Midwest Effort for DOE Wind Power Grants

The Midwest office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking wind energy firms that would like to collaborate with applicants for renewable energy grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In 1992, Congress authorized creation of the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program under Section 9006 of the Farm Bill. Section 9006 establishes a grant, loan, and loan guarantee program to assist eligible farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses in purchasing renewable energy systems and for making energy efficiency. Up to $23 million per year is authorized for fiscal years 2003 through 2007. In fiscal 2004, USDA awarded $22.8 million in grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to develop renewable energy systems and promote energy efficiency improvements. After making modifications to the grant process, the Department is now soliciting applications for up to $23 million in new grants nationally for fiscal year 2005. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Midwest regional office in Chicago has launched a program to assist applicants in securing energy efficiency and renewable energy grants in the eight Midwestern states: Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Midwest office has established liaisons with each of the states in their regions, and is supporting each state’s efforts to reach potential applicants in their states. States are organizing area and town meetings, satellite-linked statewide meetings, Webcasts, mailings, publications, etc., to publicize the available of the energy grants. The DOE office has specifically invited wind energy firms to register their interest in working with grant applicants in the Midwest region. The list of potential wind energy suppliers and collaborators on a state-by-state basis will be provided to the state liaisons for dissemination during the state outreach activities. Firms that are interested in offering their services for this grant program or are interested in more information should contact: Mike Bednarz US Dept. of Energy – Midwest Regional Office, Chicago at Michael.Bednarz@EE.DOE.GOV. Companies should provide their contact information, areas of expertise/products supplied, and the list of midwestern states in which they would like their services offered. Information courtesy of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) More information on Section 9006 of the Farm Bill is available at the following link:

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