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Welcome the Newest Member of the AgSTAR Team!

Allison Hogge recently joined EPA’s AgSTAR as the team’s newest member. She comes from the EPA WaterSense Program where she worked with irrigation professionals to promote the benefits of outdoor water use efficiency, as well as helped develop the WaterSense New Homes Program, with a focus on criteria relating to outdoor water use and implementation of a certification system for homes seeking the WaterSense label. For AgSTAR, Allison will manage outreach and technical assistance for anaerobic digester projects in the Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, Southeast, and part of the Midwest regions.

Before joining EPA, Allison worked with state and local governments in North Carolina on both environmental outreach and environmental health programs. She can be reached at hogge.allison@epa.gov and 202-343-9468.

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Economic Stimulus Money for Renewable Energy

The law firm of Stoel Rives, LLP has developed a clean energy guide to ARRA entitled Show Me the Money: The Law of the Stimulus Package

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), enacted in February 2009, includes provisions to promote the renewable energy industry and provide capital over the next three years with a goal to double domestic renewable energy capacity. The criteria for receiving ARRA funds are projects that create jobs, save energy, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and leverage non-ARRA funds. Another key element for projects seeking money is that they must be ready to start construction, usually within six months of receiving the award.

State Energy Program

Under the ARRA, the Department of Energy (DOE) is distributing $3.1 billion to states under the State Energy Program. States that agree to accept the money, which requires certain commitments to implement policies supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy, will have discretion over how the money is distributed. States have started to receive the money and are expected to be issuing a variety of grant opportunities this fall. For example, Pennsylvania created a new grant under the Green Energy Works! Program that has set aside $5 million to develop biogas projects. Individuals interested in developing anaerobic digester projects should contact their State Energy Office to learn more about their state’s process for distributing grants. DOE’s website has posted a list of State Energy Offices.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

Under the ARRA, DOE is also administering more than $3.2 billion through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, which is providing grants to local governments, tribal governments, states, and U.S. territories, to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and to implement energy efficiency improvements. Projects reducing methane emissions are eligible. More than $2.7 billion has been distributed through formula grants, with recipients listed on DOE’s EECBG website. Each state must pass not less than 60 percent of its allocation on to smaller cities and counties that were ineligible for direct formula grants. DOE is expected to solicit applications for the more than $400 million slated to be distributed through competitive grants. Farmers interested in finding out about potential funding opportunities related to this money are encouraged to contact their State Energy Office.

Under Section 1603 of the ARRA, the U.S. Department of the Treasury can reimburse taxpayers eligible for the business energy investment tax credit with a cash payment for up to 30 percent of the construction and installation costs for the facility, as long as the facility is depreciable or amortizable. By receiving payments under Section 1603, applicants are electing to forego renewable energy production tax credits and investment tax credits. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued guidance to establish the procedures for applying for payments under the Section 1603 program and to clarify the eligibility requirements under the program. AgSTAR believes that anaerobic digesters for livestock manures would qualify for this funding under the open-loop biomass category. To be eligible, the facility must be placed in service in 2009 or 2010, or construction must begin in either of those years and be completed prior to the end of 2013. The ARRA established an October 1, 2011, application deadline for the grant. Companies interested in applying for the program can visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury website for more information.

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AgSTAR Pilots State Partner Program

The first organizations to join as AgSTAR State Partners are Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa State University, Oregon State University, Sustainable Conservation (California), and Vermont Department of Agriculture.

AgSTAR has initiated a new State Partner program to establish stronger relationships with our allies at the state level. Through the program, AgSTAR partners with state agencies, agricultural extension offices, universities, and non-governmental organizations to promote the planning, deployment, and long-term success of anaerobic digester projects. AgSTAR will work with Partners to promote anaerobic digestion methane utilization in the way that most effectively helps achieve the organizations’ objectives. In return, Partners agree to commit to help identify and overcome barriers for anaerobic digester projects, facilitate information sharing, and provide education and outreach to farms in their area. AgSTAR will provide more information at its upcoming spring conference about this new State Partner program. 

