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PSEG Long Island RFP
Wednesday, February 10, 2016-- PSEG Long Island analyses of new North American Electric Reliability Corporation rules has determined that the Western Nassau area of the system must be upgraded by December 31, 2020. Consequently, system improvements, such as transmission reinforcements or resource additions must be implemented to address these conditions. The RFP is seeking 160 MWs of resources in Far Rockaway by December 31, 2020, increasing to 275 MWs by 2030. At Glenwood the RFP is seeking 100 MWs by December 31, 2020 with no increase thereafter. The RFP is open to all resource types that can meet the specified performance requirements, including conventional generation, energy efficiency, demand response, distributed energy resources, and energy storage resources. Interested Respondents, though, must propose a solution that meets total resource requirements at either or both locations but may contract with other providers to provide portions of those requirements. However, a single party must be the contracting entity responsible for the performance of the entire solution. PSEG Long Island also will be evaluating a transmission solution as an alternative to resource additions and will select the most economical of the options available. Renewable resources that are selected as part of the Western Nassau RFP will be considered as contributing towards meeting LIPA's overall renewable resource goals. Application Deadline: May 13, 2016 -- (full text)
[DOE Green Power Network]

Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million Available for Mega-Bio: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels
Monday, February 08, 2016-- The Energy Department today announced up to $11.3 million in funding to develop flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. These pathways could consist of a route to a platform chemical that could be converted to products or renewable hydrocarbon fuels or a route that co-produces chemicals and renewable hydrocarbon fuels. Applicants must submit a concept paper by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Feb. 26, 2016, to be eligible to submit a full application. The full application is due 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, April 15, 2016. An informational webinar for potential applicants will take place at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Feb. 16, 2016. -- (full text)
[DOE Bioenergy Technologies Offices]

Fiscal Year 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement
Friday, February 05, 2016-- The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is issuing, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office, this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), entitled "Fiscal Year 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement." This FOA supports a broad portfolio of advanced highway transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emission, while meeting or exceeding vehicle performance and cost expectations. Projects will focus on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near-and-long-term vehicle technologies. Activities will contribute to achieving the goals of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, with a focus on accelerating the development of advanced batteries, power electronics, and lightweight materials technologies, while also supporting technology development to reduce petroleum consumption through advancements in combustion engines, alternative fuels, and other enabling technologies. The FOA also supports Clean Cities initiatives to overcome market barriers. Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/18/2016 8:00 PM ET Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/28/2016 8:00 PM ET -- (full text)
[Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy]

NIFA-International Wheat Yield Partnership Program (NIFA-IWYP) RFA
Wednesday, December 16, 2015-- NIFA aims to support the G20 nations Wheat Initiative which is committed to coordinate wheat research in the areas of genetics, genomics, physiology, breeding and agronomy internationally. NIFA in coordination with the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP), requests applications to seek breakthroughs for cereal breeding using new technologies and also discoveries that lead to significantly greater grain size, grain set and grain filling duration following embryo formation, in diverse environments, without compromising grain protein concentration in Triticeae species. Letter of Intent Due: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Closing Date for Applications: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 -- (full text)
[USDA]

$8 Million Funding Opportunity for Building Energy Efficiency Technologies
Wednesday, December 16, 2015-- The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of $8 million for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001383, Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT)  2016. BTO seeks to fund three Innovations topics and two Frontiers topics to support our efforts to reduce the energy use of commercial and residential buildings. In addition, a supplemental section will provide a maximum of $100K/year to encourage partnerships between universities and for-profit companies. Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/29/2016 5:00 PM ET Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/18/2016 5:00 PM ET -- (full text)
[Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy]

Mineral Recovery Phase Ii: Geothermal Concepts and Approaches To Validate Extraction Technologies
Thursday, December 03, 2015-- The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote the advancement of geothermal energy conversion processes by validating technologies capable of providing a secondary income stream from the same geo-fluids. Methods for economically capturing, concentrating, and/or purifying valuable materials contained within geothermal brines represent an opportunity to both meet critical U.S. materials needs and broaden, as well as strengthen, the value-proposition of geothermal energy operations. Results from this work can enhance current applications, support planned development, and potentially open additional regions in the U.S. for economic utilization of geothermal energy. This FOA invites responses in two (2) general topic areas, outlined below. Collaboration among industry, national laboratories, and academic institutions is encouraged; teaming will be strongly considered during the application reviews. Applicants will also be encouraged to coordinate activities with the Department of Energy (DOE) Critical Materials Institute led by Ames Laboratory. Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/6/2016 5:00 PM ET Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/29/2016 5:00 PM ET -- (full text)
[Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy]

Sunshot Technology to Market 2 "Incubator 11, Solarmat 4"
Tuesday, November 03, 2015-- The SunShot Technology to Market Incubator 11, SolarMat 4 funding opportunity will support the development of tools, technologies, and services that will significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across all technology areas (photovoltaics, power electronics, and non-hardware costs such as customer acquisition, permitting, financing, interconnection, and inspection). As part of this effort, this funding opportunity represents the coordinated release of all of the SunShot Tech-to-Market marquee annual funding programs designed to help for-profit businesses. This funding opportunity will be used to foster and accelerate the development of innovative and impactful technologies and businesses working to reduce the levelized cost of electricity for solar. It targets for-profit entities, as they are the most efficient means of directly impacting the solar energy market and the most critical components of the cost of solar energy. By leveraging Americas entrepreneurs and businesses, the Energy Department will ensure new products and business models have the best chance at having a positive impact on reducing the cost of energy from solar. Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: November 18, 2015, 3:00pm ET Full Application Informational Webinar: January 6, 2016, 3:00pm ET Submission Deadline for Full Applications: February 3, 2016, 3:00pm ET Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: March 14, 2016, 3:00pm ET Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: May 2016 Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: May - August 2016 -- (full text)
[energy.gov]

SunShot Incubator Accepting Applications Now
Thursday, October 15, 2015-- The SunShot Technology to Market Incubator 11, SolarMat 4 funding opportunity will support the development of tools, technologies, and services that will significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across all technology areas (photovoltaics, power electronics, and non-hardware costs such as customer acquisition permitting, financing, interconnection, and inspection). As part of this effort, this funding opportunity represents the coordinated release of all of the SunShot Tech-to-Market marquee annual funding programs designed to help for-profit businesses. This funding opportunity will be used to foster and accelerate the development of innovative and impactful technologies and businesses working to reduce the levelized cost of electricity for solar. It targets for-profit entities, as they are the most efficient means of directly impacting the solar energy market and the most critical components of the cost of solar energy. By leveraging Americas entrepreneurs and businesses, the Energy Department will ensure new products and business models have the best chance at having a positive impact on reducing the cost of energy from solar. Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a brief, mandatory concept paper is due on November 18, 2015. Follow the link to see all application deadlines. -- (full text)
[energy.gov]

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge: Algae for a Cleaner and Greener Tomorrow
Friday, September 25, 2015-- What is biomass? Where does biomass come from? How are biofuels made? What is bioenergy? Participate in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge to explore these questions and learn about how bioenergy affects YOU! In this challenge, high school-aged teams (grades 912) will use technology to research, interpret, apply, and then design an infographic that responds to one of four cross-curricular bioenergy topics. Selected infographics are promoted nationally on the challenge website and via social media. One team of students will be selected to present their infographic at the Bioenergy Technologies Office's (BETOs) annual conference in Washington, D.C. Submissions are due March 4, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. Central Time, and the Social Media Campaign period will take place from April 1122, 2016. -- (full text)
[energy.gov]