Farmer Incentives to Go Green in 2011

The [Kentucky] Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) today announced the availability of applications for the 2011 ARRA On-farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives Program. Applications are due to GOAP postmarked no later than Feb. 28, 2011. “In October 2009, I announced the availability of stimulus funds for on-farm energy efficiency improvements in Kentucky,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “Since that announcement, this program has provided 90 of Kentucky’s farmers with nearly threequarters of a million dollars to make improvements to their operations.” On-farm energy incentives are made possible through the Renewable Energy Partnership between GOAP and the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Department for Energy Development and Independence.

Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). “Over the last several years, reducing energy usage and developing alternative sources of energy have become critical issues for Kentucky agriculture,” stated Roger

Thomas, executive director of GOAP. “This program is helping Kentucky’s farm families improve on-farm energy efficiency, and the projects already approved are estimated to save more than 56.7 billion BTUs of energy per year.” For questions about the application process for the

ARRA On-farm Energy Incentives Program, please contact GOAP at (502) 564-4627 or govkyagpolicy@ky.gov. (Gov. Beshear’s Communication Office, Jan. 13, 2011)

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.