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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 10/31/2014: Abstracts for 30th International Conference on Solid Waste

Journal of Solid Waste Technology and ManagementThe Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management has announced a Call for Papers for the organization's 30th International Conference, running from March 15 to 18. 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Researchers, educators, government officials, consultants, managers, community leaders, and others with expertise in solid waste are invited to submit papers for oral presentation or poster session at the Conference. Abstracts are due October 31, 2014, and may be submitted on-line. Abstracts are encouraged from all areas of the solid waste technology and management fields including advances in recycling, waste materials utilization, and innovative technologies. Participants are expected from over 40 countries. Additional information and methods for direct submission of abstracts are also available by contacting Dr. Ronald L. Mersky, Conference Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, Widener University,1 University Place, Chester, PA 19013-5792 USA at, by fax: 610 499 4461 or by phone: 610 499 4042. 10/23/2014

Due 11/06/2014: Feasibility Study Proposals for Biomass Energy Facility

Camptonville Community PartnershipThe Camptonville Community Partnership (CCP), grant administrator for the Yuba Watershed Protection & Fire Safe Council (YWP&FSC), has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for preparation of a Comprehensive Feasibility Study for a Biomass Power or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Facility in Camptonville, California. The study will evaluate the feasibility of siting a small-scale biomass power or combined heat and power (CHP) generation facility (1-3 MWe) to be located at a former mill site. The final project goals are to sustainably utilize biomass resulting from forest management and/or harvesting activities, and provide direct economic development benefits to the rural communities of the Yuba County foothills region. The deadline for questions about the RFP is 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 23, 2014, and should be submitted by email to Chris Friedel, CCP Bioenergy Project Lead, at <>. Reponses will be compiled and posted online by 5 pm on Monday, October 27, 2014. Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 6, 2014. The contract award will be announced by November 21, 2014. 10/10/2014 

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 11/12/2014: Proposals to NV Energy for 100MWe Renewable Energy

NV EnergyNV Energy, Inc is requesting proposals for up to 100  megawatts of renewable energy resources. This is the first of three 100 megawatt Request for Proposals (RFP) to be issued for the periods of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for NV Energy's operating company in Southern Nevada. This initiative is being conducted in accordance with Senate Bill 123, including NRS 704.7316 and the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada's regulations related to implementing the statute (LCB File No. 131-13). Interested parties will first need to register with PowerAdvocate in order to access NV Energy’s RFP process. A Bidder's Conference is scheduled for October 10, 2014 and bids are due by November 12, 2014. 10/03/2014

Due 11/13/2014: Applications to CEC for Distributed Generation Demos

Note: Dates Revised (Addendum 1)

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 November 13, 2014 by 3:00 pm. 08/13/2014

Due 11/21/2014: Concept Papers to DOE for Bioenergy Landscape Design

DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable EnergyThe US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking interdisciplinary projects that apply landscape design approaches to integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing sustainability, including ecosystem services and food, feed, and fiber production. Up to $14 million is available to support landscape design approaches that maintain or enhance the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of cellulosic bioenergy through the improvement of feedstock production, logistics systems, and technology development. The full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0001179: Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems, is posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website. Applications must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website to be considered for award. The Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems FOA Informational Webinar will be held Monday November 3, 1:30 p.m - 3:00 p.m. EST. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/21/2014 5:00 PM ET. Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/12/2015 5:00 PM ET. 10/23/2014  

Due 12/01/2014: Loan Applications to CalRecycle for Organics Projects

CalRecycleThe California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has announced that $4,662,000 in funding through the Organics Loan Program is available for the 2014/15 fiscal year. The maximum loan amount is $2,000,000 or 75 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less, with a 25% matching fund requirement. The Organics Program is a component of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program established under Public Resources Code sections 42995-42998. The purpose of this program is to lower overall greenhouse gas emissions by providing loans to expand existing capacity or establish new facilities to process California-generated green or food materials into new value-added products. Application guidelines and instructions are available online. Questions must be submitted by email: < > no later than November 20, 2014. Primary application documents are due by December 1, 2014. 10/02/2014 

