On May 23, 2017, EERE published in the Federal Register a solicitation for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly to advise DOE and USDA points of contact on the Biomass R&D Initiative and priority technical biomass R&D needs, and to make written recommendations to the Biomass R&D Board, while aiming to not duplicate efforts of other federal advisory committees. Nominations are due to Dr. Mark Elless, the EERE Designated Federal Officer, by June 30, 2017.

The next Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which is open to the public, will take place June 15-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. and will focus on developing advice and guidance that promotes R&D leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products. Stakeholders interested in attending the meeting and/or presenting oral comments should contact Dr. Mark Elless (Mark.Elless@EE.Doe.Gov) and Roy Tiley (rtiley@bcs-hq.com) at least five business days prior to the meeting. Meeting minutes will be available for public review on the Biomass R&D website following the meeting. More information on the meeting is available in the Federal Register notice.