U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations boosts Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) funding

On July 7, 2009, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to boost funding for farm energy programs that will create more clean energy and new income for rural Americans. The committee voted to increase fiscal year 2010 funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) from $60 million to $128 million. The REAP […]

Overview of The Food, Conservation & Energy Act of 2008

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246, the 2008 Farm Bill) extends and expands many of the renewable energy programs originally authorized in the 2002 farm bill. The bill also continues the emphasis on the research and development of advanced and cellulosic bioenergy authorized in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act […]

Support for a National Renewable Electricity Standard

In a recent issue of The Topeka Capital-Journal, a southwest Kansas dairy farmer wrote a “letter to the editor” supporting the National Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that Congress is debating. A vote is expected soon, so write your Representative and express your opinions. Link to the letter . . . Also, you can submit an […]

Proposed House legislation could reduce national energy use by 10%

Washington, D.C. –– Pending federal energy efficiency provisions could reduce U.S. energy use by 10.6 quadrillion Btu’s, about 10% of projected U.S. energy use in 2020, according to a new analysis released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). These energy efficiency savings are more than the entire current energy use of […]

EPA seeks comments on ethanol blend rate request

On April 16, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is seeking public comment regarding a request from ethanol producers for a waiver under section 211(f)(4) of the Clean Air Act to permit ethanol blends with gasoline of up to 15 percent (E15) by volume, according to recent news release from the Environmental and Energy […]

Congress advances legislation promoting energy efficiency

Washington, D.C. –– On March 31st, actions in both the House of Representatives and the Senate advanced proposals to improve energy efficiency policy in the country. In the House, Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) released a “discussion draft” of energy and climate change legislation that contains many energy efficiency provisions. In the […]

House Ag Committee solicits feedback on climate change

Congress may soon consider a range of climate change options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Among the options being considered are those that would either mandate or authorize a cap and trade program or impose a carbon tax or fee. The House Committee on Agriculture is gathering information to help Members better understand the options available […]