Repowering Assistance

Payments to eligible biorefineries for the purpose of replacing fossil fuels with renewable biomass.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional Agency Offices: http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The purpose of this program is to provide financial incentives to biorefineries in existence on June 18, 2008 to replace the use of fossil fuels with new systems that use renewable biomass as their energy source.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A Biorefinery facility (including equipment and processes) that converts renewable biomass into biofuels and biobased products, and may produce electricity.

An eligible biorefinery producer, whose primary production is biofuels; that meets all requirements of this program.

The biorefinery must have been in existence on or before June 18, 2008.

Beneficiary Eligibility

For biorefineries in existence on June 18, 2008 Primary production is biofuels.

Credentials/Documentation

1. Application for participation in the program. 2. Feasibility Study for the renewable biomass system. 3. Historical records for energy use. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The applicant must submit a feasibility study by an independent qualified consultant, which has no financial interest in the biorefinery, and demonstrates that the renewable biomass system of the biorefinery is feasible, taking into account the economic, technical and environmental aspects of the system.

Award Procedures

Applications will be scored and awards will be made based of how well applicants score in relation to other applicant within the funding cycle. Payments may be made during construction and commissioning, ten percent of eligible project cost shall be withheld until project is completed and operating.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Title IX of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, and the Agricultural Act of 2014, Public Law 113-79, Title IX, Section 9004, 7 U.S.C. 8104 , Section 9004.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval is subject to the completion of all requirements identified by the Agency.

Appeals

An applicant may have review rights or appeal rights in accordance with 7 CFR part 11.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. The Statute allows $12 million in Mandatory funds and an additional $10 million Discretionary Funds for the life of the program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Duration of the Farm Bill. Payments may be made during construction and commissioning, ten percent of eligible project cost shall be withheld until project is completed and operating. An applicant who is awarded payments under the program has five years from the fiscal year in which an award is made to request and receive payments. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Requests for funds have to be made within three years. No payments are made prior to completion and commissioning of the projects. An applicant who is awarded payments under the program has five years from the fiscal year in which an award is made to to process payments.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Form RD 4288-6 must be submitted for payment and reporting on the production of renewable energy.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Applicant must submit reports that document the production of renewable energy. RD Form RD 9004?2.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-2073-0-1-452.

Obigations

(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - No budget available at the time of updating this information. Call the office listed below.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No data.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Agency Offices: http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.

Headquarters Office

Fred Petok U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Energy Division 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 3225 , Washington, District of Columbia 20250-3225 Email: frederick.petok@wdc.usda.gov Phone: 202-690-0784

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicants must achieve minimum levels of fossil fuel reductions and cost effectiveness to be eligible.


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