Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, 48377-48381 [2016-17486]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices 48377 to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Dated: July 18, 2016. Gina Owens, Forest Supervisor. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE The meeting will be held at the Salkum Timberland Library, Community Room, 2480 U.S. Highway 12, Salkum, Washington. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor’s Office. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gala Miller, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 360–891–5014 or via email at galamiller@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the meeting is to: 1. Elect the Chair and Vice Chair of the RAC, 2. Review submitted Title II project proposals, and 3. Make project recommendations for Title II funding. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by August 10, 2016, to be scheduled on the agenda. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to Gala Miller, RAC Coordinator, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, Washingtonn 98682; by email to galamiller@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 360 891 5045. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices, or other reasonable accommodation. For access to the facility or proceedings, please contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. [FR Doc. 2016–17496 Filed 7–22–16; 8:45 am] Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 Rural Business-Cooperative Service BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Office of Procurement and Property Management Public Availability of FY 2015 Service Contract Inventories Office of Procurement and Property Management, Departmental Management, Department of Agriculture. AGENCY: Notice of public availability of FY 2015 Services Contracts Inventories. ACTION: In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111–117), Department of Agriculture is publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2015 Services Contracts Inventory. This inventory provides information on FY 2015 service contract actions over $25,000. The information is organized by function to show how contracted resources are distributed throughout the agency. The inventory has been developed in accordance with guidance issued on November 5, 2010, by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP’s guidance is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/ default/files/omb/procurement/memo/ service-contract-inventories-guidance11052010.pdf. The Department of Agriculture has posted its inventory and a summary of the inventory on the Office of Procurement and Property Management homepage at the following link: http:// www.dm.usda.gov/procurement/. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Crandall Watson, Office of Procurement and Property Management, at (202) 720– 7529, or by mail at OPPM, MAIL STOP 9304, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–9303. Please cite ‘‘2015 Service Contract Inventory’’ in all correspondence. Lisa M. Wilusz, Director, Office of Procurement and Property Management. [FR Doc. 2016–17499 Filed 7–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–TX–P PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This Notice announces the solicitation of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program) to provide guaranteed loans to fund the development, construction, and Retrofitting of commercial scale biorefineries using Eligible technology and of Biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing equipment to convert Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products, on a commercial scale. SUMMARY: With this Notice, the Agency is announcing two separate application cycles, as is provided which are established in accordance with 7 CFR 4279.260(b), with application closing dates of 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, October 3, 2016, and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, April 3, 2017. Applications must be received in the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Energy Division no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time of the application closing date to compete for program funds. Any application received after 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time of the application closing date will be considered for the subsequent application cycle, provided that funding is available. ADDRESSES: Applications and forms may be obtained from: • USDA, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Energy Division, Attention: Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 3225, Washington, DC 20250–3225. • Agency Web site: http:// forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/eForms/ welcomeAction.do?Home. Follow the instructions for obtaining the application and forms. Application materials can also be obtained from the Agency’s Web site. http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ biorefinery-assistance-program. DATES: E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 48378 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Hubbell, Rural BusinessCooperative Service, Energy Division, Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mail Stop 3225, Washington, DC 20250–3225. Telephone: 202–690–2516. Email: Todd.Hubbell@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the information collection requirements associated with the Program, as covered in this Notice, have been approved by the Office of Management Budget (OMB) under OMB Control Number 0570–0065. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Overview Federal Agency Name: Rural Business-Cooperative Service (an Agency of USDA in the Rural Development mission area). Solicitation Opportunity Title: Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Announcement Type: Notice of Solicitation of Applications. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: The CFDA number for this Notice is 10.865. Dates: Applications must be received in the USDA Rural BusinessCooperative Service, Energy Division no later than the application closing dates of 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, October 3, 2016, and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, April 3, 2017. Any application received after 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time of the application closing date will be considered for the subsequent application cycle, provided that funding is available. Availability of Notice and Rule: This Notice and the interim rule for the Program are available on the USDA Rural Development Web site at: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ biorefinery-assistance-program and at http://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom. I. Funding Opportunity Description A. Purpose of the Program. The purpose of the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Program is to assist in the development of new and emerging technologies for the development of Advanced biofuels, Renewable chemicals, and Biobased product manufacturing. This is achieved through guarantees for loans made to fund the development, construction, and Retrofitting of Commercial scale Biorefineries using Eligible technology VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 and of Biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing equipment and required facilities to convert Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale. B. Statutory Authority. This Program is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 8103. Regulations are contained in 7 CFR part 4279, subpart C and in 7 CFR part 4287, subpart D. C. Definition