Value-Added Producer Grant Solicitation
On April 16, 2007, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service at the US Department of Agriculture announced the availability of approximately $19.3 million for Value-Added Producer Grants (Sec. 6401 of the 2002 Farm Bill).
EPA Announces Final Rule for Renewable Fuel Standard Program
On April 10, 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the finalized regulations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program for 2007 and Beyond.
USDA Taking Applications for Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants
On March 21, 2007 Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns announced the solicitation for proposals for the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program (Section 9006) authorized under Title IX, of the 2002 Farm Bill.
US Forest Service Awards 26 Biomass Utilization Grants
On March 20, 2007 Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns announced awards of $6.2 million in grants to small businesses and community groups for research and innovation in the utilization of woody biomass including renewable energy. Applications received by the Forest Service totaled 93 and more than $20 million in funding support.
Six Cellulosic Ethanol Plants to Receive Up to $385 Million in Federal Funding From DOE
WASHINGTON, D.C., On February 28, 2007 Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced that DOE will fund six biorefinery projects over the next four years with up to $385 million in federal funds, which combined with the industry cost share will result in investment of more than $1.2 billion in these projects.
EPA Clean Air and Global Climate Change FY 2008 Budget
The President’s FY 2008 budget calls for a $426 million cut in EPA’s overall budget (6% cut from FY 06 appropriations) of $7.2 billion, thus reducing financial support for a wide range of environmental and climate programs.
FY 2008 Budget Requests $9.4 Billion For Transit, $49 Million For Clean Fuel Buses
On February 5, 2007, U.S, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters unveiled a $67 billion fiscal year (FY) 2008 Budget to fund the nation’s roadways, rail and air transportation. The proposal includes $9.4 billion for transit, $40.3 billion for highways, resources for cleaner buses, reduced support for Amtrak passenger rail and a $175 million initiative to reduce traffic congestion.
DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy FY 2008 Budget
Carol Werner, Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), issued the following statement on the release of the president’s FY 08 budget for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Administration’s Proposed Renewable Energy Agriculture and Biomass Budget for Fiscal Year 2008
On February 5, 2007 the Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year FY08.
State of the Union and Renewable Fuel Standard
There has been considerable attention focused on the energy goals President Bush discussed in his 2007 State of the Union message on Tuesday night (1/23).