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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 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

Due 10/03/2014: Applications to Minnesota for Biomass Thermal Energy Grants

Minnesota Department of AgricultureThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the FY 2015 Biomass Thermal Energy Grant Round. Projects must increase the use of Minnesota’s bioenergy resources, encourage self-reliance and security, or promote sustainability, and involve bioenergy with a focus of woody biomass thermal application. $577,500 in funding has been allocated for this round of funding. Up to half of the total project cost may be covered by the grant, with a maximum award amount of $150,000. All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to the grant administrator at <>. All questions received, along with the answers to those questions, will be posted on the FAQ site. The application form in the RFP should be used to apply. Applications are due by October 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm. 08/21/2014

Due 10/09/2014: Comments to Placer County APCD on Biochar Carbon Offsets

Placer County, CaliforniaThe Placer County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) partnered with the International Biochar Initiative and the Prasino Group to adapt the Biochar Carbon Offsets Methodology currently undergoing the evaluation and approval process with the American Carbon Registry (ACR) for potential use in California. Placer County's APCD is seeking to adapt the protocol for use in the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association Greenhouse Gas Registry (CAPCOA GHG Rx). Upon adoption by Placer County, the protocol will be available for adoption by any California county. A webinar to review the protocol was held on September 6 for Placer County stakeholders; the agency’s website contains a recording of the webinar, a copy of the draft protocol, a link to the PowerPoint presentation utilized during the webinar, and a link for further information on the CAPCOA GHG Rx on its website. Comments are due on or before October 9, 2014 and may be emailed to. 09/29/2014

Due 10/10/2014: Young Researchers Papers to 2015 WSED Conference, Austria

World Sustainable Energy DaysThe OÖ Energiesparverband, organizers of the 2015 World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) fourth annual international conference, have released a Call for Papers for two Young Researchers' Conference programs on Energy Efficiency and Biomass. The conferences will be held in Wels, Austria from February 25 through the 27th, 2015. Submissions (in English only) can address a wide range of energy efficiency and/or biomass topics including technology & engineering, economic and social sciences, architecture, law, and the arts, but are only accepted from young researchers born after 1979. Applicants can be students working on advanced degrees (e.g. master's degrees, PhDs, etc.) or young professionals, independently in groups of no more than three. The organizer covers the costs of accommodation, meals, participation and local transport (3 conference days) for up to 60 selected participants (between 23 and 28 February). The participants must cover their travel costs. A panel of specialist judges will select the best two papers for an award of 1,000 euro each in prize money, and other papers for oral presentation to the audience. Submissions selected as speakers will also receive admission to all other WSED co-located events, to include the European Pellet Conference 2015, the European Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference, the European Energy Efficiency Watch Conference, the Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Conference, scheduled site visits, evening events. Speakers will also be given free entry to the "Energiesparmesse" tradeshow, one of the largest tradeshows on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in Europe (100,000 visitors and 1,600 exhibitors every year), and be invited to participate in the "R & D Networking Platform for young researchers", a platform to establish new partnerships among researchers. On-line submission of papers must be completed by October 10, 2014. Detailed information is available on the WSED program website. 08/20/2014

Due 10/15/2014: Statements of Interest for Clean Tech Funding to SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology CanadaSustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has announced that its SD Tech Fund™ and SD Natural Gas Fund™ are accepting Statements of Interest (SOI) from August 27 to October 15, 2014. The SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The SD Natural Gas Fund™ supports the development and demonstration of new downstream natural gas technology. SDTC seeks to fund the critical stages of development and demonstration, the points at which technologies leave the laboratory and undergo conclusive real-world testing. This first phase of the funding process is designed to provide SDTC with a good sense of proposed technologies without imposing an arduous application process. Successful projects will then be asked to submit a proposal. Workshops are scheduled for prospective applicants interested in applying to SDTC for funding with key information and practical guidance. The workshops will be presented in cities across Canada, co-hosted with regional incubators and partnered with universities. 09/01/2014 

Due 10/20/2014: Applications to CEC for Distributed Generation Demos

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission (CEC) has released Program Opportunity Notice (PON)-14-303 to fund applied research and development activities associated with distributed biopower and photovoltaic technologies. Awards will support development, lab-scale, and pilot-scale demonstrations of pre-commercial technologies and strategies that are designed to solve specific problems in the electricity sector. Funding under PON-14-303 will be provided through the Electric Program Investment Charge program for " Advancing Cleaner, Less Costly, More Reliable Distributed Generation to Enable Customer Solutions and Zero-Net Energy Communities." There is up to $19.5 million available for grants awarded under this solicitation in four project groups. There is no match fund requirement, however applications that include match funds will receive additional points. CEC staff will hold two Pre-Application Workshops to discuss the solicitation with applicants. Applicants may attend either of the optional workshops in-person, or via WebEx. The workshops will be held  in Sacramento on August 21, 2014 and in Diamond Bar on August 26, 2014. Questions regarding the solicitation should be directed to Tonya Heron at <> or (916) 654-4484. The deadline to submit applications is October 20, 2014 by 3:00 pm. 08/13/2014

Due 11/07/2014: Applications to CEC for Bioenergy Demonstration Projects

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission (CEC) has issued Program Opportunity Notice (PON)-14-305 to fund demonstration and deployment projects of pre-commercial biomass conversion technologies, generation systems, and development strategies. The purpose of the projects is to demonstrate and appraise the operational and performance characteristics of biomass conversion technologies. Funding under PON-14-305 will be provided through the Electric Program Investment Charge program for "Demonstrating Bioenergy Solutions That Support California's Industries, the Environment, and the Grid." There is up to $27 million available for grants awarded in four project groups under this solicitation. Match funds of at least 20% will be required. CEC staff will hold two Pre-Application Workshops to discuss the solicitation with applicants. Applicants may attend either of the optional workshops in-person, or via WebEx. The workshops will be held  in Sacramento on August 21, 2014 and in Diamond Bar on August 26, 2014. Questions regarding the solicitation should be directed to Sandra Raymos at <> or (916) 654-4584. The deadline to submit applications is November 7, 2014 by 3:00 pm. 08/14/2014

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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