rules give boost to biogas

New renewable fuel program rules from EPA are expected to lead to a major scale-up of biogas transportation fuel projects.

Stakeholder-Driven Process Results in Minnesota Energy Action Plan

GPI worked closely with our partners and a diverse group of stakeholders to produce the MN 2025 Energy Action Plan.

Sweden and Minnesota Move Forward on Bioenergy Cooperation

During a recent delegation ideas and information were exchanged on waste management and energy generation.

Taking Recycling Efforts to the Next Level

As cities consider what to do with organic waste, they should consider the value of anaerobic digestion (AD).

Tremendous Opportunity for Increasing CHP Uptake in Midwest

There is large potential for increased CHP deployment in Midwestern states. However, to fully capture this potential there needs to be an increased level of coordination among diverse interests.

Untapped Potential - Swine Manure as a Biogas Feedstock

Although the U.S. has an enormous amount of untapped potential for biogas from organic waste streams, not enough is understood about the barriers and opportunities for using swine manure as an anaerobic digestion feedstock. Research completed by GPI and the Energy Center of Wisconsin aims to lay a foundation for understanding the barriers and opportunities.

What’s the deal? Environmental and Bioindustry Agreement on Bioeconomy Bill

Environmental coalition throws weight behind amended bioeconomy bill in Minnesota.