National REAP Stakeholder Forum

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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

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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…)

Biomass Magazine: USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Though the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value.

To date, the program has put over $3.4 billion into rural economies, according to Anthony Crooks, USDA energy specialist. (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…)