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EPA Finalizes the Mandatory Reporting Rule on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On September 22, 2009, EPA issued the first comprehensive national system for mandatory reporting emissions of GHGs in the United States. The rule generally requires reporting by 25 industrial categories of direct emitting sources. The rule also requires reporting from suppliers of fossil fuel and industrial GHGs, and manufacturers of vehicles and engines. While animal agriculture is covered, most emissions from farming are excluded. The rule (40 CFR 98) requires reporting of methane and nitrous oxide emissions from facilities with manure management systems that emit GHG emissions of 25,000 metric tons CO2 equivalent per year or more. The rule excludes emissions from mobile sources, enteric fermentation, rice cultivation, field burning of agricultural residues, and agricultural soils.

EPA estimates that about 100 livestock operations will be required to report emissions under the rule. To help producers determine if they need to report, the rule includes a look-up table with exemptions based on the number of head at each type of operation. Facilities with an average annual animal population that falls below the levels shown in the table are not required to report. Under worst-case conditions, the smallest operation that could be required to report is a swine operation with 34,100 head, dairy with 3,200 head, and beef feedlot with 29,300 head. Higher thresholds apply to most facilities, depending on the specific manure management practice used and climate.

Agricultural operations would report emissions from stationary fuel combustion equipment only if emissions from all stationary fuel combustion units at the site are 25,000 metric tons CO2 equivalent per year or more (equivalent to more than 4 million gallons of propane per year). Agricultural irrigation pumps are exempt.

For more information about the rulemaking, please visit EPA’s Climate Change website. Examples of information posted there include:

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Net Metering Update

State energy legislation has played a significant role in restructuring the methods by which farms are paid for electricity they produce from biogas captured during anaerobic digestion and delivered to the electrical grid. One aspect has been policies related to net metering as a way of providing a fair market value for biogas-generated electricity. The basic concept of net metering is that the meter runs in reverse when a farm generates electricity in excess of its current demand, and forward when consuming more electricity than it is producing. By tracking only the “net” electricity usage over a period of time, farms effectively receive retail prices for any electricity they generate for their own use on site. Below are highlights of recent net metering news from Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Connecting to the Grid, August 2009.

Kansas

In May 2009, Kansas enacted House Bill 2369 (PDF) (20 pp., 112 KB), which established a state-wide net metering law. With the passage of this bill, non-residential systems up to 200 kW may be eligible for net metering, although systems should be appropriately sized for the farm’s energy demand. Net metering will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until the total rated capacity of all systems equals or exceeds 1 percent of the utility’s peak demand for the previous year. Net excess generation may be carried forward from month to month; any remaining net excess generation remaining at the end of the calendar year is forfeited to the utility. House Bill 2369 also contains a few guiding provisions for the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to adopt standards for interconnection. Utilities may require an external disconnect switch although they may not require customers to purchase additional insurance. The bill also directs the KCC to require simple contracts for interconnection and net metering agreements.

Michigan

In May 2009, the Public Service Commission formally adopted new rules governing net metering standards. The rules apply to engine-generator sets using biogas as a fuel up to 550 kW. They also specify that systems must be sized to meet the farm’s electricity needs. Net excess generation is rolled over at the retail rate each billing period; there is no provision for annual true-up, so rollover is indefinite.

North Carolina

In March 2009, the Utilities Commission issued an order amending the state’s net metering rules. The Commission ordered that renewable generators up to 1 megawatt (MW) may net meter with no aggregate limits on customer participation. The Commission also removed the previous requirement that net metering customers take service under Time of Use (TOU)-Demand rates. According to the order however, if a customer chooses a tariff other than a TOU-Demand schedule, the customer must turn over all Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to the utility. The order allows customers on TOU-Demand rates to keep all RECs, even those associated with annual excess generation.

