Coop Tools to Advance Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Friday, April 10th, 2015

ELPC cosponsored a webinar recently highlighting how Rural Electric Cooperatives can develop renewable energy and energy efficiency to improve environmental stewardship while lowering energy costs. The webinar discussed federal resources that can support coop efforts for clean energy.


  • Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program, John-Michael Cross, Environmental and Energy Study Institute
  • Rural Energy for America Program for Cooperatives – Andy Olsen, Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Discussion with participants

Jointly presented by Environmental Law & Policy Center and Clean Energy Ambassadors. You can also watch a recording of the webinar at the Clean Energy Ambassadors page.


“REAP Round-Up” Training Webinars Available

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

(February 13, 2015) The USDA has planned training webinars and provided a number of tools for applicants to access the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). These are all helpful given the recent overhaul of the program. (more…)

National REAP Stakeholder Forum

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Note: You can watch the video and presentations for this Forum here.


The USDA will host a forum (to be broadcast via webinar) on Friday, February 6th, at 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST. The purpose of the forum is to review the recent overhaul of REAP (the Rural Energy for America Program) and to discuss  opportunities and successes.  (more…)

Key Changes for REAP Program in 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

(January 6, 2015) With the release of the final rule, the USDA has overhauled the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The core program remains unchanged but a number of significant modifications should clarify and simplify the program. Following are key changes from the final rule, as provided by the USDA: (more…)

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…)

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”

Monday, December 15th, 2014

(December 15, 2104) The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on funding extensions and was facing a deadline that risked another government shutdown. At this writing the bill has been passed that will fund government operations through the remainder of FY2015 and the President is expected to sign it.

TurnbullThe bad news is that (more…)