January 22, 2024. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $207 million in 682 renewable energy and domestic fertilizer projects through the Rural Energy for American Program and Fertilizer Production Expansion Program. Nearly 30 of the funded projects focus on biogas and bioenergy.
The awards include $157 million in REAP grants and loan guarantees that were awarded to 675 projects in 42 states and $50 million in FPEP investments that will be shared by seven projects in seven states. The projects selected for funding include various anaerobic digestion projects to produce renewable natural gas (RNG), along with projects focused on biogas-fueled combined-heat-and-power (CHP), anaerobic digestion for fertilizer production, and poultry litter.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the awards at the 105th annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. “President Biden and USDA are ensuring farmers, ranchers and small businesses are not only a part of the clean energy economy, but directly benefitting from it,” Vilsack said. “The investments announced will expand access to renewable energy infrastructure and increase domestic fertilizer production, all while creating good-paying jobs and saving people money on their energy costs that they can then invest back into their businesses and communities.”