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July 30, 2014

USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on July 23 that it has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, up to $12.5 million is available each year to assist biomass owners with the cost of delivery of agricultural or forest residues for energy generation.

The delivery sites are in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, and Washington. Some BCAP payments will target the 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.

Farmers, ranchers, or foresters who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a BCAP-qualified energy facility may be eligible for financial assistance for deliveries. The USDA Farm Service Agency, which administers BCAP, will accept applications from biomass owners through August 25. See the USDA news release.