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 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

Due 02/05/2016: Comments to AFRL on EA for Red Rock Biofuels Biorefinery

Red Rock BiofuelsRed Rock Biofuels LLC is developing a domestic commercial-scale military specification transportation fuel production capability using woody biomass feedstocks in Lake County, Oregon. The Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise (IBPE) will be located on approximately 54 acres adjacent to US 395 and the Town of Lakeview's southern border. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and US Air Force Regulations, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to evaluate the proposed development. The Biorefinery would use gasification, Fischer-Tropsch (FT) and fuel upgrading technologies to produce approximately 14 million gallons per year of military specification liquid transportation fuels from regional woody biomass. The public is invited to review the documents and make written comments during the 30 day open review period from December 27, 2015 through February 05, 2016. 01/09/2016

Due 02/10/2016: Comments to CEC on Fuel and Vehicle Technology Solicitation

California Energy CommissionThe California Energy Commission (CEC) has released a Request for Information (RFI), seeking public comment to assist in development of a grant solicitation focused on Regional Readiness and Planning to draw upon the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). RFI responses should provide well-supported recommendations regarding funding areas for solicitations, especially those that address challenges of electric vehicle and zero emission vehicle awareness, market penetration and installation. ARFVTP has an annual budget of approximately $100 million for projects that (a) Reduce California’s use and dependence on petroleum transportation fuels and increase the use of alternative and renewable fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, (b) Produce sustainable alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels in California, (c) Expand alternative fueling infrastructure and fueling stations, (d) Improve the efficiency, performance, and market viability of alternative light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle technologies, (e) Retrofit medium- and heavy-duty on-road and non-road vehicle fleets to alternative technologies or fuel use, (f) Expand the alternative fueling infrastructure available to existing fleets, public transit, and transportation corridors, (g) Establish workforce training programs and conduct public outreach on the benefits of alternative transportation fuels and vehicle technologies. Comments must be emailed to and the subject line must begin with “RFI Regional Readiness”. Note: Teru encourages the waste conversion sector to respond, bringing to light the importance of low- and negative-carbon distributed alternative fuels production to ARFVTP targets. 01/26/2016  

Due 02/12/2016: Proposals for Central Oregon Woody Biomass Supply Analysis

Central Oregon Intergovernmental CouncilThe Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) has issued a Request for Quotes (RFQ) seeking expertise to develop a biomass supply analysis in support of the organization's Biomass Energy Cluster Development Project. The analysis will update a ten-year-old assessment and comprehensively assess volume, characteristics, sources, costs, and barriers to market development of current biomass supplies in Central Oregon. Specific project area boundaries remain to be defined. Interested firms must email an Intent to Bid notice to COIC by January 22. Bids should be submitted via email to Laura Skundrick, COIC: <>. Questions about this bid process may be submitted via email to Kiley Rucker-Clamons, COIC at <>. All questions and answers will be shared with identified proposing firms. 01/15/2016  

Due 02/12/2016: Comments to CalRecycle on 2016 Manufacturer's Challenge

CalRecycleThe California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) conducted the 2016 Manufacturer's Challenge workshop on January 5, 2016. The meeting sought input from stakeholders regarding implementation of a voluntary industry-wide initiative to reduce by 50% the amount of manufactured product packaging now disposed in landfills. In spite of efforts thus far, CalRecycle estimates that about 10 million tons of packaging is still landfilled in California every year, representing about one quarter of the state’s total disposal stream. CalRecycle sees the initiative as integral to reaching the state's goals of 75% source reduction, recycling, and composting by the year 2020. Video recordings of the workshop are now posted to CalRecycle's website, with the agenda and twelve presentations given during the summit. CalRecycle now seeks public comment on the initiative's approach, the workshop and the presentations; please submit comments by February 12, 2016 by email to <>. 01/16/2016 

Due 03/10/2016: Comments on Update to US Dairy Sustainability Indicators

Innovation Center for U.S. DairyThe Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has scheduled an update to dairy sustainability indicators, and seeks stakeholder input by March 10, 2016. The indicators are the foundation of the association's Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy, launched in 2013. The Guide provides a voluntary, science-based framework for the dairy value chain to measure and communicate sustainability progress. The draft document can be viewed and comments submitted online. Farm indicators address soil health, landscape stewardship, resource recovery, feed management, and water quality and quantity. For crop- and field-specific topic areas, the Innovation Center proposes adopting the metrics developed by Field to Market, the leading U.S. initiative focused on the sustainability of row crops. The new processor and manufacturer indicators include resource recovery and air emissions. Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® is a forum for the dairy industry to work together pre-competitively to address barriers and opportunities to foster innovation and increase sales. Visit USDairy.com for more information about the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. 01/12/2016 

Due 03/18/2016: Proposals for High Diversion MRFs in Baltimore Region

Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal AuthorityThe Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority is requesting proposals from qualified companies to provide for the design, permitting, construction, and long-term operation of up to two High Diversion Material Recycling Facilities (HD MRF) in the Baltimore, Maryland region. The two facilities may include a staged construction, with the first being constructed at an existing site and the second optional facility located at a yet to be determined site. Copies of the Request for Proposals are available from the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority at <>, 410-333-2730, or at the counter. A non-mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference and site visit will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Proposals will be accepted until 1 P.M. on Friday, March 18, 2016. 01/13/2016  

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