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06/25/2014

EPA Webinar Series for the proposed Clean Power Plan

REMINDER: Webinar #1:  Building State Goals
Date:  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time:  2:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Webinar #2:  Meeting State Goals
Date:  Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Webinar #3:  Implementation
Date:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Following each presentation, EPA will answer clarifying questions. Note that although EPA is hosting the webinar during the public comment period, the webinar is not a means of providing comment on the proposed rule.

Intended Audience:  State, tribal, and local air and energy agencies.

To Register:  Please send (1) your name, (2) affiliation, (3) telephone number, and (4) the number of individuals expected to listen to the webinar from your location to Jean Walker at: walker.jean@epa.gov

For more information about the proposed Clean Power Plan, please visit:  www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan

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EPA Webinar:  Air Sensor Technology -- State of the Science


Presenter: Ron Williams, U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory

Intended Audience:   Local, State and Tribal air quality officials, environmental scientists, citizen scientists and sensor developers.

Date:  Tuesday July 8, 2014

Time:  1:00-2:30 EDT

Link to join the webinar:  https://epa.connectsolutions.com/sensortechnologystateofthescience/ 

 
What you will learn:
- Research findings of low-cost sensor performance
- Market survey results of available sensor instrumentation
- Information on how to use low-cost sensor technology
- New reports and published research on sensor technology evaluation and application

For more information, see http://epa.gov/research/airscience/next-generation-air-measuring.htm

Contact: Ron Williams, 919-541-2957, williams.ronald@epa.gov

 


06/24/2014

 

National Tribal Air Association
NTAA- EPA Air Policy Call Agenda
June 26th, 2014

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Call In Number: 1-866-299-3188
Conference Code: 9195415624#

Call Time: 10 am AK, 11 am PT, 12 pm MT, 1 pm CT, and 2 pm ET

GotoWebinar page to view documents on the call:
 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3207916791458128641

 

Call Agenda:

  1. EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan: Presented by Janet McCabe, OAR – 30 minutes.

On June 2, 2014, the EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan that will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment. Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Nationwide, the Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels. EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe will be on the call to present the Clean Power Plan and answer any questions for those on the call. The draft Clean Power Plan can be found here: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards.

  1. EPA's Proposed Rule for Radon Emissions from Uranium mills: Presented by Reid Rosnick, ORIA - Time: 30 minutes.

On May 2nd, EPA proposed a rule which would revise Subpart W of 40 CFR Part 61, “National Emission Standards for Operating Uranium Mill Tailings.” The presentation will review the main points of the proposed rule with time for questions and answers. The draft rule can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/docs/neshaps/subpart-w/neshap_subpart-w_npr-final_-prepublication.pdf

  1. EPA Air Updates – (OAR, OAQPS, OTAQ, ORIA, OAP)

NTAA Updates – Bill Thompson, NTAA Chairman

The next NTAA/EPA Policy call will be on July 31st, 2014 at 12:00 Noon Mountain Time

 

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An Overview of Federal Indian Policy and Law: Implications for Tribal Environmental Management, a webinar, will be available free to all interested parties!

As part of the Tribal Environmental Management and Planning course, a FREE webinar is being offered to provide an overview of federal Indian policy and law, and examines the unique legal and political status of American Indian tribal nations. Participants will develop an understanding of the various land statuses within tribal reservations and Indian Country, and how various past and current events in American Indian policy affect environmental management for tribal nations in the 21st century.

Presented by: Dean B. Suagee, Of Counsel, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP and Karen Jarratt-Snider, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University

Please register for An Overview of Federal Indian Policy & Law: Implications for Tribal Environmental Management on Jul 1, 2014 10:00 AM PDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2823193276050000898
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Priority for the question/answer period of this webinar will be given to participants registered for the Tribal Environmental Management and Planning Course and associated modules. Questions will be opened up to the larger audience if time allows.

Registration for the Tribal Environmental Management and Planning course and modules is available at www.nau.edu/Professional/Registration-Fees.

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Children’s Environmental Health Listserv
Special Announcement
June 11, 2014 

FDA and EPA issue updated draft advice for fish consumption

Advice encourages pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to eat more fish that are lower in mercury
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued updated draft advice on fish consumption. The two agencies have concluded pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant, and young children should eat more fish that is lower in mercury in order to gain important developmental and health benefits. The updated draft advice is consistent with recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Previously, the FDA and the EPA recommended maximum amounts of fish that these population groups should consume, but did not promote a minimum amount. Over the past decade, however, emerging science has underscored the importance of appropriate amounts of fish in the diets of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and young children.

