December 2022 Newsletter
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act: What ICAST is Watching
Automakers to double spending on EVs, batteries to $1.2 trillion by 2030
Two Swiss Reservoirs Turned into World’s Largest ‘Water Battery’ to Power Europe
ICAST Policy Blog
White House Announcements
Biden-Harris Administration Announces State and Tribe Allocations for Home Energy Rebate Program
The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) provided an update on the allocation of funds from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for consumer home energy rebate programs that will help households pursue energy efficiency and electrification for their homes. Allocations have been determined for States; however, allocations to specific tribal nations are not yet available. DOE will hold a series of listening sessions between November and January to engage stakeholders, including Tribes, labor, and industry, on the programs. Following the sessions, DOE will issue a Request for Information for public input in early 2023. DOE stated that they predict funding for states and Tribes will be available by Spring 2023, and rebates will be available to the public later in the year.
Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Lower Energy Costs for Families
The White House released a fact sheet on steps the Administration is taking to reduce households’ energy costs and support good-paying jobs and manufacturing. Read more here
ICAST Presents at NASCSP Annual Conference
ICAST Experts Weigh In: The Need to Grow the Clean Energy Workforce
A recent study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has determined that heat pumps are “the central technology in the global transition to secure and sustainable heating” and estimated that heat pumps could provide one-fifth of the world’s heating needs by 2030. In the US, as more ambitious carbon-reduction goals take effect in states like Colorado and Washington (with the latter recently passing a mandate that requires all new buildings and homes to install a heat pump), there is a growing need for trained HVAC technicians who are equipped to design, install, and service these devices.
How does this relate to ICAST? Through two innovative partnerships, ICAST is implementing no-cost high-efficiency air-source heat pump training programs. Read more here
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