ACRE3 Program - Energy

In The News
(L to R) Donald Nunn, Business Programs Specialist, USDA Rural Development-Colorado, Bill Midcap, Director-External Affairs, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Sam Anderson, Energy Specialist, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Jenifer Gurr, Acting Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and Michael McReynolds, Policy Advisor, Colorado Energy Office, attended the event at CDA's Broomfield headquarters announcing the award of $10 M in USDA RCPP funding to two Colorado projects.

Advancing Colorado’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

The ACRE3 program promotes the development and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for Colorado’s agricultural producers and processors under the direction of the Colorado Agricultural Value-Added Development Board.

Our Mission:
As Colorado’s principal source of state-level support for agricultural energy management, the ACRE3 program provides financial and technical assistance and education to help agricultural producers and processors cut energy costs, develop their own energy resources, and create markets for agriculturally-derived energy and fuels.

Our Vision:
Energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies are broadly utilized as effective strategies to make Colorado’s agricultural businesses more economically competitive and sustainable.

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Funding Announcements

Apply now for hydro project funding.

Apply now for the Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program.


Current Projects

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has identified the following three priorities based on our assessment of statewide opportunities, potential impacts, and the need for ACRE3 program services. Agricultural Hydropower, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Heating & Cooling make up our current portfolio of program services.

Agricultural HydropowerEnergy EfficiencyRenewable Heating & Cooling

Past Projects

Solar Hot Water Panels © Laurent MeillonThe Colorado Department of Agriculture's ACRE3program has been helping Colorado's farmers and ranchers develop their own energy resources statewide through a variety of renewable energy technologies since 2007. View past projects.




CSU Extension - Clean & Renewable Energy in Colorado

Colorado Energy Office

Registered Technical Service Providers

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How to Participate

1. Evaluate Your Energy Options

2. Formulate an Energy Management Plan

3. Implement Your Energy Management Plan

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