7 U.S. Code § 8104 - Repowering assistance

§ 8104.
Repowering assistance
(a) In generalThe Secretary shall carry out a program to encourage biorefineries in existence on the date of enactment of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to replace fossil fuels used to produce heat or power to operate the biorefineries by making payments for—
the installation of new systems that use renewable biomass; or
the new production of energy from renewable biomass.
(b) Payments
(1) In general

The Secretary may make payments under this section to any biorefinery that meets the requirements of this section for a period determined by the Secretary.

(2) AmountThe Secretary shall determine the amount of payments to be made under this section to a biorefinery after considering—
the quantity of fossil fuels a renewable biomass system is replacing;
the percentage reduction in fossil fuel used by the biorefinery that will result from the installation of the renewable biomass system; and
the cost and cost effectiveness of the renewable biomass system.
(c) Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a payment under this section, a biorefinery shall demonstrate to the Secretary that the renewable biomass system of the biorefinery is feasible based on an independent feasibility study that takes into account the economic, technical and environmental aspects of the system.

(d) Funding
(1) Mandatory funding

Of the funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation, the Secretary shall use to make payments under this section $12,000,000 for fiscal year 2014, to remain available until expended.

(2) Discretionary funding

In addition to any other funds made available to carry out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.

References in Text

The date of enactment of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, referred to in subsec. (a), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–246, which was approved June 18, 2008.


Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 enacted identical sections. Pub. L. 110–234 was repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246.

Prior Provisions

A prior section 8104, Pub. L. 107–171, title IX, § 9004, May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 480, related to a biodiesel fuel education program, prior to the general amendment of this chapter by Pub. L. 110–246. See section 8106 of this title.


2014—Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 113–79, § 9004(1), substituted “$12,000,000 for fiscal year 2014” for “$35,000,000 for fiscal year 2009”.

Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 113–79, § 9004(2), substituted “$10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018” for “$15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2013”.

2013—Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 112–240 substituted “2013” for “2012”.

Effective Date of 2013 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 112–240 effective Sept. 30, 2012, see section 701(j) of Pub. L. 112–240, set out in a 1-Year Extension of Agricultural Programs note under section 8701 of this title.

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