Announcement of Funding Availability, Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP), 18549-18550 [2020-06341]

Download as PDF 18549 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 64 Thursday, April 2, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Announcement of Funding Availability, Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA). AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is soliciting letters of intent for loan applications under the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP), announcing the application process for those loans and deadlines for applications from eligible entities for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2020, until expended or further notice. DATES: To be considered for this funding, applications under this NOSA will be accepted immediately. The RESP application process is described in detail pursuant to 7 CFR part 1719. In brief, the RESP is comprised of two steps: Step 1: To be considered for financing, an Applicant seeking financing must submit a Letter of intent, in an electronic PDF (PDF) format not to exceed 10 Megabytes (10 MB) by electronic mail (email) to RESP@ USDA.GOV. No paper letters of intent will be accepted. The Letters of intent will be queued as they are received. If it advances program and policy goals, RUS may consider loan applications from Eligible entities that have submitted Letters of intent under prior funding announcements but were not invited to proceed with a loan application. Step 2: A RESP applicant that has been invited in writing by RUS to proceed with the loan application, will have up to ninety (90) days to complete and submit to RUS the documentation jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:34 Apr 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 for a complete loan application. The ninety (90) day timeframe will begin on the date the RESP applicant receives RUS’ Invitation to proceed. If the deadline to submit the completed loan application falls on Saturday, Sunday, or a Federal holiday, the application is due the next business day. The loan application package must be marked with the subject line ‘‘Attention: Christopher McLean, Assistant Administrator for the Electric Program; RESP Loan Application.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Coates, Electric Program, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 1568, Room 0257–S, Washington, DC 20250–1510; Telephone: (202) 260–5415; Email: Robert.Coates@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: These loans are made available under the authority of Section 6407 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, as amended, and the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq. General Information The purpose of the RESP is to help rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified consumers through eligible entities to implement durable costeffective energy efficiency measures pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 8107a(a) of the RESP authorizing statute. The Secretary may use this funding to allow eligible entities to offer energy efficiency loans to customers in any part of their service territory in accordance to § 7 CFR part 1719. The Administrator may approve loans proposing to include these eligible activities for entities currently in the queue provided they still meet all of the application requirements. Additionally, subject to appropriations, funding for projects may be used to replace manufactured housing units with another manufactured housing unit if the replacement would be more cost effective in saving energy. The Agency encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report to help improve life in rural America, See, www.usda.gov/ ruralprosperity. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include: Achieving eConnectivity for rural America, developing the rural economy, harnessing technological innovation, supporting a rural workforce, and improving quality of life. Application and Submission Information Application Requirements: All requirements for submission of an application under the RESP are subject to 7 CFR part 1719. Application Materials/Submission: The Letter of intent must be submitted by the Applicant in an electronic PDF (PDF) format not to exceed 10 Megabytes (10 MB) by electronic mail (email) to RESP@USDA.GOV. No paper letters of intent will be accepted. The completed loan application package must be submitted following the instructions that will be outlined in the RUS Invitation to proceed to the RESP Applicant. The loan application package must be marked with the subject line ‘‘Attention: Christopher McLean, Assistant Administrator for the Electric Program; RESP Loan Application. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), OMB approved this information collection under OMB Control Number 0572–0151. This NOSA contains no new reporting or recordkeeping burdens under OMB control number 0572–0151 that would require approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). USDA Non-Discrimination Statement In accordance with Federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or E:\FR\FM\02APN1.SGM 02APN1 18550 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 64 / Thursday, April 2, 2020 / Notices activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339 (English) or (800) 845–6136 (Spanish). Individuals who wish to file a Program Discrimination Complaint must complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF). To file a program discrimination complaint, you may obtain a complaint form by sending an email to Cr-info@ ascr.usda.gov or calling (866) 632–9992 to request the form. A letter may also be written containing all of the information requested in the form. Send the completed complaint form or letter by mail to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250– 9410, or email at program.intake@ usda.gov. Additional information can be found online at https:// www.ascr.usda.gov/filingprogramdiscrimination-complaintusdacustomer. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. Chad Rupe, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2020–06341 Filed 4–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the North Carolina Advisory Committee U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the North Carolina Advisory Committee (Committee) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, from 12:00– 1:00 p.m. EST for the purpose of discussing the committee’s civil rights project. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, from 12:00– 1:00 p.m. EST. 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Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–977–8339 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number. Members of the public are also entitled to submit written comments; the comments must be received in the regional office within 30 days following the meeting. Written comments may be mailed to the Advisory Committee Management Unit, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 230 S. Dearborn, Suite 2120, Chicago IL 60604. They may also be emailed to Carolyn Allen at callen@ usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Regional Programs Unit Office at (312) 353–8311. Records generated from this meeting may be inspected and reproduced at the Regional Programs Unit Office, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Records of the meeting will be available via www.facadatabase.gov under the Commission on Civil Rights, Indiana Advisory Committee link. Persons interested in the work of this Committee are directed to the Commission’s website, http:// www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Regional Programs Unit Office at the above email or street address. Agenda I. Welcome and Roll Call II. Announcements and Updates III. Discussion: a. Discussion of Reappointments b. Discussion of Chair for the committee c. Civil Rights Project in Indiana IV. Future Plans and Actions PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 V. Public Comment VI. Adjournment Dated: March 30, 2020. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. [FR Doc. 2020–06918 Filed 4–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–351–842] Certain Uncoated Paper From Brazil: Preliminary Results of Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order; 2018–2019 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. 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statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 64 / Thursday, April 2, 2020 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Announcement of Funding Availability, Loan Application 
Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP)

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA).