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Grants Awarded to Anaerobic Digester Projects

Pennsylvania

On August 10, 2009, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) awarded $20.7 million in grants, $10 million of which was provided by the ARRA, to twenty-five energy conservation and GHG emissions reduction projects across the state. Among the recipients was Pennwood Farms Dairy in Somerset County, which received more than $450,000 to install an anaerobic digester system. The project is expected to generate more than 13 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over its lifetime.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, “Governor Rendell: Investing in Clean Energy Projects Creates Jobs, Strengthens the Economy, Cleans the Environment,” August 10, 2009.

Wisconsin

In July 2009, Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program awarded grants totaling $2.6 million to state residents and businesses to install energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Three digester projects were among the recipients. Dairy Dreams LLC of Casco, Wisconsin, was awarded more than $400,000 to install an 800 kilowatt (kW) anaerobic digester energy system at their 3,000-head dairy operation. The farm also was awarded $494,000 under Section 9006 of the Farm Bill. Clear Horizons LLC in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and PPC Partners Inc. in Plymouth, Wisconsin, were each awarded $500,000 to install 1,137 kW anaerobic digester systems. Clear Horizon’s digester will be located at Maunesha River Dairy where manure from 1,000 cows and additional organic waste will be anaerobically digested. PPC Partners’ digester will be located at the 1,000-head Goeser Dairy LLC and will also co-digest other wastes in addition to the cow manure. All three projects will produce energy, while also helping to manage waste and control odor.

Source: Focus on Energy, “Focus on Energy Awards Grants for Large Renewable Energy Projects (PDF),” (3 pp, 98K) July 8, 2009.

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Hawaii Enacts Bill Favoring Farm-Generated Renewable Power

House Bill 591 (PDF) (4 pp, 99K), which allows the public utilities commission to authorize preferential rates for the purchase of renewable energy produced in conjunction with agricultural activities, became effective on July 15, 2009. The bill is intended to support agricultural production and increase local renewable energy capacity. Hawaii has a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires twenty percent of an electric utility’s sales to come from renewable energy by 2020. Upon receipt of a request for preferential rates and proof of eligibility, a public utility must forward the request to the public utilities commission for approval.

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Renewable Portfolio Standard News

An RPS provides states with a mechanism to increase renewable energy generation using a cost-effective, market-based approach that is administratively efficient. An RPS usually requires electric utilities and other retail electric providers to supply a specified minimum amount of customer load with electricity from eligible renewable energy sources. The goal of an RPS is to stimulate market and technology development so that, ultimately, renewable energy will be economically competitive with conventional forms of electric power

Ohio

In April 2009, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio adopted rules that implement the alternative energy portfolio standard created by Senate Bill 221. Ohio’s alternative energy portfolio requires that, by 2025, at least 25 percent of electricity sold in Ohio must be generated from renewable and advanced energy resources. The renewable benchmarks begin in 2009 and increase annually toward an eventual target of 12.5 percent of retail electricity sales by year-end in 2024 and thereafter. At least half of the renewable energy facilities must be located in the state. Methane from anaerobic digestion is an eligible renewable resource. Utilities can purchase RECs generated after July 31, 2008. Utilities are not required to comply with the annual benchmark if doing so would raise their costs by 3 percent or more.

Source: North Carolina Solar Center, “Ohio: Alternative Energy Resource Standard,” Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, May 11, 2009.

West Virginia

In June 2009, Governor Manchin signed House Bill 103 with a goal for 25 percent of West Virginia’s electricity to be produced from alternative or renewable energy sources by 2025. The bill was effective July 1, 2009, and excludes municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives, and utilities serving fewer than 30,000 residential customers. The bill sets interim targets of 10 percent by 2015 and 15 percent by 2020. Examples of eligible renewable resources include methane from anaerobic digestion and landfills, solar, and wind.