“For years many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding fish to their young children,” said Stephen Ostroff, M.D., the FDA’s acting chief scientist. “But emerging science now tells us that limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy and early childhood can mean missing out on important nutrients that can have a positive impact on growth and development as well as on general health.”

An FDA analysis of seafood consumption data from over 1,000 pregnant women in the United States found that 21 percent of them ate no fish in the previous month, and those who ate fish ate far less than the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends–with 50 percent eating fewer than 2 ounces a week, and 75 percent eating fewer than 4 ounces a week. The updated draft advice recommends pregnant women eat at least 8 ounces and up to 12 ounces (2-3 servings) per week of a variety of fish that are lower in mercury to support fetal growth and development.

“Eating fish with lower levels of mercury provides numerous health and dietary benefits,” said Nancy Stoner, the EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Water. “This updated advice will help pregnant women and mothers make informed decisions about the right amount and right kinds of fish to eat during important times in their lives and their children’s lives.”

The updated draft advice cautions pregnant or breastfeeding women to avoid four types of fish that are associated with high mercury levels: tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico; shark; swordfish; and king mackerel. In addition, the updated draft advice recommends limiting consumption of white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces a week.

Choices lower in mercury include some of the most commonly eaten fish, such as shrimp, pollock, salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia, catfish and cod.

When eating fish caught from local streams, rivers and lakes, follow fish advisories from local authorities. If advice isn’t available, limit your total intake of such fish to 6 ounces a week and 1-3 ounces for children.

Before issuing final advice, the agencies will consider public comments, and also intend to seek the advice of the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee and conduct a series of focus groups.

The public can provide comment on the draft advice and the supplemental questions and answers by submitting comments to the Federal Register docket or by participating in any public meetings that may be held. The comment period will be open until 30 days after the last transcript from the advisory committee meeting and any other public meetings becomes available. The dates of any public meetings, as well as when the public comment period will close, will be published in future Federal Register notices at www.federalregister.gov.
For more information:
·         Draft advice on fish consumption, and supplemental questions about the draft advice: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm
·         Federal Register Notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/06/11/2014-13584/environmental-protection-agency-and-food-and-drug-administration-advice-about-eating-fish

To subscribe to EPA’s Children’s Environmental Health Listserv, email cook-shyovitz.becky@epa.gov. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing unsubscribe-ceh-list@lists.epa.gov

 


06/17/2014

 

EPA Webinar Series for the proposed Clean Power Plan

Webinar #1:  Building State Goals
Date:  Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time:  2:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Webinar #2:  Meeting State Goals
Date:  Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Webinar #3:  Implementation
Date:  Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Following each presentation, EPA will answer clarifying questions. Note that although EPA is hosting the webinar during the public comment period, the webinar is not a means of providing comment on the proposed rule.

Intended Audience:  State, tribal, and local air and energy agencies.

To Register:  Please send (1) your name, (2) affiliation, (3) telephone number, and (4) the number of individuals expected to listen to the webinar from your location to Jean Walker at: walker.jean@epa.gov

For more information about the proposed Clean Power Plan, please visit:  www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan

 


06/16/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

June 2014—DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement; Current Funding Opportunities for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on upcoming and current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes. Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

The Tribal Energy Program, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy, intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to: (1) install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and (2) deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. For more, see the Notice of Intent (NOI).

Note that this is an NOI only. EERE may issue an FOA as described in the NOI, may issue an FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described in the NOI, or may not issue a FOA at all. .

Current Funding Opportunities

DOE Solar Market Pathways Grants - $15 Million

Applications Due: July 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and federal agencies

DOE is making available grants to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are composed of access to capital, supply-chain costs, and connecting to the grid. Soft costs account for up to 64% of the cost of a residential solar installation. This funding opportunity supports demonstrations of methods and stakeholder processes to reduce those soft costs, as well as address market barriers, such as those within existing policy and regulatory environments. Case studies developed under this funding opportunity are intended to provide clear examples for consideration for replication by similar jurisdictions.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator – $4.6 Million

Concept Papers Due: July 7, 2014
Full Applications Due: September 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Individuals, domestic entities, foreign entities, incorporated consortia, and unincorporated consortia, subject to the definitions in Section III.A of the funding opportunity description.

