News Release 192

Department of Natural Resources offers Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Biogas Grants

Volume 38-192 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Kerry Cordray
573-526-4220

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, April 2, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is offering Energize Missouri Renewable Energy Biogas Grants for shovel-ready anaerobic digester or landfill gas-to-energy projects.

These grant funds will support agricultural and industrial projects that use anaerobic digestion-to-energy systems and landfill biogas-to-energy projects to produce biopower, bioheat or other forms of bioenergy.

The department’s Division of Energy will accept applications for funding through April 30. The Requests for Proposals, which include application forms, may be found on the department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/transform/energizemissourirenewable.htm

Bioenergy projects that use certain wastes such as animal manure, industrial wastewater and food processing wastes or that capture landfill biogas for energy production can help keep more energy dollars in Missouri’s economy and capture the energy value of waste streams.

The department has allocated a total of $2,250,000 statewide for this funding opportunity. Applicants may request funding up to $450,000 or 25 percent of total project costs, whichever is less. The department will select applicants for funding on the basis of a competitive evaluation process and a formula described further in the request for proposals. Cost sharing is required and matching dollars can come from the applicants, grants from other organizations, or other sources of funding.

Projects considered for funding must use commercially available renewable energy systems; be located in Missouri; and produce biopower, bioheat or other forms of bioenergy. The grants may be used for the cost of purchasing major project components or equipment associated with bioenergy production.

Eligible applicants include Missouri businesses, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, institutions, local governments, and individuals.

The grant program is funded under the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program, made possible by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The goal of the Recovery Act is to stimulate the economy and to create and retain jobs. Recovery Act energy-related goals are to increase energy efficiency, reduce reliance on imported energy, improve the reliability of energy resources and services, and reduce the impacts of energy production and use on the environment.

The department’s Division of Energy is a non-regulatory state office that works to protect the environment and stimulate the economy through energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and technologies.

For more information, please send questions by-mail or fax before April 30, 2010 to the following addresses. Emails and faxes should include contact information of the sender (name, organization, mailing address, phone number).

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