A key to America’s clean energy future lies in the promise of our rural communities. Wind power, solar power and energy efficiency, as well as technologies like anaerobic digesters, are creating new revenue for farmers and ranchers, making rural businesses more competitive, and cutting greenhouse gas pollution from our nation’s agricultural production centers.
The message is out that the wind and sun can be harvested alongside grain and livestock. Since 2003, the Farm Bill’s popular Energy Title programs have helped bring clean energy to thousands of farmers, ranchers, rural electric coops and rural small businesses across the country. Every year, demand outstrips supply for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) because rural communities want to be a part of America’s shifting energy landscape.
What is ELPC Doing?
ELPC led the charge to create the Farm Bill’s first-ever clean energy programs in 2002. That Clean Energy Title included more than $400 million for clean energy development in rural communities – the largest federal clean energy investment in 20 years.
Since then, ELPC has continued to provide a national leadership role in improving, expanding and defending the programs as the federal Farm Bill evolves and faces new challenges and opportunities. ELPC advocates work with a large and diverse group of allies across the country, including commodity groups, clean energy advocates, farmers unions, rural electric coops and agricultural groups. Together, we promote the programs in rural communities, track on-the-ground progress, highlight success stories in the media, leverage the program’s success to convince Congress to continue program funding, and design strong implementation rules to make the program as effective as possible.
With offices across the Midwest and in Washington, D.C., ELPC plays a critical role in ensuring the success of farm energy. To learn more about these programs, visit ELPC’s dedicated website, FarmEnergy.org.