DOE is seeking proposals to enable the commercialization of a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through applied research, technology development, and demonstration. Eligible fuel cell technologies can consist of biomass-based fuels, natural gas, and hydrogen produced from renewable resources. Furthermore, eligible fuel cell technologies can be utilized in a range of applications, including near-term markets such as distributed primary and backup power, lift trucks, and portable power; mid-term markets such as residential combined-heat-and-power systems, auxiliary power units, and fleet vehicles; and longer-term markets such as light-duty passenger vehicles.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOE State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards Program – $5 Million

Applications Due: June 30, 2014
Eligible Entities: State entities, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

DOE is making available funding to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while increasing energy and climate security. This opportunity focuses on two areas: State Energy Planning and Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

For more information, see the funding opportunity announcement.

EPA Local Foods, Local Places Grants – $650,000

Applications Due: July 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Communities anywhere in the United States; particular consideration will be given to communities in certain areas (see the funding opportunity description for details)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals for the Local Foods, Local Places program to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, foster entrepreneurship, and improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the program aims to revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and provide people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions – $30 Million

Applications Due: September 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Public nonprofit institutions and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and U.S. territories or possessions

EPA is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program – $1.7 Million

Applications Due: July 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified biomass conversion facilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications on June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

For more information, see the notice of funds availability.

USDA 2014 Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy Grant Program – $2.8 Million

Applications Due: June 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

USDA is making available funding to support projects for which some or all of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest Service System lands as a result of hazardous fuel treatments, forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, catastrophic weather events, or thinning overstocked stands. Examples of projects might include, but are not limited to, engineering design of a woody biomass boiler that generates steam at a sawmill, hospital, or school; a nonpressurized hot water system; a biomass power generation facility; or geographic or sector-based clusters of wood energy systems. Eligible projects must use at least some woody biomass from National Forest System lands.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Housing Preservation Grants

Applications Due: July 28, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, nonprofit corporations including but not be limited to faith-based and community organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and consortia of eligible entities. Pursuant to 7 CFR 1944.674, federally recognized Indian tribes are exempt from the requirement to consult with local leaders, including the requirement of announcing the availability of their statement of activities for review in a newspaper.

USDA is seeking applications for grants to preserve and repair housing for very-low- and low-income families living in rural areas. The funds are being made available through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant program. Eligible applicants include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Development Repowering Assistance Program

Applications Due: See the July 16, 2014, Federal Register Notice
Eligible Entities: See the July 16, 2014, Federal Register Notice

The USDA plans to make up to $12 million in payments for eligible biorefineries through RD's Repowering Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biorefineries in existence on or before June 18, 2008 are eligible for payments to replace fossil fuels used to produce heat or power with renewable biomass. Since President Obama took office, USDA has provided $6.9 million to help biorefineries transition from fossil fuels to renewable biomass systems. Applications, deadlines and details will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, June 16, 2014.

For more information, see USDA Rural Development website.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Native Land Acquisition Grants

Letters of Inquiry Due: Ongoing
Eligible Entities: Indian nations

Grants of up to $100,000 to help Native tribes reacquire alienated federal lands and ensure that Indian people have, at minimum, access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations. Applicants are encouraged to send Letters of Inquiry before submitting a complete proposal.

For more information, see the Indian Land Tenure Foundation website.

ACF Community Economic Development Healthy Food FinancinFor more information, see the Indian Land Tenure Foundation website. g Initiative Projects

Applications Due: July 21, 2014
Eligible Entities: Community development corporations

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $9.5 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to community development corporations (CDCs) for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. Additionally or as an alternative, applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of low-income residents, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs. Through the CED program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI), OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities. For more information, see the ACF website.

Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation RFP for Pre-Feasibility Studies on Wood-Fired Heating Projects

Applications Due: June 19, 2014
Eligible Entities: Interested and qualified consultants, firms, and organizations that would complete an outlined scope of work in a predetermined rural Alaskan community

The Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation is soliciting pre-feasibility proposals from interested and qualified consultants, firms, and organizations that would complete an outlined scope of work in a predetermined rural Alaskan community in order to explore the pre-feasibility of a community heating project(s) for an individual facility, multiple facilities, community, and/or district heating projects that would utilize high-efficiency, low-emission, wood-fired systems. Communities have already submitted their statements of interest. This request for proposals (RFP) looks to determine the preliminary feasibility in the locations of submitted statements of interest in regards to site specifications and regional biomass.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

COCA-COLA Foundation Community Impact Grants

Applications Due: Ongoing
Eligible Entities: Nonprofit organizations

The COCA-COLA Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations to support programs that focus on one of the following four categories: water stewardship, healthy and active lifestyles that lead to physical activity and nutritional education programs, community recycling, and education.

For more information, see the COCA-COLA Foundation website.

Funders' Network Partners for Places Grant – $600,000

Applications Due: July 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners: the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or county and the local, place-based foundation(s). Eligible grant recipients must be a local, place-based foundation, a public charity (501c3) created by a city or county government to accept grants, or a partnering nonprofit organization.

The Funders' Network, through its Partners for Places Grant Program, is seeking proposals to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Through the program, funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places aims to foster long-term relationships that make urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

NIFA Sun Grant Program – $2.5 Million

Applications Due: July 9, 2014
Eligible Entities: See Part III, A of the request for applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA's) Sun Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to provide a consortium of universities made up of a university from each of the sun grant regions and subcenter region (see Part III, A of the Request for Application for regions) with a grant to support a North-Central, Southeastern, South-Central, Western, and Northeastern Sun Grant Center and a Western Insular Pacific Subcenter. A Sun Grant Center or Subcenter will use 75% of grant funds to provide competitive grants within each region that are multi-institutional and integrated, multistate research, extension, and education programs on technology development and technology implementation and address bioenergy, biomass, or bioproducts research priorities.

For more information, see the request for applications.

HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages

Applications Due: July 29, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $70 million in funding available to tribes and tribal organizations through its Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). The purpose of this program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate- incomes. The Office of Native American Programs Office of Public and Indian Housing administer the program.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Opportunity to Apply for Smart Growth Achievement Award

2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Application Period Now Open

Applications Due: September 5, 2014
Eligible Entities: The application can be submitted by a public-sector, private-sector, or nonprofit organization, but all applications must be co-signed by a public-sector partner.

EPA is seeking applications for the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The competition is open to public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations that have used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. EPA seeks to recognize urban, suburban, and rural communities that have used smart growth approaches that involve a broad variety of stakeholders, are innovative, and could be replicated elsewhere. The categories for 2015 are: Built Projects; Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization; Plazas, Parks, and Public Places; and Policies, Programs, and Plans. In addition, the review panel will choose an Overall Excellence winner from among the applicants. Applications must be submitted electronically using the 2015 application form. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, September 5, 2014.

For updates and additional information, please visit related funding opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website


06/13/2014

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program banner

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Webcasts

Funding & Award Opportunities

New Reports

Other Updates

Webcasts

Keeping Your Cool: How Communities Across the Country are Reducing the Heat Island Effect

The term "heat island" refers to built-up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The heat island effect can negatively affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.

As the 2014 summer heats up, learn how communities are taking a number of common-sense steps to reduce the effects of summertime heat islands. This webcast, featuring presentations and case studies from U.S. EPA and local governments, will give participants a better understanding of the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures. It will feature case studies from across the country, showcasing the actions that communities are taking now to reduce the heat island effect, including cool roof ordinances, tree-planting campaigns, and heat management planning.

EPA’s Air Quality Rules for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines and Their Application to Combined Heat and Power

U.S. EPA has issued air quality regulations for reciprocating internal combustion engines that place requirements on manufacturers, owners, and operators of a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency stationary engines, including CHP systems that have a gas-fired reciprocating engine as the prime mover. Depending on the engine type, CHP system owners and operators may need to meet operating and maintenance requirements, install controls, or conduct a performance test.

The Combined Heat and Power Partnership is hosting a webinar that will include:

Featured speakers will include Melanie King, U.S. EPA Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards; Roy Crystal, U.S. EPA Region I; and Susan Lancey, U.S. EPA Region I.

