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USDA Requesting Public Comment on IRA Funding - Deadline 11/28/22

USDA Rural Development, Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) received significant funding through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, Public Law Number 117-169. It is anticipated that this will support the long-term resilience, reliability, and affordability of rural electric systems by providing financial assistance to purchase renewable energy, other zero-emission systems, and energy efficiency improvements that will achieve the greatest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with the rural electric system. Additionally, with funding received in the IRA, Rural Development will support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for farms and small businesses through the Rural Energy for America Program and invest in fueling and distribution infrastructure to increase demand for higher blends of biofuels.

RBCS and RUS are accepting public input regarding implementation of the IRA of 2022.

Written comments may be submitted electronically by the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to and in the “Search for dockets and documents on agency actions” box, enter the following docket number: (RBS-22-NONE-0025). To submit or view public comments, click “Search” button, select the “Documents” tab, then select the following document title: (Inflation Reduction Act Listening Session) from the “Search Results” and select the “Comment” button. Before submitting your comments, you may also review the “Commenter's Checklist” (optional). Insert your comments under the “Comment” title, click “Browse” to attach files (if available). Input your email address and select “Submit Comment.” All written comments must be submitted by November 28, 2022.

You can view the full notice from the Federal Register here: IRA Public Comments - Federal Register.

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