Amendment to Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program, 34978-34979 [2013-13731]

Download as PDF 34978 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 112 / Tuesday, June 11, 2013 / Notices wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES federally-observed holiday, the deadline is the next Federal business day. D. Funding restrictions. For Fiscal Year 2013, not more than 5 percent of the funds will be made available to eligible producers with a refining capacity (as determined for the prior fiscal year) exceeding 150,000,000 gallons of a liquid advanced biofuel per year or exceeding 15,900,000 million British Thermal Units of biogas and solid advanced biofuel per year. (In calculating whether a producer meets either of these capacities, production of all advanced biofuel facilities in which the producer has 50 percent or more ownership will be totaled.) The Agency will provide payments to eligible solid advanced biofuels produced from forest biomass of not more than 5 percent of available program funds in Fiscal Year 2013. The remaining funds will be made available to all other producers. E. Payment provisions. Fiscal Year 2013 payments will be made according to the provisions specified in 7 CFR 4288.130 through 4288.137. Producers applying after June 11, 2013 will not be paid for payment requests submitted after the payment request timeframe. Payment requests are required to be submitted in accordance with 7 CFR 4288, Subpart B, section 4288.130(d). The Biofuel Payment Program Annual Application, Form RD 4288–1, must be submitted prior to or with the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program—Payment Request, Form RD 4288–3. V. Administration Information A. Notice of eligibility. The provisions of 7 CFR 4288.112 apply to this Notice. These provisions include notifying an applicant determined to be eligible for participation and assigning such applicant a contract number and notifying an applicant determined to be ineligible, including the reason(s) the applicant was rejected and providing such applicant appeal rights as specified in 7 CFR 4288.103. B. Administrative and national policy requirements. (1) Review or appeal rights. A person may seek a review of an adverse agency decision or appeal to the National Appeals Division as provided in 7 CFR 4288.103. (2) Compliance with other laws and regulations. The provisions of 7 CFR 4288.104 apply to this Notice, which includes requiring advanced biofuel producers to be in compliance with other applicable Federal, State, and local laws. (3) Oversight and monitoring. The provisions of 7 CFR 4288.105 apply to this Notice, which includes the right of the Agency to verify all payment VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Jun 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 applications and subsequent payments and the requirement that each eligible advanced biofuel producer make available at one place at all reasonable times for examination by representatives of USDA, all books, papers, records, contracts, scale tickets, settlement sheets, invoices, written price quotations, and other documents related to the program that are within the control of such advanced biofuel producer for not less than 3 years from each Program payment date. (4) Exception authority. The provisions of 7 CFR 4288.107 apply to this Notice. (5) Unauthorized Assistance. The provision of 7 CFR 4288.135 apply to this Notice. C. Environmental review. Rural Development’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is implemented in its regulations at 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G. The Agency has reviewed the circumstances under which financial assistance may be provided under this Program and has determined that proposals that do not involve additional facility construction fall within the categorical exclusion from NEPA reviews provided for in 7 CFR 1940.310(c)(1). Applicants whose proposal involves additional facility construction should provide Form RD 1940–20, ‘‘Request for Environmental Information,’’ as part of their application. Rural Development will then determine whether the proposal is categorically excluded under 7 CFR 1940.310(c)(1) or whether additional actions are necessary to comply with 