Rural America embraces USDA clean energy push

Sep 29, 2023

The USDA is making big moves with clean energy in rural America. Thanks to the President’s Inflation Reduction Act, the USDA is rolling out programs that are all about clean energy, job creation, and helping out communities that need it most. 

Tom Vilsack is excited. These programs are a golden opportunity to build a clean energy economy in rural America. Rural America and electric cooperatives are all in, saying ‘yes’ to federal funding for clean energy! 

Here’s the scoop – nearly $13 billion is up for grabs to help build clean energy infrastructure. This means more renewable and zero-emission systems and better energy efficiency. This all helps in reducing greenhouse gases and making energy more affordable and reliable. 

The New ERA program is creating a buzz! It’s got proposals that are more than double the available funds, focusing on helping communities that need it the most. We’re talking about a giant investment of around $93 billion in rural America. The environmental impact is like removing 24 million cars off the roads for a year. 

But that’s not all! The PACE program has $1 billion available, and the requests are pouring in, totaling over $7.8 billion. REAP is also in the spotlight, with nearly $900 million in applications for helping farms and small businesses. 

These programs are part of a big plan by the administration to fight climate change and make sure everyone gets to benefit. It’s all about making things fairer and more accessible and helping communities that have been left behind. 

Source : wisconsinagconnection
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