WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) today thanked Reps. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), William Enyart (D-Ill.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), David Loebsack (D-Iowa), Scott Peters (D-Calif.) and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) for an amendment to the House Farm Bill that would provide more than $1 billion in mandatory funding over the next five years for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and extend eligibility to renewable chemicals in Energy Title programs.
Lloyd Ritter, co-director of the Coalition, said, “The Energy Title programs help grow the rural economy by opening access to critical project capital, ensuring that investments continue to be made in agriculture energy development. These investments in energy efficiency projects and renewable energy systems provide energy security, environmental benefits, and economic growth opportunities to the entire United States, including stable, well-paying employment opportunities. Commercialization of renewable chemical technologies can create additional manufacturing opportunities and improves U.S. economic competitiveness.”
“Farm Bill programs have supported 6,600 U.S. projects that employ 15,000 people and generate or save more than 7.3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity – enough to power 680,000 U.S. homes each year. Reauthorization and robust funding of these programs over the next five years will build upon that success. Congress must adopt a five-year Farm Bill to provide investors and rural economies the assurance of policy stability. We thank Congressman Braley and other original co-sponsors of this legislation,” Ritter added.
The AgEC is a broad membership-based consortium of organizations and companies representing a broad spectrum of clean, renewable energy, energy efficiency and bioproducts stakeholders. It includes members focused on feedstock production and conversion technologies, rural economic development and diversification, biofuels, products and power, and renewable electricity production, environmental quality, and others. Coalition members are committed to seeing a strong bi-partisan energy title in the 2012 farm bill that builds on the tremendous clean energy accomplishments USDA has already realized and provides resources to USDA at a level that enables them to continue and expand this important mission.