President Trump’s budget proposal was recently released, and fears of cuts to renewable energy have been confirmed. Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement: “We were disappointed to see the administration’s proposal to slash programs that promote American-made clean energy. Clean energy research programs have been priorities of both Republican and Democratic administrations and Congresses and the investments have paid off many times over. Renewable energy innovations in rapidly commercializing technologies ranging from inverters, to storage, to advanced infrastructure have vast promise for American industry, as solar energy becomes an increasingly large part of our nation’s energy portfolio. We look forward to working with Congress as it drafts a budget that supports important clean energy programs that create American jobs, advance innovation, and stimulate billions of dollars in private investment.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the budget slashes EPA funding by 31.2%, and Utilitydive.com reports “the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy would see a 70% budget cut; the Office of Fossil Energy budget would be reduced 54%; the Office of Nuclear Energy budget will decline almost a third.”
These developments, in addition to President Trump’s commitment to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord, signal a stark shift and a clear effort to turn back progress in the energy space. But, don’t fret, politicians work for us and are as replaceable as lightbulbs. And, fortunately, our political system provides checks and balances to ensure that any changes, if they ultimately take hold, are thoroughly debated and reviewed before implementation (i.e. change is hard and takes time—as we in the Green energy space know all too well). So a prudent course forward for energy consumers is two-fold:
- Take advantage of the robust solar incentives that exist today before they potentially go away. Switch to solar with Greenlight Energy’s no-cost solar installation; see an immediate and significant drop in monthly energy costs; and put your home and family on course to save $30k+ over the next 15-20 years.
- Make a clear statement with your pocket book that We the People demand clean, cost-effective energy options for our homes, families, and children’s futures. Go solar today.
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It’s good for the planet. It’s good for your wallet. That’s the Greenlight Rule.