BIOENERGY PROGRAM FOR ADVANCED BIOFUELS

The purpose of this subpart is to support and ensure an expanding production of advanced biofuels by providing payments to eligible advanced biofuel producers.



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 - None.

Rural Development State Energy Coordinator s.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: 141 payments. Fiscal Year 2010: Approximately 250. Fiscal Year 2011: Approximately 300.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The purpose of this program is to support and ensure an expanding production of Advanced Biofuels by providing payments to Eligible Advanced Biofuel Producers and promote sustainable economic development in rural America, but is an important part of achieving increased biofuel production and use by providing economic incentives for the production of advanced biofuels.

Producers must produce advance biofuel from other than corn keanel starch.

The Statute allows $25 million of Discretionary Funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Advance Biofuel Producer.

An individual, corporation, company, foundation, asociation, labor company, group of organizations, or non-profit entity that blends or otherwise combines advanced biofuels into a blended biofuel is not considered an advanced biofuel producer under this Program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The biofuel must meet the definition of advanced biofuel, be a solid, liquid, or gaseous advanced biofuel, be a final product; and if the biofuel is used on-site, there must be an Agency-approved system to verify the quantity of biofuel used on-site.

Credentials/Documentation

1. Application for participation in the program.
2. Certifications for quality of advance biofuel.
3. Historical production records. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is not subject to the Environmental Assessment or Executive 12372.

Award Procedures

1. Application for participation in the program.
2. Sign a contract with the Agency.
3. Submit a quarterly request for payment under the program with documentation of
production.
4. Convert production to BTU values,
5. Award funding based on requests received and production for each producer.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Title IX, Section 9001.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

No date range has been identified for this program.

Appeals

An applicant may seek a review of an Agency decision or appeal to the National Appeals Division in accordance with 7 CFR Part 11 of this title.

Renewals

The program will be available until the end of Farm Bill.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. There are no matching requirements under this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

A Notice will be published each year identifying when to apply for payments. If the application is not received within that period, the producer cannot participate in the program for that year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No reports are required.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

No records submittal required after payment is made. Documentation is required prior to payment.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1908-0-1-451.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $145,000,000; FY 11 est $85,000,000 - Awards are based on requests received and production for each producer.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards are based on requests received and production for each producer.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The first year of the program have been administered using Notices published in the Federal Register.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Rural Development State Energy Coordinator s.

Headquarters Office

Diane Berger, Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Energy Division, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (202) 260-1508.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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