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Climate Bills and Manure Anaerobic Digestion

On June 26, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives approved House Resolution 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which is commonly referred to as the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill. The bill includes a federal RPS that would require large utilities in each state to produce an increasing percentage of their electricity from renewable sources, such as methane from anaerobic digestion. Additionally, major emitters of GHGs (e.g., electric utilities and energy-intensive industries) are included in the carbon credit cap and trade provision of the bill. As currently written, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will administer a program that will allow for the creation of offsets from agricultural projects that reduce GHGs, such as those achieved by anaerobic digestion of manure. Companies required to participate in the carbon cap and trade will be able to purchase these offsets as a compliance option, which will provide monetary value to carbon credits generated by anaerobic digester systems. In late September, Senators Boxer and Kerry released a draft discussion version, Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (PDF) (821 pp, 990K). Various Senate committees will be adding additional provisions to the bill with hearings and debate expected later this fall.

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Methane to Markets Update

Methane to Markets Partnership Expo Call for Projects
Due: November 15, 2009

The Methane to Markets Partnership is calling for projects to be showcased during the 2010 Partnership Expo. Farm owners, farm cooperatives, trade groups, agricultural extension agencies, non-governmental organizations, energy developers, and others interested in promoting rural economic and agricultural development are encouraged to submit descriptions about projects that will reduce methane emissions. Projects accepted will have their information displayed on posters at the International Methane Capture Marketplace at the Expo and given exposure to project developers and financiers attending the event.

The international Methane to Markets Partnership is a voluntary, non-binding framework for international cooperation to advance the recovery and use of methane as a valuable clean energy source. An Agricultural Subcommittee Meeting was held on September 3-4, 2009, in Guangzhou, China, in conjunction with the International Conference on Water Pollution Reduction and Climate Change Mitigation (September 1-3, 2009). At the meeting, the Subcommittee discussed the draft International Guidance for Quantifying and Reporting the Performance of Anaerobic Digestion Systems for Livestock Manure. The final version of this guidance document will be available later this year on the Methane to Markets Agriculture website. The group also discussed preparations for the 2010 Methane to Markets Partnership Expo, which will be held in New Delhi, India, on March 2-5, 2010. Other topics of discussion included the incorporation of rice cultivation and enteric fermentation into the scope of the Partnership, and an update on the development of resource assessments for various countries. For more information, contact Kurt Roos (roos.kurt@epa.gov) at 202-343-9041.

EPA is currently working on its fourth annual U.S. Government’s Methane to Markets Partnership Accomplishments Report. The report will be available later this year and posted on EPA’s Methane to Markets Partnership Web page. The agriculture section of the document describes some U.S. government contributions to agriculture projects throughout the world. These projects include assistance from AgSTAR to conduct anaerobic digester feasibility assessments and technology demonstration projects in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. The report also describes the development of an international protocol to evaluate the environmental performance of anaerobic digestion systems, which was discussed at the September Subcommittee meeting.

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Online Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Earlier this year, the USDA released two reports related to anaerobic digestion. In April 2009, USDA Rural Development released “Cooperative Approaches for Implementation of Dairy Manure Digesters (PDF),” (28 pp, 224K) written by Carolyn Betts Liebrand and K. Charles Ling. Carolyn presented a preview of her work on this topic at the AgSTAR Conference last February. The report discusses how a cooperative approach can help overcome obstacles to anaerobic digester project development. In June 2009, the USDA Economics Research Service published “Manure Use for Fertilizer and for Energy,” in response to a request from Congress to evaluate the potential competition of animal manure as a fertilizer and use as an energy feedstock.

Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center Webcast

The nonprofit Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center provides public access to research on environmental issues and public policy in the animal agriculture field. Its August 21, 2009, the webcast was “Evaluating Manure Treatment through Farm Pilot Project Coordination.” Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc. (FPPC) is a nonprofit organization that assists in implementing innovative treatment technologies to address the growing waste issues associated with animal feeding operations. Lawrence Clark (USDA and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)) described the wealth of resources available on FPPC’s website, including detailed project descriptions of 40 pilot project demonstrations throughout the United States. Some of these are anaerobic digester projects. Bill Boyd (USDA and NRCS) and Bob Monley (FPPC) presented a range of technologies that have been evaluated by FPPC and discussed the lessons learned through implementing these technologies. A copy of the webcast is available on the Center’s website.

