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 05/04/2016: Applications to EREF for Scholarships in Solid Waste Research

Environmental Research and Education FoundationThe Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) has announced that graduate level scholarship applications are now being accepted for solid waste management research for the 2016-2017 academic year. EREF Scholarships recognize graduate students pursuing excellence in solid waste management research and education. Recipients are chosen based on credentials and potential contributions to the solid waste industry and its scientific community. Award amounts will consider the cost of tuition at the recipient's institution and any other funds received. The application deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern). The deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern). Please send an e-mail to <> or call 919.861.6876 with any questions. 02/09/2016 

Due 05/10/2016: Abstracts for 2016 GSTC Conference Presentations

Gasification and Syngas Technologies CouncilThe Gasification and Syngas Technologies Council (GSTC) is issuing a call for presentations for the 2016 Gasification and Syngas Technologies Conference (October 16-19, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada). GSTC is particularly interested in the following subjects: Gasification technologies; Reforming technologies; Syngas to chemicals (methanol, acetyls, etc); Syngas to liquid fuels; Syngas to hydrogen, ammonia/urea and derivatives; Syngas to olefins; Sulfur removal and recovery; Global project updates; Waste-to-Energy projects; SNG; Downstream user experience; Carbon capture and/or utilization from syngas; Global syngas markets and market drivers; Technology and equipment advances in the syngas industry. Contact the GSTC at <> or call 703-276-0110 with any questions. Please submit your abstract online. 02/16/2016

Due 05/10/2016: Proposals to NRCS for 2016 Conservation Innovation Grants

US Department of Agriculture - NRCSThe US Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Proposals will be accepted from any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), or the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2016 will be up to $20 million. Proposals are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. For more information, contact Mike Bennett, National CIG Program Manager at (202) 720-1895 or <>. Proposals must be received by NRCS before 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 10, 2016. 03/10/2016

Due 05/31/2016: Blue Sky Renewable Energy Proposals to Pacific Power

Pacific PowerPacific Power, a utility serving areas of Oregon and Washington, is seeking proposals for the 2016 Blue Sky funding awards, which cover up to 100 percent of the capital costs to install qualifying, new renewable energy systems at non-residential sites within the Pacific Power service area. Eligible technologies include wind, solar, low-emissions biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal. Heat generation systems are excluded. Project must be new or a new addition to existing project using new equipment and have a capacity of less than 10 MW. Projects must be operational by December 31, 2017, with the possibility of extension. Submittal deadline is May 31, 2016 by 5 p.m. (PT). The application form and instructions are available online. 03/05/2016

Due 05/31/2016: Abstracts for Biochar 2016 Conference at OSU

US Biochar InitiativeAbstracts are now being accepted for the Biochar 2016: The Synergy of Science and Industry: Biochar's Connection to Ecology, Soil, Food and Energy conference scheduled for August 22-25, 2016 at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon. The US Biochar Initiative and Sustainable Obtainable Solutions aim to bring together stakeholders in the applied biochar research community and the private sector to further biochar market development. Your abstract must be submitted by May 31, 2016 for consideration of being a speaker at the conference. 04/19/2016 

Due 07/01/2016: Offers to SDG&E for 2016 Preferred Resources LCR

San Diego Gas and ElectricSan Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) issued its 2016 Preferred Resources Local Capacity Requirement (LCR) Request for Offers (RFO) to solicit bids  in accordance with Decision (D.) 14-03-004 – Decision Authorizing Long-Term Procurement for Local Capacity Requirements due to Permanent Retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (the “Track 4 Decision”) on February 26, 2016. SDG&E is requesting offers for the following resources: Energy Efficiency (EE), Demand Response (DR), Renewables, Energy Storage, and Distributed Generation (DG). SDG&E is seeking up to 140 MW in aggregate from all product types included in this RFO. SDG&E is interested in resources that can begin deliveries as early as 2018 but will consider later start dates, is not specifying any required term, but some portion of the delivery term must encompass all of calendar year 2022. The non-mandatory Pre-Bid Conference / Bidder Outreach Event will be held on April 13, 2016.  Questions should be submitted to SDG&E’s RFO team by email at <>. The deadline to submit questions is June 17, 2016. Offers must be uploaded to and received on the PowerAdvocate ® platform no later than 1:00 PM Pacific Prevailing Time on July 1, 2016. 03/02/2016

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