Program Background

Who We Are

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

The Ag Energy NY webpage and its outreach resources are developed by CCE Tompkins. Technical content and guidance is collaboratively provided by energy efficiency experts from the Daylight Savings Company, Taitem Engineering, and GDS Associates. Factsheets are designed and reviewed by NYSERDA. 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. That information is improved on with findings from Daylight Savings Company, based on decades of work conducting agriculture energy audits and consulting on farm energy efficiency upgrades. Citations are provided when information on this website comes from other sources.

To help improve this resource, we are engaged in an ongoing process of soliciting and incorporating feedback from Cornell Cooperative Extension staff and university experts from New York and the surrounding region.

Our Mission

Ag Energy NY works with New York farmers to improve energy efficiency by organizing and sharing resources, providing technical assistance, and incentives for energy conservation technologies and approaches.

To accomplish this, we offer:

  • Guidance and resources on farm energy efficiency.
  • Connection with service providers who can provide farm-level expert advice.
  • Assistance finding and applying for energy efficiency grants, loans, and rebates.

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.