Analyzing the Water-Energy Nexus: Case Studies that Examine the Crucial Connection

In this Applied Solutions webinar, learn about the water-energy nexus. In the past, water and energy have been addressed as two separate issues. But in reality, water and energy are profoundly connected and sustainable management of either resource requires consideration of the other.

As the need for energy increases, the need for water also increases, and with the growing population there is a growing demand for both of these resources. It takes a considerable amount of water to produce energy for fuel production, cooling, and hydropower among other things. It also takes a large amount of energy to extract, treat, and transport water for household and production uses. Our upcoming webinar will feature several case studies that examine this connection, and reveal fresh approaches to the management of energy and water.

Speakers include Ned Spang, Ph.D., program manager for the U.C. Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency; Heather Cooley, director of the Pacific Institute's Water Program; and Amanda Acheson, sustainable building program manager for Coconino County, Arizona.

Funding & Award Opportunities

National Clean Diesel Campaign 2014 Tribal Request for Proposals

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now soliciting proposals from tribal applicants for projects that reduce emissions from older diesel engines. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $1 million and will be funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on the NCDC Tribal page and grants.gov.

This is the first time EPA has offered a separate Tribal RFP for DERA funds, and this is in response from feedback from tribal communities. Proposals must be received by August 12, 2014.

For more information on the Tribal RFP and other documents, please visit the NCDC Tribal page.

2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement: Application Period Now Open

EPA is seeking applications for the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Acievement. The competition is open to public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations that have used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. EPA seeks to recognize urban, suburban, and rural communities that have used smart growth approaches that involve a broad variety of stakeholders, are innovative, and could be replicated elsewhere.

The categories for 2015 are:

In addition, the review panel will choose an Overall Excellence winner from among the applicants.

The application can be submitted by a public-sector, private-sector, or nonprofit organization, but all applications must be co-signed by a public-sector partner. Applications must be submitted electronically using the 2015 application form. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, September 5, 2014.

New Reports

Financing Energy Improvements on Utility Bills: Market Updates and Key Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is pleased to announce a new, comprehensive report on on-bill efficiency financing programs, which offer loans for energy improvements that can be paid back on the borrower's utility bill. The report, produced through the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action (SEE Action) Network, surveys the landscape of on-bill financing programs and carefully examines program design elements and key performance metrics (e.g., loan volume, default rates, etc.).

View the report and a summary presentation. States and utilities are increasingly turning to on-bill financing to stretch their limited efficiency program dollars and overcome barriers to the uptake of energy improvements in both residential and non-residential properties. Financing Energy Improvements on Utility Bills gives an updated overview of the landscape of on-bill programs and provides actionable insights for policymakers and administrators on key program design considerations.

The report describes the historical evolution of on-bill programs and draws on data collected from 30 on-bill programs (including 13 in-depth case studies) to review and analyze key trends in on-bill programs, including their geographic reach, loan volumes, loan performance, and four important program design features:

The report finds that on-bill programs have delivered more than $1.8 billion in loans, experiencing low default rates (ranging between 0 percent and 3 percent).

You can find the report by clicking the link above or visiting the SEE Action Financing Solutions Working Group Website.

Other Updates

Global Survey: Climate Change Now a Mainstream Part of City Planning

MIT Sloan’s Urban Climate Change Governance Survey finds that 75 percent of cities worldwide now tackle climate-change issues as a mainstream part of their planning, and 73 percent of cities are attempting both climate mitigation and climate adaptation. But only 21 percent of cities report tangible connections between the response to climate change and achieving other local development goals.

EIA Now Has a Flickr Account

View the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s graphs, charts, maps, and other images on a state-by-state basis via Flickr.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program logoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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06/16/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

June 2014—DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement; Current Funding Opportunities for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on upcoming and current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes. Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

The Tribal Energy Program, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy, intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to: (1) install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and (2) deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. For more, see the Notice of Intent (NOI).

Note that this is an NOI only. EERE may issue an FOA as described in the NOI, may issue an FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described in the NOI, or may not issue a FOA at all. .

