An update on federal funding for energy programs, a reminder about ODOE's Rural & Agricultural Energy Audit Program, a new Grounded podcast episode on electric vehicles, and more.
Fall is a Great Time to Assess Energy Use Through Our Rural & Agricultural Energy Audit Program | With Oregon’s fall harvest wrapping up and planning underway for next year, now is the perfect time to learn about the Oregon Department of Energy’s Rural & Agricultural Energy Audit Program. ODOE was awarded a $100,000 grant earlier this year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which we will use to help pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of an energy audit for Oregon agricultural producers and rural small businesses. An energy audit may include inspection of buildings, processes, and/or equipment to analyze energy consumption and identify efficiency improvements to reduce a business’s energy use and costs. Energy audits can help prioritize potential improvement projects based on energy savings, payback period, and other factors. An energy audit is required for some incentive applications (such as USDA’s REAP programs), and is helpful in funding and investment planning. Oregon Energy Programs