USDA in New York Offers Funding for On-Farm Energy Audits Astor Boozer of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced New York’s participation in a Federal energy initiative designed to help farmers improve energy efficiency on their opera
GardenNews.biz - Jan 08,2011 - USDA in New York Offers Funding for On-Farm Energy Audits
Syracuse, N. Y., January 7, 2011
– State Conservationist Astor Boozer of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced New York’s participation in a Federal energy initiative designed to help farmers improve energy efficiency on their operations. The energy initiative provides funding for individual on-farm energy audits, intended to save both money and energy when fully implemented. To apply for this fiscal year’s funding, applications must be submitted by January 28, 2011.
“On average agriculture energy management plans can identify energy savings between 10 to 35 percent,” said Craig Metz, President of EnSave. EnSave is a leading energy efficiency company in the United States and a registered Technical Service Provider (TSP) with NRCS. The energy audits will be individually tailored to ensure coverage of each farm's primary energy uses such as milk cooling, irrigation pumping, heating and cooling of livestock production facilities, lighting, manure transfer, grain drying, and similar on-farm activities.
Implementation will occur in stages beginning with the short-term immediate goal of providing the on-farm energy audits, through the development of an energy management plan. The plan is used to identify ways operations can improve energy efficiency. Funding is available for two separate energy Conservation Activity Plans (CAP). One plan can be developed for the farm headquarters area and another plan is available for the landscape or field areas of an agriculture operation.
The 2008 Farm Bill provides authority to use the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for payment of conservation activities involving the development of these energy management plans. All plans must be developed by a Technical Service Provider (TSP). A directory of TSPs can be found at the TechReg Web site.
More information about USDA’s energy initiative is available online at the USDA-NRCS New York Energy Initiative Web site. Applications can be submitted at your local USDA Service Center.