John Laney

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John Laney is an associate in the Seattle office.

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Show me the Money: Up to $31 Million for the Building America Partnerhsip

On June 29, 2009 the Department of Energy ("DO") issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to provide up to $31 million in grants to implement the Building America ("BA") program. The BA program is part of DOE’s Building Technologies Program, and its long-term goal is to develop cost-effective, production-ready systems in five major climate zones that will result … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Washington Regional Recovery Act Meetings

For those of you interested in Stimulus Funding for your Renewable Energy or Clean Tech projects, I will be attending most of the following  Prosperity Partnership’s Regional ARRA Coordination meetings. The meetings are located at the Puget Sound Regional Council’s meeting rooms at 1011 Western, Suite 500 in Seattle, WA. July 17 from 2-4 pm – Presentations regarding Recovery … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Applications Available now for Washington’s State Energy Program

On July 1, 2009, Washington State’s Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (“CTED”) issued application guidelines and forms for its State Energy Program (“SEP”) (available by clicking here). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”) provided $60.9 million in new funding for Washington’s SEP. Subsequently, the Washington Legislature allocated $38.5 million to … Continue Reading

DOE Announces $59 million in Conditional Loan Guarantees

On July 2, 2009, the Department of Energy ("DOE") announced $59 million in conditional loan guarantees in the form of $16 million for a wind turbine assembly plant and $43 million for a 20 megawatt flywheel energy storage plant. Nordic Windpower, USA has been conditionally offered a $16 million loan to support the tooling and commercial-scale … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: $10.5 Million for Solar America Cities

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) announced new funds of up to $10.5 million to inform and educate local governments nationwide about solar energy. As part of the Solar America Cities program, a joint effort with 25 cities dedicated to increasing their use of solar energy, the DOE has assembled educational materials about the benefits … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: $7.5 Million Available to Develop Commercial Energy Efficiency Training Programs

On June 26, 2009, the Department of Energy ("DOE") released a funding opportunity announcement ("FOA") to deploy $7.5 million in Recovery Act funds to further its goals of reducing energy consumption and achieving net zero-energy buildings (defined as buildings that produce as much energy as they consume).  In order to reach these goals, DOE recognizes that a … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: $12.9 million available for Geologic Sequestration Training and Research

The Department of Energy ("DOE") has released $12.93 million to fund geologic sequestration training and research. $7.93 million is available for awards to all universities, colleges, and college-affiliated research institutes and $5 million is available for awards to historically black colleges and universities or other minority institutes listed on the Office of Civil Rights’s accredited post secondary minorities institution … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Florida, Idaho, and Kansas State Energy Programs Received $77.1 Million from the Recovery Act

On June 24, 2009, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) announced more than $204 million in Recovery Act funding to ten states for their State Energy Programs ("SEPs").  Here is a summary of how the monies will be used in Florida, Idaho, and Kansas: Florida’s SEP will fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuels projects in the state.  … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Conneticut and Utah State Energy Programs

Today, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) announced more than $204 million in Recovery Act funding to ten states for their State Energy Programs ("SEPs").  Here is a summary of how the monies will be used in Connecticut and Utah: Connecticut will use its SEP funding to further a variety of programs. Examples include the deployment of alternative-fuel vehicles … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Mandatory Registrations to be Eligible for Stimulus Funding

In general, parties that are considering applying for Stimulus Act funding for their project must preregister at the following websites:  Applicants must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System number (DUNS) DUNS website: http://www.dnb.com/US/duns_update/ Applicants must register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR)  CCR website: http://www.ccr.gov/ Applicants must register with FedConnect to submit their application.  FedConnect … Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants – Formula Grants

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provides over $2.7 billion in formula-based grants to states, U.S. territories, units of local government, and Indian tribes under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program.    The purpose of the EECBG Program is to assist eligible entities in creating and implementing strategies to: reduce … Continue Reading

Renewable / Alternative Energy Compensation Survey Released

The renewable energy industry (including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind, tidal, and wave) is expected to employ 6.3 million people globally by 2030.  Currently wind energy alone employs more than 400,000 people globally and 85,000 in the U.S.  In 2008, the U.S. added 35,000 wind energy jobs.  The increase in renewable energy employment needs has placed a greater … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: $57 million Deployed to 30 Biomass Projects

On June 11, 2009, the Department of Agriculture ("USDA") announced that thirty projects, located in fourteen states, would receive $57 million in Recovery Act funding.  Of these funds, $49 million will be for wood-to-energy grants and $8 million is for biomass utilization. These funds will serve two important objectives.  First, the funds will promote the development of … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: $10 million for Climate Showcase Communities

On June 16, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued a request for applications ("RFA") for its Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program.  The RFA provides $10 million for programs to help lower green house gas ("GHG") emissions through energy and resource management. Eligible activities are those that reduce GHG emissions in the following priority areas: … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: $6.97 Million for Sequestration Training

The Department of Energy is requesting proposals for regional sequestration technology training.  The funding is available to develop regional training that promotes the transfer of knowledge and technologies related to carbon capture and sequestration technologies.  Up to $6.97 million in Recovery Act Funding as available for up to 7 individual awards. Proposals must be submitted … Continue Reading

Navy Seeking Proposals for Geothermal Investigations

The Naval Air Warfare Center has issued a presolicitation for geothermal investigations at Eastern Lava Mountains, Almond Mountain, and Southern Slate Range Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California. The investigations shall be conducted in two phases.  The first phase consists of a geologic field study, fault trenching, thermochonologic sampling and analysis, and geologic modeling.  … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: USDA funded Research for Small Businesses

The Department of Agriculture ("USDA") is now accepting proposals for its Small Business Innovation Research Program ("SBIR").  SBIR has $18.5 million available to fund research projects that address important problems facing American agriculture.  Research areas include, but are not limited to: Biofuels and biobased products; Air, water, and soils; Rural development; Aquaculture; and Animal Manure management Individual … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Government Requests for Solar Systems

Numerous federal agencies are actively seeking services and materials related to solar power.  For example, the following opportunities are currently open: The Department of Defense is seeking a ten year photovoltaic (PV) solar power purchase agreement related to its Defense Distribution Depot in Tracy, California.  The total contract quantity is 12,200,000 kWh.  Responses are due July 28, … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

The Department of Energy ("DOE") expects to establish net-zero energy performance for all U.S. commercial buildings by 2050. DOE  has issued a funding opportunity announcement ("FOA") to support this goal.  $1 million will be awarded to fund the collection of information on technologies for individual components and systems to support this goal.    … Continue Reading

SHOW ME THE MONEY: Clean Coal Power Initiative Round 3

On June 9, 2009, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) re-opened a Funding Opportunity Announcement (“FOA”) related to the Clean Coal Power Initiative (“CCPI”). The CCPI is a cost-shared collaboration between government and industry to advance clean coal technologies in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. CCPI goals include advancing clean coal technologies for commercial development. … Continue Reading

DOE Funds Seven Advanced Battery Projects for Electric Drive Vehicles

On June 16, 2009, the Department of Energy ("DOE") announced the funding of seven research projects for the development of advanced batteries for electric drive vehicles.  The projects focus on improving performance and decreasing the cost of batteries for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ("PHEVs").  PHEVs are designed to be driven in electric-only mode and can be recharged from … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Carbon Capture and Benficial Carbon Dioxide Use

On June 8, 2009, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (“FOA”) to deploy over $1.4 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“Recovery Act”) to be used to lower our nation’s carbon emissions. The FOA will support projects in two areas: (1) the capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources, … Continue Reading
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