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 07/31/2014: Applications to USDA for Loan Guarantees

US Department of AgricultureThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) has published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOPA) and is now accepting applications for financial assistance for grants, guaranteed loans, and combined grants and loans for the development and construction of renewable energy systems and for energy efficiency improvement projects. Approximately $12.38 million is available for grants, with another $57.8 million for loan guarantees. Grant applications are due July 7, 2014; loan guarantee applications are due July 31, 2014. Full application materials and submission details are posted in the Federal Register NOPA. For information, contact Kelley Oehler, Branch Chief, USDA Rural Development, Energy Division, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250, at (202) 720–6819, or by email at <>. 05/12/2014

Due 07/31/2014: Applications to CalRecycle for GHG Reduction Grants

CalRecycleThe Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has released a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for the 2014 / 2015 grant cycle for the Recycled Fiber, Plastic, and Glass (FPG) Grant Program. $5,000,000 is available for this funding cycle. The purpose of the grant program is to lower overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by expanding existing capacity or establishing new facilities in California that use California-generated postconsumer recycled fiber (paper, textiles, carpet, or wood), plastic, or glass to manufacture products. Product is defined for this grant as a good or package in a form which requires no further processing or forming before it is offered for sale to an end-user. It does not include intermediate products, such as plastic pellets sold as feedstock to a converter for fabrication into a consumer product.. Remanufacturing facility projects proposals may include partnerships with suppliers of recycled content feedstock. Questions may be asked of the grants staff until June 25, 2014 by email to <>. Application guidelines and instructions are available on-line; applications must be submitted by 4:00pm on July 31, 2014 to CalRecycle’s Grants Management System. 06/06/2014  

Due 08/08/2014: Applications to 2014 Defense Energy Technology Challenge

US Department of DefenseOrganizations with defense-related energy solutions are invited to submit an application (no fee to apply) to compete in this year's Defense Energy Technology Challenge (DETC). The purpose of the DETC is to identify top defense-targeted clean energy solutions and match them to existing and upcoming testing and procurement opportunities. The technology must be between prototype and growth stage in development. Specific target areas have been identified: grid, power, transportation, bases & buildings, water, and waste, including waste-to-energy.  Following committee review, a select group of companies will be invited to present their solutions to a high-level feedback panel of military, utility and industry representatives in Austin, Texas. If selected, the winning companies will be provided a $500 discount on a required showcase booth of your technology at the Defense Energy Innovation Showcase on November 11-13, 2014 in Austin. DOD feedback will provided on solution fit, strengths of technology, challenges of implementation / adoption, positioning guidance, and potential collaboration opportunities. Two waste conversion technologies were among the 15 selected at last year's DETC. Applications must be submitted by August 8, 2014. 05/27/2014

Due 08/15/2014: Proposals for Distributed Generation Capacity to SCE

Southern California EdisonInvestor-owned utility Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued its pilot Distributed Generation Solutions (“DGS”) Request for Proposals (“RFP”) and Alternative Distribution Generation Solutions (“ADGS”) Request for Information (“RFI”). In the DGS RFP, SCE is soliciting proposals from owners and operators of distributed generation facilities to provide new generating capacity within certain areas designated by SCE, combined with the ability for SCE to disconnect certain load (identified by the generator in its proposal) in the event the proposed generating facility does not perform as required under the DGS contract. In the ADGS RFI, SCE is soliciting informational proposals from owners and operators of distributed generation facilities and/or designated load customers to provide alternatives to building distribution upgrades to accommodate forecasted load growth on the system. Information including schedules, instructions, agreements can be found on SCE’s website. SCE will host a webinar on July 1, 2014, from 9:00-11:00 PPT regarding the RFP and RFI. Deadline for submission of DGS proposals is August 15, 2014. 06/13/2014 

Due 08/15/2014: Alternative and Renewable Energy Project Proposals to PEDA  

State of PennsylvaniaGovernor Tom Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have announced that the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) will offer an estimated $12.5 million in grants and loans for alternative and renewable energy projects. PEDA anticipates awarding approximately $10 million specifically for projects deploying technologies such as solar energy, wind, hydropower and biomass. Those eligible to apply include non-profit corporations; Pennsylvania schools, colleges and universities; any Pennsylvania municipality, and public or private corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, associations and other legal business entities. Potential applicants are encouraged to participate in a related webinar, scheduled for June 24 from 2-3 p.m. To register for the webinar, complete the online grant application or learn more about PEDA, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on August 15, 2014 and must be submitted online using the state’s eGrants system - www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us.  06/21/2014

Due 09/11/2014: Applications to EPA's SBIR Program for Phase I Awards

US Environmental Protection AgencyThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced of the new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Solicitation (SOL-NC-14-00014) to develop and commercialize new environmental technologies. The EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR Program as a result of the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982. The EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in one of the following topic areas: air and climate, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, building materials, food waste, and homeland security.  Phase I awardees are eligible to receive Phase II funding, up to $300,000 for two years, through an additional application process. Applications are due by September 11, 2014. 07/17/2014

Due 09/15/2014: Abstracts, Posters, Session Topics for Waste to Worth 2015

eXtension FoundationThe non-profit eXtension Foundation's Livestock and Poultry Learning Center has released a call for submission of abstracts, poster concepts, and session topics. The submissions are sought as an aid to planning the 2nd Annual Waste to Worth conference scheduled for March 31 to April 3, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The multi-university conference developers are encouraging case study input of on-farm experience with all aspects of agricultural waste and residuals management, with special emphasis on equine waste. Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service engineer and associate head of the Texas A&M University department of biological and agricultural engineering, is the conference program manager. He notes that there are about a million horses in Texas alone, and that management of manure and old bedding material can be a difficult problem. Guidelines for on-line abstract submission are available on the organization's website, which indicates that the preliminary program should be adopted in mid-November, 2014. 05/27/2014 

Due 10/01/2014: Part I Submissions for DOE Clean Energy Loan Guarantees

US Department of EnergyThe US Department of Energy's (DOE) Loan Program Office LPO) has announced a $4 billion Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee solicitation (DE-SOL-0007154) that is intended to support the first commercial-scale deployments of innovative clean energy technologies. Five target areas have been identified for this solicitation: Advanced Grid Integration and Storage, Drop-In Biofuels, Waste-to-Energy, Enhancement of Existing Facilities, and Efficiency Improvements. Waste-to-energy projects may include methane from landfills or ranches via biodigesters to heat and power, municipal solid waste to electricity, crop waste to fuel and/or energy and bioproducts, and forestry waste to fuel and/or energy potentially via co-firing. the first Part I submissions are due by October 1, 2014, together with $50,000 of the application fee. The first Part II submissions are due January 14, 2015 with the remainder of the application fee. The last Part I submission due date is December 2, 2015 with Part II due by March 2, 2016. 07/08/2014 

Due 10/02/2014: Grant Applications for Clean Energy Projects on Tribal Lands

US Department of EnergyThe US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the availability of up to $7 million to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects in tribal communities. The Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the department's Office of Indian Energy, will help Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to install community- or facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001021) is soliciting applications under two topic areas: 1) Tribal Building Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Topic Area 1); and 2) Community-Scale Clean Energy Deployment (Topic Area 2). Cost-shared projects selected under this funding announcement are intended to result in immediate cost savings, reduce energy use, and increase energy security for Indian Tribes and tribal members. A webinar is scheduled for August 14, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm ET to provide information to potential applicants. Submission deadline for applications is October 2, 2014. 07/18/2014

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