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Thursday, October 27th, 2011

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Senate Appropriations Committee Slashes Funding for Farm Energy Programs

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Renewable Energy Cuts Far Out of Proportion

The Senate Appropriations Committee slashed funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill for FY2012. The Committee reduced overall funding from $75 million in FY2011 to $38.5 million in FY2012. REAP funding was already reduced in 2011 by 25% as the program continues to bear a disproportionate share of budget cuts. (more…)

House Eliminates REAP and Energy Crop Programs

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Decision Means Higher Energy Costs for Farms and Rural Businesses

(May 24, 2011) Today the House of Representatives’ Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee will  vote to eliminate the popular and effective Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in its 2012 appropriations bill. REAP is the only federal program successfully helping farmers and rural small businesses fight high energy costs with renewable energy systems and energy efficiency.

“Killing REAP leaves agriculture and rural businesses at the mercy of high oil and electricity prices,” said Andy Olsen, ELPC Senior Policy Advocate. (more…)

Senate Omnibus Appropriations Bill Slashes Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The Omnibus Appropriations Bill introduced to the US Senate late on December 14 would cut Farm Bill clean energy programs by over $120 million and would eliminate the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. See the following list of cuts:

  • Rural Energy for America Program, Section 9007. Cut from total $99.34 million in 2010 to $70 million in 2011.
  • Biomass Crop Assistance Program, Section 9011, is denied administrative funds, effectively killing the program.
  • Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, Section 9005 is reduced by $28 million.
  • Biorefinery Assistance Program Section 9003 is reduced by $56 million. (more…)

American Power Act Amps Up Rural Energy for America Program

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

For the first time, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was included in major federal energy legislation. On May 12, 2010, John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) included REAP in the American Power Act, a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill. Previously, REAP has only been in Farm Bills.

As described in the short summary of the American Power Act:

Additionally, the bill supports the Rural Energy for America Program, which has already reduced costs and created thousands of new clean energy jobs across rural America.

To help spur the development and deployment of clean energy technologies economy wide, the American Power Act will include REAP at a level nearly three times the FY2010 funding of $99.34 million. The American Power Act seeks to jumpstart our transition to a clean energy economy, creating jobs and investment nation-wide and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.  The bill would also provide direct support to energy consumers and incentivize energy efficiency and renewable energy development.

Though the REAP program was included in the official bill summaries, it was inadvertently omitted from the discussion draft and will be included in later revisions.

This Congress has pledged to pass either a climate or a clean energy bill. REAP serves the goals of either type of bill:

  • REAP cuts carbon pollution with energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment through rural economic development.
  • REAP helps energy independence and energy security by reducing energy waste with energy efficiency and increasing distributed – and resilient – energy systems.

2009 REAP Awards Boost Farm Energy Projects Across USA

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Harvest the windsFarm energy solutions are helping more American farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses realize new income and savings opportunities this year, while reducing carbon pollution and helping our environment. REAP is “Exhibit A” in how farm energy can both slash carbon pollution and create economic opportunity for agriculture.

To help meet the fast-growing interest in farm energy, Congress allocated a total of $60 million for REAP in FY2009, and more funding is possible next year. Even so, demand for REAP’s funds far exceeds available funding.

This year, USDA announced record awards for 2009 for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). USDA awarded these funds as grants and loan guarantees to over 1,500 farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses across the country for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. (more…)