Repowering Assistance

Payments to eligible biorefineries to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement fuel source for fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power in the operation of these eligible biorefineries.

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.

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 used to produce heat or power at their facilities by installing new systems that use renewable biomass, or to produce new energy from renewable biomass.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


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

Eligible biorefinery.

A producer, whose primary production is liquid transportation biofuels, that meets all requirements of this program.

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

Beneficiary Eligibility

Historical information on the fuel source for fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power and the amount of energy to be replaced with renewable biomass.


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 OMB Circular No. A-87.

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.


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. 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 payments will be made based of how well applicants score in relation to other applicant within the funding cycle. Payments will be made after construction and commissioning.


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


Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Section 9004.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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


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


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. The Statute allows $15 million of additional Discretionary Funds for the life of the program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Duration of the Farm Bill. 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


The form is Form RD 9004-2.

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.


Not Applicable.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 09 $0; FY 10 $0; FY 11 $0 - Program is not currently funded. However funding is expected in the near future.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Fred Petok United States Department of Agriculture
Rural Development, Energy Division
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 3225

, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-3225 Email: Phone: 202-690-0784

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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