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08-15-13 *ACEEE News* Growing the Rural Economy with Energy Efficiency…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2013

ACEEE - American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy logoWith all the attention that certain provisions in the Farm Bill have been getting lately, it’s easy for those of us of the urban (and suburban) persuasion to forget that there’s more to the bill than just crop subsidies and food stamps. An important part of USDA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in rural areas, and one of the ways they can do this is through promoting energy efficiency.

Today ACEEE is publishing Energy Efficiency Opportunities at USDA, a white paper which outlines the main programs at USDA that provide funding that can be used for energy efficiency. Some are more well-known as energy efficiency programs, like the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Others haven’t been used for energy efficiency in years. These programs make up a toolkit that the energy efficiency community should keep in mind when working in rural areas…

About ACEEE: The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visitaceee.org.

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