Efficiency Vermont named USDA Partner of Year

first_imgEfficiency Vermont has been named U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development 2006 Partner of the Year. Efficiency Vermont was chosen to receive this award for its promotion of rural economic development through energy conservation. Efficiency Vermont was recognized for playing an essential role in helping businesses throughout Vermont secure funding from USDA Rural Development’s Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency grant and loan programs. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, a non-profit organization based in Burlington since 1986.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy and protect Vermont’s environment. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation is under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 1-888-921-5990 or visit efficiencyvermont.comUSDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in Rural America. They do this by providing financial and technical assistance to foster growth in existing and new opportunities for business development, home ownership, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Last year, Rural Development invested $62,395,244 in Vermont, including $1,625,908 for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. To learn more about USDA Rural Development programs, call Donna Montgomery at 802-828-6031 or visit the Web site at rurdev.usda.gov/vt.– 30 —last_img