Due 12/17/2014: Pre-Proposal Abstracts to CEC for Early Stage Biofuels Projects

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission's (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) has announced the availability of up to $3 million in grant funds for biofuels projects that are in the early/pre-commercial technology development stage. Eligible biofuels for this solicitation include diesel substitutes, gasoline substitutes, and biomethane. Eligible feedstocks include waste-based biomass, biogenic by-products, and purpose grown crops. Corn grain is not an eligible feedstock. Program Opportunity Notice PON-14-602 will put emphasis on transformative technology solutions to significant biofuels industry problems that increase yields, productivity, or cost effectiveness of biofuel production; and/or that target a significant unmet need in California's biofuels industry.  The maximum award amount is 50% of total allowable project costs or $1.0 million, whichever is less. One optional Pre-Application Workshop is scheduled for November 14, 2014 that may be attended through in-person participation, WebEx, or conference call. Call (916) 654-4381 or refer to the CEC's website to confirm the date and time. The Pre-Proposal Abstract is due December 17, 2014. The deadline to submit full proposals is March 26, 2015 by 3:00 p.m. 10/27/2014 

Due 01/07/2015: Proposals for US Army Combined Heat and Power Facility

US ArmyThe US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama, in coordination with the Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI), has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Redstone Arsenal Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project. The large-scale renewable energy project will be located at an Army garrison in the Tennessee Valley in Madison County, Alabama. The project will produce steam required by the installation, plus 160,000 MW-h/year of electric power for dedicated installation consumption. This project is anticipated to include a lease and a 30-year energy purchase authorized under 10 USC 2667 and 10 USC 2922a, respectively. The cost of power for the CHP project will be at or below projected utility rates. The project is being coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama, in coordination with the Office of Energy Initiatives. Solicitation Number W912DY-13-R-0051 is available at www.fbo.gov. Proposals are due by January 7, 2014. An Industry Day is being planned at Redstone Arsenal in November 2014. A Notice of Intent to Award is anticipated in mid-2015. The point of contact for this solicitation is Geordelle Brown, (256) 895-1222. 10/26/2014 

Due 01/23/2015: Applications to USFS for Wood Innovations Funding

US Forest ServiceThe US Forest Service (USFS) published a Federal Register Notice on October 27, 2014 seeking proposals to expand wood energy and wood products markets to support sustainable forest management, especially in areas of the country with high wildfire risks. The USFS plans to award approximately $5 million through its Wood Innovations Program. The maximum for each award is $250,000 with potential for more if the proposal demonstrates far reaching or significant impacts. A minimum 35% match from non-Federal sources is required to qualify for this proposal. Eligible applicants are for-profit entities; State, local, and Tribal governments; school districts; communities; not-for-profit organizations; or special purpose districts (e.g., public utilities districts, fire districts, conservation districts, or ports). The USFS will hold an informational Pre-Application Webinar on November 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to present this funding opportunity and answer questions. Technical questions regarding Federal Register language and intent should be directed to your Regional Biomass Coordinator. For additional assistance, please contact Dr. Peter Titmann, UC Woody Biomass Utilization, <>, or Larry Swan, Forest Service, <>, (707) 562-8917. The application deadline is Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. 10/29/2014

Due 02/25/2015: EOIs to Innovate UK for Waste Recovery R&D Funding

Innovate UK Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are planning to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative R&D projects that seek to increase the recovery of valuable materials from waste streams. Applicants will be selected from a two-stage competition that opens on January 12, 2015. The purpose of this competition is to develop processes for dealing with continuously produced waste streams to maximize the value of recovered resources. Proposals should describe how they seek to maximize the value of outputs and, for this reason, those solely seeking to recover energy from waste will not be considered. Projects focused on product-return approaches, such as remanufacture, refurbishment and leasing, are also out of scope. A briefing for potential applicants will be held on January 14, 2015 to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process. Applicants are strongly recommended to attend this event. All applicants must first register by noon on February 18, 2015 in order to participate in the competition. The first stage is submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) by noon on February 25, 2015. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit applications, which will be due by April 15, 2015. 10/03/2014  

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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