ACEEE Lauds Energy-Efficiency Provisions in Farm Bill

ACEEE Lauds Energy-Efficiency Provisions in Farm Bill

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy commends the U.S. Senate for passing the Energy Title in the Farm Bill on Wednesday. The title provides energy efficiency and renewable audits, loans, and grants to farmers.

"We applaud the Senate for recognizing the need to address energy issues in this important sector of our economy, which has received far less attention than it deserves," said Steven Nadel, ACEEE's executive director.

In particular, ACEEE said it is pleased to see the inclusion of “a well-designed and well-funded farm audit program aimed at encouraging the use of on-farm renewable energy systems and identifying energy efficiency opportunities.”

The 1.9 million farms in the United States paid more than $4.5 billion for energy in 1997 (the most recent year for which U.S. Department of Agriculture data are available), i.e., approximately 4% of total farm expenses. The bill's conservative assumption is that 10% to 30% of farmers' energy costs could be saved, resulting in $450 million to $1.35 billion in savings per year.

ACEEE is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.