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USDA/RBS RIN: 0570-AA50 Publication ID: Fall 2005 
Title: Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements  
Abstract: Section 9006 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2004 directs the implementation of a direct and guaranteed loan and grant program for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements for farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses. For fiscal year (FY) 2003, a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) was published on April 8 for the grant program. For FY 2004 a NOFA was published on May 5, 2004, for the grant program. The final rule will establish regulations to implement the direct and guaranteed loan and grant program. These regulations will allow for the integration of all program authorities and permit full attention to all of the potential contingencies and issues. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 4280   
Legal Authority: 7 USC 8106   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/05/2004  69 FR 59650   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/04/2004    
Second NPRM  11/15/2004  69 FR 65554   
Second NPRM Comment Period End  12/15/2004  69 FR 65554   
Final Action  07/18/2005  70 FR 41264   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Georg Shultz
Special Assistant Deputy Administrator, Business Programs
Department of Agriculture
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 3220,
Washington, DC 20250-3220
Phone:202 720-2976
Fax:202 690-0097
Email: georg.scultz@wdc.usda.gov