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Energy Program Helps Growers and Operators Save Energy and Money

As energy prices climb and growers and operators watch their bottom line shrink, a regional group has announced services to help conduct on-site energy audits and secure funding for energy efficiency upgrades. Producers and small rural businesses in western Oregon counties can receive these services at no charge.

Tangent, OR - As energy prices climb and growers and operators watch their bottom line shrink, a regional group has announced services to help conduct on-site energy audits and secure funding for energy efficiency upgrades. Those who want to pursue projects to save energy and money can find assistance through the Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) office.

The RC&D now offers on-site data collection and coordination for energy audits. The data is sent to professional auditors who conduct a detailed analysis of an operation’s energy use and provide the operator with a written report of recommendations to increase energy efficiency and save money.

In addition, the RC&D can provide growers with assistance in identifying and applying for funding to offset the cost of energy efficient upgrades and renewable energy systems.

“Once you have identified the energy saving alternatives that are right for you and your operation,” RC&D Coordinator Karen Strohmeyer explained, “there are a number of federal, state and utility programs that can offset the cost of upgrades.”

  • The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP, formerly the Section 9006 Program) administered by USDA Rural Development provides grants and low-cost loans of up to 75 percent of the cost of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses.
  • The Oregon Department of Energy (DOE) offers Business Energy Tax Credits, equal to 35 percent of eligible costs after a project is completed. In addition, the DOE administers a State Energy Loan Program, offering low interest, fixed rate loans.
  • Energy Trust of Oregon supports energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with financial incentives, in areas served by the state’s investor-owned utilities: PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas, and Avista.
  • Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) offers financial incentives to agricultural producers through the more than 20 electric cooperatives and public utility districts served by BPA.


The Cascade Pacific RC&D provides information on these and other relevant energy programs for agricultural producers and small rural businesses in western Oregon counties at no charge. In addition, growers and operators may contact Cascade Pacific RC&D for information on low-cost energy audits and services to package grant applications.


For more information on energy audits, agricultural and small rural business energy efficiency assistance, or the Cascade Pacific RC&D, contact Terry Johnson at (541) 760-6444, or visit our web site at: www.cascadepacific.org


The Cascade Pacific RC&D is a non-profit organization that coordinates projects with government, community groups, schools, non-profit groups, and many others to help them secure funding for local environmental and economic development projects.



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