Tag: biofuel

NEW HOPE FOR SHUTTERED MINN. BIODIESEL PLANT

A Minnesota biodiesel plant that has been shuttered for more than one year was approved for a $25 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”).   This loan is the second made by its Rural Development division under Section 9003 of the Farm Bill (the Biorefinery Assistance Program). The loan is to help SoyMor … 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: Renewable Energy Financing in the Farm Bill

In an earlier blog, my colleague, Debra Frimerman reported about the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems. REAP is a program under the Food, Conservation, and Energy … Continue Reading

National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap

The Department of Energy ("DOE") has issued a Request for Information ("RFI") to solicit feedback on the DOE’s draft "National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap" (the "Roadmap"). The Roadmap was prepared by a working group commissioned by DOE.  The working group was commissioned to assess the current state of algae technology and to determine the next steps toward … Continue Reading

$480 Million Available for Integrated Biorefinery Projects

Last week DOE released a new funding opportunity announcement for up to $480 million for pilot-scale and demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery projects. An integrated biorefinery uses an “acceptable feedstock” to produce a biofuel or bioproduct as the “primary product.” Acceptable feedstocks include: Algae Certain woody biomass Renewable plant materials so long as it is not generally intended for use … Continue Reading

President Obama Directs USDA to Promote and Expand Biofuels

On, May 5, 2009, President Obama announced federal efforts to increase investment and use of advanced biofuels. The President signed a Presidential Directive establishing the Biofuels Interagency Working Group, ordering the Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) to implement financing opportunities from the Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (“FCEA”), and announcing additional Recovery Act funds for renewable … Continue Reading
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