Our Recent Work
Our Recent Work
BPA has been keeping its focus on getting contractors back to work safely and making sure that energy efficiency programs remain fully funded and prepared for the COVID challenges ahead. Current efforts focus on three main areas: Health & Safety, Supporting State EE Programs and Monitoring Ongoing State Public Utilities Proceedings.
The past few weeks have been an exciting time for building performance legislation in Congress. Read the latest on HOPE for HOMES, Blue Collar to Green Collar Jobs Act, Weatherization Assistance Program funding, and homeowner tax credits.
The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its climate action plan, a 500-page report that provides a roadmap for Congress to address the climate crisis and build a prosperous clean energy economy. The report clearly establishes the critical role of advancing energy efficiency in the building sector to combat climate change.
We are proud to announce the introduction of HOPE for HOMES Act of 2020 - (H.R. 7325, S.4052) that includes immediate relief and long-term support for the residential energy efficiency contractor industry negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was introduced with bipartisan support in the House and Senate on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Read more about the targeted and long-term strategy to keep workers employed throughout and after the COVID19 pandemic.
BPA has been working on petitions that will allow contractors and small businesses to provide energy efficiency services and take part in training while on-site work opportunities are limited due to COVID-19.
BPA has developed a $500 Million concept - the Contractor “Home Online Performance-based Energy-efficiency” (HOPE) Training for immediate support of contractor businesses. We've paired it with our on-going efforts to enact the $6 Billion Home Owner Managing Savings Act (HOMES) to be authorized through 2025 (or until expended) that would advance rebates for homeowners doing energy efficiency retrofits.
BPA supports Congressman Peter Welch and applauds his effort to tackling this issue and calling on the Department of Energy to establish best practices and a common set of guidelines for safe and secure energy data access. Take action to support the E-Access Act.
A coalition of Pennsylvania based non-profit groups, including BPA, launched an education campaign to bring the best practices in energy efficiency programs from around the country to Harrisburg.
Kara Saul Rinaldi, Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy for BPA testified before the House Select Committee and urged Congress to act to advance energy efficiency in buildings and pass legislation that will enable more American families and businesses to access efficiency upgrades.