of Terms. The definitions applicable to this Notice are published at 7 CFR 4279.202 and 7 CFR 4287.302. C. Application awards. The Agency will review, evaluate, score, and award applications received in response to this Notice based on the provisions found in 7 CFR part 4279, subpart C and as indicated in this Notice. II. Award Information A. Available funds. This Notice is a solicitation for applications that will be funded using budget authority provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The 2014 Farm Bill authorized mandatory funding in each of fiscal years 2014, 2015 and 2016. Of the funds available, the 2014 Farm Bill provided for up to 15 percent of the mandatory funds for only fiscal years 2014 and 2015 to promote Biobased product manufacturing. B. Type of Award. Guaranteed loan. C. Approximate Number of Awards. Subject to the amount of funding available. D. Guarantee Loan Funding. The provisions of 7 CFR 4279.232 apply to this Notice. The Borrower needs to provide the remaining funds from other non-Federal sources to complete the Project. E. Guarantee and Annual Renewal Fees. The guarantee and Annual Renewal Fees specified in 7 CFR 4279.231 are applicable to this Notice. F. Anticipated Award Date. The award date will vary based on timing of completion of each Project’s individual application process. III. Eligibility Information A. Eligible Lenders. To be eligible for this Program, Lenders must meet the eligibility requirements in 7 CFR 4279.208. B. Eligible Borrowers. To be eligible for this Program, Borrowers must meet the eligibility requirements in 7 CFR 4279.209. C. Eligible Projects. To be eligible for this Program, projects must meet the eligibility requirements in 7 CFR 4279.210. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 D. Application Completeness. Incomplete Phase 1 applications will be rejected and the Project will be given no further consideration. Lenders will be informed of the element(s) that made the application incomplete. If the Lender makes the required edits and resubmits the application to the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Energy Division by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, on the application closing date, the Agency will reconsider the application. IV. Application Submission Information A. Letter of Intent. For each guarantee request, the Lender or the Borrower must submit to the Agency a nonbinding letter of intent to apply for a loan guarantee, not less than 30 calendar days prior to the application deadline. The letter of intent due date is September 6, 2016 for the October 3, 2016 application cycle and March 6, 2017 for the April 3, 2017 cycle. The letter must identify the Borrower, the Lender and any Project sponsors; describe the Project and Project location; describe the proposed feedstock, primary technologies of the facility, and primary products produced; estimate the Total Project Cost and amount of loan requested; and identify the application cycle due date. The Agency reserves the right to request additional information from potential applicants. Applications that do not submit a letter of intent by 30 days prior to the application closing date will not be accepted by the Agency in that particular application cycle. B. Application Submittal. For each guarantee request, the Lender must submit to the Agency an application that is in conformance with 7 CFR 4279.261. The content and methods of application submittal are specified below. Additionally, the Agency has developed an Application Guide that explains the application procedures and details the process for submission of an application. This guide is located at http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RBS_ Section9003Biorefinery_ ApplicationGuide.pdf. C. Content and Form of Submission. All applicants must submit one paper copy of the application materials and an electronic copy containing the same information that is included in the paper copy. Detailed instructions regarding application submission are explained in the Application Guide that the Agency has developed. The Application Guide is available online on the ‘‘Forms and Resources’’ page at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programsservices/biorefinery-assistance-program E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES or by contacting Todd Hubbell, Telephone: 202–690–2516. Email: Todd.Hubbell@wdc.usda.gov. Application materials should be submitted to USDA Rural BusinessCooperative Service, Energy Division, Attention: Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 3225, Washington, DC 20250–3225. The Agency’s application process is divided into two phases. Phase 1 applications will provide information needed to determine Lender, Borrower, and Project eligibility; preliminary economic and technical feasibility; and the priority score of the application. Based on the priority score ranking, the Agency will invite applicants whose Phase 1 applications receive higher priority scores to submit Phase 2 applications. Phase 2 application materials will be submitted as the Project planning and engineering are finalized and will include information such as: Environmental compliance information, technical report, financial model, and the Lender’s credit evaluation. Phase 1 applications must contain the information required in the Agency’s Application Guide and in accordance with 7 CFR 4279.261. D. Local Owner. For applications submitted under this Notice, when the majority of feedstock to be utilized by the Project on an annual basis is harvested from the land, the term ‘‘local owner’’ is defined as an individual who owns any portion of an eligible Biorefinery and whose primary residence is located within the geographic area that the Biorefinery’s feedstock originates. In all other cases, ‘‘local owner’’ is defined as an individual who owns any portion of an eligible Biorefinery and whose primary residence is located within 100 miles of the Biorefinery. V. Biobased Product Manufacturing This notice also includes the solicitation of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program to specifically fund Biobased product manufacturing. The 2014 Farm Bill added Biobased product manufacturing to the Program and provided for up to 15 percent of the mandatory funds for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 to be used to support facilities producing Biobased products for end use. The 2014 Farm Bill provides the definition of ‘‘Biobased product manufacturing,’’ which the Agency has incorporated into the subsequent interim rule (see 7 CFR 4279.202). This VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 definition requires that the Biobased product manufacturing facility use Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries as inputs and also requires that the Borrower use technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing equipment and required facilities. The facility must produce end-user products. VI. Biobased Product Manufacturing Eligibility Information The eligibility requirements for prospective Lenders and Borrowers will not change from those listed above for the Program, generally. For Biobased product manufacturing Projects, the Eligible Project requirement is modified to reflect that eligible Projects will use technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing equipment and required facilities to convert Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale. Additionally, for purposes of Biobased product manufacturing Projects, only for purposes of technical review, technical reports need to address only the technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing equipment and required