Working Landscapes Strategy: incentivize energy audits, upgrades of farm equipment, and methods to enable farmers to achieve production goals using less energy
Promote Installation of On-Farm Manure Digesters
Promote NYSERDA and USDA Farm Energy Audit and Energy Management Plan Programs Agriculture is listed as contributing to 9% of the regionâ€™s greenhouse gas emissions. Improvements in the efficiency of operations will not only contribute to the reduction of these emissions, it will help farmers to limit energy-related costs. The potential for the installation of on-farm biodigesters designed to handle waste as well as to create electricity, pose potential for savings in waste management expenses as well as providing low-cost, on-farm sources of electricity.
Work with agricultural communities conducting outreach and educational programming to connect local growers with NYSERDA and USDA programming. NYSERDA and the USDA have ongoing programs that help pay for energy audits for farmers to identify where their purchased energy is used and to provide cost-effective recommendations for increasing their energy efficiency to save money and energy. The NYSERDA program is called the Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program. area called the Valley Kitchen. 168
Identify farms where installations of on-farm digesters are technically and economically feasible. The digesters would produce methane used to generate energy, reducing the cost of energy on those farms. The result would provide economic development opportunities for designers and installers of the digesters and make the farms more energy and cost efficient. While there has been much talk about implementing on-farm biodigesters including in Lewis, implementation has been difficult to realize. Proposed projects have met with resistance from community members and funding challenges. With continued educational outreach and funding opportunities, biodigestion poses the potential to contribute to real-time savings for local farmers.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan