The Environmental Law and Policy Center has issued a new memo that expands on their review of the Farm Bill Energy Title Programs. To view the new summary, click Farm Energy.
It has also been announced that people can apply now for 2014 REAP funding. Please note that for 2014 there will be a total of $78 million available, in two rounds of funding. $50 million is from mandatory 2014 funding and $28.2 million is from funds carried over from previous years. So, please help spread the word to your farm and rural business members/clients.
The Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems has released its latest newsletter. This month’s newsletter explores impacts of feedstock composition on alcohol yields and GHG emissions, cottonwood-hybrid poplar demonstration plots, and runoff water quality from bioenergy crop land conversions. The IBSS Partnership is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30410 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Visit http://www.se-ibss.org/documents/newsletters.
The Nicholas Institute has released a new report examining the biogas market potential in the U.S. Biogas can be produced through anaerobic digestion of organic feedstock such as manure or wastewater sludge, through thermal gasification of residual or dedicated lignocellulosic biomass feedstock, or by trapping of landfill gas. This report aims to answer the question of whether, and under what conditions, a substantial decentralized domestic biogas market could develop in the United States by 2040. View the full report here.
The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition is helping lead a project that will provide consumers with greater access to biofuels. The I-75 Green Corridor Project is increasing the availability of the biofuels E85 and B20 along the entire length of Interstate 75, which runs from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the Canadian border to Miami, Florida. Learn more about the project here.
It took almost two years, but Congress passed and the President signed a new, five-year farm bill that will strongly support renewable energy and energy efficiency programs that help keep this nation on the path to a clean energy future. And much of the credit for this major policy renewal can go to the many partners, state leaders and other renewable energy advocates who made lawmakers understand the need for these important programs. To help us understand the new changes and funding levels of the key programs, EESI’s Sustainable Biomass and Energy program and ELPC’s FarmEnergy.org program have each provided overviews of the key Energy Title programs. DTN/The Progressive Farmer has also conducted a review of the Energy Title. Please take a moment to read over each of these resources to garner a better understanding of the programs we will be working with over the next 5 years.