BCAP and REAP in danger of losing funding
A bill that would eliminate funding for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program and the Rural Energy for America Program has been approved by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and several other agencies and is headed to the full House Appropriations Committee for mark-up on May 31.
If you are, or could potentially, benefit from these programs and haven’t already called your representatives in Washington, I would do so immediately.
The BCAP program, although it’s had it difficulties, is the best way forward for the widespread use of biomass for bioenergy. If funding for the program is eliminated it could pull the rug out from under many current and future projects, not just power and thermal but also cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels endeavors.
The REAP has provided grant and loan guarantees for many renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
If there was ever a time for the bioenergy proponents to come together for a common cause, it’s now.
For more information, read Biomass Power & Thermal Associate Editor Lisa Gibson’s story “House Ag Appropriations votes to cut BCAP, REAP.”