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 12/17/2014: 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 12/30/2014: RFI Responses to DOE on High Impact Building Technology

US DOEThe US Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technology Office (BTO) has released a Request for Information (RFI; DE-FOA-0001226) to augment its High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst framework for accelerating the voluntary adoption of high impact, cost-effective, energy-saving, and underutilized commercial building technologies. While most attention regarding in-building advanced technology has been focused on energy efficiency structural and control technologies, Teru Talk finds that building-integrated waste conversion systems such as modular anaerobic digestion, and algal-based water purification and recycling systems constitute a new field attracting funding and development. This RFI seeks data, information and feedback on the high impact technologies included in the BTO's analysis and planning. Information produced through this RFI will enable BTO Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) to 1) prime the market for high impact technologies currently under development; 2) develop a pipeline of underutilized, high impact technologies ready for deployment; 3) better understand market potential, interest and readiness; 4) connect technology providers with demonstration hosts, distributors, end users, and tools to assist in the acceleration of market uptake. The DOE is specifically interested in information and data related to available high impact technologies and market interest in those technologies. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to no later than 5:00pm (ET) on December 30, 2014.11/15/2014 

Due 01/06/2015: Applications to CEC for Renewable Generation, CHP Demos

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission (CEC) has released Program Opportunity Notice (PON) PON-14-307 intended to fund technology demonstration and deployment projects that demonstrate and deploy community scale generators. Eligible projects include combined heat and power (CHP) and renewable generation technologies that are in the pre-commercial stage; and demonstrate and deploy innovative energy management strategies to facilitate the integration of intermittent renewable energy and the reduction of peak power and energy demands. The solicitation focuses on the demonstration of advanced community scale generation projects and innovative strategies that can improve the integration of these technologies into the current electricity grid by matching generation to customer load, and shifting loads, to reduce peak energy and power demands for the benefits of the customers. A Pre-Solicitation Workshop is scheduled for November 21, 2014, and will be webcast. There is up to $21,000,000 available with a minimum funding amount for each project set at $500,000 to a maximum of $3,000,000. Match funding is required in the amount of at least 20% of the requested project funds. The Energy Commission expects to fund at least seven demonstration projects. During the solicitation process, direct questions to Cory Irish, Commission Agreement Officer, (916) 654-4739 or <>. The deadline to submit applications is January 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST. 11/06/2014 

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 02/06/2015: Applications to CEC for Advanced Clean Energy from Biogas

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission (CEC) has released Program Opportunity Notice PON-14-505, "Advanced Clean Energy from Biogas, Biomethane and Natural Gas. The purpose of this solicitation is to fund research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects that address the barriers to increased market penetration of renewable energy. Up to $5.5 million is available for PON-14-505 grants, and will be divided between three topic areas: Topic A: Development and demonstration of affordable technologies and strategies for biogas cleanup and upgrading to biomethane or renewable natural gas for clean power generation. Topic B addresses demonstration of bottoming cycle solutions as supplemental power generation for highly efficient use of natural gas, while Topic C explores development and demonstration of micro-scale and other novel systems for small -scale combined cooling, heating and power applications. Match funding of at least 20% will be required. A pre-application workshop is scheduled for December 22, 2014, and will be webcast. The deadline to submit applications is February 6, 2015 by 3:00 pm. 12/12/2014

Due 02/13/2015: EOI for UK Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition

UK Department for TransportThe United Kingdom (UK) Department for Transport, Ricardo-AEA, and E4tech have announced launch of a £25 million advanced biofuels demonstration competition to support the development of a domestic advanced biofuel industry. The launch was accompanied by publication of the independent feasibility study documents exploring various aspects of into the project and the opportunities available for UK industry. According to the feasibility study, gains from the domestic supply of converting low value waste to high value transport fuel could be worth up to £130 million gross value added to the UK by 2030, and potentially up to £500 million per year including exports. Alongside the competition, the Department for Transport has also established a Transport Energy Taskforce to consider options for supporting advanced biofuels through policy mechanisms. We are also supporting a sub target at EU level. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now being sought from potential bidders until February 13, 2015; shortlisted projects will then be invited to submit full proposals. 12/12/2014

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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