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USDA Renewable Energy Program Forecast

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President Donald Trump's nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture had been rumored for some time. However, Perdue's nomination on Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump was inaugurated,...more

USDA Looks Back On Growth Of Bio-Based Economy And Renewable Energy

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 4, 2016, Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development, posted a blog item “The Bio-Based Economy and Renewable Energy: USDA’s Record of Success,” reviewing the history...more

Omnibus Spending Bill Signed Into Law Includes Extension of Biofuel Tax Credit

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the omnibus spending bill, or Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, into law. The $1.1 trillion spending bill includes the retroactive extension of the $1 per gallon tax credit...more

DOE, EPA, And USDA Release Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report. The report shows the...more

USDA Invests In Rural Energy For America Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 7, 2015, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $63 million in loans and grants to be distributed through its Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The $63 million is divided among 264 renewable energy and energy...more

USDA Revises Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the final rule for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP is intended to help mainly businesses, as well as some state, local, and tribal...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2015

by Mintz Levin on

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2014

by Varnum LLP on

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with administering the United States Clean Water Act. One question that has bedeviled farmers, business owners and individuals – as well as judges and lawyers...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

USDA Offering Funding For Energy Efficiency Improvements

by Varnum LLP on

USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is providing funding for rural small business owners and farmers to make energy efficiency improvements or to install energy systems and is currently accepting applications for...more

Solar Project Has Dual Axis Tracking

by Varnum LLP on

Crain Hill Vineyard, north of Traverse City, is Michigan’s first 100 percent solar powered winery. ...more

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