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USDA/RBS RIN: 0570-AA76 Publication ID: Spring 2010 
Title: Rural Energy for America Program--Section 9007 
Abstract: The Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program (section 9006 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA)) has been expanded and renamed to the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) by section 9007 of The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. In addition to the financial assistance for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements under 7 CFR part 4280, subpart B, the program now provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance, which will be implemented in 7 CFR part 4280, subpart C, and renewable energy feasibility study grants will be incorporated into 7 CFR part 4280, subpart B. The program will increase energy independence and promote resource conservation, diversify markets for agricultural and forestry products, create jobs and enhance economic development in rural economies. Eligible applicants under 7 CFR part 4280, subpart C include units of State, tribal, and local government; land grant universities and other institutions of higher education, rural electric cooperatives or public power entities; and any similar entity determined eligible by the Secretary. Eligible entities under 7 CFR part 4280, Subpart B include rural small businesses and agricultural producers. The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) intends to revise 7 CFR part 4280, subpart B which includes streamlining application processing; application evaluation criteria, and construction and contracting requirements. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 4280-B; 7 CFR 4280-C (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.
Legal Authority: PL 110-246 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2010   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/00/2010   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kelley Oehler
Branch Chief
Department of Agriculture
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
STOP 3225, 1400 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20250-3225
Phone:202 720-6819
Fax:202 720-2213
Email: kelley.oehler@wdc.usda.gov

 
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