May 3, 2011

Hawaiian Electric Company Issues New Biofuel RFP

On April 29, 2011, Hawaiian Electric issued a request for proposals (RFP) to supply up to forty-two (42) million gallons of sustainably produced, renewable biofuel per year to fuel the Kahe Generating Station (KPP) for a term of two (2) years to commence as early as July 2014.

Submission deadline for the proposals is July 29, 2011.



USDA Announces May Deadline for Biomass Crop Assistance Program Proposals

USDA Farm Service Agency Acting Administrator Val Dolcini announced the deadline for project area proposals for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). To be considered, proposals must be submitted to the applicable state office by close of business, May 27, 2011. 

For more information, visit the USDA Farm Service Agency’s website at or contact Kelly Novak at 202.720.4053 or [email protected]. The BCAP project area proposal submission form is available online at BCAP Form 20 (PDF,

ARPA-E Announces $130 Million for Advanced Research Projects

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the availability of up to $130 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop five new program areas focused on rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics.

For more information about current funding opportunities visit the ARPA-E website.



U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Funding for Biomass Research and Development Initiative

The projects funded through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) will help create a diverse group of economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass and increase the availability of alternative renewable fuels and biobased products.  

Applicants seeking BRDI funding must propose projects that integrate science and engineering research in the following three technical areas that are critical to the broader success of alternative biofuels production:

  • Feedstock Development
  • Biofuels and Biobased Products Development
  • Biofuels Development Analysis

Subject to annual appropriations, USDA plans to invest up to $25 million with DOE contributing up to $5 million for this year's Biomass Research and Development Initiative. This funding is expected to support five to ten projects over three to four years. A description of the solicitation, eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found on the FedConnect website and the website under Reference Number DE-FOA-0000510. Pre-applications are due on May 31, 2011 and must be submitted electronically. It is anticipated that applicants who are encouraged to submit full applications will be notified by August 3, 2011.