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G. VI. Agency Contacts For assistance on this payment program, please contact a USDA Rural Development Energy Coordinator, as provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this Notice, or Lisa Noty, Energy Division, USDA Rural Development, 255 U.S. Highway 69, Garner, IA 50438. Telephone: (641) 923– 3666 extension 109. Fax: (641) 923– 3660. Email: lisa.notymailto:@wdc.usda.gov. VII. Nondiscrimination Statement USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720– 2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–9410 or call tollfree at (866) 632–9992 (English) or (800) 877–8339 (TTD) or (866) 377–8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845– 6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Dated: May 30, 2013. Lillian E. Salerno, Acting Administrator, Rural BusinessCooperative Service. [FR Doc. 2013–13778 Filed 6–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service Amendment to Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Rural BusinessCooperative Service (Agency) published a notice in the Federal Register of March 29, 2013, (78 FR 19183) announcing the acceptance of applications for funds available under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Fiscal Year 2013. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, provides additional funding for REAP. This Notice announces the availability of approximately $65.2 million in Fiscal Year 2013 budget authority to fund REAP activities, which will support approximately $31 million in grant program level and approximately $142.3 million in guaranteed loan program level, which includes approximately $13 million of discretionary funding. This Notice also extends the application period to June 14, 2013, for both Fiscal Year 2013 applicants and applicants who submitted Fiscal Year 2012 applications and wish to submit written requests to have their Fiscal Year 2012 applications considered for Fiscal Year 2013 funds. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about this Notice, please contact Lisa Noty, USDA Rural E:\FR\FM\11JNN1.SGM 11JNN1 wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 112 / Tuesday, June 11, 2013 / Notices Development, Energy Division, 255 U.S. Highway 69, Suite 5, Garner, IA 50438. Telephone: (641) 923–3666 extension 109. Email: lisa.noty@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency is amending the Available Funds paragraph under Award Information section in the Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program published on March 29, 2013, (78 FR 19183). The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, has provided additional funding for REAP. The March 29, 2013, Notice identified up to $20.8 million available to the REAP program, with up to $10.4 million in grant program level and up to $43.4 million in guaranteed loan program level. With the additional funding now available, for Fiscal Year 2013, up to $65.2 million of budget authority is available to the REAP program, an increase of approximately $44.4 million. The REAP grant program level increases approximately $20.6 million, from $10.4 million to up to $31 million, with grant program levels for feasibility studies increasing from $250,000 to up to $350,000 and for grants of $20,000 or less increasing from $4.1 million to up to $12.4 million. The guaranteed loan program level for Fiscal Year 2013 increases approximately $99 million, from $43.4 million to $142.3 million, which includes approximately $13 million in discretionary funds. To reflect these changes in program level funding, the Agency is amending the funding levels and dollars available for grants and guaranteed loans for renewable energy system (RES) and energy efficiency improvement (EEI) projects and for grants for RES feasibility studies. The Agency is also amending, for a second time, the application deadline for three sets of applications: (1) Renewable energy system (RES) and energy efficiency improvement (EEI) grants, (2) RES and EEI grant and loan combinations and (3) RES feasibility study grants. The Agency extended the original deadline for these applications from April 30, 2013, to May 31, 2013, in a May 8, 2013, Notice (78 FR 26747). The May 8, 2013, Notice, however, inadvertently did not extend