Rural Utilities Service January 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Biorefinery Assistance Program
Document Number: 2012-1701
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Utilities Service
This notice announces there will be no funds available for the Biorefinery Assistance Program for FY 2012. Applications will not be accepted under this program until further notice.
Biorefinery Assistance Guaranteed Loans; Correction
Document Number: 2012-1149
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Agency published a rule in the Federal Register on February 14, 2011, establishing a guaranteed loan program for the development and construction of commercial-scale biorefineries and for the retrofitting of existing facilities using eligible technology for the development of advanced biofuels. The document inadvertently omitted provisions as to what an applicant is to do in the event either an appraisal is not completed or a credit rating cannot be obtained at the time of application. This document corrects the omissions.
Electric Engineering, Architectural Services, Design Policies and Construction Standards
Document Number: 2012-1157
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is amending the contract threshold amounts that require borrowers to use certain prescribed agency contract forms and the contract dollar amounts that require RUS review of contracts prior to the contract being effective. Also, RUS is raising the threshold amounts requiring RUS borrowers to use certain required procurement methods for materials, equipment and contract services that otherwise would require RUS prior approval. The changes in the threshold amounts will reduce the number of contracts reviewed by the RUS.
Dairyland Power Cooperative: CapX 2020 Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse Transmission Line Project
Document Number: 2012-705
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is extending the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 7 CFR 1794 related to providing financial assistance to Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) for its share in the construction of a proposed 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and associated infrastructure between Hampton, Minnesota and the La Crosse area in Wisconsin (the proposed project). Dairyland is participating in the proposed project with a number of other utilities (Applicants). The purpose of the proposed project is to: (1) Improve community reliability of the transmission system in Rochester, Winona, La Crosse, and the surrounding areas, which include areas served by Dairyland; (2) improve the regional reliability of the transmission system; and (3) increase generation outlet capacity.