December 2022 Newsletter

Close-up view of Inflations Reduction Act bill

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act: What ICAST is Watching

Within the space of a year, President Biden signed two bills into law that provide significant investments in clean energy and underserved communities. Funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will go toward building out the nation’s EV charging infrastructure, incentivizing building electrification and solar projects, weatherizing low-income homes, growing the nation’s clean energy workforce, and much more. Read more here

Automakers to double spending on EVs, batteries to $1.2 trillion by 2030

The world's top automakers are planning to spend nearly $1.2 trillion through 2030 to develop and produce millions of electric vehicles, along with the batteries and raw materials to support that production, according to a Reuters analysis of public data and projections released by those companies  Read more here
Emosson Reservoir Switzerland

Two Swiss Reservoirs Turned into World’s Largest ‘Water Battery’ to Power Europe

Next week a revolutionary new form of energy storage will debut in Switzerland after 14 years of engineering and installation. Read more here
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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’s Director of Business Development, Ryan Kristoff, and Sales Development Representative, Curt Shepard attended the National Association for State Community Service Programs (NASCSP) Annual Training Conference in late October. ICAST was proud to be both a presenter and exhibitor at the event which focused on discussing two core federal programs the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. ICAST helped to provide expertise and shape the discussion around how State WAP administrators and agencies should tackle multifamily housing with federal weatherization dollars. Read more and get the presentation here

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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