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Alternative Energy
Options for Farms

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

EERE maintains
a gateway to "hundreds of Web sites and thousands
of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy," at
their Energy Information Portal, http://www.eere.energy.gov/.
Many of these factsheets and resource guides are of interest to farmers
who wish to explore alternative energy production and utilization.
To search the EERE Web site, go to http://www.eere.energy.gov/menus/search.html.

Search for terms such as: farmer, farming, rancher, or rural. Free
online documents include:

If you are unable
to find the information you require via EERE’s Web site, Ask an Energy
Expert is a free, public service of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energy:

Ask an Energy
Expert online service, request form
.

If you have difficulty submitting this form, you can contact staff
at 1-800-EERE-INF (1-877-337-3463).

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

The National Renewable
Energy Laboratory (NREL) addresses energy issues that are environmentally
and economically sustainable. NREL is a national laboratory of the
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy.

NREL offers many publications, including the Renewable Energy for
Farmers or Ranchers series. Publications in this series, available
online at http://www.nrel.gov/learning/farmers_ranchers.html address
what the farmer or rancher needs to know about energy efficiency and
renewable energy. Topics covered include: biofuels, biopower, geothermal
heat pumps, hydroelectric power, passive solar heating and daylighting,
photovoltaic (solar cell) systems, solar hot water, wind energy. Many
of these resources include links for introductory or basic information
on the topic.

This list was compiled at the Alternative Farming Systems Information  enter
(AFSIC), National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
September 2003, revised December 2005, as a service to customers interested
in pursuing various energy production options. For more information
about AFSIC:

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
10301 Baltimore Ave., Room 132, Beltsville, MD 20705-2351 phone 301-504-6559;
TDD 301-504-6856; fax 301-504-6409 e-mail afsic@nal.usda.gov Web
site: http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/

   
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