USDA and New Hampshire: good energy partners
In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama emphasized the importance of American innovation – especially in creating an American energy economy that is built to last.At USDA, we are working every day to fuel renewable energy innovation by assisting small-business owners, farmers and ranchers as they deploy American assets and technology to develop more energy here at home and help us lead the global energy economy.Since 2009, we invested $2.14 million in New Hampshire to boost energy production and efficiency through our Rural Energy for America Program. These projects funded geothermal, solar hot water, solar electric generation and a variety of energy efficiency projects to bolster the viability of rural businesses. Recently, we launched a new website (usda.gov/energy) that will make it easier for Americans to have access to USDA energy programs, see where USDA is making investments in renewable energy, and see how those investments are translating into American jobs.This new site will provide the public and stakeholders fast and efficient access to USDA energy efficiency and renewable energy data. Using your computer, you can click on a state, county or a congressional district and view the renewable energy investments that have been made by USDA in the area. The site also contains the expanded and improved Energy Matrix, which will help users navigate the many USDA energy related programs and initiatives.In addition, the site provides a link to all USDA state and local offices and energy resource coordinators.This site builds on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s commitment to develop a modern and efficient service organization as outlined in USDA’s Blueprint for Stronger Service. This site represents a great step in a coordinated 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 of technical assistance to people thinking about adopting an energy project.At USDA, we want to build an American energy industry that embraces all sorts of clean power, and to help support the creation of hundreds of thousands of good jobs and thriving rural economies. Molly Lambert is state director of USDA Rural Development.