facilities. VII. Biobased Product Manufacturing Application Processing Procedures The application processing procedures will remain the same for Biobased product manufacturing projects as for the projects described above. For applications submitted under this Notice, ‘‘local owner’’ is defined as an individual who owns any portion of an eligible Biorefinery and whose primary residence is located within 100 miles of the Biorefinery. VIII. Biobased Product Manufacturing Scoring In lieu of the criteria listed in 7 CFR 4279.266, Biobased product manufacturing Projects will be scored using the criteria listed below: (a) Whether the Borrower has established a market for the manufactured Biobased product, as applicable. A maximum of 16 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) Degree of commitment of contracted sales agreements. A maximum of 6 points will be awarded. (i) If the Borrower has signed contracts for purchase for greater than 50 percent of the dollar value of PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48379 manufactured Biobased product, 6 points will be awarded. (ii) If the Borrower has signed letters of intent to enter into contracted sales agreements, or comparable documentation, for the purchase for greater than 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product, or combination of signed contracts or agreements and letters of intent or comparable documentation, 4 points will be awarded. (iii) If the Borrower has signed letters of interest to enter into contracted sales agreements, or comparable documentation, for the purchase for greater than 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product, or combination of signed contracts, letters of intent or comparable documentation, 2 points will be awarded. (2) Duration of contracted sales agreements. A maximum of 6 points will be awarded. (i) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal to 50 percent of the dollar value of manufactured Biobased product for the period not less than the loan term, 6 points will be awarded. (ii) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product for the period not less than 5 years but less than the term of the loan, 4 points will be awarded. (iii) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product for the period not less than 1 year but less than 5 years, 2 points will be awarded. (3) Financial strength of the contracted sales agreement counterparty. A maximum of 4 points will be awarded. (i) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product with a counterparty with a corporate credit rating not less than AA, Aa2, or equivalent, 4 points will be awarded. (ii) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product with a counterparty with a corporate credit rating less than AA, Aa2, or equivalent, but not less than E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 48380 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices A¥, or A3, or equivalent, 2 points will be awarded. (iii) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product with a counterparty with a corporate credit rating less than A¥, or A3, or equivalent, but not less than BBB¥, or Baa3, or equivalent, 1 point will be awarded. (b) Whether the area in which the Borrower proposes to place the Project, defined as the area that will supply the Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries to the proposed Project, has any other similar facilities. A maximum of 5 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) If the area that will supply the Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries to the proposed Project does not have any other similar facilities, 5 points will be awarded. (2) If there are other similar facilities located within the area that will supply the renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries to the proposed Project, 0 points will be awarded. (c) Whether the Borrower is proposing to use Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries not previously used in the Biobased product manufacturing. A maximum of 10 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) If the Borrower proposes to use Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries previously used in the manufacture of a Biobased product in a commercial facility, 0 points will be awarded. (2) If the Borrower proposes to use Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries not previously used in the manufacture of a Biobased product in a commercial facility, 10 points will be awarded. (d) Whether the Borrower is proposing to work with producer associations or cooperatives. A maximum of 5 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) If at least 50 percent of the dollar value of Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries to be used by the proposed Project will be supplied by producer associations and cooperatives or biorefineries supplied by producer associations and cooperatives, 5 points will be awarded. (2) If at least 30 percent of the dollar value of Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries to be VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 used by the proposed Project will be supplied by producer associations and cooperatives or biorefineries supplied by producer associations and cooperatives, 3 points will be awarded. (e) The level of financial participation by the Borrower, including support from non-Federal Government sources and private sources. A maximum of 20 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) If the sum of the loan amount requested and other direct Federal funding is less than or equal to 50 percent of total Eligible project costs, 20 points will be awarded. (2) If the sum of the loan amount requested and other direct Federal funding is greater than 50 percent but less than or equal to 55 percent of total Eligible project costs, 16 points will be awarded. (3) If the sum of the loan amount requested and other direct Federal funding is greater than 55 percent but less than or equal to 60 percent of total Eligible project costs, 12 points will be awarded. (4) If the sum of the loan amount and other direct Federal funding is greater than 60 percent but less than or equal to 65 percent of total Eligible project costs, 8 points will be awarded. (5) If the sum of the loan amount and other direct Federal funding is greater than 65 percent but less than or equal to 70 percent of total Eligible project costs, 4 points will be awarded. (f) Whether the Borrower has established that the adoption of the manufacturing process proposed in the application will have a positive effect on three impact areas: resource conservation (e.g., water, soil, forest), public health (e.g., potable water, air quality), and the environment (e.g., compliance with an applicable renewable fuel standard, greenhouse gases, emissions, particulate matter). A maximum of 10 points can be awarded. Based on what the Borrower has provided in either the application or the Feasibility study, points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) If process adoption will have a positive impact on any one of the three impact areas (resource conservation, public health, or the environment), 3 points will be awarded. (2) If process adoption will have a positive impact on two of the three impact areas, 6 points will be awarded. (3) If process adoption will have a positive impact on all three impact areas, 10 points will be awarded. (g) Whether the Borrower can establish that, if adopted, the technology proposed in the application will not have any economically significant PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 negative impacts on existing manufacturing plants or other facilities