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Funding Opportunities

Pennsylvania Green Energy Works! Program, Deadline: October 23, 2009

Pennsylvania is providing up to $5 million in federal funding for large-scale projects that generate electricity from biological materials such as livestock manure and food processing. All projects must create jobs, be able to start work within six months, and be completed within two years and prior to April 30, 2012. Guidelines may be viewed at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Recovery website under the heading, “Where is your money going?” Click on “Energy Independence.” Applications must be submitted via the Environmental eGrants system.

Idaho’s Renewable Energy Enterprise Zone Program, Deadline: October 30, 2009

The Idaho Office of Energy Resources is accepting grant proposals from Idaho cities and counties, in collaboration with renewable energy developers, to develop Renewable Energy Enterprise Zones. Eligible activities for funding include renewable energy project feasibility studies and installations—including anaerobic digesters. Total funding available is $1.5 million from funds the state received from the ARRA. The minimum award under this grant will be $100,000 for zone projects and $20,000 for studies, assessments, and plans.

Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects, Deadline: November 2, 2009

The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) released a request for proposals, offering technical assistance funding for eligible energy efficient and renewable energy projects, such as anaerobic digesters that generate electricity. Technical assistance services include labor costs only, such as for a consultant, design professional, or installer. Ineligible costs include materials, hardware, printing, food, and travel. Projects must be located in one of the seven Minnesota CERT regions: Central, Metro, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, or West Central. Each region has $40,000 to distribute to projects and has generally funded projects at approximately $5,000 each. The projects must demonstrate the ability to complete work by December 30, 2010; serve as a community-wide educational resource for energy efficiency and renewable energy; and not seek funding for work completed prior to receipt of the award.

Virginia Biomass Energy Grant Program, Deadline: November 15, 2009

The Biomass Energy Grant Program will provide $10 million of ARRA funds for the installation, demonstration, or commercialization of qualifying biomass technologies, such as anaerobic digesters, at commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities. The purpose of the grant is to provide incentives to diversify the state’s energy supplies, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and mitigate the effects of climate change. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy has posted the application and guidance for the grant on their website.

USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grants, Deadline: November 30, 2009

The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service announced the availability of approximately $18 million in value-added producer grants for feasibility studies, business plans, farm-based renewable energy projects, and the marketing of agricultural products. Projects are eligible for up to $100,000 in planning grants or $300,000 in working capital grants and are required to match the amount of grant money received. Eligible applicants include independent producers, agriculture producer groups, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures. Details regarding the request for proposals, including eligibility and application requirements, are posted on USDA’s Rural Development Cooperative Programs Web page.

Minnesota Livestock Investment Grant Program, Deadline: November 30, 2009

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Livestock Investment Grant Program is accepting applications from livestock producers who seek to improve or expand livestock production in Minnesota. The grant provides reimbursement of up to 10 percent for building, equipment, and pasture development costs with a minimum expense of $4,000 and a maximum expense of $500,000. The acquisition of equipment for livestock waste management is eligible use of funding. Applicants must be residents of the state of Minnesota or entities in compliance with the corporate farm law, be the principal operator of the farm, and hold an appropriate feedlot registration. Total program funding is $1 million.

Iowa Power Fund, Deadline: Pre-Application Deadlines, December 1, 2009, and February 1, 2010

The Iowa Legislature appropriated $25 million to the Iowa Power Fund for fiscal years 2009 through 2011. The Power Fund was created to further the goals of increasing the research, development, production, and use of biofuels and other sources of renewable energy to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions. Applicants may be businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, state and local governments, and other organizations. Details regarding the Iowa Power Fund, including eligibility and application requirements, can be found on the Iowa Office of Energy Independence Web Site.

Wisconsin Focus on Energy Grant, Deadline: December 31, 2009

Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin entities to install cost-effective renewable energy projects. They are currently offering a Farm Anaerobic Digester Implementation Grant (DOC) (18 pp, 222K, Download Word Viewer) available for the installation of a commercially available anaerobic digester system at eligible Wisconsin farms. The projects need to produce any of the following forms of energy: electricity, thermal energy, or biogas. The grant is intended for those systems that generally cost less than $2 million. Grants are available on a competitive basis, with a maximum grant of $250,000 available to provide financial support for the installation. Grants cannot exceed 25 percent of the cost of the digester system. Businesses; organizations; institutions; federal, state, county, local, or tribal governments; and residents are eligible if they purchase energy from a utility participating with Focus on Energy.

