In these comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) under the recently promulgated Clean Power Plan (CPP), the authors explain how providing an incentive for early action on renewables and on efficiency in low income communities can help ensure that investments in clean energy and efficiency are distributed in the communities with the highest barriers to deployment.
States and their stakeholders have a unique opportunity through State Implementation Plans to craft the energy solutions that work best for the economy, workers, and communities of their state. We will urge the states to take advantage of the CEIP in their State Implementation Plans, as it has the potential to:
• Reduce some barriers to energy efficiency projects in low-income communities,
• Improve the public buildings and housing in low-income communities,
• Reduce energy use and expenditures for people who will most benefit,
• Provide good jobs and career paths for the people who most need them,
• Build and support a skilled, clean energy and energy efficiency workforce, and
• Reduce pollution in frontline communities
As a strategy to reward early action, the CEIP can lay the groundwork to prepare a workforce able to carry out clean energy installations and retrofits over the coming decade and beyond. To capture these benefits, the DVC urges the EPA to include the following guidelines and priorities in structuring the program.