- Energy Crop Reserve Program
- Renewable Energy Buyback Program
- Low Carbon Fuel Standard
- Tell your legislators or their aides that you support the Energy Crop Reserve Program, the Renewable Energy Buyback Program, and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard within the Clean Energy Jobs Act
- If you can, explain how these policies will help you, your farm, or your business
Here’s some more information on these three great initiatives in the Clean Energy Jobs Act for rural communities:
Energy Crop Reserve Program The Energy Crop Reserve Program would award contracts to farmers to establish native perennials, which farmers can then harvest and sell for bioenergy production. This policy will ensure that farmers and landowners can continue to make profits from their working lands as they transition to the production of biofuels, while jumpstarting the biomass industry in Wisconsin. Advanced Renewable Energy Tariffs This program, also called a Renewable Energy Buyback Program, would set payments to utility customers who want to “feed” renewable energy into the electric grid, enabling farmers and rural businesses to help Wisconsin become more energy independent with smaller scale biopower, wind and solar. Right now, buyback rates vary all over the state, and certain utilities don’t offer buyback rates at all. Legislation to establish consistent Advanced Renewable Energy Tariffs will ensure that homeowners, farmers, schools, churches and small businesses who generate excess renewable energy can count on stable payments from their utility. Low-Carbon Fuel Standard An LCFS is a market-based approach to promoting the cleanest, low-carbon fuels for Wisconsin. Biofuels are big winners under an LCFS, and Wisconsin’s abundant natural resources and crops like switchgrass put our state in a position to capture this rapidly developing clean energy market. An LCFS would also help insulate us from the fluctuating oil prices we see now caused by our over-reliance on foreign fuel sources.If you would like more information, please contact Bridget Holcomb, MFAI's Associate Policy Director, at Bridget@MichaelFieldsAgInst.org or at (608) 256-1859.