CSAC Bulletin Article

Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments

March 9, 2023

Counties seeking to convert organic waste streams (e.g., food waste, sludge, manure, fats, oils, & greases etc.) into energy can receive technical assistance from the U.S Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The NREL provides U.S. local governments with technical assistance to advance waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies. Communities in the strategic planning phase when it comes to these waste streams are also eligible and encouraged to apply.

The technical assistance would provide local governments with the most relevant data for their decision-making. BETO will fund up to 40 hours of subject-matter assistance to local governments on a menu of options including waste resource information, techno-economic comparison of options, and market evaluation, among others.

Counties can apply online and applications are open through April 14, 2023. For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Technical Assistance web page.

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