Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources. According to the Secretary these investments will help spur new technologies that will enable us to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and build a strong renewable energy industry in rural America. Details on how to apply are available in the March 11, 2011 Federal Register.
Funding is available from: 1/ USDA's Biorefinery Assistance Program provides loan guarantees to develop and construct commercial-scale biorefineries or to retrofit existing facilities using eligible technology for the development of advanced biofuels. 2/ The Repowering Assistance Program is designed to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement fuel source for fossil fuels used to process heat or power in the operation of eligible biorefineries. And 3/ the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels works to support and ensure an expanding production of advanced biofuels by providing payments to eligible advanced biofuels producers.