USDA Releases REAP Funds for FY2014 and FY2015

Monday, December 29th, 2014

(December 29, 2014) The USDA released today a notice of solicitation of applications (NOSA) for the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). This funding notice releases mandatory funding for both FY2014 and FY2015, as well as discretionary funding recently made available in the “Cromnibus.”

With two years of funding released at the same time, this NOSA sets a record for the largest REAP funding notice in program history, of $101.35 million. (more…)

First Round of 2014 REAP Funding Announced

Monday, May 5th, 2014

May 5, 2014  – Today the USDA announced funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to farmer, ranchers and rural small businesses for a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. You can download the Notice of Funding Availability here

Today’s funding announcement is the first of two rounds of funding to be announced this year. The available funds are from the 2014 Congressional appropriation of $3.5 million and include an additional $24. (more…)

2014 Farm Bill’s Energy Title Provisions

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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REAP Funding Notice for 2013 Released

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The USDA on Friday, March 29th, released a funding notice for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for 2013. While the funding levels have diminished, the funding this year will help hundreds of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the country reach fruition. (more…)

A Fighting Chance for Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs

Friday, October 5th, 2012

October 5, 2012 – With Congress adjourned until after November elections, the existing Farm Bill has (temporarily) lapsed, along with nearly all Energy Title programs. The Farm Bill’s successful Energy Title has a fighting chance of survival with support in both parties and both chambers. (more…)

House Ag Committee Farm Bill Eliminates Funding For Farm Energy

Monday, July 16th, 2012

MADISON, WI – On Thursday, July 12, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture eliminated mandatory funding for Farm Bill energy programs that encourage new sources of homegrown energy, create rural jobs and foster energy security.

“Eliminating mandatory funding would effectively end programs that have propelled agricultural energy development,” said Andy Olsen, Senior Policy Advocate with the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC). “The loss of mandatory funding means the programs would need to compete annually for dwindling discretionary funding.” (more…)