the deadline for these same types of applications for Fiscal Year 2012 applicants who wish to be considered for Fiscal Year 2013 funding. With this Notice, the Agency is extending the application deadline for the aforementioned grants to compete for Fiscal Year 2013 funds to June 14, 2013. This extension applies to both Fiscal Year 2013 applicants and to VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Jun 10, 2013 Jkt 229001 Fiscal Year 2012 applicants who wish to submit a written request to have their Fiscal Year 2012 applications considered for Fiscal Year 2013 funds. The application dates in this Notice supersede those identified in the May 8, 2013, Notice. This Notice makes no other changes to the March 29, 2013, Notice. The following Summary of Changes apply to the March 29, 2013, Notice. Summary of Changes 1. In the third column on page 19183, the last sentence in the SUMMARY section is revised to read as follows: The Notice also announces the availability of up to $65.2 million of Fiscal Year 2013 budget authority to fund these REAP activities, which will support up to $31 million in grant program level and up to $142.3 million in guaranteed loan program level. 2. In the third column on page 19183, the second paragraph under the DATES section is revised to read as follows: For renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications, no later than 4:30 p.m. local time June 14, 2013. 3. In the third column on page 19183, the fourth paragraph under the DATES section is revised to read as follows: For renewable energy system feasibility study applications, no later than 4:30 p.m. local time June 14, 2013. 4. In the first column on page 19186, the first sentence of the first paragraph under the Award Information section, Available Funds, is revised to read as follows: The amount of funds available for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements in Fiscal Year 2013 will be up to $173 million. 5. In the second column on page 19186, the first sentence of the second paragraph under the Award Information section, Available Funds, is revised to read as follows: The amount of grant funds available for renewable energy system feasibility studies in Fiscal Year 2013 will be up to $350,000. 6. In the second column on page 19186, the first sentence of the third paragraph under the Award Information section, Available Funds, is revised to read as follows: In order to ensure that small projects have a fair opportunity to compete for the funding and are consistent with the priorities set forth in the statute, the Agency will set-aside up to $12.4 million to fund grants of $20,000 or less. 7. In the first column on page 19189, the first sentence of subparagraph (1)(iv), is revised to read as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34979 Written requests to consider Fiscal Year 2012 applications for Fiscal Year 2013 funds may be submitted at any time during Fiscal Year 2013, up to and including 4:30 p.m. local time on June 14, 2013. Nondiscrimination Statement USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720– 2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250–9410 or call tollfree at (866) 632–9992 (English) or (800) 877–8339 (TDD) or (866) 377–8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845– 6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Dated: June 4, 2013. Lillian E. Salerno, Acting Administrator, Rural BusinessCooperative Service. [FR Doc. 2013–13731 Filed 6–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of funds availability and solicitation of applications. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its Community Connect Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. In addition, RUS announces the minimum and maximum amounts for Community Connect grants applicable for the fiscal year. The Community Connect Grant Program regulations can be found at 7 CFR 1739, subpart A. DATES: You may submit completed applications for grants on paper or E:\FR\FM\11JNN1.SGM 11JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 112 (Tuesday, June 11, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34978-34979]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-13731]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business-Cooperative Service


