Just a quick note to make you aware of some upcoming funding
opportunities and energy related events......


Funding Opportunities


*	The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Funding Opportunity
Announcement (FOA) for up to $200 million over six years (FY 2009 - FY
2014), subject to annual appropriations. The funding is designed to
support the development of pilot and demonstration-scale biorefineries,
including the use of feedstocks (such as algae) and production of
advanced biofuels (such as bio-butanol, green gasoline and other
innovative biofuels).  The FOA has two topic areas for biorefinery
development: 1) pilot-scale, minimum throughput of one dry tonne of
feedstock per day with a minimum non-federal cost-share at 30 percent;
and 2) demonstration-scale minimum throughput of 50 dry tonnes of
feedstock per day, with a minimum non-federal cost-share at 50 percent.
DOE anticipates making approximately 5-12 awards under this
announcement, depending on the topic area, and size of awards. Projects
selected under this FOA will provide operational data that reduces the
risk associated with commercialization.  The intent of this FOA is to
have integrated biorefinery projects at the pilot and demonstration
scale levels operational within three to four years after applicants are
selected. All projects must be located within the U.S., use feedstock
from domestic biomass resources, and demonstrate significant greenhouse
gas reductions on a lifecycle basis.  Mandatory letters of intent are
due February, 20, 2009, and completed applications are due April 30,
2009. The complete FOA (number DE-PS36-09GO99038), can be viewed at <> .  Projects are expected to
begin in Fiscal Year 2009 and continue through Fiscal Year 2014.


*	USDA Rural Development has announced funds available for its new
Advanced Biorefinery Loan Guarantee Program.  This program is designed
to assist lenders in financing new biorefineries or retrofitting
existing biorefineries that utilize non-corn or cornstarch feedstocks.
These include but are not limited to cellulose, sugar, starch, crop
residue, animal waste material, food waste, yard waste, biomass,
vegetable oil, animal fat, biogas from landfill or sewage plant gas, and
others.  The NOFA can be accessed at and, since the final
rule has not yet been published, spells out the application
requirements, deadlines and other requirements of the program.  The
"Request for Public Comment" regarding the development of the Final Rule
can also be found in the Federal Register at



Upcoming Meeting and Events


Florida Energy and Climate Commission


*	February 13, 2009 Conference Call 


The Governor's Energy Office staff will update members of the Florida
Energy & Climate Commission on the federal stimulus package as it
relates to energy and climate change as well as the recommended work
plan on Friday, February 13, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Staff
will conduct the conference call from the Toni Jennings Room, 110 Senate
Office Building, where members of the public are invited to attend.  


*	February 23, 2009 Commission Meeting 


The Florida Energy & Climate Commission will hold its third meeting on
Monday, February 23, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 301 Senate Office
Building in Tallahassee, Florida. 


The FECC website is



25x'25 Webinar on Carbon


The Role of Agriculture and Forestry in a Reduced Carbon Economy


The webinar will be presented in two sessions - the first will give an
overview of the challenges and opportunities a carbon reduced economy
will provide for the agriculture and forestry sectors and the second
will delve into policy alternatives and consequences. 


Session One:    Opportunities and Challenges

Date:                February 19, 2009

Time:                12:00 noon EST; 90-minute session


In producing clean, renewable forms of energy, the agricultural and
forestry sectors displace fossil fuel and reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. In addition, many sustainable practices associated with
renewable energy generation sequester carbon and reduce emissions of
other greenhouse gases that otherwise might escape into the atmosphere.
Join this 90-minute webinar on February 19, where panelists will
identify the pitfalls and highlight the tremendous opportunities for
both the ag and forestry sectors to capitalize in reducing and capturing
other greenhouse gas emissions. Topics to be covered will include a
briefing about 25x'25's carbon initiative, and discussions on
agriculture and forestry's vulnerabilities, contributions and solutions
in a carbon reduced economy.


