Democrats warn of lost rebates in call for faster rollout of climate-friendly home upgrade funding

September 18, 2023

More than 60 Democrats are calling on the Biden administration to move swiftly in its rollout of consumer rebates for energy-efficient home upgrades, warning that the current pace could lead to the “potential loss of two years of rebates.”

In a new letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, dozens of Democrats said that they were “informed that states may be unable to offer rebates until the Fall of 2024 or later” because of delays in finalizing the program guidance.

“DOE should immediately disburse early administrative funds so that program administrators can hire staff, develop plans, and stand up their rebate program,” the Democrats wrote in the letter, which was spearheaded by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.).

The Democrats’ climate, tax and health care bill included nearly $9 billion to help consumers offset the costs of things like heat pumps, induction stoves and efficient washing machines and dryers.

The letter called for such discounts to be made retroactive since the date that the climate law, known as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), passed last year.


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Source: The Hill