March 2014 Edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News

The March 2014 edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News has been posted.  Please take a moment to review this month’s SBN News for information on upcoming webinars, project announcements, advancements in research and development, and new reports that analyze various aspects of the bioenergy industry.  Save the dates for the March 20 webinar on the process to qualify a new biomass feedstock for approval under the RFS and the April 2 webinar on the status of USDA renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and 25x’25’s EEG Project.  More info on the webinars and other issues can be found in the SBN News and on the SAFER Events page.

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USDA Renewable Energy Programs: New Tools to Help Achieve the 25x’25 Vision

25x’25 will be hosting a webinar on April 2 at 12 pm ET to review the latest program updates from the USDA on renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and tools along with financing programs available through the Rural Utility Service. The webinar will also include an update on 25x’25′s Energy for Economic Growth (EEG) Project through which 25x’25 and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association are supporting a group of rural electric utilities in developing and piloting renewable energy for economic growth rate mechanisms and business and community engagement models.

The following experts will present the report findings and be available to answer questions:

  • John Padalino – Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), USDA
  • Todd Campbell – Special Assistant for Energy Programs, USDA
  • Kip Pheil – Acting Leader, National Energy Technology Team, USDA - NRCS
  • Jerry Vap – Chair, Energy for Economic Growth Team, 25x’25 Alliance

To register for this free webinar, please click on the link below:

Register Now!

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Farm Bill Energy Title Information

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.

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IBSS Partnership Newsletter

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.

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Biogas in the United States: An Assessment of Market Potential in a Carbon-Constrained Future

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.

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