Session Two:    Policy Alternatives and Consequences

Date:                March 5, 2009

Time:                12:00 noon EST; 90-minute session


This session will examine the primary carbon management policy options
under consideration at the federal level including a carbon tax, cap and
trade legislation, regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air
Act and policies to accelerate the development and use of alternative
transportation fuels. The session will also address the opportunity for
agriculture and forestry offsets and the associated economic challenges
and opportunities that will arise from federal and state policy
decisions. The session will close with a discussion of the preliminary
action principles and policy imperatives that the 25x'25 Carbon Work
Group has developed for the consideration of partners. 


How to participate (using both computer and phone):


Step 1: Computer login

Go to <> 

Participant code login: 126131


Step 2: Phone call in

Call in number: 1-866-805-0848 

Participant code: 126131


Important note:  Participants must be using Microsoft Internet Explorer
as their web browser and pop-up blockers and session cookies must be
enabled. Then, participants should visit
<>  before the webinar to test their
system by clicking on the System Check link.  



Sunshine State Renewable Energy Expo & Symposium


The Sunshine State Renewable Energy Expo & Symposium creates a forum for
renewable energy industry leaders, auxiliary renewable energy
businesses, renewable energy developers, investors, government officials
and the public to engage in an action plan that will galvanize
thoughtful public policy to make Florida the leader in renewable energy.
The event will highlight Florida's current and prospective renewable
energy projects, provide recommendations that will spur the renewable
energy industry in Florida, have an overview of financial and policy
opportunities for the renewable energy industry in Florida and present
networking opportunities with like-minded individuals and organizations.


The event will be held on March 10 and 11, 2009 at the Mary Brogan
Museum on Kleman Plaza in Tallahassee, Florida.  For additional
information go to 



5th National 25x'25 Renewable Energy Summit  


The role of agriculture and forestry in a carbon-reduced economy,
community wind, sustainability and the development of woody biomass are
the primary topics of discussion to be taken up when the National 25x'25
Alliance hosts its 5th National Renewable Energy Summit March 31 - April
2 at the Sheraton Crystal City, Arlington, VA.


This year's event is expected to draw farm, ranch, livestock and
forestry leaders; state alliance leaders; congressional staff and
federal agency representatives to hear dozens of prominent experts
address the role renewable energy development will play in countering a
downturn in the economy, boosting energy independence and enhancing the


A day-long plenary session featuring some of the country's leading
experts will deal with the opportunities and challenges for agriculture
and forestry in an economy that will call for a reduction in carbon
utilization and emissions. Discussions are expected on recommendations
for how each sector can capitalize on efforts to reduce and capture
greenhouse gas emissions. Early study by a 25x'25 carbon work group, a
panel of nearly 50 experts, indicates that on balance the agriculture
and forestry sectors have much to gain from addressing climate change
and a new carbon economy, and the summit will provide an examination of
a number of policy options to be explored this year by the incoming
Obama administration and lawmakers as they address climate change and
greenhouse gas emission reductions.


Track sessions will be held on the morning of April 2 on the challenges
and opportunities posed by community wind projects; sustainability
issues such as the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels guidelines,
global standards and criteria, indirect land use issues, and the 25x'25
Sustainability Guidelines introduced at the 2008 summit; and issues
related to woody biomass, including the competition among existing and
new users. 


Registration fee:

Now through March 13 - $245.00

After March 13 - $295.00


Registration includes all conference materials plus two continental
breakfasts, two luncheons, two evening receptions, and coffee breaks.


Go to
d=257 for Summit details and hotel and registration information. 



2009 Farm to Fuel Summit


The 2009 Farm to Fuel Summit will be held July 29-31 at the Rosen
Shingle Creek, site of last year's successful event.  We are now
accepting sponsorships and presentation abstracts.  If you would like to
participate in this year's event, visit for details.  Summit
registration and hotel reservations are now being accepted as well.




Jay S. Levenstein

Deputy Commissioner

Florida Department of Agriculture

 and Consumer Services

The Capitol, PL-10

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0810

(850) 488-3022