JACKSON, Wyo. — Lower Valley Energy (LVE) is pleased to announce that the USDA Rural Development office has officially extended funding to cover 75% of the cost of energy audits for Wyoming small businesses and agricultural producers.

The Business Energy Audit Program has helped evaluate cost-effective technologies for LVE’s small commercial members to be more energy efficient over the past two years.  This program was set to expire in March of 2021, however due to the restrictions that came with COVID-19, LVE was successful in receiving an extension on the program for one more year.

If you own a small business and are currently exploring ways to reduce costs and increase efficiency, an energy audit can be a very useful tool.  By participating in LVE’s energy audit program, business members also have access to LVE Energy Efficiency Incentives, 0% financing through Energy Conservation Works, as well as grants and loans from the USDA Rural Development.

Three types of energy audits are offered:

  1. Focused Energy Audit: detailed technical analysis of a single energy efficiency project identified by the member. (For instance: A commercial kitchen has plans to replace a walk-in freezer)
  2. Demand Management Audit: opportunities to minimize peak loads and electricity demands. (For ‘large commercial’ accounts w/ a demand charge)
  3. Comprehensive Energy Audit:  a high-level analysis of all energy efficiency opportunities. (For Businesses seeking a broad baseline understanding of their energy use and opportunities)

Interested parties should call Amy, LVE’s Conservation Specialist, at 307-739-6045 or email amyw@lvenergy.com or for more information and to sign up.