ACRE3 - Energy Efficiency

The Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program is now accepting applications (download pdf to your desktop and open in Adobe Reader or Pro before filling this out) 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.

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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.