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Release No. STELPRD4014085
ContactJoan Messina217-403-6248
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USDA UNVEILS ONLINE DATA TOOLS TO SUPPORT GREEN ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Green Energy and Energy Efficiency

Champaign, IL, Jan 19, 2012 -- Contact: Joan Messina (217) 403-6248

 
 

 
 

Office of Communications (202) 720-4623

USDA Unveils Online Data Tools to Support Green Energy and Energy Efficiency

Champaign, Jan. 19, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of a USDA energy website that will provide stakeholders fast and efficient access to USDA energy efficiency and renewable energy data. Today’s announcement builds on the Secretary’s commitment to develop a modern and efficient service organization as outlined in USDA’s Blueprint for Stronger Service announced last week.

“Improving and modernizing access to USDA energy data and resources is essential in today’s highly competitive rural business environment,” said Vilsack. “Farmers, ranchers and small businesses across the country will benefit from easier navigation and retrieval of energy and renewable energy investments data and funding opportunities.”

“Illinois’s renewable energy entrepreneurs have had our rich agricultural resources upon which to draw,” said Colleen Callahan, USDA Rural Development state director. “Now they have another invaluable resource—a guide to the data and funding available to maximize their efforts.”

“Since 2003, USDA has invested $120 million in green energy infrastructure in Illinois,” Callahan said. “Our expectation is that these tools will make it easier for us meet our energy needs through local renewable resources and energy efficiency improvements.”

USDA’s energy website provides access to all USDA energy resources, including: agricultural, forestry, economic, and social data. This is done in part through a set of new complementary web-based tools: the USDA Renewable Energy Investment Map, the Renewable Energy Tool and Energy Matrix. These tools focus on USDA’s energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy investments and projects; provide information and data to a broad spectrum of stakeholders; and empower the user with the ability to easily navigate USDA’s energy web resources. In addition, the site provides a link to all USDA state and local offices and energy resource coordinators.

Vilsack said this newly designed tool is a great step in a more coordinated and efficient effort to increase public awareness of USDA’s energy research, commercialization of new technologies, program delivery, outreach, and education activities. It also provides a form or technical assistance to people thinking about adopting an energy project. The new site replaces a previous site which was established several years ago. To access the site, go to: www.usda.gov/energy.

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Secretary Vilsack said last week, “As we continue to invest in rural communities across the country, USDA has heard from producers about the need for reducing red tape and the need to modernize its services. We are answering this challenge by making the best use of taxpayer resources, and providing the best possible service to the American people.”

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Last Modified:10/18/2012 
 
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