that use Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries. A maximum of 5 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) If the Borrower has failed to establish, through an independent thirdparty Feasibility study, that the production technology proposed in the application, if adopted, will not have any economically significant negative impacts on existing manufacturing plants or other facilities that use similar Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries, 0 points will be awarded. (2) If the Borrower has established, through an independent third-party Feasibility study, that the production technology proposed in the application, if adopted, will not have any economically significant negative impacts on existing manufacturing plants or other facilities that use Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries, 5 points will be awarded. (h) The potential for rural economic development. A maximum of 10 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) If the Project is located in a Rural Area, 5 points will be awarded. (2) If the Project creates jobs through direct employment with an average wage that exceeds the county median household wages where the Project will be located, 5 points will be awarded. (i) The level of local ownership of the facility proposed in the application. For the purposes of this Notice, a Local owner is defined as ‘‘An individual who owns any portion of an eligible Advanced biofuel Biorefinery and whose primary residence is located within 100 miles of the Biorefinery.’’ A maximum of 5 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) If Local owners have an ownership interest in the facility of more than 20 percent but less than or equal to 50 percent, 3 points will be awarded. (2) If Local owners have an ownership interest in the facility of more than 50 percent, 5 points will be awarded. (j) Whether the Project can be replicated. A maximum of 10 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows: (1) If the Project can be commercially replicated regionally (e.g., Northeast, Southwest, etc.), 5 points will be awarded. (2) If the Project can be commercially replicated nationally, 10 points will be awarded. E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 142 / Monday, July 25, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES (k) If the Project uses a particular technology, system, or process that is not currently operating at commercial scale as of October 1 of the fiscal year for which the funding is available; October 1, 2016, 5 points will be awarded. (l) The Administrator can award up to a maximum of 10 bonus points: (1) To ensure, to the extent practical, there is diversity in the types of Projects approved for loan guarantees to ensure as wide a range as possible technologies, products, and approaches are assisted in the program portfolio; and (2) To applications that promote partnerships and other activities that assist in the development of new and emerging technologies for the development of Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries, so as to, as applicable, promote resource conservation, public health, and the environment; diversify markets for agricultural and forestry products and agriculture waste material; and create jobs and enhance the economic development of the rural economy. No additional information regarding partnerships is detailed in this Notice. IX. General Program Information A. Loan Origination. Lenders seeking a loan guarantee under this Notice must comply with all of the provisions found in 7 CFR 4279, subpart C. B. Loan Processing. The Agency will process loans guaranteed under this Notice in accordance with the provisions specified in 7 CFR 4279.260 through 4279.290. C. Evaluation of Applications and Awards. Awards under this Notice will be made on a competitive basis; submission of an application neither reserves funding nor ensures funding. The Agency will evaluate each application received in the USDA Rural Business–Cooperative Service, Energy Division, select Phase 1 applications in accordance with 7 CFR 4279.267 to invite submittal of Phase 2 applications and will make awards using the provisions specified in 7 CFR 4279.278. D. Guaranteed Loan Servicing. The Agency will service loans guaranteed under this Notice in accordance with the provisions specified in 7 CFR 4287.301 through 4287.399. E. System for Award Management (SAM) and Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Registration. Unless exempt under 2 CFR 25.110, the Applicant must be registered in the SAM prior to submitting an application and maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Jul 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by the Agency. Applicants must provide a DUNS number for each application submitted to the Agency. X. Administration Information A. Notifications. The Agency will notify, in writing, Lenders whose Phase 1 applications have scored highest and will invite them to submit Phase 2 applications. If the Agency determines it is unable to guarantee any particular loan, the Lender will be informed in writing. Such notification will include the reason(s) for denial of the guarantee. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. 1. Review or Appeal Rights. A person may seek a review of an Agency decision or appeal to the National Appeals Division in accordance with 7 CFR 4279.204. 2. Exception Authority. The provisions specified in 7 CFR 4279.203 and 7 CFR 4287.303 apply to this Notice. C. Environmental Review. The Agency will review all applicant proposals that may qualify for assistance under this section in accordance with 7 CFR part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures. The environmental review for projects that score high enough will be submitted during the Phase 2 application process and must be conducted in accordance with 7 CFR part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures. XI. Agency Contacts For general questions about this Notice, please contact Todd Hubbell, Rural Business–Cooperative Service, Energy Division, Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mail Stop 3225, Washington, DC 20250–3225. Telephone: 202–690–2516. Email: Todd.Hubbell@wdc.usda.gov. Nondiscrimination Statement The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48381 bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http:// www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_ cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632–9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 9410, by fax (202) 690–7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities and you wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339 or (800) 845– 6136 (in Spanish). Persons with disabilities, who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). Dated: July 18, 2016. Samuel H. Rikkers, Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service. [FR Doc. 2016–17486 Filed 7–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Repowering Assistance Program Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This Notice announces the solicitation of applications for funds available under the Repowering Assistance Program to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement fuel source for fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power in the operation of eligible biorefineries. To be eligible for payments, biorefineries must have been in existence on or before June 18, 2008. DATES: Applications will be accepted from July 25, 2016 through October 24, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\25JYN1.SGM 25JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business-Cooperative Service


Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, 
Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance 
Program

AGENCY: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This Notice announces the solicitation of applications for 
funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased 
Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program) to provide 
guaranteed loans to fund the development, construction, and 
Retrofitting of commercial scale biorefineries using Eligible 
technology and of Biobased product manufacturing facilities that use 
technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing 
equipment to convert Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of 
biorefineries into end-user products, on a commercial scale.

DATES: With this Notice, the Agency is announcing two separate 
application cycles, as is provided which are established in accordance 
with 7 CFR 4279.260(b), with application closing dates of 4:30 p.m. 
Eastern Daylight Time, October 3, 2016, and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight 
Time, April 3, 2017.
    Applications must be received in the USDA Rural Business-
Cooperative Service, Energy Division no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern 
Daylight Time of the application closing date to compete for program 
funds. Any application received after 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
of the application closing date will be considered for the subsequent 
application cycle, provided that funding is available.

ADDRESSES: Applications and forms may be obtained from:
     USDA, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Energy Division, 
Attention: Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product 
Manufacturing Assistance Program, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 
3225, Washington, DC 20250-3225.
     Agency Web site: http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/eForms/welcomeAction.do?Home. Follow the instructions for obtaining the 
application and forms. Application materials can also be obtained from 
the Agency's Web site. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/biorefinery-assistance-program.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Hubbell, Rural Business-
Cooperative Service, Energy Division, Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, 
and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, USDA, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Mail Stop 3225, Washington, DC 20250-3225. 
Telephone: 202-690-2516. Email: Todd.Hubbell@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
information collection requirements associated with the Program, as 
covered in this Notice, have been approved by the Office of Management 
Budget (OMB) under OMB Control Number 0570-0065.

Overview

    Federal Agency Name: Rural Business-Cooperative Service (an Agency 
of USDA in the Rural Development mission area).
    Solicitation Opportunity Title: Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, 
and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program.
    Announcement Type: Notice of Solicitation of Applications.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: The CFDA 
number for this Notice is 10.865.
    Dates: Applications must be received in the USDA Rural Business-
Cooperative Service, Energy Division no later than the application 
closing dates of 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, October 3, 2016, and 
4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, April 3, 2017. Any application 
received after 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time of the application 
closing date will be considered for the subsequent application cycle, 
provided that funding is available.
    Availability of Notice and Rule: This Notice and the interim rule 
for the Program are available on the USDA Rural Development Web site 
at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/biorefinery-assistance-program and at http://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    A. Purpose of the Program. The purpose of the Biorefinery, 
Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Program is to 
assist in the development of new and emerging technologies for the 
development of Advanced biofuels, Renewable chemicals, and Biobased 
product manufacturing. This is achieved through guarantees for loans 
made to fund the development, construction, and Retrofitting of 
Commercial scale Biorefineries using Eligible technology and of 
Biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new 
commercial scale processing and manufacturing equipment and required 
facilities to convert Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of 
biorefineries into end-user products on a commercial scale.
    B. Statutory Authority. This Program is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 
8103. Regulations are contained in 7 CFR part 4279, subpart C and in 7 
CFR part 4287, subpart D.
    C. Definition of Terms. The definitions applicable to this Notice 
are published at 7 CFR 4279.202 and 7 CFR 4287.302.
    C. Application awards. The Agency will review, evaluate, score, and 
award applications received in response to this Notice based on the 
provisions found in 7 CFR part 4279, subpart C and as indicated in this 
Notice.

II. Award Information

    A. Available funds. This Notice is a solicitation for applications 
that will be funded using budget authority provided by the Agricultural 
Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The 2014 Farm Bill authorized mandatory 
funding in each of fiscal years 2014, 2015 and 2016. Of the funds 
available, the 2014 Farm Bill provided for up to 15 percent of the 
mandatory funds for only fiscal years 2014 and 2015 to promote Biobased 
product manufacturing.
    B. Type of Award. Guaranteed loan.
    C. Approximate Number of Awards. Subject to the amount of funding 
available.
    D. Guarantee Loan Funding. The provisions of 7 CFR 4279.232 apply 
to this Notice. The Borrower needs to provide the remaining funds from 
other non-Federal sources to complete the Project.
    E. Guarantee and Annual Renewal Fees. The guarantee and Annual 
Renewal Fees specified in 7 CFR 4279.231 are applicable to this Notice.
    F. Anticipated Award Date. The award date will vary based on timing 
of completion of each Project's individual application process.

III. Eligibility Information

    A. Eligible Lenders. To be eligible for this Program, Lenders must 
meet the eligibility requirements in 7 CFR 4279.208.
    B. Eligible Borrowers. To be eligible for this Program, Borrowers 
must meet the eligibility requirements in 7 CFR 4279.209.
    C. Eligible Projects. To be eligible for this Program, projects 
must meet the eligibility requirements in 7 CFR 4279.210.
    D. Application Completeness. Incomplete Phase 1 applications will 
be rejected and the Project will be given no further consideration. 
Lenders will be informed of the element(s) that made the application 
incomplete. If the Lender makes the required edits and resubmits the 
application to the USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Energy 
Division by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, on the application closing 
date, the Agency will reconsider the application.

IV. Application Submission Information

    A. Letter of Intent. For each guarantee request, the Lender or the 
Borrower must submit to the Agency a non-binding letter of intent to 
apply for a loan guarantee, not less than 30 calendar days prior to the 
application deadline. The letter of intent due date is September 6, 
2016 for the October 3, 2016 application cycle and March 6, 2017 for 
the April 3, 2017 cycle. The letter must identify the Borrower, the 
Lender and any Project sponsors; describe the Project and Project 
location; describe the proposed feedstock, primary technologies of the 
facility, and primary products produced; estimate the Total Project 
Cost and amount of loan requested; and identify the application cycle 
due date. The Agency reserves the right to request additional 
information from potential applicants. Applications that do not submit 
a letter of intent by 30 days prior to the application closing date 
will not be accepted by the Agency in that particular application 
cycle.
    B. Application Submittal. For each guarantee request, the Lender 
must submit to the Agency an application that is in conformance with 7 
CFR 4279.261. The content and methods of application submittal are 
specified below. Additionally, the Agency has developed an Application 
Guide that explains the application procedures and details the process 
for submission of an application. This guide is located at http://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RBS_Section9003Biorefinery_ApplicationGuide.pdf.
    C. Content and Form of Submission. All applicants must submit one 
paper copy of the application materials and an electronic copy 
containing the same information that is included in the paper copy. 
Detailed instructions regarding application submission are explained in 
the Application Guide that the Agency has developed. The Application 
Guide is available online on the ``Forms and Resources'' page at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/biorefinery-assistance-program

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or by contacting Todd Hubbell, Telephone: 202-690-2516. Email: 
Todd.Hubbell@wdc.usda.gov. Application materials should be submitted to 
USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Energy Division, Attention: 
Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing 
Assistance Program, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 3225, 
Washington, DC 20250-3225.
    The Agency's application process is divided into two phases. Phase 
1 applications will provide information needed to determine Lender, 
Borrower, and Project eligibility; preliminary economic and technical 
feasibility; and the priority score of the application. Based on the 
priority score ranking, the Agency will invite applicants whose Phase 1 
applications receive higher priority scores to submit Phase 2 
applications. Phase 2 application materials will be submitted as the 
Project planning and engineering are finalized and will include 
information such as: Environmental compliance information, technical 
report, financial model, and the Lender's credit evaluation. Phase 1 
applications must contain the information required in the Agency's 
Application Guide and in accordance with 7 CFR 4279.261.
    D. Local Owner. For applications submitted under this Notice, when 
the majority of feedstock to be utilized by the Project on an annual 
basis is harvested from the land, the term ``local owner'' is defined 
as an individual who owns any portion of an eligible Biorefinery and 
whose primary residence is located within the geographic area that the 
Biorefinery's feedstock originates. In all other cases, ``local owner'' 
is defined as an individual who owns any portion of an eligible 
Biorefinery and whose primary residence is located within 100 miles of 
the Biorefinery.

V. Biobased Product Manufacturing

    This notice also includes the solicitation of applications for 
funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased 
Product Manufacturing Assistance Program to specifically fund Biobased 
product manufacturing. The 2014 Farm Bill added Biobased product 
manufacturing to the Program and provided for up to 15 percent of the 
mandatory funds for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 to be used to support 
facilities producing Biobased products for end use. The 2014 Farm Bill 
provides the definition of ``Biobased product manufacturing,'' which 
the Agency has incorporated into the subsequent interim rule (see 7 CFR 
4279.202). This definition requires that the Biobased product 
manufacturing facility use Renewable chemicals and other biobased 
outputs of biorefineries as inputs and also requires that the Borrower 
use technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing 
equipment and required facilities. The facility must produce end-user 
products.

VI. Biobased Product Manufacturing Eligibility Information

    The eligibility requirements for prospective Lenders and Borrowers 
will not change from those listed above for the Program, generally. For 
Biobased product manufacturing Projects, the Eligible Project 
requirement is modified to reflect that eligible Projects will use 
technologically new commercial scale processing and manufacturing 
equipment and required facilities to convert Renewable chemicals and 
other biobased outputs of biorefineries into end-user products on a 
commercial scale.
    Additionally, for purposes of Biobased product manufacturing 
Projects, only for purposes of technical review, technical reports need 
to address only the technologically new commercial scale processing and 
manufacturing equipment and required facilities.

VII. Biobased Product Manufacturing Application Processing Procedures

    The application processing procedures will remain the same for 
Biobased product manufacturing projects as for the projects described 
above.
    For applications submitted under this Notice, ``local owner'' is 
defined as an individual who owns any portion of an eligible 
Biorefinery and whose primary residence is located within 100 miles of 
the Biorefinery.

VIII. Biobased Product Manufacturing Scoring

    In lieu of the criteria listed in 7 CFR 4279.266, Biobased product 
manufacturing Projects will be scored using the criteria listed below:
    (a) Whether the Borrower has established a market for the 
manufactured Biobased product, as applicable. A maximum of 16 points 
can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows:
    (1) Degree of commitment of contracted sales agreements. A maximum 
of 6 points will be awarded.
    (i) If the Borrower has signed contracts for purchase for greater 
than 50 percent of the dollar value of manufactured Biobased product, 6 
points will be awarded.
    (ii) If the Borrower has signed letters of intent to enter into 
contracted sales agreements, or comparable documentation, for the 
purchase for greater than 50 percent of the dollar value of the 
manufactured Biobased product, or combination of signed contracts or 
agreements and letters of intent or comparable documentation, 4 points 
will be awarded.
    (iii) If the Borrower has signed letters of interest to enter into 
contracted sales agreements, or comparable documentation, for the 
purchase for greater than 50 percent of the dollar value of the 
manufactured Biobased product, or combination of signed contracts, 
letters of intent or comparable documentation, 2 points will be 
awarded.
    (2) Duration of contracted sales agreements. A maximum of 6 points 
will be awarded.
    (i) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales 
agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal 
to 50 percent of the dollar value of manufactured Biobased product for 
the period not less than the loan term, 6 points will be awarded.
    (ii) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales 
agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal 
to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product 
for the period not less than 5 years but less than the term of the 
loan, 4 points will be awarded.
    (iii) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales 
agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal 
to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product 
for the period not less than 1 year but less than 5 years, 2 points 
will be awarded.
    (3) Financial strength of the contracted sales agreement 
counterparty. A maximum of 4 points will be awarded.
    (i) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales 
agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal 
to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product 
with a counterparty with a corporate credit rating not less than AA, 
Aa2, or equivalent, 4 points will be awarded.
    (ii) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales 
agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal 
to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product 
with a counterparty with a corporate credit rating less than AA, Aa2, 
or equivalent, but not less than

