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 12/08/2015: Small Business Innovative Research Phase 1 Proposals to NSF

National Science FoundationThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has opened his year’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program solicitation. The SBIR is intended to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses. The SBIR is opened concurrent with but independent of the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program; together, they ‘seek to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations.’ The programs provide grants in phases: a proof-of-concept / feasibility Phase 1 grant (6-12 months, $225k) can potentially be followed by a longer Phase 2 development grant (2 years, $750k). The next deadlines are December 8th (SBIR) and 11th (STTR), 2015. You can start the application online. 11/12/2015 

Due 12/15/2015: Renewable Power Proposals to City of McPherson, Kansas

McPherson Board of Public UtilitiesThe City of McPherson, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking up to 20MW of renewable energy to expand the BPU's portfolio. Any type of renewable generation will be considered, and generated energy will be delivered to a busbar in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) footprint. The renewable resource should be physically located within the SPP footprint, with connection to a transmission facility owned by one of SPP's members. Interested bidders should identify which ownership type of project is being proposed and firm prices are preferred. PPA proposals are anticipated to be 20 years and 5-year term is the minimum. BPU requests that renewable proposals be delivered by mail, fax or email (email preferred), on or before December 15, 2015 by 5:00 pm CST. Contact: Mark Wurm, 620-245-2533 or Tim Maier, 620-245-2532 for more information. 11/13/2015

Due 12/15/2015: Proposals to CEC on Three Concurrent Grant Opportunities

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission (CEC) has announced three concurrent Request for Proposals (RFP) for grant opportunities, with pre-bid conferences and question due dates also scheduled to occur together. RFP-15-304 addresses "Connecting Emerging Energy Technologies and Strategies to Market Needs and Opportunities" to select a contractor to provide market intelligence, analysis, and expertise to support the commercial success of emerging energy technologies and strategies that can provide benefits to electric ratepayers in California’s Investor-owned Utility service territories. Point of Contact: Diana Parmley, Contracts Officer, (916) 651-9409, <>. RFP 15-305 will fund the "Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (SEED) Initiative" to select one contractor to develop and implement the Initiative. The SEED Initiative will support the early development of promising new energy concepts that can provide benefits to electric ratepayers in Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric service territories. Point of Contact: Sandra Raymos, Contracts Agreement Officer, (916) 654-4584, <>. RFP-15-306 is intended to develop "Regional Energy Innovation Clusters" to fund “Applied Research and Development” and “Market Facilitation” projects that support the development and commercialization of promising new energy innovations that can provide benefits to electric ratepayers in Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric service territories. Point of Contact: Angela Hockaday, Commission Agreement Officer, (916) 654-5186, <>. Pre-bid conferences will be hosted at three locations on September 15, 16, and 22, 2015; all three RFPs will be addressed in concurrent sessions at each location. All three pre-bid conference sessions will be web-cast. Deadline for submission of written questions for all three RFPs is September 25, 2015. All applications must be submitted by December 15, 2015 no later than 3:00 pm. The anticipated date for notice of all awards is during February, 2016. 09/03/2015

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

Due 01/07/2016: Applications to US EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation

US EPAThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced release of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation SOL-NC-16-00001 to develop and commercialize innovative environmental technologies. The solicitation is posted on FedConnect, and all applications must be submitted through this electronic system. The EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participates 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 the following topic areas: air and climate, integrated cookstove-heating-electricity generation for small homes (biomass, liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons, solar, etc), manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, building materials and homeland security. Please see the full solicitation for specific subtopics under each topic area.  Successful Phase I companies are eligible to apply for Phase II funding, up to $300,000 for two years, to further develop and commercialize their technologies. Any questions on this solicitation should be directed to Jeffery Clodfelter, Contract Specialist at <>. Applications are due by January 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM ES. 11/20/2015 

