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USDA/RUS RIN: 0572-AC45 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Rural Energy Savings Program 
Abstract:

The Rural Utilities Service will issue a new regulation that will implement the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) authorized under section 6407 of the 2002 Farm Bill, as amended. RESP helps rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures.  The USDA, through the Rural Utilities Service, provides RESP loans to eligible entities that agree to, in turn, make loans to qualified consumers for the purpose of implementing energy efficiency measures. These loans are made available under the authority of section 6407. Eligible energy efficiency measures must be for, or at, a property or properties served by a RESP borrower, using commercially available technologies that would allow qualified consumers to decrease their energy use or costs through cost-effective measures. Loans made by RESP borrowers under this program may be repaid through charges added to the consumer’s bill for the property or properties for, or at which, energy efficiency measures are or will be implemented. The purpose of the program is to help rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures.

 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1719   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule; Request for Comments  04/02/2020  85 FR 18413   
Final Rule Effective  04/02/2020 
Final Rule Comment Period End  05/18/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Luis Bernal
Energy Advisor
Department of Agriculture
Rural Utilities Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 1560,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 205-3655
Email: luis.bernal@usda.gov