|Authorized Programs Subject to Appropriations
Bioenergy and biomass energy Section 9003 Biorefinery Development GrantsCreates a grant program to help establish facilities for the conversion of biomass into electricity, fuels, chemicals and other marketable products.
Renewables and energy efficiency Section 9005 Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development ProgramEstablishes a cost-share grant program to assist farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses identify and assess their renewable energy resources, and energy improvement potential linked in part to incentives available under Section 9006 and other financial assistance programs Participant must pay at least 25% of assessment and energy efficiency audit costs.
Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies Section 9007 Hydrogen and fuel cell technologiesThe USDA and DOE are directed to enter into a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the development and promotion of hydrogen and fuel cell technology programs for rural communities and agricultural producers and to disseminate information on potential applications (funding not clear)
Carbon sequestration Section 9009 Carbon sequestration Cooperative Research and Extension ProjectsAuthorizes R&D programs for quantifying and measuring carbon and other greenhouse gases in soil, plants and other agricultural settings.