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an Agency of the United 
States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is soliciting letters of 
intent for loan applications under the Rural Energy Savings Program 
(RESP), announcing the application process for those loans and 
deadlines for applications from eligible entities for funding in fiscal 
year (FY) 2020, until expended or further notice.

DATES: To be considered for this funding, applications under this NOSA 
will be accepted immediately. The RESP application process is described 
in detail pursuant to 7 CFR part 1719. In brief, the RESP is comprised 
of two steps:
    Step 1: To be considered for financing, an Applicant seeking 
financing must submit a Letter of intent, in an electronic PDF (PDF) 
format not to exceed 10 Megabytes (10 MB) by electronic mail (email) to 
[email protected]. No paper letters of intent will be accepted. The Letters 
of intent will be queued as they are received. If it advances program 
and policy goals, RUS may consider loan applications from Eligible 
entities that have submitted Letters of intent under prior funding 
announcements but were not invited to proceed with a loan application.
    Step 2: A RESP applicant that has been invited in writing by RUS to 
proceed with the loan application, will have up to ninety (90) days to 
complete and submit to RUS the documentation for a complete loan 
application. The ninety (90) day timeframe will begin on the date the 
RESP applicant receives RUS' Invitation to proceed. If the deadline to 
submit the completed loan application falls on Saturday, Sunday, or a 
Federal holiday, the application is due the next business day. The loan 
application package must be marked with the subject line ``Attention: 
Christopher McLean, Assistant Administrator for the Electric Program; 
RESP Loan Application.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Coates, Electric Program, Rural 
Utilities Service, Rural Development, United States Department of 
Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 1568, Room 0257-S, 
Washington, DC 20250-1510; Telephone: (202) 260-5415; Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: These loans are made available 
under the authority of Section 6407 of the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002, as amended, and the Rural Electrification Act 
of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.

General Information

    The purpose of the RESP is to help rural families and small 
businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified 
consumers through eligible entities to implement durable cost-effective 
energy efficiency measures pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 8107a(a) of the RESP 
authorizing statute. The Secretary may use this funding to allow 
eligible entities to offer energy efficiency loans to customers in any 
part of their service territory in accordance to Sec.  7 CFR part 1719. 
The Administrator may approve loans proposing to include these eligible 
activities for entities currently in the queue provided they still meet 
all of the application requirements. Additionally, subject to 
appropriations, funding for projects may be used to replace 
manufactured housing units with another manufactured housing unit if 
the replacement would be more cost effective in saving energy.
    The Agency encourages applications that will support 
recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report to help 
improve life in rural America, See, www.usda.gov/ruralprosperity. 
Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable 
results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable 
economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships 
and innovation. Key strategies include: Achieving e-Connectivity for 
rural America, developing the rural economy, harnessing technological 
innovation, supporting a rural workforce, and improving quality of 
life.

Application and Submission Information

    Application Requirements: All requirements for submission of an 
application under the RESP are subject to 7 CFR part 1719.
    Application Materials/Submission: The Letter of intent must be 
submitted by the Applicant in an electronic PDF (PDF) format not to 
exceed 10 Megabytes (10 MB) by electronic mail (email) to 
[email protected]. No paper letters of intent will be accepted. The 
completed loan application package must be submitted following the 
instructions that will be outlined in the RUS Invitation to proceed to 
the RESP Applicant. The loan application package must be marked with 
the subject line ``Attention: Christopher McLean, Assistant 
Administrator for the Electric Program; RESP Loan Application.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
chapter 35), OMB approved this information collection under OMB Control 
Number 0572-0151. This NOSA contains no new reporting or recordkeeping 
burdens under OMB control number 0572-0151 that would require approval 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights 
regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and 
employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA 
programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, 
national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender 
expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, 
family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance 
program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil 
rights activity, in any program or

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activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all 
programs).
    Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or 
incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of 
communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency or 
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA 
through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 (English) or (800) 
845-6136 (Spanish).
    Individuals who wish to file a Program Discrimination Complaint 
must complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF). To 
file a program discrimination complaint, you may obtain a complaint 
form by sending an email to [email protected] or calling (866) 632-
9992 to request the form. A letter may also be written containing all 
of the information requested in the form. Send the completed complaint 
form or letter by mail to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, 
Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20250-9410, or email at [email protected]. Additional information 
can be found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-programdiscrimination-complaint-usdacustomer.
    USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Chad Rupe,
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-06341 Filed 4-1-20; 8:45 am]
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