EPA Provides Funding for Environmental Education Local Grants
EPA is announcing up to $3 million in funding for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy, and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in the local communities where they are located. EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA's 10 regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. For information on the EE Grants Program, visit EPA's Environmental Education Grants webpage.
The 2021 Requests for Applications is posted on www.grants.gov. Applications are due December 6, 2021.
Eligibility Criteria and Evaluation Process for SB 1383 Local Assistance Grant Program
CalRecycle is administering a one-time grant program to provide funding to local jurisdictions to assist with the implementation of SB 1383 requirements. The Circular Economy Package allocated $60,000,000 for the SB 1383 Local Assistance Grant Program for FY 2021-22. CalRecycle proposes setting a base award amount of $20,000 for eligible entities. The remaining funds will then be distributed to eligible entities based on per capita calculations. The application release date is expected in January 2022 with an expected application due date of February 2022. For more information, click here.
General Request for Proposals by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is offering grant funding for sustainable solid waste management practices, including conversion technologies. Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to over $500,000 with the average grant amount in recent years being $160,000. Pre-proposals will be accepted until December 1st at 5 p.m. eastern time. For more information, click here.
Potential Future Regulation Addressing Pyrolysis and Gasification Units
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting information and requesting comments to assist in the potential development of regulations for pyrolysis and gasification units that are used to convert solid or semi-solid feedstocks to useful products such as energy, fuels and chemical commodities. The deadline to submit comments has been extended until December 23, 2021. For more information on how to submit comments, click here. For more information on the extended comment period, click here.
San Joaquin Renewables Announces New RNG Project in California
San Joaquin Renewables announced an agreement with Cresta Fund Management and Silverpeak Energy Partners to develop and construct a biomass to renewable natural gas (RNG) project near McFarland, California. The project will use Frontline BioEnergy's gasification technology to convert agricultural waste into RNG that will be sold as transportation fuel. For more information, click here.
Yosemite Clean Energy to Produce Hydrogen and RNG in California
Yosemite Clean Energy has secured a site for developing their first hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG) production plant in Oroville, California. The facility will use gasification to convert wood waste into 12,200 kilograms per day of hydrogen and 31,000 kilograms per day of RNG for the California fuel markets. Construction is set to begin in the second quarter of 2022. For more information, click here.
Enerkem Achieves Breakthrough in Converting Biomass into Aviation Fuel
Enerkem has achieved a breakthrough in converting forest biomass into sustainable aviation fuel using its thermochemical process. Enerkem already has infrastructure in place to move to the commercialization stage after the demonstration phase is completed and will be able to proceed as soon as the market conditions are met. For more information, click here.
Gevo and Sweetwater Energy to Produce Products and Fuels from Biomass
Sweetwater Energy, Inc. plans to build a facility adjacent to Gevo's existing plant in Luverne, Minnesota that will use agricultural and wood waste to produce plant-based products for packaging, resins, and other applications. Sweetwater will supply Gevo with up to 30,000 tons of cellulosic sugars annually, which will be used to produce cellulosic alcohols and renewable hydrocarbons for the creation of renewable fuels. For more information, click here.