Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, 33248-33249 [2016-12319]

Download as PDF 33248 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 25, 2016 / Notices ADDRESSES: The Renaissance Washington DC Dupont Circle, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20037. Issued at Washington, DC, on May 19, 2016. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [FR Doc. 2016–12320 Filed 5–24–16; 8:45 am] Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; Email: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov and Roy Tiley at (410) 997–7778 ext. 220; Email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com. BILLING CODE 6450–01–P SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of Meeting: To develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products. Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include the following: mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES • Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities • Update on DOE, EERE, and Biomass R&D Activities • Update the Biomass Research and Development Initiative • Overview of USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) • Overview of DOE Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER) and Basic Energy Sciences (BES) 20:19 May 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice for solicitation of nominations. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee). SUMMARY: Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is June 30, 2016. ADDRESSES: The nominee’s name, resume, biography, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the following methods: (1) Email: to elliott.levine@ee.doe.gov. (2) Overnight delivery service to the Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer for the Committee, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Mail Stop EE–3B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer for the Committee, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586–1476; Email: elliott.levine@ee.doe.gov. Committee Web site: http:// biomassboard.gov/committee/ committee.html. DATES: Public Participation: In keeping with procedures, members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. To attend the meeting and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you must contact Elliott Levine at; Email: Elliott.Levine@ ee.doe.gov and Roy Tiley at (410) 997– 7778 ext. 220; Email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Members of the public will be heard in the order in which they sign up at the beginning of the meeting. Reasonable provision will be made to include the scheduled oral statements on the agenda. The Co-chairs of the Committee will make every effort to hear the views of all interested parties. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. The Co-chairs will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Minutes: The summary of the meeting will be available for public review and copying at http://biomassboard.gov/ committee/meetings.html. VerDate Sep<11>2014 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000 (Biomass Act) [Pub. L. 106–224] requires cooperation and coordination in biomass research and development (R&D) between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Biomass Act was repealed in June 2008 by section 9008 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) [Pub. L. 110–246, 122 Stat. 1651, enacted June 18, 2008, H.R. 6124]. The Biomass Act was re-authorized in the Agricultural Act of 2014. PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FCEA section 9008(d) established the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and lays forth its meetings, coordination, duties, terms, and membership types. Committee members are paid travel and per diem for each meeting. The Committee must meet quarterly and should not duplicate the efforts of other Federal advisory committees. Meetings are typically two days in duration. Three meetings are held in the Washington DC area and the fourth is held at a site to be determined each year. The Committee advises DOE and USDA points of contact with respect to the Biomass R&D Initiative (Initiative) and priority technical biomass R&D needs and makes written recommendations to the Biomass R&D Board (Board). Those recommendations regard whether: (A) Initiative funds are distributed and used consistent with Initiative objectives; (B) solicitations are open and competitive with awards made annually; (C) objectives and evaluation criteria of the solicitations are clear; and (D) the points of contact are funding proposals selected on the basis of merit, and determined by an independent panel of qualified peers. The committee members may serve two, three-year terms and committee membership must include: (A) An individual affiliated with the biofuels industry; (B) an individual affiliated with the biobased industrial and commercial products industry; (C) an individual affiliated with an institution of higher education that has expertise in biofuels and biobased products; (D) two prominent engineers or scientists from government (non-federal) or academia that have expertise in biofuels and biobased products; (E) an individual affiliated with a commodity trade association; (F) two individuals affiliated with environmental or conservation organizations; (G) an individual associated with state government who has expertise in biofuels and biobased products; (H) an individual with expertise in energy and environmental analysis; (I) an individual with expertise in the economics of biofuels and biobased products; (J) an individual with expertise in agricultural economics; (K) an individual with expertise in plant biology and biomass feedstock development; (L) an individual with expertise in agronomy, crop science, or soil science; and (M) at the option of the points of contact, other members (REF: FCEA 2008 section 9008(d)(2)(A)). All nominees will be carefully reviewed for their expertise, leadership, and relevance to an expertise. Appointments E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 101 / Wednesday, May 25, 2016 / Notices will be made for three-year terms, as dictated by the legislation. Nominations this year are needed for the following categories in order to address the Committee’s needs: (E) An individual affiliated with a commodity trade association; and (J) an individual with expertise in agricultural economics. Nominations for other categories will also be accepted. Nomination categories C, D, H, I, J, K, L, and M are considered special Government employees and require submittal of an annual financial disclosure form. In addition to the required categories, other areas of expertise of interest to the Committee are individuals with expertise in process engineering related to biorefineries, or biobased coproducts that enable fuel production. Nominations are solicited from organizations, associations, societies, councils, federations, groups, universities, and companies that represent a wide variety of biomass research and development interests throughout the country. In your nomination letter, please indicate the specific membership category of interest. Each nominee must submit their resume and biography along with any letters of support by the deadline above. If you were nominated in previous years, but were not appointed to the committee and would still like to be considered, please submit your nomination package again in response to this Notice with all required materials. All nominees will be vetted before selection. Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by DOE, membership shall include (to the extent practicable), minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Please note that registered lobbyists serving in an ‘‘individual capacity,’’ individuals already serving another Federal Advisory Committee and Federal employees are ineligible for nomination. Appointments to the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will be made by the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Agriculture. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 May 24, 2016 Jkt 238001 Issued in Washington, DC, on May 19, 2016. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer. 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The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202–566–1744. For additional information about EPA’s public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Abstract: In response to the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2764; Pub. L. 110–161) and under authority of the Clean Air Act, the EPA finalized the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule (GHG Reporting Rule) (74 FR 56260; October 30, 2009). The GHG Reporting Rule, which became effective on December 29, 2009, establishes reporting requirements for certain large facilities and suppliers. It does not require control of greenhouse gases. Instead, it requires that sources emitting above certain threshold levels of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) monitor and report emissions. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 101 (Wednesday, May 25, 2016)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-12319]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice for solicitation of nominations.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 
U.S.C. App. 2, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination 
for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development 
Technical Advisory Committee (Committee).

