[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 141 (Tuesday, July 23, 2013)]
[Pages 44103-44104]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-17669]



Announcement of Public Meetings To Receive Comments on Draft 
Solicitation for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of public meetings to receive comments on draft 


SUMMARY: The Loan Programs Office (LPO) of the Department of Energy 
(DOE) announces that it will hold a series of public meetings to 
receive comments on the draft of a potential future solicitation 
announcement for Federal Loan Guarantees for Advanced Fossil Energy 

DATES: The public meetings will be held on the following dates and 
times in Room 6E-069 at DOE's Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence 
Ave. SW., Washington, DC:

                  Date                                 Time
July 31, 2013..........................  1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
August 14, 2013........................  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
August 27, 2013........................  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The draft solicitation is available on LPO's Web site at 
    United States citizens that want to comment on the draft of a 
potential future solicitation announcement for Federal Loan Guarantees 
for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects are invited to attend any of the 
meetings listed in DATES. To attend, send an email with the names, 
affiliation, and titles of the attendee(s) to: 
[email protected] by 5:00 p.m. ET at least 
two days prior to the relevant public meeting.

[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOE published a Request for Comments on 
Draft Solicitation in the Federal Register on July 9, 2013 (78 FR 
41046). Persons desiring to submit comments may do so either in writing 
according to the directions in that publication or verbally by 
attending one of the meetings announced in this notice. It is not 
necessary to do both. All comments, whether submitted in writing or 
given at a meeting, will be considered. Neither method of commenting 
will cause comments to be given greater or lesser consideration. 
However, only United States citizens can attend any of the public 
meetings. Non-U.S. citizens should provide their comments to the draft 
solicitation in writing.
    Persons attending any of the meetings should note:
    (1) The purpose of the meetings is for DOE to receive comments on 
the draft solicitation. DOE intends to consider all comments (whether 
provided in writing or at a meeting) prior to issuing the final 
solicitation. Specific projects will not be addressed by DOE until 
applications are submitted pursuant to a final solicitation, if any.
    (2) Persons other than representatives from DOE may be at any of 
the meetings.
    (3) DOE will take notes of each meeting, including attendees' 
names, affiliations, and titles. DOE may publish those notes on the LPO 
Web site.
    (4) Written materials provided to DOE at any of the meetings may be 
published on the LPO Web site.
    (5) Arrive no later than thirty minutes prior to the scheduled 
meeting time in order to allow sufficient time for security screening.
    DOE is considering a potential future solicitation announcement for 
Federal Loan Guarantees for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects. Should DOE 
choose to proceed which such a solicitation, applicants would be 
invited to apply for loan guarantees from DOE to finance projects and 
facilities located in the United States that employ innovative and 
advanced fossil energy technologies (``Advanced Fossil Energy 
Projects''). DOE may make up to Eight Billion Dollars ($8,000,000,000) 
in loan guarantee authority available under the proposed solicitation 
for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects. DOE is considering including in 
any potential future solicitation projects or facilities that (1) 
Avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emission of 
greenhouse gases, (2) employ New or Significantly Improved Technology 
as compared to Commercial Technology in service in the United States at 
the time the Term Sheet is issued (as each capitalized term is defined 
in the regulations implementing Title XVII,

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which are set forth in Part 609 under Chapter II of Title 10 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations), and (3) use advanced fossil energy 
technology (within the meaning of that term in Section 1703(b)(2) of 
Title XVII) and are described in one or more of the following 
technology areas: (a) Advanced resource development, (b) carbon 
capture, (c) low-carbon power systems, or (d) efficiency improvements. 
DOE is assuming that the scope of any potential solicitation would be 
broad. All fossil fuels, including, without limitation, coal, natural 
gas, oil, shale gas, oil gas, coal bed methane, methane hydrates, and 
others, may be included in the potential future solicitation. DOE is 
considering including both electrical and non-electrical fossil energy 
    While comments are sought on all aspects of the draft solicitation, 
DOE is particularly interested in comments regarding the weighting 
percentage allocated to each category for evaluations (Programmatic, 
Technical, Policy, and Financial), and the categories themselves.

    Statutory authority:  Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 
2005 (42 U.S.C. 16511 et seq.).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2013.
David G. Frantz,
Deputy Executive Director, Loan Programs Office.
[FR Doc. 2013-17669 Filed 7-22-13; 8:45 am]