Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic | Alliance to Save Energy

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Alliance is working with our Associates and fellow advocates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that lawmakers understand the severe damage playing out in the energy efficiency sector and  that they act accordingly to put policies in place that protect jobs and pave the way for future rebuilding. A recent report from E2, E4TheFuture, and others found that almost 340,000 energy efficiency workers have lost their jobs since the shutdown began in March. These are mostly construction workers at small businesses who can’t get into homes or buildings to work due to safety concerns. The slowdown ultimately threatens the entire efficiency sector, including manufacturing of insulation, windows and other components, engineering, professional services, etc.

While we will support a number of policy solutions, including natural prospects such as expanding weatherization programs and federal financing opportunities, we are using our feedback from our Associates, as well as our 2020 strategy, to develop a package of stimulus opportunities focused on four priorities: federal grant program for energy efficiency retrofits, as well as funding retrofits in public buildings, transportation and infrastructure investments, and expansion of energy efficiency tax credits.

We will continue to update this page with the latest information and efforts, so please continue to check back.

General Updates

Policy Priorities

Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program

We are working on a proposal to create a federal grant program that would support the small businesses being hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a quick injection of federal matching funding to kick-start energy efficiency retrofits through existing utility demand side management programs. 

Mission Critical Facility Renewal Program

We are also developing a proposal for funding retrofits in public buildings that would allow the rapid transformation of unoccupied spaces to support public health and other emergencies while improving facility efficiency and resilience.

Transportation and Infrastructure Investments

We are working with our 50x50 Transportation Action Network to identify opportunities for transportation infrastructure investments that will create jobs and deliver a more efficient and sustainable transportation sector. For this work, we are drawing on priorities developed by the 50x50 Commission on Transportation Sector Efficiency from 2017-2019, including investments in electrification infrastructure, port and airport modernization, public transit, and emerging technologies and trends.

Expansion of Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

As was done under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we are working to expand and extend energy efficiency tax incentives for homes and buildings. This would include, for example, increasing the incentive cap for the Sec. 25C tax incentive for homeowner efficiency improvements to stimulate homeowner investments in the future, and expanding the Sec. 179D buildings incentive to drive deeper retrofits.

Legislative Resources

What We're Reading

Read about the global implications of the pandemic via the IEA's COVID-19 Hub.