In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The Deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is June 30, 2019. The Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000 requires cooperation and coordination in biomass research and development between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy. The Biomass Act was re-authorized in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. FCEA section 9008(d) established the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and lays forth its meetings, coordination, duties, terms, and membership types. Committee members are paid travel and per diem for each meeting. The Committee must meet quarterly and should not duplicate the efforts of other Federal advisory committees. Meetings are typically two days in duration. Three meetings are held in the Washington DC area and the fourth is held at a site to be determined each year. Nominations this year are needed for the following categories in order to address the Committee’s needs: (D) 2 prominent engineers or scientists from government (non-federal) or academia that have expertise in biofuels and biobased products; (L) an individual with expertise in agronomy, crop science, or soil science; and (M) an individual with expertise in carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and sequestration. Nominations for other categories will also be accepted. Appointments to the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will be made by the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of Agriculture.
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