September 4, 2015

Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Bioenergy Technologies Funding

The Energy Department last week announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as algae, agricultural residues, and woody biomass. This work supports the Energy Department’s efforts to make drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable, as well as to meet the cost target equivalent of $3 per gallon of gasoline by 2022. 

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s work with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies. 

Learn more information about this funding opportunity and application requirements on the Bioenergy Technologies Office website.



USDA Announces Incentives to Establish Biomass Crops
Deadline for Incentives to Harvest Biomass Residues is Today 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced on August 19 that enrollment began for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for energy or biobased products within designated projects areas. The funds are available from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Biomass energy facilities or groups of producers may submit proposals for new BCAP project areas. Proposals will be accepted on through Nov. 6, 2015. USDA will also allocate $7.7 million towards four existing BCAP project areas in New York, North Carolina, Ohio/Pennsylvania and Kansas/Oklahoma, targeting the establishment of an additional 10,500 acres of shrub willow, giant miscanthus, and switchgrass for energy. Project area sponsors include Chemtex International, Aloterra Energy LLC, Abengoa Biomass LLC and ReEnergy Holdings LLC. Farmers and forest landowners may enroll for biomass establishment and maintenance payments for these four sites through Sept. 25, 2015.

Read more on the USDA website. 

Upcoming Industry Events 

  • September 14-17: International Training Seminar Biomass Heating 2015
  • September 20-22: 5th Annual USIPA Exporting Pellets Conference
  • October 21: 3rd Annual National Bioenergy Day
  • October 27-29: West Statewide Wood Energy Team Meeting 2015
  • November 3: WPAC AGM 2015
  • February 24-26, 2016: World Sustainable Days 2016

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Vermont Law School energy report presents sustainable paths to increase use of woody biomass while protecting Vermont forests
VT Digger
The report points to sustainable paths regarding the potential increase in the use of woody biomass for electricity, and suggests policies to be adopted by Vermont to ensure long-term forest health and productivity. 

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Vermonters could get up to $5500 by switching to wood pellet heating
Vermont Biz 
Vermonters now have a short-time frame before the new year to capitalize on a incentive offering to help them save money on home heating, while supporting Vermont jobs and sustainable forests, while making sure they stay warm this winter.

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Letter: Research alternative heating approaches
New York's Auburn Citizen
As winter approaches, New York is enhancing its Renewable Heat NY program to provide renewable and budget-friendly heating solutions.

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