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Letter to Congress: Clean Energy Jobs & Innovation Act

September 23, 2020

Dear Representative:

Green For All appreciates your continued commitment to address the economic fallout from COVID-19 and the impacts of climate change on Americans across the country. While the current pandemic and resulting economic crisis have impacted us all differently, our communities are united in working together with Congress towards solutions that create jobs and foster wellness, which will bring about a shared clean energy future and help get Americans safely back to work. 

As part of that effort, we are urging you today to support the following amendments to H.R. 4447, the Clean Energy Jobs and Innovation to boost energy efficiency, reduce pollution, and increase opportunities for low-income communities and communities of color. 

Weatherization and Energy Efficiency

  • #61- Rep. Barragán’s Amendment
    • Increases authorized appropriation levels by $100,000,000 for the Weatherization Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2021-2025.
  • #146- Rep. Waters’ Amendment
    • Expands the Home Energy Savings Retrofit Rebate Program to include multifamily housing.
  • #44- Rep. Blunt Rochester’s Amendment
    • Funds clean energy and energy efficiency upgrades to critical infrastructure, like schools and hospitals.
  • #132- Reps. Loebsack and Velázquez’s Amendment
    • Establishes a grant program within DOE for the purpose of making energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements at public school facilities.

Equity and Inclusion

  • #142- Reps. Barragán, Cardenás, and McEachin’s Amendment
    • Increases the authorized appropriation by $50 million a year for FY 2021-2025 for the low income solar grant program in Subtitle D.
  • #95- Rep. Waters’ Amendment
    • Encourages institutions of higher education that receive grants for the construction of training and assessment centers to identify and consider qualified diverse candidates during the procurement process.
  • #103- Rep. Waters’ Amendment
    • Requires the Secretary of Energy to evaluate, on state applications for “State Leadership Grants,” which support the implementation of smart manufacturing technology, whether proposed projects will benefit diverse communities.
  • #110- Reps. Lujan and Castor’s Amendment
    • Supports the growth of local solar energy by making community solar more accessible to all consumers and ratepayers, including lower-income consumers, by requiring states to consider enacting policies to allow community solar projects.
  • #130- Rep. Barragán’s Amendment
    • Establishes a climate justice grants program, administered by EPA, to provide local government and community non-profit grants to environmental justice communities for climate mitigation and climate adaptation projects. The authorized appropriation is $1 billion a year for FY 2021-2025.
  • #16- Rep. DeSaulnier’s Amendment
    • Establishes a Department of Energy, in coordination with the Department of Labor, grant program for local communities to develop transition plans for their fossil fuel workforce to more sustainable jobs or sectors.

Nexus with Transportation Electrification

  • #2- Rep. Clarke’s Amendment
    • Establishes a pilot program within the Environmental Protection Agency to award funds in the form of grants, rebates and low-cost revolving loans to projects that either: (1) replace an existing diesel-powered transport refrigeration unit in a heavy-duty vehicle with an electric unit; or (2) purchase and install shore power infrastructure or related equipment that enables electric transport refrigeration units to operate on grid electricity at places where refrigerated heavy-duty vehicles congregate, such as distribution centers.
  • #83- Rep. Waters’ Amendment
    • Requires the Secretary of Transportation’s report on electric vehicle (EV) charging station infrastructure in underserved communities to identify the potential for, and obstacles to, recruiting and entering into contracts with locally-owned small and disadvantaged businesses, including women-and minority-owned businesses, to deploy EV charging infrastructure in these communities.
  • #57- Reps. Barragán, Beyer, Lee, Raskin, Velázquez, Bonamici, Huffman, Lowenthal, Clarke, Khanna, Hastings, Kennedy’s Amendment
    • Establishes a $1 billion dollar a year Climate Smart Ports program at EPA to provide grants for ports and port users to invest in zero emissions technology for cargo handling equipment, drayage trucks, and harbor craft. The program also supports the development of shore power and clean energy microgrids at ports.
  • #71- Reps. Hayes and Cardenás’ Amendment
    • Amends Section 6201, the Reauthorization of the Clean School Bus Program. Reserves $100 million of $130 million per fiscal year between 2021-2025 for awards to eligible recipients proposing to replace school buses with zero-emission school buses.

These amendments will support a healthier and more prosperous future for all Americans during the pandemic and in the years to come. Ensuring that our homes, businesses and transportation systems are clean and efficient is essential to dealing with the challenges of the 21st century, including addressing the disproportionate impacts of climate change and pollution on communities of color and low-income communities as America seeks to emerge from the pandemic more economically secure and less susceptible to the pitfalls of inequality. Thank you for your consideration and support for these important amendments to this legislation. 


Shannon Baker-Branstetter
Deputy Director of Policy, Green For All

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