Current Funding Opportunities

DOE Solar Market Pathways Grants - $15 Million

Applications Due: July 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and federal agencies

DOE is making available grants to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are composed of access to capital, supply-chain costs, and connecting to the grid. Soft costs account for up to 64% of the cost of a residential solar installation. This funding opportunity supports demonstrations of methods and stakeholder processes to reduce those soft costs, as well as address market barriers, such as those within existing policy and regulatory environments. Case studies developed under this funding opportunity are intended to provide clear examples for consideration for replication by similar jurisdictions.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator – $4.6 Million

Concept Papers Due: July 7, 2014
Full Applications Due: September 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Individuals, domestic entities, foreign entities, incorporated consortia, and unincorporated consortia, subject to the definitions in Section III.A of the funding opportunity description.

DOE is seeking proposals to enable the commercialization of a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through applied research, technology development, and demonstration. Eligible fuel cell technologies can consist of biomass-based fuels, natural gas, and hydrogen produced from renewable resources. Furthermore, eligible fuel cell technologies can be utilized in a range of applications, including near-term markets such as distributed primary and backup power, lift trucks, and portable power; mid-term markets such as residential combined-heat-and-power systems, auxiliary power units, and fleet vehicles; and longer-term markets such as light-duty passenger vehicles.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

DOE State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards Program – $5 Million

Applications Due: June 30, 2014
Eligible Entities: State entities, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

DOE is making available funding to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while increasing energy and climate security. This opportunity focuses on two areas: State Energy Planning and Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

For more information, see the funding opportunity announcement.

EPA Local Foods, Local Places Grants – $650,000

Applications Due: July 15, 2014
Eligible Entities: Communities anywhere in the United States; particular consideration will be given to communities in certain areas (see the funding opportunity description for details)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals for the Local Foods, Local Places program to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, foster entrepreneurship, and improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the program aims to revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and provide people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions – $30 Million

Applications Due: September 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Public nonprofit institutions and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and U.S. territories or possessions

EPA is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program – $1.7 Million

Applications Due: July 14, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified biomass conversion facilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications on June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

For more information, see the notice of funds availability.

USDA 2014 Hazardous Fuels Wood-to-Energy Grant Program – $2.8 Million

Applications Due: June 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: Nonprofits, public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes

USDA is making available funding to support projects for which some or all of the woody biomass is generated from National Forest Service System lands as a result of hazardous fuel treatments, forest restoration activities, insect and disease mitigation, catastrophic weather events, or thinning overstocked stands. Examples of projects might include, but are not limited to, engineering design of a woody biomass boiler that generates steam at a sawmill, hospital, or school; a nonpressurized hot water system; a biomass power generation facility; or geographic or sector-based clusters of wood energy systems. Eligible projects must use at least some woody biomass from National Forest System lands.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Housing Preservation Grants

Applications Due: July 28, 2014
Eligible Entities: State and local governments, nonprofit corporations including but not be limited to faith-based and community organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and consortia of eligible entities. Pursuant to 7 CFR 1944.674, federally recognized Indian tribes are exempt from the requirement to consult with local leaders, including the requirement of announcing the availability of their statement of activities for review in a newspaper.

USDA is seeking applications for grants to preserve and repair housing for very-low- and low-income families living in rural areas. The funds are being made available through USDA Rural Development's Housing Preservation Grant program. Eligible applicants include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Development Repowering Assistance Program

Applications Due: See the July 16, 2014, Federal Register Notice
Eligible Entities: See the July 16, 2014, Federal Register Notice

The USDA plans to make up to $12 million in payments for eligible biorefineries through RD's Repowering Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Biorefineries in existence on or before June 18, 2008 are eligible for payments to replace fossil fuels used to produce heat or power with renewable biomass. Since President Obama took office, USDA has provided $6.9 million to help biorefineries transition from fossil fuels to renewable biomass systems. Applications, deadlines and details will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, June 16, 2014.

For more information, see USDA Rural Development website.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Native Land Acquisition Grants

Letters of Inquiry Due: Ongoing
Eligible Entities: Indian nations

Grants of up to $100,000 to help Native tribes reacquire alienated federal lands and ensure that Indian people have, at minimum, access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations. Applicants are encouraged to send Letters of Inquiry before submitting a complete proposal.

For more information, see the Indian Land Tenure Foundation website.

ACF Community Economic Development Healthy Food FinancinFor more information, see the Indian Land Tenure Foundation website. g Initiative Projects

Applications Due: July 21, 2014
Eligible Entities: Community development corporations

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $9.5 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to community development corporations (CDCs) for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. Additionally or as an alternative, applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of low-income residents, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs. Through the CED program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI), OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities. For more information, see the ACF website.

Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation RFP for Pre-Feasibility Studies on Wood-Fired Heating Projects

Applications Due: June 19, 2014
Eligible Entities: Interested and qualified consultants, firms, and organizations that would complete an outlined scope of work in a predetermined rural Alaskan community

The Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation is soliciting pre-feasibility proposals from interested and qualified consultants, firms, and organizations that would complete an outlined scope of work in a predetermined rural Alaskan community in order to explore the pre-feasibility of a community heating project(s) for an individual facility, multiple facilities, community, and/or district heating projects that would utilize high-efficiency, low-emission, wood-fired systems. Communities have already submitted their statements of interest. This request for proposals (RFP) looks to determine the preliminary feasibility in the locations of submitted statements of interest in regards to site specifications and regional biomass.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

COCA-COLA Foundation Community Impact Grants

Applications Due: Ongoing
Eligible Entities: Nonprofit organizations

The COCA-COLA Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations to support programs that focus on one of the following four categories: water stewardship, healthy and active lifestyles that lead to physical activity and nutritional education programs, community recycling, and education.

For more information, see the COCA-COLA Foundation website.

Funders' Network Partners for Places Grant – $600,000

Applications Due: July 3, 2014
Eligible Entities: The proposal must be submitted by a team of at least two partners: the sustainability director of a city (municipality) or county and the local, place-based foundation(s). Eligible grant recipients must be a local, place-based foundation, a public charity (501c3) created by a city or county government to accept grants, or a partnering nonprofit organization.

The Funders' Network, through its Partners for Places Grant Program, is seeking proposals to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Through the program, funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places aims to foster long-term relationships that make urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

For more information, see the request for proposals.

NIFA Sun Grant Program – $2.5 Million

Applications Due: July 9, 2014
Eligible Entities: See Part III, A of the request for applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA's) Sun Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to provide a consortium of universities made up of a university from each of the sun grant regions and subcenter region (see Part III, A of the Request for Application for regions) with a grant to support a North-Central, Southeastern, South-Central, Western, and Northeastern Sun Grant Center and a Western Insular Pacific Subcenter. A Sun Grant Center or Subcenter will use 75% of grant funds to provide competitive grants within each region that are multi-institutional and integrated, multistate research, extension, and education programs on technology development and technology implementation and address bioenergy, biomass, or bioproducts research priorities.

For more information, see the request for applications.

HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages

Applications Due: July 29, 2014
Eligible Entities: Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $70 million in funding available to tribes and tribal organizations through its Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). The purpose of this program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate- incomes. The Office of Native American Programs Office of Public and Indian Housing administer the program.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Opportunity to Apply for Smart Growth Achievement Award

2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Application Period Now Open

Applications Due: September 5, 2014
Eligible Entities: The application can be submitted by a public-sector, private-sector, or nonprofit organization, but all applications must be co-signed by a public-sector partner.

EPA is seeking applications for the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The competition is open to public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations that have used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. EPA seeks to recognize urban, suburban, and rural communities that have used smart growth approaches that involve a broad variety of stakeholders, are innovative, and could be replicated elsewhere. The categories for 2015 are: Built Projects; Corridor or Neighborhood Revitalization; Plazas, Parks, and Public Places; and Policies, Programs, and Plans. In addition, the review panel will choose an Overall Excellence winner from among the applicants. Applications must be submitted electronically using the 2015 application form. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, September 5, 2014.

For updates and additional information, please visit related funding opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website


06/12/2014

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities: Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Research
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program

This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity.

Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2014-STAR-K1

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509

Solicitation Opening Date: June 9, 2014
Solicitation Closing Date: October, 7, 2014, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

Technical Contact: Sherri Hunt (hunt.sherri@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8042
Eligibility Contact: Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov); phone: 703-308-0442
Electronic Submissions: Todd Peterson (peterson.todd@epa.gov); phone: 703-308-7224

Synopsis of Program:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research on empowering communities and individuals to take action to avoid air pollution exposure, using low-cost portable air pollution sensors. Specifically of interest is research on using low-cost portable sensors to understand and avoid air pollution exposure, on the ways communities and individuals interact with air pollution sensors and their data, on methods for understanding and managing the quality of data from air pollution sensors, and on how sensors and sensor networks compare to existing state-of-the-art air quality monitoring methods.