DATES: Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is 
June 30, 2016.

ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume, biography, and any letters of 
support must be submitted via one of the following methods:
    (1) Email: to elliott.levine@ee.doe.gov.
    (2) Overnight delivery service to the Elliott Levine, Designated 
Federal Officer for the Committee, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of 
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Mail Stop EE-3B, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal 
Officer for the Committee, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email: elliott.levine@ee.doe.gov.
    Committee Web site: http://biomassboard.gov/committee/committee.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    The Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000 (Biomass Act) 
[Pub. L. 106-224] requires cooperation and coordination in biomass 
research and development (R&D) between the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Biomass Act 
was repealed in June 2008 by section 9008 of the Food, Conservation and 
Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) [Pub. L. 110-246, 122 Stat. 1651, enacted 
June 18, 2008, H.R. 6124]. The Biomass Act was re-authorized in the 
Agricultural Act of 2014.
    FCEA section 9008(d) established the Biomass Research and 
Development Technical Advisory Committee and lays forth its meetings, 
coordination, duties, terms, and membership types. Committee members 
are paid travel and per diem for each meeting. The Committee must meet 
quarterly and should not duplicate the efforts of other Federal 
advisory committees. Meetings are typically two days in duration. Three 
meetings are held in the Washington DC area and the fourth is held at a 
site to be determined each year. The Committee advises DOE and USDA 
points of contact with respect to the Biomass R&D Initiative 
(Initiative) and priority technical biomass R&D needs and makes written 
recommendations to the Biomass R&D Board (Board). Those recommendations 
regard whether: (A) Initiative funds are distributed and used 
consistent with Initiative objectives; (B) solicitations are open and 
competitive with awards made annually; (C) objectives and evaluation 
criteria of the solicitations are clear; and (D) the points of contact 
are funding proposals selected on the basis of merit, and determined by 
an independent panel of qualified peers.
    The committee members may serve two, three-year terms and committee 
membership must include: (A) An individual affiliated with the biofuels 
industry; (B) an individual affiliated with the biobased industrial and 
commercial products industry; (C) an individual affiliated with an 
institution of higher education that has expertise in biofuels and 
biobased products; (D) two prominent engineers or scientists from 
government (non-federal) or academia that have expertise in biofuels 
and biobased products; (E) an individual affiliated with a commodity 
trade association; (F) two individuals affiliated with environmental or 
conservation organizations; (G) an individual associated with state 
government who has expertise in biofuels and biobased products; (H) an 
individual with expertise in energy and environmental analysis; (I) an 
individual with expertise in the economics of biofuels and biobased 
products; (J) an individual with expertise in agricultural economics; 
(K) an individual with expertise in plant biology and biomass feedstock 
development; (L) an individual with expertise in agronomy, crop 
science, or soil science; and (M) at the option of the points of 
contact, other members (REF: FCEA 2008 section 9008(d)(2)(A)). All 
nominees will be carefully reviewed for their expertise, leadership, 
and relevance to an expertise. Appointments

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will be made for three-year terms, as dictated by the legislation.
    Nominations this year are needed for the following categories in 
order to address the Committee's needs: (E) An individual affiliated 
with a commodity trade association; and (J) an individual with 
expertise in agricultural economics. Nominations for other categories 
will also be accepted. Nomination categories C, D, H, I, J, K, L, and M 
are considered special Government employees and require submittal of an 
annual financial disclosure form. In addition to the required 
categories, other areas of expertise of interest to the Committee are 
individuals with expertise in process engineering related to 
biorefineries, or biobased coproducts that enable fuel production.
    Nominations are solicited from organizations, associations, 
societies, councils, federations, groups, universities, and companies 
that represent a wide variety of biomass research and development 
interests throughout the country. In your nomination letter, please 
indicate the specific membership category of interest. Each nominee 
must submit their resume and biography along with any letters of 
support by the deadline above. If you were nominated in previous years, 
but were not appointed to the committee and would still like to be 
considered, please submit your nomination package again in response to 
this Notice with all required materials. All nominees will be vetted 
before selection.
    Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, 
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical 
handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that 
recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee take into account 
the needs of the diverse groups served by DOE, membership shall include 
(to the extent practicable), minorities, women, and persons with 
disabilities. Please note that registered lobbyists serving in an 
``individual capacity,'' individuals already serving another Federal 
Advisory Committee and Federal employees are ineligible for nomination.
    Appointments to the Biomass Research and Development Technical 
Advisory Committee will be made by the Secretary of Energy and the 
Secretary of Agriculture.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 19, 2016.
LaTanya R. Butler,
Deputy Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-12319 Filed 5-24-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6450-01-P