Ohio farmers, businesses and others remain interested in solar energy, despite the impact of a legislative freeze in the state’s renewable portfolio standards, and a university program is helping them make informed decisions.
The solar, wind and biofuels industries are urging the 41-member bicameral farm bill conference committee to provide rural energy programs nearly $1 billion in mandatory funding.
The USDA’s ability to carry out rural renewable energy projects was left to dangle Monday night with the expiration of the farm bill.
Renewable energy and chemical advocates are putting pressure on congressional agriculture leaders to support robust funding for rural energy and biofuel programs as leaders head into a conference committee on the farm bill.
Unless Congress passes another law or extends the current one, several federal renewable energy programs will end on September 30.