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$91 Million Loan Guarantee To Louisiana Biofuel Plant

On October 3, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA reached an agreement with Silicon Valley Bank to provide a $91 million Biorefinery Assistance Program loan guarantee to Cool Planet for a biofuel plant in...more

USDA awards $68 million for energy projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $68 million in grants and loan guarantees for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The latest round of awards under the agency's Rural Development arm's Rural...more

Rural Business-Cooperative Service Announces Solicitation Of Applications For The Advanced Biofuels Payment Program

On September 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued an initial notice announcing the timeframes to submit applications for participation in the Advanced Biofuels Payment Program. Applications for...more

USDA Invests $68 Million In 540 Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Projects

On September 18, 2014, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. This is the most recent in a series of USDA actions designed to help...more

USDA Awards Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC $105 Million Loan Guarantee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has guaranteed a $105 million loan through Bank of America, N.A. to help Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels build a plant in McCarran, Nevada that would convert municipal waste into renewable...more

Applications Now Being Accepted for USDA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grant and Loan Program

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will begin accepting new applications for grants and loans under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014....more

Energy And Environment Update -- October 8, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Justice; Department of State; Department of Treasury;...more

Project Finance and USDA Rural Utilities Service – Request for Comments

On June 5, Acting Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien announced publication of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) requesting public comment on expanding renewable energy and project...more

Renewable Energy Update -- April 12, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - ..DOE awarding more than $1.2 billion in energy subsidies despite sequester: The Washington Examiner - Apr 3 - More than $1.2 billion in cash payments has been awarded to...more

Capital Thinking Update - March 11, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget, Appropriations and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

Energy And Environment Update -- March 4, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Interior Department; Department of Agriculture; Department of State; Treasury Department;...more

The Fiscal Cliff Deal’s Impact on Clean Energy - Contains key tax provisions for renewable energy but funding for USDA energy...

Capping weeks of intense negotiations between the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders to avert the fiscal cliff, the House of Representatives late on the night of Jan. 1 passed HR 8, the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections

In the February edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention...more

A Guide to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Financing Opportunities for Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Projects

With decades of loan guarantee experience, in-depth knowledge of the rural and agricultural markets central to many renewable energy projects, and relatively stable congressional funding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture...more

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