Colorado Energy Office receives $1.1 million from USDA to fund agricultural energy efficiency

Written By: Stratton Report
April 27, 2016

USDA

On April 27, the Colorado Energy Office announces that it received a $1.1 million USDA award to help finance energy efficiency improvements for Colorado farmers. The award comes through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program, and is matched through a $1.3 million cash and in-kind combined contribution from CEO, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and utility and industry partners.

The funds will help finance energy and water saving projects identified through CEO’s Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Program. Over the two-year grant period, the efficiency improvements are expected to achieve over 5,250 MWh of electricity savings and 524,000 gallons of water savings annually, and will provide additional environmental benefits to Colorado’s agricultural producers.

Jeff Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office commented:

“Over the last two years the Colorado Energy Office laid the foundation and identified significant opportunities for cost-effective energy savings in Colorado’s agriculture industry. Having USDA on-board as a funding partner helps overcome the upfront investment barrier so farmers can affordably build out projects that can provide long-term savings.”

Clint Evans, state conservationist for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service observed: “This grant will enable the implementation of cost-effective projects identified through Colorado’s statewide program, while meeting NRCS’s goal to integrate energy conservation into agricultural practices.”