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Michaud Announces USDA Rural Energy for America Grants

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Mike Michaud announced that seven businesses in Maine's second congressional district have received Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants totaling nearly $75,000. Last week, Michaud and several of his House colleagues introduced legislation to reauthorize REAP programs in the 2012 Farm Bill.

"These REAP investments help small businesses across the state make necessary energy efficiency investments that save money in the long-run," said Michaud. "I introduced the Rural Energy for America Act to renew important programs like REAP that help to advance new energy technologies and create jobs at home."

REAP grants and loans help rural small businesses and agricultural producers energize energy efficiency programs and gain access to renewable energy sources. Since 2009, REAP programs have supported 29 projects in Maine with $1.2 million in grants and approximately $1.7 million in loans.

Businesses in Maine receiving assistance through REAP grants:

· Bass/Wilson Properties, LLC - $2,375

· Haley Construction, Inc. - $3,705

· Hutchings Greenhouse, Inc. - $5,850

· Long Meadow Farm - $3,854

· IZE, LLC - $19,275

· LaJoie Growers, LLC - $6,612

· Inn of Acadia, LLC - $33,250

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