Program Name: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loans (RUS)
Organization: United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development
Address: 2118 W. Part Court, Suite A, Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-403-6200
Briefly Describe the Purpose of the Program
Provides pass-through funding for energy efficiency and conservation projects for residential, commercial, and industrial consumers in rural areas
Year Program Established:
Eligibility Requirements or Restrictions
Open to: Electric utility companies serving rural areas, existing Rural Utilities Service Electric Program borrower. Rural areas with populations 20,000 and fewer.

Eligible communities can be combined into larger service areas.

Application Deadline: Rolling bases
Application Guidelines:
Funding Cap Per Application or Fiscal Year Program Funding:
How Must Funds Be Used:
The EECLP allows borrowers to design their EE Programs.   While RUS does not establish specific energy efficiency program designs, the program does require that funding be used to:

·       Improve energy efficiency and/or reduce peak demand on the customer side of the meter;

·       Modify the electric load such that there is a reduction in overall system demand;

·       Stimulate a more efficient use of existing electric facilities;

·       Attract new business and create jobs in rural communities by investing in energy efficiency, and/or

·       Encourage the use of renewable energy fuels for demand-side management or to reduce the use of fossil fuel use within a service territory.