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Rhode Island Farm Energy Efficiency Program

If you are a National Grid customer and own or rent a farm in Rhode Island, you are eligible to participate in the Rhode Island Farm Energy Efficiency Program! This program is meant to be a simple and easy way for farmers to save energy. It provides a free, no-obligation energy audit that gives recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of your farm. It also provides financial incentives for recommended energy-saving measures.

To get started, call 1-800-332-3333 to schedule your free energy audit!

Farm Energy Program Flow

Rhode Island Farm Energy Efficiency Program - Flyer

Rhode Island Farm Energy Efficiency Program – Technical Details

Measures your farm energy assessor might recommend:

Delivered Fuels Measures:

  • Infrared (IR) Canopies for Greenhouses
  • Washable Insulation
  • Perimeter Insulation for Greenhouses
  • Ceiling Curtains for Greenhouses
  • Insulated Space Partition Curtains
  • Root-bed heating systems
  • Energy efficient boilers and/or furnaces
  • Digital Thermostats with setbacks
  • Pipe Insulation
  • Air Sealing Measures such as brush seals, weather stripping, stack thimbles, spray foam, and patch tape

Electric Measures:

  • Lighting Upgrades
  • Strip Curtains for Walk-in Coolers
  • Grow Light Timers
  • Reduced Wattage Heat Lamps
  • Plug-in Thermostats
  • Plug-in Timers
  • Roll-up Sides for Greenhouses
  • Defrost Cycle Skip for large refrigeration
  • Permanent Split Capacitor (PSC) inflation fans for Greenhouses
  • PSC and Electronically Commutated (EC) Evaporator Fan Motors
  • Other standard offers from National Grid

 

Farm Energy Efficiency

In 2014, OER conducted a survey of Rhode Island farmers to gauge the need for a farm-specific energy efficiency program. The survey indicated strong farmer interest in energy efficiency and a heavy reliance on delivered fuels, such as propane and oil. Click HERE to view the survey results.

After the survey, OER and National Grid partnered to further explore farm-specific energy efficiency opportunities. A pilot program was created to conduct in-depth energy efficiency audits for several Rhode Island farms located across the state. The goal of the pilot was to identify common electric and delivered fuels energy efficiency measures that could help farmers reduce their energy costs. Data from the audit reports were used to select energy efficiency measure offerings for the full Rhode Island Farm Energy Efficiency Program which opened in April 2016. Click HERE to view the pilot-program report.


Other Farm Resources & Opportunities:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): a program to provide technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers and forest land owners to address natural resource and energy concerns www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ri/programs/financial/eqip/
  • Rural Development: Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): a grant and guaranteed loan program for farms and rural small businesses to assist with energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/energy-programs
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE): a grant program for farmers, ranchers, and ag professionals for research, education, and professional development www.sare.org/Grants

Rhode Island Farm Service Agency (FSA) Programs: Rhode Island’s FSA offers farm loan, conservation (including biomass crop assistance), disaster assistance, and price support programs www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Rhode-Island/

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM):

Rhode Island Farm Energy Program: a project of the Rhode Island Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, Inc. that serves as a resource on energy as it relates to agriculture in Rhode Island. For information on many of the programs listed above visit: www.rifarmenergy.org


For further information about farm energy programs, please contact:

Becca Trietch
Office of Energy Resources
401-574-9106
becca.trietch@energy.ri.gov