- Author: Ricky Satomi
On July 15, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $1.25 million in awards for nine wood energy projects nationwide through the 2014 Wood to Energy Grant Program (W2E). Two of the recipients are here in California and will receive total of $346,000. Projects funded under the 2014 W2E are:
- BVP Property, LLC for the Big Valley Lumber and Cogeneration Facility
- The Watershed Research and Training Center for a System Impact Study in the North Fork and Wilseyville CHP Projects. This System Impact Study will help with the interconnection development phase for two SB1122 projects.
Also in the news, 36 energy facilities in 14 states have been selected to as approved facilities for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The program provides payments to landowners producing forestry or agriculture used in energy production. Thirteen of these facilities are in California. Starting July 28, 2013, biomass supplied to these facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance.
NOTE: This leaves a short window to apply for funding assistance before the deadline on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.
ALSO NOTE: Forest biomass is only eligible for payments under the BCAP program if it is sourced from land owned by the US Government (USDA, BLM, DOD, etc.).
For interested biomass producers, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), will begin accepting applications between JULY 28 and AUGUST 25 for match funding on biomass fuel before SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.
See the list of approved facilities in California below:/table>/h2>/h2>
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The UC Woody Biomass Group will be hosting a webinar presentation on Tuesday, June 3 2014, by Dr. Ouafik El Kasmioui from the University of Antwerp. Dr. Kasmioui will cover status of district heating in Flanders, an assessment of the techno-economic feasibility of district heating projects, and introduce some regional case-studies.
About the Presenter
Dr. Ouafik Kasmioui is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp. He is currently working on the techno-economic feasibility of decentralized biomass conversion technologies with regards to each step of the process chain from the biomass resource to consumer energy delivery. His research interests include biomass conversion and biomass supply from a technical, environmental (LCA) and economic viewpoint; and the impact of (renewable energy) policy measures. Dr Kasimioui has also worked on the economic feasibility of different biomass conversion technologies and the financial, energetic and ecological feasibility of short rotation woody crops for electricity and heat with data gained from an operational SRC plantation that was established within the framework of a larger EU-funded project (POPFULL, http://webh01.ua.ac.be/popfull/)./h2>/h2>/h2>
- Author: Peter Tittmann
The Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI, http://www.energybiosciencesinstitute.org/) of the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee position starting July to August 2014. The candidate will work with Dr. Matthew D. Potts (www.pottsgroup.org), Dr. Scott Stephens, Dr. Bill Stewart, and Dr. Peter Tittmann on a newly funded project to analyze the viability of sustainable woody bioenergy systems in the forested regions of North America. The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed. The position offers a competitive salary plus benefits.
This research will identify common opportunities and risks for the development of sustainable bioenergy systems by utilizing an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach that integrates ecological, economic, and social aspects of forestry to compare and contrast the production economics, market conditions, climate change impacts, and environmental sustainability challenges.
Minimum/Basic Qualification Required:
Completion of all doctoral degree requirements except the dissertation or equivalent in forestry, ecology and economics at the time of application.
- PhD or equivalent foreign degree required by start date.
- Strong analytical, computing and GIS skills
- Ability to produce high quality scientific results with limited direct guidance.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Successful applicants will have a strong background in existing economic and ecological theory, as well as systems-based modeling approaches to aid in the production of two outputs: (i) a synthetic assessment of sustainable bioenergy production from North American forests, (ii) case studies revealing regional differences in constraints and opportunities for forest-sourced bioenergy feedstocks.
Annual Salary Range:
$42,000 – $49,128 depending on experience.
How to Apply
To apply, please go to the following link: http://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00409 Applicants should submit the following materials:
- A cover letter
- A curriculum vitae
- Statement of Research (One-page summary of research interests)
- 3 letters of reference. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.
Applications must be received by June 2, 2014. If you have any difficulties uploading your application or any questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
2014 USFS Wood to Energy Grant Program Overview
Friday May 15, 13:30 - 15:00
The Woody Biomass Utilization Group hosted a webinar on the US Forest Service Wood to Energy Grant Program. As the deadline for submission is nigh, this webinar was dedicated to answering questions applicants developing proposals. The presenters included application reviewers from previous years as well as successful applicants from the region.
Introduction and Objectives -- 5 min -- Peter Tittmann (UC Berkeley)
W2E Grant Program Overview -- 15 min -- Larry Swan (USFS R5 State and Private Forestry)
Tips on a successful application -- 10 min -- Mark Knaebe (USFS Forest Products Lab)
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Mik McKee: Sierra Institute for Community and Environment -- 10 min
“A compelling story with no holes”
letters of support
financial pro-formas for a range of technologies
how is your project innovative and viable?
Elissa Brown: North Fork Community Development Corporation -- 10 min
- Feasibility study may provide most of the information needed for the application
- Feasibility studies are critical
2 bids for engineering services
- System Impact Study necessary for interconnection (Rule 21) PG&E does the work $40-50k but can be more or less.
- Proven technology and experienced management team.
Q&A -- 40 min
Presenter Contact Information & Links
UC Berkeley Center for Forestry
Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
US Forest Service Region 5 State and Private Forestry
North Fork Community Development Corporation
USFS Forest Products Lab
(608) 231 9422
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NEW INFOGUIDE: At this February's CA Biomass Working Group meeting, Dr. Peter Tittmann gave a presentation on due diligence in biomass conversion technology deployment.
This presentation looks at important considerations when determining which technology to utilize for your biomass conversion application. Some key points include establishing clear objectives for the project, identifying project unknowns, and accurately assessing technology capability. Another key point is the importance of understanding enough about all systems to compare them but to not get lost in the details and focus on your goals.
To see this and other interesting readings to help make your biomass facility a reality, CLICK HERE!