Action Items

We post Action Items and key up-coming Grants and RFPs that focus on and offer support for some element of waste conversion to energy, biofuels and bioproducts. If you see something coming up that everyone should know about so they can become engaged and respond directly, SAY SO: contact us with the relevant information that people need to act. There are always hearings and rulemakings that languish for want of Public Interaction.

Due 04/30/2015: Abstracts for Waste Conversion Technology Conference

Waste Conversion Technology Conference & Trade ShowThe Waste Conversion Technology Association has issued a Call for Abstracts for the 8th Annual Waste Conversion Technology Conference & Trade Show (WCTC), scheduled for August 17-19, 2015 in San Diego, California. The WCTC provides a forum for informing the public and private sectors of the economic and environmental significance of converting waste materials to alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol, as well as renewable electric energy. Abstracts should be submitted on-line by April 30, 2015. The agenda is now being developed and Teru will be one of the speakers. 03/24/2015 

Due 05/01/2015: Proposals to Develop Certification Course for Zero Waste P&P

Solid Waste Association of North AmericaThe Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) have jointly released a Request for Proposals seeking a Contract Project Manager for the development of a Zero Waste Principles and Practices Certification Course. A pre-proposal conference call has been scheduled for April 9, 2015 at 2:00pm EST; call details will be provided to respondents expressing an interest. The conference call is mandatory for prospective prime contractors, but not mandatory for subcontractors. Proposals are due May 1, 2015. For more information and the dial-in information, contact SWANA Deputy Executive Director Sara Bixby at <> or 240-494-2236. 04/04/2015

Due 05/08/2015: Clean Energy Generation Proposals to NYSERDA

New York State Energy Research and Development AuthorityThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has issued  Request for Proposals (RFP) 3084 to procure the environmental attributes created by eligible generation resources under the Renewable Portfolio Standard Program (RPS Attributes). This funding will support significant private investment in renewable energy sources such as wind farms, fuel cells, biomass facilities, renewable biogas and the upgrading of small- to medium-sized hydropower projects that provide power to the electric grid. The $160 million competitive solicitation promotes development of a broad range of new clean energy resources. Contracts for these projects will be awarded for a term of up to 20 years. Recognizing the maturation of fuel cell equipment, for the first time ever, fuel cell projects will also be eligible for 20-year contracts. While not required, NYSERDA encourages entities interested in participating in this procurement to submit the Notice of Intent to Bid Form (Attachment F to the RFP) as soon as possible. Those entities filing a Notice of Intent to Bid Form will be notified by email of any changes to this RFP.Application Packages must be receivedby NYSERDA by 5:00 pm. Eastern Time on May 8, 2015. 04/13/2015 

Due 06/15/2015: Pre-Proposals to NFF for US Forest and Grassland Innovation

National Forest FoundationThe National Forest Foundation (NFF) is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2015 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. Sponsor Craig R. Barrett, former Chairman and CEO of Intel and current Chairman of the NFF Board of Directors, described the purpose of this competition as "stimulating new ideas and cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurial natural resource and business leaders." The NFF recently announced the Challenge's 2014 winners in Washington, DC. The 2014 winning proposal seeks to grow a commercial agricultural market for biochar, a soil amendment that can be made from low-value woody biomass left over from forest restoration projects. Qualifying pre-proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm MDT, Monday, June 15, 2015.  Visit the website for more information on the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. 04/07/2015 

Due 12/31/2015: Proposals to NYSERDA for AD Gas-to-Electricity

NYSERDAThe New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced the availability of approximately $20.4 million in Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) funding through 2015 to support the installation and operation of Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG)- to-Electricity Systems in the state. Funding is available under Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2828 on a first-come, first-served basis; up to $2 million is available per project, depending on the project specifications. Application Packages must be received by NYSERDA on or before 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2015 or prior to the exhaustion of the available funding, whichever comes first. 07/31/2014  


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