USDA on Wednesday announced the selection of 36 energy facilities that will accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
The energy facilities are located across 14 states. Biomass owners who supply these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance through the Farm Service Agency starting July 28, 2014, and continuing through August 25, 2014. Deliveries of residues for approved contracts may be made through Sept. 26, 2014.
Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, up to 50% is available each year to assist biomass owners with the cost of delivery of agricultural or forest residues for energy generation.
Some BCAP payments can be applied to removal of dead or diseased trees from National Forests and Bureau of Land Management public lands for renewable energy, which reduces the risk of forest fire.
"This program generates clean energy from biomass, reduces the threat of fires by removing dead or diseased trees from public forest lands, and invests in rural businesses and new energy markets," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press statement.
Vilsack added that fires in the West underscore the need for forest restoration and fire prevention.
"Pairing this effort with forest restoration on public lands will help guard against these fires while promoting economic opportunity for rural communities," he said.
List of the 36 BCAP energy facilities >>
Novo BioPower LLC (f/k/a Snowflake White Mountain Power)
Forest Energy Corporation
Burney Forest Power
Pacific Ultrapower-Chinese Station
HL(Honey Lake) Power Company
Rio Bravo Rocklin
Collins Pine Company
Thermal Energy Development Partnership, LP
Covanta Delano Inc.
Covanta Mendota L.P.
Sierra Pacific Industries – Sonora
Sierra Pacific Industries - Burney Division
Sierra Pacific Industries - Quincy Division
Sierra Pacific Industries – Lincoln
Roseburg Forest Products
Eagle Valley Clean Energy, LLC
Clearwater Paper Corporation
Basic American Foods
Hillman Power Company LLC
Minnesota Power – Hibbard Renewable Energy Center
Minnesota Power – Rapid Energy Center
Eureka Pellet Mills Inc.
F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co.
Chadron State College
Mt. Taylor Machine LLC
Biomass One LP
Interfor Pacific Inc., Gilchrist Division
Ochoco Lumber dba Malheur Lumber
Roseburg Forest Products
Seneca Sustainable Energy, LLC
Council Energy Inc.
Allendale Biomass LLC
Dorchester Biomass, LLC
Boise White Paper