USDA BCAP qualifier list nearly triples

By Anna Austin
Posted September 16, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. CST

The USDA has updated the list of qualifiers for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, bringing the running total to 23.

In early September, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the USDA had made the first matching payment under BCAP, a 2008 Farm Bill program, which provides financial assistance to producers or entities that deliver eligible biomass material to designated biomass conversion facilities to produce heat, power, biobased products or biofuels.

Under the BCAP program, biomass producers, who sell their crops to qualified biomass conversion facilities, are eligible to receive up to 75 percent of the cost of establishing and planting eligible biomass crops within a BCAP project area. In addition, the USDA will provide annual payments to help compensate for lost opportunity costs until the crops are established, and will provide further financial assistance for the collection, harvest, storage and transportation of biomass crops by matching the amounts paid to producers by the biomass conversion facility, up to $45 per dry ton.

The first to make the list was Missouri-based Show Me Energy Co-op, which was joined by eight more biomass conversion facilities the first week in September.

The current list of BCAP qualifiers are:

Thermal Energy Development Partnership LP
DG Fairhaven Power LLC
Collins Pine Company
Wheelabrator Shasta Energy Co. Inc.
Rio Bravo Fresno
Rio Bravo Rocklin
Community Renewable Energy Services Inc.
Woodland Biomass Power Ltd.
Merced Power LLC.
Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass LLC
Madera Power LLC
Green Circle Bio Energy Inc.
Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
Coeur D'Alene Fiber Fuels Inc.
Prairie BioEnergy Cooperative
Agrielectric Power Partners LP
Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC
Show Me Energy Cooperative
Nevada Department of Corrections Biomass Plant
Niagara Generation LLC
Norbord South Carolina
Roseburg Forest Products-Russelville LLC
Indeck Ladysmith LLC

To learn more about BCAP, visit