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Clean Energy Incentives Are Available

From the State & Federal Government

What Is the IRA?

 

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) is a major piece of legislation designed to reduce the deficit, improve healthcare, boost American manufacturing, conserve national parks, and tackle climate change. Much of the climate-related funding provided comes in the form of tax credits, financing, and rebates for business and individuals. The Act includes multiple programs designed to assist owners, renters, and landlords of single- and multi-family homes and buildings. Some energy savings programs, such as tax credits, are available starting in 2023 and others, such as state specific incentive programs, will be further developed during 2023. The IRA also establishes grant programs to governments and other entities. Here we focus on aspects of the IRA that relate to clean energy.

Why Is It Important? The IRA is designed to:

    • Save Lives by funding efforts to monitor and reduce air pollution which is responsible for increased asthma rates and other chronic ailments
    • Reduce the Impacts of Climate Change by providing incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy technologies as well as funding for coastal resiliency projects
    • Revitalize American Manufacturing by requiring that some technologies be manufactured or assembled in North America in order to qualify for the associated incentives
    • Create Jobs by funding training of a clean energy workforce
    • Create Energy Equity by getting energy efficiency and resiliency funding to environmental justice communities

Federal and State Energy Incentives for Individuals

Getting Started with Home Energy Efficiency Upgrades

STEPS

TOOLS

2. If you haven’t done an energy audit in the last 7 years, schedule a Home Energy Solutions (HES) assessment

  1. Check to see if your town has a HeatSmartCT campaign
  2. Otherwise, call EnergizeCT (877-WISE USE)
  3. If you are not a customer of Eversource or UI, call your municipal utility to see if they do energy audits

3. Determine a budget for upgrades which takes incentives into account and also considers expected end-of-life replacement of appliances with efficient electric appliances

4. Make upgrades to your home’s envelope (insulation, windows, doors), upgrade to a heat pump when your air conditioning or heating equipment needs replacement, and upgrade to efficient electric appliances when old appliances fail

5. Discuss potential tax credits with your accountant

Learn More About the IRA at Harnessing the Power of the IRA | Sierra Club

Resources for Municipal Energy Groups

The following information relates mainly to opportunities available as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. The other major funding source for municipal clean energy projects is the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Funding includes programs for public EV charging stations, complete streets planning and implementation, and more.

The Inflation Reduction Act provides a variety of funding opportunities for local energy projects.  Below are some helpful resources for community leaders. Coordination with regional Councils of Government and relevant state agencies is encouraged.

The programs established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provide a variety of infrastructure-related funding opportunities for local governments. Some of these are administered through the state while others (namely Safe Streets and the competitive EV charging stations program) are direct grants.

Inflation Reduction Act Guidebook – Download the official government IRA guidebook

Climate Action and the Inflation Reduction Act: A Guide for Local Government Leaders – download this handbook from the “download” link in the article

USDN Inflation Reduction Act Miniguide – a “cheat sheet” to the IRA (regularly updated)

IRS launches free IRA and CHIPS pre-filing registration tool 

The IRS has launched the free IRA/CHIPS Pre-filing Registration Tool. It allows qualifying businesses, tax-exempt organizations, or governing entities to take advantage of the elective payment or transfer of credits, even if they don’t have taxable income. The IRS also released a user guide and video tutorial to help entities navigate the process and recommends that eligible entities submit the pre-filling registration at least four months before an entity plans to file its tax return on which it will make its election.

Energy Opportunities for Municipalities in the IRA – IRA info provided by UCONN CIRCA with a contact for more info

White House Toolkit: Federal Resources for Addressing School Infrastructure Needs – provides links to school clean energy funding available through various federal agencies

DOE Clean Energy Infrastructure Program and Funding Announcements – lists programs and deadlines for Department of Energy programs. Note that opportunities are also available through the EPA and other federal agencies. For other opportunities, visit Grants.gov

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Fact Sheet –  This Sierra Club fact sheet provides a useful overview of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund program 

FUNDING FOR WATER, AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION, AND RESILIENCY

Issues related to conservation, water consumption, agriculture, and resiliency can all impact energy consumption.  Some of the grants that communities may wish to apply for in these areas, include:

DEEP’s Clean Water Fund, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service programs (EQIP, AMA, CSP, CIG, and ACEP), and NWFW Long Island Sound Futures Fund.