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A-, or A3, or equivalent, 2 points will be awarded.
    (iii) If the Borrower commits to enter into contracted sales 
agreements prior to loan closing for purchase for greater than or equal 
to 50 percent of the dollar value of the manufactured Biobased product 
with a counterparty with a corporate credit rating less than A-, or A3, 
or equivalent, but not less than BBB-, or Baa3, or equivalent, 1 point 
will be awarded.
    (b) Whether the area in which the Borrower proposes to place the 
Project, defined as the area that will supply the Renewable chemicals 
and other biobased outputs of biorefineries to the proposed Project, 
has any other similar facilities. A maximum of 5 points can be awarded. 
Points to be awarded will be determined as follows:
    (1) If the area that will supply the Renewable chemicals and other 
biobased outputs of biorefineries to the proposed Project does not have 
any other similar facilities, 5 points will be awarded.
    (2) If there are other similar facilities located within the area 
that will supply the renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of 
biorefineries to the proposed Project, 0 points will be awarded.
    (c) Whether the Borrower is proposing to use Renewable chemicals 
and other biobased outputs of biorefineries not previously used in the 
Biobased product manufacturing. A maximum of 10 points can be awarded. 
Points to be awarded will be determined as follows:
    (1) If the Borrower proposes to use Renewable chemicals and other 
biobased outputs of biorefineries previously used in the manufacture of 
a Biobased product in a commercial facility, 0 points will be awarded.
    (2) If the Borrower proposes to use Renewable chemicals and other 
biobased outputs of biorefineries not previously used in the 
manufacture of a Biobased product in a commercial facility, 10 points 
will be awarded.
    (d) Whether the Borrower is proposing to work with producer 
associations or cooperatives. A maximum of 5 points can be awarded. 
Points to be awarded will be determined as follows:
    (1) If at least 50 percent of the dollar value of Renewable 
chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries to be used by the 
proposed Project will be supplied by producer associations and 
cooperatives or biorefineries supplied by producer associations and 
cooperatives, 5 points will be awarded.
    (2) If at least 30 percent of the dollar value of Renewable 
chemicals and other biobased outputs of biorefineries to be used by the 
proposed Project will be supplied by producer associations and 
cooperatives or biorefineries supplied by producer associations and 
cooperatives, 3 points will be awarded.
    (e) The level of financial participation by the Borrower, including 
support from non-Federal Government sources and private sources. A 
maximum of 20 points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be 
determined as follows:
    (1) If the sum of the loan amount requested and other direct 
Federal funding is less than or equal to 50 percent of total Eligible 
project costs, 20 points will be awarded.
    (2) If the sum of the loan amount requested and other direct 
Federal funding is greater than 50 percent but less than or equal to 55 
percent of total Eligible project costs, 16 points will be awarded.
    (3) If the sum of the loan amount requested and other direct 
Federal funding is greater than 55 percent but less than or equal to 60 
percent of total Eligible project costs, 12 points will be awarded.
    (4) If the sum of the loan amount and other direct Federal funding 
is greater than 60 percent but less than or equal to 65 percent of 
total Eligible project costs, 8 points will be awarded.
    (5) If the sum of the loan amount and other direct Federal funding 
is greater than 65 percent but less than or equal to 70 percent of 
total Eligible project costs, 4 points will be awarded.
    (f) Whether the Borrower has established that the adoption of the 
manufacturing process proposed in the application will have a positive 
effect on three impact areas: resource conservation (e.g., water, soil, 
forest), public health (e.g., potable water, air quality), and the 
environment (e.g., compliance with an applicable renewable fuel 
standard, greenhouse gases, emissions, particulate matter). A maximum 
of 10 points can be awarded. Based on what the Borrower has provided in 
either the application or the Feasibility study, points to be awarded 
will be determined as follows:
    (1) If process adoption will have a positive impact on any one of 
the three impact areas (resource conservation, public health, or the 
environment), 3 points will be awarded.
    (2) If process adoption will have a positive impact on two of the 
three impact areas, 6 points will be awarded.
    (3) If process adoption will have a positive impact on all three 
impact areas, 10 points will be awarded.
    (g) Whether the Borrower can establish that, if adopted, the 
technology proposed in the application will not have any economically 
significant negative impacts on existing manufacturing plants or other 
facilities that use Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of 
biorefineries. A maximum of 5 points can be awarded. Points to be 
awarded will be determined as follows:
    (1) If the Borrower has failed to establish, through an independent 
third-party Feasibility study, that the production technology proposed 
in the application, if adopted, will not have any economically 
significant negative impacts on existing manufacturing plants or other 
facilities that use similar Renewable chemicals and other biobased 
outputs of biorefineries, 0 points will be awarded.
    (2) If the Borrower has established, through an independent third-
party Feasibility study, that the production technology proposed in the 
application, if adopted, will not have any economically significant 
negative impacts on existing manufacturing plants or other facilities 
that use Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of 
biorefineries, 5 points will be awarded.
    (h) The potential for rural economic development. A maximum of 10 
points can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as 
follows:
    (1) If the Project is located in a Rural Area, 5 points will be 
awarded.
    (2) If the Project creates jobs through direct employment with an 
average wage that exceeds the county median household wages where the 
Project will be located, 5 points will be awarded.
    (i) The level of local ownership of the facility proposed in the 
application. For the purposes of this Notice, a Local owner is defined 
as ``An individual who owns any portion of an eligible Advanced biofuel 
Biorefinery and whose primary residence is located within 100 miles of 
the Biorefinery.'' A maximum of 5 points can be awarded. Points to be 
awarded will be determined as follows:
    (1) If Local owners have an ownership interest in the facility of 
more than 20 percent but less than or equal to 50 percent, 3 points 
will be awarded.
    (2) If Local owners have an ownership interest in the facility of 
more than 50 percent, 5 points will be awarded.
    (j) Whether the Project can be replicated. A maximum of 10 points 
can be awarded. Points to be awarded will be determined as follows:
    (1) If the Project can be commercially replicated regionally (e.g., 
Northeast, Southwest, etc.), 5 points will be awarded.
    (2) If the Project can be commercially replicated nationally, 10 
points will be awarded.

