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 10/14/2015: Applications for Canada's SDTC Tech and Gas Fund Grants

Sustainable Development Technology CanadaSustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) of Ottawa, Canada, is offering the opportunity to get funding for cleantech development projects. The SD Tech Fund™ and the SD Natural Gas Fund™ are open for applications from August 26 to October 14, 2015. The SD Tech Fund™, supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water and clean soil. The Government of Canada has allocated a total of $915 million for the fund. The SD Natural Gas Fund™, an offshoot of the SD Tech Fund, supports the development and demonstration of new downstream natural gas technology. It is a collaboration with the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) including up to $15 million from both CGA and the SD Tech Fund™. 09/01/2015   

Due 10/19/2015: LOIs from Potential Tenants for Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub

City of Austin, TexasThe City of Austin, Texas has set a goal to reach zero waste by 2040 and already has a robust collection and sorting infrastructure for recycling with three single-stream Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in the region, an above-average diversion rate, and new regulations requiring businesses and apartment complexes to recycle. Now the City needs more companies that can remake the recyclables it collects into new products. The Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub is a 105 acre eco-industrial park, located in Austin's southeast quadrant on the site of a former city landfill. Redeveloping this land to house recycling and reuse firms will provide local recycling markets, reduce transportation costs, and keep jobs and investment in Austin. The project will leverage private sector investment, create living wage job opportunities, and help Austin meet its waste diversion goal in a sustainable and efficient manner. Businesses interested in leasing land at the Hub are encouraged to submit Letters of Interest (LOIs) using this form now through October 19, 2015. You can email your questions to < >. 08/27/2015

Due 10/21/2015: Applications to LBNL Cyclotron Road for 2nd Cohort Program

Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL or Berkeley Lab) Cyclotron Road energy innovation program has opened registration for applications to participate as members of its second Cohort. Members of the Cohort "... will work side-by-side with other top energy innovators, engage with experts and cutting edge facilities at Berkeley Lab, and be surrounded by an unparalleled network of mentors, partners, and financiers." Acceptance into the program offers a personal stipend, travel allowance, and health benefits for up to two years; lab space and technical collaboration support from Berkeley Lab experts and facilities, and Cyclotron Road programming and mentorship. First Cohort innovators include Opus 12, a company converting CO2 emissions into chemicals and fuels. The program began accepting a “Stage 0” summary from prospective applicants last month. Full applications must be received by October 21st, 2015. 10/01/2015

Due 10/23/2015: Public Comment to DECC's Proposed Feed-in Tariff Plans

UK Department of Energy and Climate ChangeThe United Kingdom's (UK) Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) is seeking public comment and has released a report detailing the opening of public consultation on its proposed Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme. The report is focused on a set of measures to control costs and providing a review of the Government’s subsidy scheme for generation of renewable electricity from small-scale installations. Links on DECC's program web page provide an Overview and the full proposed FIT scheme. Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive of the non-profit Community Energy Scotland laments that the proposed FIT "offers no long-term positive vision for the small-scale sector- it seems likely that the UK Government will find reasons to apply tariff reductions and remove the generation tariff altogether from January 2016." Public comments are due by October 23, 2015, and the DECC has provided an on-line form to assist comment filing. 08/28/2015

Due 10/23/2015: Proposals for Services for Nevada County Biomass Facilities

Fire Safe Council of Nevada CountyThe Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Services for Site Planning and Environmental Documentation for Conditional Use Permitting for the Nevada County and Camptonville Biomass Energy Facilities, Bid #2015-Biomass. The FSCNC is seeking a qualified firm or firms to provide basic site planning and work necessary for acquiring Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for the proposed biomass energy facility located in or near Grass Valley, California, and for the biomass energy facility located in Celestial Valley, roughly two miles south of the town of Camptonville, California. Proposals should be emailed to <> and must be received no later than Friday, October 23, 2015. Proposals received after that date may be considered nonresponsive and not accepted. 09/22/2015 

Due 10/23/2015: Applications for DOE's Small Business Voucher Pilot Round 1

US Department of EnergyAs part of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot to help advance the clean energy economy, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is funding up to $20 million worth of vouchers to eligible small businesses. The Notice of Opportunity has just been released and applications for round one are due by October 23, 2015. Vouchers will be issued in up to three rounds between September 2015 and the summer of 2016. Funding is not guaranteed to be carried into the second and third rounds if all vouchers can be fulfilled in round one. Up to $2.1 million is available for Bioenergy in these opportunity areas: Thermochemical and Biochemical Conversion, Analysis and Sustainability, Feedstock Logistics, and Algae. The pilot provides businesses vouchers valued at $50,000 to $300,000 that can be exchanged for technical assistance from participating national labs. Support can range from six weeks to one year of assistance. These vouchers will allow businesses to access world-class researchers, facilities, and expertise at national laboratories across the country. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a participating lab in the SBV Pilot, which matches clean energy small businesses with experts from NREL and other DOE national laboratories. 09/24/2015 

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 01/08/2016: 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 01/15/2016: 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  


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