Program Background

Our Mission

Ag Energy NY aims to help farmers in New York State improve energy efficiency. This program organizes and shares resources, technical assistance, and incentives for energy conservation technologies and approaches.

We are tailoring our guidance and resources based on available service providers, grants, rebates, and new research and development in energy best practices for agriculture.

Who We Are

This New York State-wide agriculture and energy extension effort is led by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County as part of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) project Energy Best Practices for Agriculture, started in 2020. Visit the NYSERDA Agriculture page for a broad overview of NYSERDA’s work for farmers.

Technical content development and guidance is collaboratively provided by energy efficiency experts from the Daylight Savings Company, Taitem Engineering, and GDS Associates. This project is an extension of information compiled by EnSave in the report Energy Efficiency in New York State Agriculture: Summary of Energy Efficiency Programs and Research Opportunities (PDF), prepared for NYSERDA in 2015. Information on this website from other sources is cited and subject to technical review.

Areas of Interest

Ag Energy NY focuses on several farm sectors, in addition to energy efficiency guidance that applies across farm sectors. Energy efficiency information is compiled specifically for crops and vegetables, cattle and beef, swine, orchards and vineyards, poultry and eggs, grain drying, and maple. This is designed to fill a niche that has historically not been included in the energy efficiency programs of utility companies, which tend to focus on farm sectors with the highest energy demands: dairy and greenhouse operations.

For energy efficiency resources specific to dairy or greenhouse operations, see the NYSERDA Energy Best Practices for Agriculture program page.

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