NYSERDA Seeking Proposals to Develop Energy-Related Agricultural Best Practices
Will Provide Farmers with Resources to Improve Efficiency and Lower Costs
May 2, 2019
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that it’s seeking proposals to develop readily-available, up-to-date energy-related best practices for New York farmers. Using clean energy technologies and practices can provide cost savings for farms and supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading Green New Deal and ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.
Proposals will identify efficient technologies, processes, and practices most relevant to various agriculture sub-sectors, which will help farmers achieve cost reductions while maintaining safe and productive operations that foster long-term farm viability. These best practices materials and guidance will fill the current gap of information and resources specifically addressing the needs of the agricultural industry.
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “The agricultural industry is a significant economic driver for New York State, and is committed to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that result from its activities. With Governor Cuomo’s laser focus on addressing climate change across all sectors of the economy, the establishment of energy-related agricultural best practices will help New York’s farmers achieve that goal while reducing their operating costs, creating cleaner communities and driving New York’s fast-growing clean energy economy.”
The best practices and guidance materials will address the following:
- farm energy use;
- efficient technologies, alternate modes of operations, and practices that optimize energy use;
- investment decisions based on accessible, up-to-date information; and
- incorporating energy efficiency into daily decision-making processes.
Proposers may apply to one or both of the following categories:
- To develop technical information that will provide for subsequently-developed guidance materials
- To develop guidance material in formats most accessible to New York State agricultural stakeholders – including farms, trade or professional associations, academic institutions, and local, state or national entities that support the agricultural sector - and to perform outreach via information channels that meet farmers’ unique needs.
NYSERDA anticipates the best practices materials will be developed for and disseminated to multiple farm sub-sectors including, but not limited to, dairy, orchard, vineyard, greenhouse, and crop farms, among others. As such, teaming is strongly encouraged to enhance the likelihood of project success. Eligible program participants include, but are not limited to, consultants, trade or professional organizations, universities, academic institutions, and other entities that support the agricultural sector.
Please visit NYSERDA’s website for guidelines and to submit a proposal by July 17, 2019.
In New York, 25 percent of land is used for agricultural purposes – livestock and other farming activities – which result in nearly 3 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Greater use of clean energy practices by farms can further reduce their greenhouse gas impacts and energy costs while building on the state’s efforts to promote environmentally sustainable practices. This offering is just one of many steps the state has taken to support energy efficiency on farms including funding to accelerate the use of anaerobic digesters, advancing agricultural clean energy technologies and free energy audits to identify energy efficiency measure for eligible farms through the Agriculture Energy Audit Program.
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Energy accounts for a significant portion of farmers’ operating costs and this effort to develop more efficient technologies and practices will help farmers save money, while also reducing environmental impacts.”
David Fisher, New York Farm Bureau President said, “New York farmers have taken proactive steps to improve environmental stewardship, soil health and carbon emissions, including investment in renewable energy systems. NYSERDA programs that provide additional incentives to work in a collaborative effort with the farming community will help the state continue down the path of doing what is best for our environment and local food production.”
Funding for this program is part of the state’s 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund, a core component of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.