Due 01/07/2016: Pre-Proposals to USDA to Manage Sudden Oak Death Impact

USDA Forest ServiceThe USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection program has issued its 2016 Phytophthora ramorum Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP). Proposals should focus on management activities that could help limit the impact of sudden oak death (SOD) in California and/or southwest Oregon, improve understanding of pathogen spread, and promote the exchange of relevant information. In general, proposals should be for grants of between $10,000 and $90,000 per year.Multi-year collaborative projects are encouraged. The submission deadline is 4:00 pm on Jan. 7, 2016. Those applying should make note of new requirements for 2016, listed under "Important notes" found in the Pre-Proposal guidelines.For questions, contact Phil Cannon at: < > or (707) 562-8913. 11/21/2015

Due 01/08/2016: Applications for Next Generation Pellet Stove Challenge

Alliance for Green HeatThe Alliance for Green Heat (AGH) has announced start of application acceptance for innovative biomass pellet fueled stove designs. This is Phase 1 of the international 2015/2016 Next Generation Pellet Stove Design Challenge organized by AGH and a wide group of partner organizations. Phase 2 of the project will include a 3-day workshop with a series of roundtable discussions, presentations, lab and testing workshops. The competition will culminate with a head-to-head showdown to be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory from April 6-8 2016 in Upton, New York. Applications are now being accepted and 6-8 finalists will be chosen by the Project Advisory Committee and AGH urges all developers interested in entering a stove or stove prototype to fill out the letter of interest as soon as possible. The full application is due on January 8, 2016. 10/01/2015 

Due 01/13/2016: Proposals to USFS for Wood Innovations Funding

US Forest ServiceThe US Forest Service (USFS) is requesting proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands. The grants and cooperative agreements awarded under this announcement will support the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79), Rural Revitalization Technologies (7 U.S.C. 6601), and the nationwide challenge of disposing of hazardous fuels and other wood residues from the National Forest System and other forest lands in a manner that supports wood energy and wood products markets. The USFS will hold an informational Pre- Application Webinar on November 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to present this funding opportunity and answer questions. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 11/02/2015

Due 01/15/2016: Proposals to SCE for Second Preferred Resources Pilot

Southern California EdisionSouthern California Edison (SCE) has announced the launch of its Second Preferred Resources Pilot Request for Offers (PRP RFO 2) in central Orange County. Through this PRP RFO 2, SCE seeks to procure up to 100 MW of electrical energy, capacity and renewable attributes from eligible resources, including Demand Response, Renewable Distributed Generation, Energy Storage, Renewable Distributed Generation paired with Energy Storage, and Permanent Load Shifting. SCE will host a Bidder’s Conference (also available via WebEx) on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time in Irvine, California near the John Wayne Airport (SNA). Bidder’s Conference participation requires on-line registration first for the general RFO, then for the conference itself. Information and documents regarding the PRP RFO 2 will be found on the PRP RFO 2 website. Note: As of this date, the Offer Form and other documents are not yet available. 09/28/2015  

Due 02/05/2016: Grant Applications for CEC EPIC Challenge

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission (CEC) has released a solicitation for Grant Funding Opportunity GFO-15-312 to fund a competition that will challenge project teams to develop innovative and replicable approaches for accelerating the deployment of Advanced Energy Communities in Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) service territories. The project teams comprised of building developers, local governments, technology developers, researchers, utilities, and other project partners that develop the best approaches in Phase I will then be eligible to compete for additional funding to fully realize their vision of an Advanced Energy Community.There is up to $48,253,180 available for grants awarded under this solicitation.Match funding is not required for Phase I of this solicitation. However, applications that include match funding will receive additional points during the scoring phase. Match funding is required for Phase II.One optional Pre-Application Workshop for Phase I will be held on December 8, 2015 to discuss the solicitation with applicants. Applicants may attend the workshop in-person, via the internet (Meeting Number: 920 824 471, Meeting Password: meeting@130), or via conference call (1-866-469-3239). The deadline to submit applications for Phase 1 is February 5, 2016 by 3:00 p.m. local time. 11/25/2015


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