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Dems ask Biden to speed up home energy program

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The Big Story 

House Dems urge Biden officials to act on home-energy rebates

Dozens of Democrats called on Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to take swifter action to implement an energy-efficiency program that offers rebates for home upgrades.

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In the letter, led by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), the more than 60 lawmakers warned that without speedy action on final guidance, the rebates themselves may be delayed until fall 2024 or later.


“DOE should immediately disburse early administrative funds so that program administrators can hire staff, develop plans, and stand up their rebate program,” they wrote to the Department of Energy (DOE).


The lawmakers added that the only way to “mitigate the potential loss of two years of rebates is to allow program administrators to make rebates available retroactive to the date of [Inflation Reduction Act] enactment,” which occurred in 2022.


The IRA included about $9 billion in financial aid for energy-efficiency appliances, including heat pumps, induction stoves and washing machines and dryers.


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Essential Reads 

How policy will affect the energy and environment sectors now and in the future:

Oil prices are closing in on $95 per barrel as production cuts from Saudi Arabia and Russia continue to impact global markets, keeping gas prices near summer highs at a time when drivers typically expect to see relief at the pump. 

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), two of Congress’s most vocal proponents for aggressive climate action, on Monday called for President Biden to establish a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC).

Tens of thousands of protestors kicked off a march Sunday in New York City, advocating for an end to fossil fuels while calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency. 

Massachusetts agencies will end all purchases of single-use plastic bottles, Gov. Maura Healey (D) announced Monday at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Climate Week summit.

In Other News 

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On Our Radar 

News themes and events we’re watching for Tuesday:

FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell is slated to testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the current state of disaster readiness, response and recovery

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is slated to testify before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on the CHIPS and Science Act

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Biden Administration’s Mismanagement of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Program

The House Natural Resources Committee‘s Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Examining Barriers to Access in Federal Waters: A Closer Look at the Marine Sanctuary and Monument System.”

What We’re Reading 

News we’ve flagged from other outlets touching on energy issues, the environment and other topics:

Team Biden goes all in at New York climate week (E&E News)

Working from home could slash emissions by half, study finds (The Washington Post)

What Others are Reading 

Two key stories on The Hill right now:

House Republicans’ proposed short-term spending bill is facing internal opposition that could sink the measure and complicate the conference’s attempt to show unity in its opening offer to the Senate and White House. Read more

Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Colo.) Democratic challenger criticized her Sunday for the behavior that got her thrown out of a performance of “Beetlejuice” the prior weekend. Read more

Opinions in The Hill 

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