Key Changes for REAP Program in 2015

(January 6, 2015) With the release of the final rule, the USDA has overhauled the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The core program remains unchanged but a number of significant modifications should clarify and simplify the program. Following are key changes from the final rule, as provided by the USDA:

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USDA Releases REAP Funds for FY2014 and FY2015

(December 29, 2014) The USDA released today a notice of solicitation of applications (NOSA) for the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). This funding notice releases mandatory funding for both FY2014 and FY2015, as well as discretionary funding recently made available in the “Cromnibus.”

With two years of funding released at the same time, this NOSA sets a record for the largest REAP funding notice in program history, of $101.35 million.

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Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”

(December 15, 2104) The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on funding extensions and was facing a deadline that risked another government shutdown. At this writing the bill has been passed that will fund government operations through the remainder of FY2015 and the President is expected to sign it.

TurnbullThe bad news is that

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Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens in Kansas

On October 17, Abengoa opened up the second commercial scale plant in the country to produce ethanol from cellulosic materials. After decades of technology development, this new milestone offers hope for renewabletransportation from non-food crops.

The plant is located in Hugoton in southwest Kansas and

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Biomass Magazine: USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

Though the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value.

To date, the program has put over $3.4 billion into rural economies, according to Anthony Crooks, USDA energy specialist.

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First Round of 2014 REAP Funding Announced

May 5, 2014  – Today the USDA announced funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to farmer, ranchers and rural small businesses for a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. You can download the Notice of Funding Availability here

Today’s funding announcement is the first of two rounds of funding to be announced this year. The available funds are from the 2014 Congressional appropriation of $3.5 million and include an additional $24.

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