Horse Butte Wind Farm

Turbines spin at Idaho’s Horse Butte wind farm, which supplies a portion of Teton County’s green power.

Utility cooperative Lower Valley Energy is providing grant money for businesses to audit their energy efficiency.

Lower Valley members can sign up (first-come, first-served) to evaluate cost-effective technologies to reduce energy use. Funding from a United States Department of Agriculture grant will cover 75% of the audit cost for Wyoming businesses and agricultural producers.

"LVE is excited to provide a new resource to commercial members seeking to use energy more sensibly," conservation specialist Amy Walton said in a statement.

EnSave, Inc. will complete the audits. Participants can access 0% financing through Energy Conservation Works as well as grants and loans for energy efficiency equipment.

ECW director Phil Cameron said the program complements Energy Conservation Works' business loan program, which also allows local business access to low-cost energy audits.

Interested businesses can contact Walton at 739-6045 or

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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