Amendment to Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy 
for America Program

AGENCY: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) published a 
notice in the Federal Register of March 29, 2013, (78 FR 19183) 
announcing the acceptance of applications for funds available under the 
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Fiscal Year 2013. The 
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, provides 
additional funding for REAP. This Notice announces the availability of 
approximately $65.2 million in Fiscal Year 2013 budget authority to 
fund REAP activities, which will support approximately $31 million in 
grant program level and approximately $142.3 million in guaranteed loan 
program level, which includes approximately $13 million of 
discretionary funding. This Notice also extends the application period 
to June 14, 2013, for both Fiscal Year 2013 applicants and applicants 
who submitted Fiscal Year 2012 applications and wish to submit written 
requests to have their Fiscal Year 2012 applications considered for 
Fiscal Year 2013 funds.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about this Notice, 
please contact Lisa Noty, USDA Rural

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Development, Energy Division, 255 U.S. Highway 69, Suite 5, Garner, IA 
50438. Telephone: (641) 923-3666 extension 109. Email: 
lisa.noty@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency is amending the Available Funds 
paragraph under Award Information section in the Notice of Funding 
Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program published on 
March 29, 2013, (78 FR 19183). The Consolidated and Further Continuing 
Appropriations Act, 2013, has provided additional funding for REAP.
    The March 29, 2013, Notice identified up to $20.8 million available 
to the REAP program, with up to $10.4 million in grant program level 
and up to $43.4 million in guaranteed loan program level. With the 
additional funding now available, for Fiscal Year 2013, up to $65.2 
million of budget authority is available to the REAP program, an 
increase of approximately $44.4 million. The REAP grant program level 
increases approximately $20.6 million, from $10.4 million to up to $31 
million, with grant program levels for feasibility studies increasing 
from $250,000 to up to $350,000 and for grants of $20,000 or less 
increasing from $4.1 million to up to $12.4 million. The guaranteed 
loan program level for Fiscal Year 2013 increases approximately $99 
million, from $43.4 million to $142.3 million, which includes 
approximately $13 million in discretionary funds.
    To reflect these changes in program level funding, the Agency is 
amending the funding levels and dollars available for grants and 
guaranteed loans for renewable energy system (RES) and energy 
efficiency improvement (EEI) projects and for grants for RES 
feasibility studies.
    The Agency is also amending, for a second time, the application 
deadline for three sets of applications: (1) Renewable energy system 
(RES) and energy efficiency improvement (EEI) grants, (2) RES and EEI 
grant and loan combinations and (3) RES feasibility study grants. The 
Agency extended the original deadline for these applications from April 
30, 2013, to May 31, 2013, in a May 8, 2013, Notice (78 FR 26747). The 
May 8, 2013, Notice, however, inadvertently did not extend the deadline 
for these same types of applications for Fiscal Year 2012 applicants 
who wish to be considered for Fiscal Year 2013 funding.
    With this Notice, the Agency is extending the application deadline 
for the aforementioned grants to compete for Fiscal Year 2013 funds to 
June 14, 2013. This extension applies to both Fiscal Year 2013 
applicants and to Fiscal Year 2012 applicants who wish to submit a 
written request to have their Fiscal Year 2012 applications considered 
for Fiscal Year 2013 funds.
    The application dates in this Notice supersede those identified in 
the May 8, 2013, Notice. This Notice makes no other changes to the 
March 29, 2013, Notice.
    The following Summary of Changes apply to the March 29, 2013, 
Notice.

Summary of Changes

    1. In the third column on page 19183, the last sentence in the 
SUMMARY section is revised to read as follows:
    The Notice also announces the availability of up to $65.2 million 
of Fiscal Year 2013 budget authority to fund these REAP activities, 
which will support up to $31 million in grant program level and up to 
$142.3 million in guaranteed loan program level.
    2. In the third column on page 19183, the second paragraph under 
the DATES section is revised to read as follows:
    For renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant 
applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications, no 
later than 4:30 p.m. local time June 14, 2013.
    3. In the third column on page 19183, the fourth paragraph under 
the DATES section is revised to read as follows:
    For renewable energy system feasibility study applications, no 
later than 4:30 p.m. local time June 14, 2013.
    4. In the first column on page 19186, the first sentence of the 
first paragraph under the Award Information section, Available Funds, 
is revised to read as follows:
    The amount of funds available for renewable energy systems and 
energy efficiency improvements in Fiscal Year 2013 will be up to $173 
million.
    5. In the second column on page 19186, the first sentence of the 
second paragraph under the Award Information section, Available Funds, 
is revised to read as follows:
    The amount of grant funds available for renewable energy system 
feasibility studies in Fiscal Year 2013 will be up to $350,000.
    6. In the second column on page 19186, the first sentence of the 
third paragraph under the Award Information section, Available Funds, 
is revised to read as follows:
    In order to ensure that small projects have a fair opportunity to 
compete for the funding and are consistent with the priorities set 
forth in the statute, the Agency will set-aside up to $12.4 million to 
fund grants of $20,000 or less.
    7. In the first column on page 19189, the first sentence of 
subparagraph (1)(iv), is revised to read as follows:
    Written requests to consider Fiscal Year 2012 applications for 
Fiscal Year 2013 funds may be submitted at any time during Fiscal Year 
2013, up to and including 4:30 p.m. local time on June 14, 2013.

Nondiscrimination Statement

    USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on 
the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where 
applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, 
religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, 
reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived 
from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to 
all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means 
for communication of program information (Braille, large print, 
audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 
(voice and TDD).
    To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Assistant 
Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil 
Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-
9410 or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 
(TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 
(Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and 
employer.

    Dated: June 4, 2013.
Lillian E. Salerno,
Acting Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-13731 Filed 6-10-13; 8:45 am]
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