USDA Logo Rural Development Logo USDA Rural Development Main Masthead
SpacerHomeDividerAbout RDDividerNewsroomDividerAgencies & OfficesDividerPrograms & OpportunitiesDividerHelpDividerContact UsDividerEn Español
Search RD
Spacer
Go
Spacer
Browse by Audience
Spacer
Spacer
Browse by Subject
Spacer
Business
Community Development
Cooperatives
Energy
Housing
Utilities
Loans
Grants
Technical Assistance
Forms and Publications
Regulations and Guidance
Online Services
Left Navigation Menu Bottom
Newsroom
News Release
Release No. STELPRD4013519
ContactSamantha Evenson(701) 530-2043
Printable Version  Printable Version
(DEC. 14, 2011) USDA GRANTS WILL REDUCE ENERGY COSTS AND CONSUMPTION

BISMARCK, ND, Dec 14, 2011 -- Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director, announced today that more than $460,000 in grants have been awarded to nine recipients to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

“These investments will help reduce energy costs and consumption while helping preserve our natural resources and protect the environment,” Schneider said. “Business operations that become more energy efficient will increase profitability and create new opportunities for economic growth.”

The energy program, REAP, seeks to provide funding to projects that incorporate energy-saving practices into business operations. One recipient will use the grant to replace conventional gasoline pumps with blender pumps to offer customers a variety of ethanol fuel choices. The other grants will assist in replacing old, inefficient grain dryers which will provide energy and cost savings while preserving higher yields. The following is a breakdown of the award recipients:

    Farmers Union Oil Company of Velva (Velva, N.D.): $159,739 grant. The grant will assist with the purchase and installation of 13 flexible fuel pumps. Four new blender dispensers will be installed at the Farmers Union Oil Company location in Drake. There will be nine blender dispensers and tanks installed at the Velva retail location. The company estimates that the blender dispensers will increase the demand for ethanol and diesel in their service area by 10 percent.

    Arnold Anderson (Hankinson, N.D.): $36,212 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 37 percent.

    Timothy Viland (Wahpeton, N.D.): $34,102 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 36 percent.

    Wayne Satrom (West Fargo, N.D.): $34,375 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 43 percent.

    Matthew Legge (Spiritwood, N.D.): $46,722 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 43 percent.

    Michael Kohler (Valley City, N.D.): $50,000 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 39 percent.

    Spencer Deering (Fullerton, N.D.): $25,250 grant. This grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 43 percent.

    Jeff Wurzer (Fingal, N.D.): $38,304 grant. This grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 52 percent.

    Kent Sortland (Jamestown, N.D.): $35,554 grant. This grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 48 percent.

REAP, authorized through the 2008 Farm Bill, provides loans and grants for farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners to purchase and install renewable energy systems, make energy-efficiency improvements, conduct feasibility studies and energy audits. These federal dollars are leveraged with other funding sources for the projects. More information on the REAP program is at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_ReapResEei.html.

Last Modified:09/21/2012 
 
Footer Corner
RD Home | USDA.gov | Site Map | Policies and Links
FOIA | Accessibility Statement | Privacy Policy | Non-Discrimination Statement | Information Quality | FirstGov | White House