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Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Program

Year Awarded: Fiscal Year 2016

USDA Funding: $1.1 Million

Project Timeline: 2 Years (2017 – 2018)

Conservation Program Funding: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Colorado Counties: Statewide

Lead Partner: Colorado Energy Office (CEO)

Project Summary:
In 2014, CEO, along with several partners, launched the Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Pilot. Overcoming barriers to investment in energy efficiency, CEO’s eight pilot dairies are estimated to save nearly 3,000 MMBtu and 742,859 pounds of GHGs annually. Building on the success of the pilot, CEO launched a statewide program in 2015, aimed at reducing energy use. RCPP financial assistance funds will provide an estimated 60% of the cost of improvements up to $24,000 for 48 of the 160 participating producers. CEO will provide participating producers with on farm energy audits and assist them in selecting and implementing cost effective improvements that reduce energy use, water, environmental impacts and producer operating costs. They will also monitor individual producer and overall program progress and track and report on improvements, energy and cost savings and GHG reductions. CEO will work with its partners to develop SMART goals that will include an annual reduction of 3.5 million kWh and 350 thousand gallons of water.

Application Deadlines

Applications submitted by Friday, July 21, 2017 will be evaluated to be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2017. Applications received after that date will be accepted and evaluated for future rounds of funding.

2017 RCPP Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Payment Schedule, Round 2