Rural Areas Benefit from new REAP Awards

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

The USDA announced another round of awards for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in mid-July, bringing benefits to 56 states and territories and to a wide range of agricultural sectors. REAP continues to help reduce costs, protect and increase jobs and to produce homegrown clean energy.

Flagshooter hybrid wind/ solar project.The July 2016 round of awards reflect broad interest in cutting energy costs with energy efficiency, the highest number and dollar value of grants. There were 470 awards for a total of $6.5 million in grants. (more…)

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Funded for 2016

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The dust has settled on funding the government for fiscal year 2016, which began on October 1, 2015. After protracted discussions, an omnibus bill was passed that continues funding for key Farm Bill clean energy programs, with some funding reductions.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP, Section 9007) is the cornerstone of the Farm Bill’s energy title. The House-passed appropriations measure would have reduced REAP mandatory funding by 28%, from $50 million to $35.8 million. The Senate measure maintained mandatory funding and added $.5 million in discretionary funding, restricted to loan guarantees.

The Omnibus included the Senate measure and REAP funding was preserved for 2016.

For other programs, the news was mixed: (more…)

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…)