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The ACRE3 program, in coordination with USDA NRCS-Colorado and the Colorado Energy Office, announces the availability of $250,000 for agricultural energy efficiency projects. Note: Download the application to your desktop and open/complete in Adobe Reader or Pro (not your web browser - which may prevent saving your form). Accepted Quarterly.
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Apply For Energy Audits
The Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program is now accepting applications for energy audits on a continual basis. Learn how this program is already saving Cottonwood Dairy 25% in monthly electricity costs in this Case Study .
Many energy efficiency opportunities can be very economical, paying for themselves in two years or less. You may even find some practical ways to cut energy costs without spending a dime.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture has partnered with the Colorado Energy Office, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service-Colorado, and other partners to promote the EQIP On-Farm Energy Initiative for conducting on-farm energy audits. All EQIP-eligible Colorado dairies, irrigators, greenhouses, and cold storage facilities can receive technical and financial assistance from the ACRE3 program through the Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program.
An AgEMP starts with an agricultural energy audit that may include an assessment of on-site renewable energy resources if desired. This fact sheet, from Colorado State University Extension, provides a very good, brief overview of the considerations when starting an agricultural energy audit as part of an Agricultural Energy Management Plan.
How to Participate in the Acre3 Program.
NRCS Energy Calculator Tools
NRCS Energy Efficiency Self-Assessment Tools
WSU Extension: Energy Auditor Checklist
Colorado Agricultural Energy Market Research Report
CSU Extension: Agricultural Energy Audits
SARE Learning Center: On-Farm Energy Conservation & Efficiency Course
Wisconsin Focus On Energy – Dairy Processing Energy Best Practice Guidebook
USDairy: Sustainability for Farmers: Farm Energy Efficiency
USDairy Best Practices Guide: Energy Savings Opportunities for Dairy
Wisconsin Focus On Energy – Ten Easy Ways to Cut Energy Costs in Existing Greenhouse Spaces
Brewers Association – Energy Sustainability Manual