This solicitation provides the opportunity for the submission of applications for projects that may involve human subjects research. Human subjects research supported by the EPA is governed by EPA Regulation 40 CFR Part 26 (Protection of Human Subjects). This includes the Common Rule at subpart A and prohibitions and additional protections for pregnant women and fetuses, nursing women, and children at subparts B, C, and D. Research meeting the regulatory definition of intentional exposure research found in subpart B is prohibited by that subpart in pregnant women, nursing women, and children. Research meeting the regulatory definition of observational research found in subparts C and D is subject to the additional protections found in those subparts for pregnant women and fetuses (subpart C) and children (subpart D). All applications must include a Human Subjects Research Statement (HSRS, as described in Section IV.B.5.c), and if the project involves human subjects research, it will be subject to an additional level of review prior to funding decisions being made as described in Sections V.C and V.D of this solicitation.

For more information click here: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2014/2014-star-air-pollution-monitoring.html


06/10/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

June 2014 – Register Now for Summer Tribal Energy Development Workshops and Our Monthly Tribal Energy Webinar Series

The Tribal Energy Program has a great lineup of free renewable energy workshops and webinars this summer. Register today and take advantage of these exciting educational opportunities!

Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshops

The DOE Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will host two interactive workshops on tribal renewable energy project development this summer. These workshops are designed for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community-, facility-, and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

For more or to register, see the Tribal Energy Program website at the links below.

1) Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
July 10-11, 2014
Bonneville Power Administration
Portland, Oregon

2) Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
July 29-31, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, Colorado

In preparation for these workshops, we ask that attendees review the "Foundational Topics" course material on the National Training & Education Resource website.

Registration and Lodging
There is no cost to attend these workshops, but advance registration is requested. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

Monthly Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series

The Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market. Learn more about this series. There is no charge to participate in the webinars, but registration is required. The next webinar in the series is described below.

Net Metering
Wednesday, June 25, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

This webinar will focus on the services provided by utility net metering and their importance in making projects cost-effective. Presenters will provide information based on case histories of how facilities that generate their own electricity from renewable energy sources can feed electricity they do not use back into the grid. Many states have net-metering laws with which utilities must comply. In states without such legislation, utilities may offer net-metering programs voluntarily or as a result of regulatory decisions. This webinar will cover the general differences between state legislation and implementation and highlight how net-metering benefits can vary widely for facilities in different areas of the country. Register for the webinar.

For information on other webinars in the series and to register, visit the Tribal Energy Program Webinars page.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov 

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website

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EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program banner

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $66 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and Funders Network that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

Special Announcement: DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands Program. The program aims to promote tribal energy sufficiency and spur increased deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands.

For more information, visit the notice of intent.

DOE Solar Market Pathways Grant - $15 million

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making available grants to reduce solar “soft costs,” which are composed of access to capital, supply-chain costs, and connecting to the grid. Soft costs account for up to 64 percent of the cost of a residential solar installation. This funding opportunity supports demonstrations of methods and stakeholder processes to reduce those soft costs, as well as address market barriers, such as those within existing policy and regulatory environments. Case studies developed under this funding opportunity are intended to provide clear examples for consideration for replication by similar jurisdictions.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act National Funding Assistance Program - $9 million

EPA is soliciting proposals for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE State Energy Program 2014 Competitive Awards Program - $5 million

The Department of Energy is making available funding to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation and reduce energy bills while increasing energy and climate security. This opportunity focuses on two areas: State Energy Planning and Innovative Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

Funders Network Partners for Places Grant - $600,000

The Funders Network, through its Partners for Places Grant Program, is seeking proposals to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Through the program, funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places aims to foster long-term relationships that make urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator - $4.6 million

The Department of Energy is seeking proposals to enable the commercialization of a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through applied research, technology development and demonstration. Eligible fuel cell technologies can consist of biomass-based fuels, natural gas, and hydrogen produced from renewable resources. Furthermore, eligible fuel cell technologies can be utilized in a range of applications, including near-term markets such as distributed primary and backup power, lift trucks, and portable power, mid-term markets such as residential combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems, auxiliary power units, and fleet vehicles, and longer-term markets such as light-duty passenger vehicles.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Local Foods, Local Places Grant - $650,000


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