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 08/07/2015: Applications for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Funding

Minnesota Department of CommerceThe Minnesota Department of Commerce (MnDOC) is soliciting proposals from local government agencies in Minnesota that are seeking low-cost, long-term capital to finance community energy efficiency and renewable energy system projects. The new Rev It Up program allows local governments to compete for funding for community energy efficiency systems and renewable energy production for reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The Minnesota Legislature provided Commerce with authority to issue up to $100 million in revenue bonds: $20 million for community energy efficiency and renewable energy projects taking place in small businesses and public buildings, and $60 million to provide loans or other aids to industrial or commercial businesses and healthcare facilities for cost-effective energy efficiency projects or to install renewable energy systems. This solicitation is only for local government agencies. The MnDOC has also launched the complementary Public Entity Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Loan Program as a revolving loan fund to help public entities pay for the cost of an energy audit or a renewable energy feasibility study. 07/11/2015

Due 08/17/2015: SBIR/STTR Applications to DOE for Residential CHP Systems

US Department of EnergyThe US Department of Energy (DOE) has released Funding Opportunity Notice DE-FOA-0001380 for the second round solicitation for 'Generators for Small Electrical and Thermals Systems (GENSETS) -SBIR/STTR.' This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) program is administered by DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The GENSETS solicitation is intended to fund development of potentially disruptive generator technologies that will enable widespread deployment of residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. It is restricted to generators/engines with 1 kW of electrical output (kWe) that have high efficiency (40% fuel to electricity), long life (10 years), low cost ($3,000 per system), and low emissions. Heat engines and generators capable of achieving these targets may include internal and external combustion engines, turbines, and solid state devices such as thermophotovoltaics, thermionic emitters, and thermoelectrics. The full application lists many of the targeted systems; the targets are feedstock neutral and could include solid, liquid or gaseous fuel production and conversion to residential CHP. Submission deadline for applications is August 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM ET. 07/17/2015   

Due 08/20/2015: Comments to EU on Circular Economy Package

European CommissionThe European Commission (EU) has announced a Public Consultation on its recently released Circular Economy Package and is seeking stakeholder comment. The EU intends to formalize a circular economy strategy late in 2015, "...to transform Europe into a more competitive resource-efficient economy, addressing a range of economic sectors, including waste. The strategy will be fully aligned with the priorities of the new Commission. It will comprise a revised legislative proposal on waste and a Communication setting out an action plan on the circular economy for the rest of this Commission’s term of office. The action plan will cover the whole value chain, and focus on concrete measures with clear EU added value, aiming at ‘closing the loop’ of the circular economy. The Commission is engaged in a thorough reflection on how the objective of circular economy can be reached in an efficient way that is fully compatible with the jobs and growth agenda." Comments may be submitted on-line to <> or by mail to Unit A1 Eco-innovation and Circular Economy, Avenue de Beaulieu 9, B-1160 Brussels. 05/29/2015 

Due 09/04/2015: Comments to EC on Functioning of EU Waste Markets

European CommissionThe European Commission (EC) has opened a consultation to obtain a better understanding of the nature and the extent of regulatory failures causing undue distortions to European Union (EU) waste markets for recycling and recovery. In January 2015, the EC launched a study to examine obstacles and regulatory failures affecting the functioning of waste markets in the EU. The information gathered through the consultation will contribute to the finalization of the above-mentioned study and will be taken into consideration in preparation of the new initiative on the Circular Economy. The EU's waste management industry has a high potential for growth and job creation. According to existing rules, waste to be prepared for re-use, recycled, or subject to other recovery activities should move freely within the EU, without any unjustified restrictions. In some cases, however, the regulatory environment may hamper the efficient functioning of waste markets and fail to ensure optimal implementation of the waste hierarchy. The consultation period is open until September 4, 2015. 06/15/2015 

Due 09/10/2015: Response to New York City RFI on Renewable Power Supply

New York CityNew York City has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking responses from all entities involved in and supporting the renewable energy sector. This RFI is designed to identify new generation capacity rather than existing sources of renewable energy. The RFI document may be downloaded online. The City will conduct an informational session via the Internet to address its renewable energy goals and how it expects to meet those goals at 11:00 am EST on July 30, 2015. Further information on the informational session will be provided to the prospective respondents and the public in the City Record newspaper and via the City Record Online. All responses shall be submitted electronically to Susan Cohen, the RFI Contact, at <> by 5:00 pm EST on September 10, 2015. In addition, two original paper copies shall be submitted to the RFI Contact no later than September 15, 2015. 07/16/2015 

Due 09/14/2015: Applications to Elsevier Sustainable Chemistry Challenge

ElsevierThe Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge is open to individuals or organizations operating in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors from all countries.  Projects can be in any field of Green or Sustainable Chemistry so long as they are applicable for use in developing countries. Projects which are within their early stage are preferred. The winning project in the Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge will receive a single payment of € 50,000; the winner of the second prize will receive a single payment of € 25,000. The submission system for the Challenge will open on June 1, 2015 (12:00 GMT). Upon registration, you will be able to access the online application. All submissions must be in English and submitted by September 14, 2015 (23:59 GMT). 05/20/2015 

Due 10/01/2015: USDA Loan Apps for Biorefineries/Bio-Product Manufacturing

US Department of AgricultureThe US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service is requesting applications for funds that are available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (Program), formerly the Biorefinery Assistance Program. The funding will provide guaranteed loans to fund the development, construction, and Retrofitting of Commercial Scale biorefineries using Eligible Technology and of Biobased Product Manufacturing facilities that use Technologically New Commercial Scale processing and manufacturing equipment to convert Renewable Chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products, on a Commercial Scale. Two separate application cycles have been announced with deadlines of October 1, 2015, and April 1, 2016. 07/10/2015  

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  


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