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News Release

PORTLAND, Ore., May 10, 2016 – The adoption of energy efficiency practices and renewable energy systems in the Pacific Northwest will be accelerated through Rural Energy at Work, a new program offered by the nonprofit Wy’East Resources Conservation and Development Council with the help of a nearly $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, announced State Director Vicki Walker today. This Oregon project is among 26 selected nationwide for grants to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers conserve energy and develop renewable energy systems.

“Energy costs can consume a large part of a business’s budget,” said Walker. “With today’s funding for the Wy’East program, USDA Rural Development is not only improving the bottom line for those businesses but also helping to reduce their carbon footprint, retain and create jobs, and sustain economically vibrant rural communities.”

Rural Energy at Work will provide assistance to farmers, ranchers, and rural small business owners in Oregon, Southern Washington, and areas of Northern California. Wy’East and its partners—including the nonprofit Sustainable Northwest, regional Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and other local conservation organizations—will help participants evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of