6.1.5 Subsidies for Bioenergy Feedstock Development

LPDD Recommendation: “Congress could condition the receipt of federal subsidy funds in the agricultural sector on the implementation of sustainable bioenergy feedstock practices.”

LPDD Recommendation: “Congress should expand the BCAP to more explicitly account for a wider array of bioenergy end uses, and should condition financial assistance on sustainable biomass feedstock cultivation criteria.”

LPDD Recommendation: “To the extent that bioenergy feedstock lands can be made to sequester more carbon through improved manage­ment techniques, Congress should amend the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act to condition receipt of forest stewardship management funds on the incorporation of such techniques.”

LPDD Recommendation: “USFS could potentially use its discretion under the federal Forest Legacy Program to allow for bioenergy feedstock production, while at the same time requiring decarbonization-driven standards for such lands.”

LPDD Recommendation: “USFS could utilize its discretion under the Healthy Forests Reserve Program to enhance carbon sequestration on forestlands to allow the production of bioenergy feedstocks—so long as production occurs according to decar­bonization criteria related to sustainability (particularly related to biodiversity protection), enhanced carbon sequestration management methods, and related measures.”

Maine’s Wood Energy Investment Program

Requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to use funds to provide incentives and low-interest or no-interest loans for new wood-derived thermal energy or cogeneration projects.

Healthy Forests Reserve Program

The US Forest Service could use its discretion under this program to subsidize the production of bioenergy feedstocks.

Forest Legacy Program

The US Forestry Service could use its discretion under this program to allow for bioenergy feedstock production, while requiring decarbonization-standards for such lands.

Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act

Funds state initiatives aimed at helping private forest owners achieve helping private forest owners achieve forest stewardship management planning. This program could condition future aid on incorporating decarbonization techniques.

Biomass Research and Development Initiative

USDA and DOE provides grant funding for projects addressing research, development, and demonstration of biofuels and bio-based products and the methods, practices, and technologies for their production.