July 3, 2022
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USDA grants will reduce energy cost and consumption

Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director, announced yesterday that more than $460,000 in grants have been awarded to nine recipients to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

“These investments will help reduce energy costs and consumption while helping preserve our natural resources and protect the environment,” Schneider said. “Business operations that become more energy efficient will increase profitability and create new opportunities for economic growth.”

The energy program, REAP, seeks to provide funding to projects that incorporate energy-saving practices into business operations. One recipient will use the grant to replace conventional gasoline pumps with blender pumps to offer customers a variety of ethanol fuel choices. The other grants will assist in replacing old, inefficient grain dryers which will provide energy and cost savings while preserving higher yields. The following is a breakdown of the award recipients:

  • · Farmers Union Oil Company of Velva (Velva, N.D.): $159,739 grant. The grant will assist with the purchase and installation of 13 flexible fuel pumps. Four new blender dispensers will be installed at the Farmers Union Oil Company location in Drake. There will be nine blender dispensers and tanks installed at the Velva retail location. The company estimates that the blender dispensers will increase the demand for ethanol and diesel in their service area by 10 percent.
  • · Arnold Anderson (Hankinson, N.D.): $36,212 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 37 percent.
  • · Timothy Viland (Wahpeton, N.D.): $34,102 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 36 percent.
  • · Wayne Satrom (West Fargo, N.D.): $34,375 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 43 percent.
  • · Matthew Legge (Spiritwood, N.D.): $46,722 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 43 percent.
  • · Michael Kohler (Valley City, N.D.): $50,000 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 39 percent.
  • · Spencer Deering (Fullerton, N.D.): $25,250 grant. This grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 43 percent.
  • · Jeff Wurzer (Fingal, N.D.): $38,304 grant. This grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 52 percent.
  • · Kent Sortland (Jamestown, N.D.): $35,554 grant. This grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 48 percent.

 

Source: USDA Rural Development office ND

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