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    (k) If the Project uses a particular technology, system, or process 
that is not currently operating at commercial scale as of October 1 of 
the fiscal year for which the funding is available; October 1, 2016, 5 
points will be awarded.
    (l) The Administrator can award up to a maximum of 10 bonus points:
    (1) To ensure, to the extent practical, there is diversity in the 
types of Projects approved for loan guarantees to ensure as wide a 
range as possible technologies, products, and approaches are assisted 
in the program portfolio; and
    (2) To applications that promote partnerships and other activities 
that assist in the development of new and emerging technologies for the 
development of Renewable chemicals and other biobased outputs of 
biorefineries, so as to, as applicable, promote resource conservation, 
public health, and the environment; diversify markets for agricultural 
and forestry products and agriculture waste material; and create jobs 
and enhance the economic development of the rural economy. No 
additional information regarding partnerships is detailed in this 
Notice.

IX. General Program Information

    A. Loan Origination. Lenders seeking a loan guarantee under this 
Notice must comply with all of the provisions found in 7 CFR 4279, 
subpart C.
    B. Loan Processing. The Agency will process loans guaranteed under 
this Notice in accordance with the provisions specified in 7 CFR 
4279.260 through 4279.290.
    C. Evaluation of Applications and Awards. Awards under this Notice 
will be made on a competitive basis; submission of an application 
neither reserves funding nor ensures funding. The Agency will evaluate 
each application received in the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative 
Service, Energy Division, select Phase 1 applications in accordance 
with 7 CFR 4279.267 to invite submittal of Phase 2 applications and 
will make awards using the provisions specified in 7 CFR 4279.278.
    D. Guaranteed Loan Servicing. The Agency will service loans 
guaranteed under this Notice in accordance with the provisions 
specified in 7 CFR 4287.301 through 4287.399.
    E. System for Award Management (SAM) and Dun and Bradstreet Data 
Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Registration. Unless exempt under 2 
CFR 25.110, the Applicant must be registered in the SAM prior to 
submitting an application and maintain an active SAM registration with 
current information at all times during which it has an active Federal 
award or an application under consideration by the Agency. Applicants 
must provide a DUNS number for each application submitted to the 
Agency.

X. Administration Information

    A. Notifications. The Agency will notify, in writing, Lenders whose 
Phase 1 applications have scored highest and will invite them to submit 
Phase 2 applications. If the Agency determines it is unable to 
guarantee any particular loan, the Lender will be informed in writing. 
Such notification will include the reason(s) for denial of the 
guarantee.
    B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements.
    1. Review or Appeal Rights. A person may seek a review of an Agency 
decision or appeal to the National Appeals Division in accordance with 
7 CFR 4279.204.
    2. Exception Authority. The provisions specified in 7 CFR 4279.203 
and 7 CFR 4287.303 apply to this Notice.
    C. Environmental Review. The Agency will review all applicant 
proposals that may qualify for assistance under this section in 
accordance with 7 CFR part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures. 
The environmental review for projects that score high enough will be 
submitted during the Phase 2 application process and must be conducted 
in accordance with 7 CFR part 1970, Environmental Policies and 
Procedures.

XI. Agency Contacts

    For general questions about this Notice, please contact Todd 
Hubbell, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Energy Division, 
Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing 
Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Mail Stop 3225, Washington, DC 20250-3225. Telephone: 202-
690-2516. Email: Todd.Hubbell@wdc.usda.gov.

Nondiscrimination Statement

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination 
against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the 
bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender 
identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, 
marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all 
or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance 
program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any 
program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all 
prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment 
activities.)
    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of 
discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form 
(PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-
9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of 
the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint 
form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at 
program.intake@usda.gov.
    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech 
disabilities and you wish to file either an EEO or program complaint 
please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 
or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).
    Persons with disabilities, who wish to file a program complaint, 
please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or 
by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program 
information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please 
contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Dated: July 18, 2016.
Samuel H. Rikkers,
Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-17486 Filed 7-22-16; 8:45 am]
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