The Climate Trust, Ongoing

The Climate Trust is interested in purchasing the carbon credits from anaerobic digesters from dairy farms in the Pacific Northwest. The Climate Trust is purchasing GHG offsets on behalf of Northwest Natural Gas Company’s Smart Energy program, which allows customers to offset the GHG emissions associated with their natural gas use. Interested dairy farms or project developers should contact Peter Weisberg (pweisberg@climatetrust.org), 503-238-1915 x207, for more information. More information on Smart Energy and the project solicitation is available on the Climate Trust website.

Colorado Carbon Fund, Ongoing

The Colorado Carbon Fund provides high-quality carbon offsets for sale to individuals, businesses, and government agencies interested in mitigating their carbon footprint. The organization is currently recruiting innovative GHG offset projects, of which methane capture with energy recovery is eligible. The Climate Trust, in partnership with the Governor’s Energy Office, is responsible for evaluating and contracting to buy the emission reductions from projects in Colorado. More details regarding the requirements of the offset generation are provided on the Colorado Carbon Fund website.

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Upcoming Events

9th Annual BioCycle Conference on Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling
October 19-21, 2009
Minneapolis, Minnesota
This three-day event will focus on producing renewable energy from biomass. Topics include farm digester trends, co-digestion, preparing substrates for anaerobic digestion, and many other related issues. AgSTAR is a co-sponsor of the event. Please stop by our booth to learn more about AgSTAR and anaerobic digestion, or contact Chris Voell (voell.christopher@epa.gov) at 202-343-9406 to set up a meeting at the event.

Methane to Markets Partnership Expo - Call for Abstracts
Due: October 30, 2009
The Methane to Markets Partnership is requesting one-page presentation abstracts for the workshop component of the Partnership Expo, which is to be held on March 2-5, 2010, in New Delhi, India. Abstracts may cover any topic related to methane mitigation from agricultural sources, landfills, coal mining, and oil and natural gas, as well as cross-cutting issues. Presentations should be about the deployment of commercially proven, third-party verified technologies, not research and development or marketing presentations.

Renewable Energy and Rural Economy
November 14, 2009
Greeley, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Rocky Mountain Renewable Energy are hosting a workshop to discuss renewable energy options for rural communities. Chris Voell, AgSTAR Program Manager, will be presenting at the event. If you wish to meet with him, please contact Chris Voell (voell.christopher@epa.gov) at 202-343-9406.

9th Annual Innovations in Agriculture Conference
November 17-18, 2009
Troy, New York
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s annual conference includes sessions on anaerobic digesters, evaluation of current digesters, available financial incentives for renewable energy, and a variety of related topics.

Methane and Biogas for Livestock/AG/Food/Industrial Operations: What’s Involved, When Does It Make Sense & What Are the Opportunities?
December 9-10, 2009
Denver, Colorado
This program will provide a comprehensive treatment of practical and technical information for the capture and conversion of biogas into usable energy, with emphasis on the most appropriate applications for livestock, agricultural, food processing, and industrial operations. Chris Voell, AgSTAR Program Manager, will be presenting at the event. If you wish to meet with him, please contact Chris Voell (voell.christopher@epa.gov) at 202-343-9406.

Methane to Markets Partnership Expo
March 2-5, 2010
New Delhi, India
Save the Date! The Methane to Markets Partnership is building on the success of the first Partnership Expo, which was held in Beijing, China, in 2007 and attracted over 750 participants from 34 countries. The event will feature high-level speakers and technical training sessions. The 2010 India Expo will also include an International Methane Capture Marketplace, which will showcase potential capture and use projects from Partner countries around the world.

AgSTAR National Conference
April or May 2010
Midwest, USA
More details to be issued soon.

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