Maryland Offshore Wind Research Grants Now Available
To further Maryland’s role as an offshore wind energy development hub, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has announced a $2 million Request for Application (RFA). The request seeks proposals from Maryland’s public colleges and universities, and will award grants between $250,000 and $1,000,000 on a competitive basis.
Issued in collaboration with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the RFA and subsequent grants will be paid for with funds committed by Exelon as a condition of its merger with Constellation Energy.
Applications are due April 15, 2013. For more information please visit MHEC’s grant webpage.
48C Phase II Tax Credit Announced; Webinar Scheduled for February 12, 2013
Dear friends of EERE,
As you know, the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits (commonly referred to as 48C) was established by the Recovery Act to support investment in domestic clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing facilities through a competitively-awarded 30% investment tax credit.
I wanted to make sure that you saw yesterday’s announcement (below) about the availability of $150 million in a second round of 48C. The initial round provided $2.3 billion in credits to 183 projects across the country. The $150 million in tax credits are being made available now because they were not used by the previous awardees.
These remaining tax credits will be allocated on a competitive basis. Projects will be assessed by the Department of Energy based on the following criteria: commercial viability, domestic job creation, technological innovation, speed to project completion, and potential for reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The Department of Energy will also consider additional factors including diversity of geography, technology, project size, and regional economic development.
The full solicitation is available on the IRS website.
The program supports manufacturing of a range of clean energy products, from renewable energy equipment to energy efficiency products to advanced energy storage and carbon capture technology.
A full list of eligible projects is included in the 48C Manufacturing Tax Credit fact sheet.
send questions about the program to the IRS by fax at 713-209-3964 or leave a message at 713-209-3669. Please include your telephone and fax number in your message.
DOE will be hosting an informational webinar on the 48C Phase II Program for potential applicants (taxpayers) on February 12, 2013 at 2:00 Eastern time. This initial webinar will provide information about how to prepare the Concept Paper. Participants will have the opportunity to submit written questions during the webinar. Answers will be posted on the
IRS website and on
DOE’s eXCHANGE system under the 48C Phase II opportunity announcement. The February 12, 2013 webinar will address topics related to the Concept Paper phase of the process only. Applicants who are subsequently invited to submit a Full Application will also be invited to a webinar addressing that stage of the process.
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Markets and Capability Listing
Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) based in Maryland that are considering to participate in Maryland’s offshore wind energy supply chain are encouraged to complete the attached short profile in for the Business Coalition to build up a data bank of possible resources and future contact and development.
Special Interest Groups
It is expected that BizMDOWS will help establish Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which will be organized by sector and/or topic area and will seek to engage with companies that share common interests. Examples of SIGs include:
- Trade opportunities such as light-structure manufacturing
- Marinized components
- Computational process modeling
SIGs are expected to consist of small number of members. It is anticipated that support can be given to SIGs through workshops and webinars but can also include activities such as site visits and organized visits to trade-fairs and relevant conferences in the US and abroad.
Brief descriptions of ongoing SIGs can be found on this website while any upcoming workshops and activities are published on the events’ page.
Networking Events and Conferences
BizMDOWD will list important industry events organized throughout the year in response to offshore wind energy. Examples of past events include AWEA’s Offshore Wind Energy Conference in Baltimore. These events provide valuable networking opportunities for Maryland businesses.
In addition, BizMDOSW will provide references, resources, developments and lessons learned from Europe’s offshore wind energy supply chains.
Please register with the website to stay informed of new developments and up-coming events throughout Maryland!
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