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California Department of Food and Agriculture



Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP)


About


Dairy digesters are a renewable technology that uses livestock manure to produce methane, which is a renewable source of electrical energy generation and transportation fuel. The technology has many environmental and social benefits. More information on dairy digesters can be found on the CalEPA Dairy Digesters webpage and the USEPA AgSTAR Anaerobic Digestion webpage. Learn more about dairy digesters in California in CDFA’s Cow Power video, a part of the Growing California series showcasing California's diverse agricultural scene in partnership with California Grown.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is developing a new Dairy Digester Research and Development Program authorized by the Budget Act of 2014 (Chapter 25, Statutes of 2014). CDFA was appropriated $12 million dollars from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. An estimated $11 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental benefits, and an estimated $500,000 will be made available for research and demonstration projects that improve the economic performance of dairy digesters in California. The objective will be met by providing funds on a competitive basis for: a) dairy digester development (Phase I) and b) dairy digester research (Phase II).

The program is guided by the Statement of Principles of the California–Federal Dairy Digester Working Group. The Working Group is a partnership of state, federal and local agencies with the common goal of identifying and removing barriers to the wide adoption of dairy digester systems in California.

Phase I Dairy Digester Development


This phase of the program will provide $11 million in competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance for the implementation of dairy digesters that result in reduced GHG emissions and provide other environmental benefits.

The Request for Grant Applications for this phase was released on January 12, 2015 and applications were accepted until February 23, 2015.

Estimated Timeline (Subject to Change)

Item Estimated Dates
Public Stakeholder Meetings for Program Design Feedback November 2014
Request for Grant Applications released January 12, 2015
Grant Application Workshop (Tulare) January 21, 2015
Grant Application Workshop (Webinar) January 27, 2015
Grant Application Workshop (Sacramento) January 28, 2015
Complete Application for DDRDP Funding due February 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PST
Proposal evaluation period March – April 2015
Announce grant awardees May – June 2015
Project Implementation to begin July 2015

Please check the website for updates to timeline.


Phase II Dairy Digester Research


A total of $500,000 will be made available for research and demonstration projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; facilitate improved understanding of the scientific and technical aspects of dairy digesters; and provide information about economic feasibility, widespread implementation and environmental benefits. Please check this website for updates on the research program.

Public Stakeholder Meeting

A public stakeholder meeting was scheduled on March 4, 2015 to explain Phase II of this new program and to receive comments and suggestions. Comments on the Program Framework were accepted in writing until March 18, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PDT. A summary of comments received is available.

Request for Proposals — Application Process

Applicants are invited to submit grant proposals by email to: grants@cdfa.ca.gov no later than 5: 00 P.M. PDT on Friday, May 15, 2015. Proposals submitted must be in line with at least one of the program’s research priorities and must demonstrate quantifiable, verifiable greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The Request for Proposals is accompanied by the following templates to be used with the application which must be downloaded separately: (i) Cover Page, (ii) Work Plan and (iii) Budget.

The deadline to receive questions for assistance on the application process was April 20, 2015. A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) received and responses are available.

Estimated Timeline (Subject to Change)

Item Estimated Dates
Public Stakeholder Meetings for Program Design Feedback March 4, 2015
Public comment period March 4 – March 18, 2015
Request for proposals released April 9, 2015
Application due May 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PDT
Proposal evaluation period May – June 2015
Announce grant awardees June – July 2015

Please check the website for updates to timeline.


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Contact

To be notified about the program, interested parties should contact CDFA’s Grants Office at grants@cdfa.ca.gov and request to be put on the e-mail notification list for the Dairy Digester Program.