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USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities to Accept Biomass Deliveries

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biomass owners who supply these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance starting July 28, 2014.

Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, up to 50 percent ($12.5 million) is available each year to assist biomass owners with the cost of delivery of agricultural or forest residues for energy generation. 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.

"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," said Vilsack. "The fires we are seeing right now 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."

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 (FSA), which administers BCAP, will begin accepting applications from biomass owners from July 28 through Aug. 25. Deliveries of residues for approved contracts may be made through Sept. 26, 2014.

The 36 BCAP energy facilities are:

Arizona
Novo BioPower LLC (f/k/a Snowflake White Mountain Power)
Forest Energy Corporation

California
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

Colorado
Eagle Valley Clean Energy, LLC

Idaho
Clearwater Paper Corporation
Basic American Foods

Kansas
Abengoa

Michigan
Hillman Power Company LLC

Minnesota
Minnesota Power – Hibbard Renewable Energy Center
Minnesota Power – Rapid Energy Center

Missouri
Enginuity

Montana
Eureka Pellet Mills Inc.
F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co.

Nebraska
Chadron State College

New Mexico
Mt. Taylor Machine LLC

Oregon
Biomass One LP
Interfor Pacific Inc., Gilchrist Division
Ochoco Lumber dba Malheur Lumber
Roseburg Forest Products
Seneca Sustainable Energy, LLC

South Carolina
Council Energy Inc.
Allendale Biomass LLC
Dorchester Biomass, LLC

Washington
Boise White Paper

Visit www.fsa.usda.gov/bcap or a local FSA county office to learn more about BCAP.

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