Ener­gy rebates: Maine drafts plans to dis­trib­ute $72 mil­lion for direct pay­ments to help with bills

Maine is work­ing on plans to allo­cate rough­ly $72 mil­lion in fed­er­al fund­ing from the Infla­tion Reduc­tion Act to help res­i­dents with ener­gy and effi­cien­cy rebates.
Over one year ago, Pres­i­dent Joe Biden signed the Infla­tion Reduc­tion Act into law, giv­ing about $370 bil­lion for invest­ments across the coun­try in clean ener­gy and ener­gy effi­cien­cy. The leg­is­la­tion pro­vides about $4.3 bil­lion for “ener­gy-sav­ing retro­fits” and an addi­tion­al $4.5 bil­lion for effi­cient elec­tric appli­ances and oth­er sup­plies across the nation.
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The Depart­ment of Ener­gy spec­i­fies that Maine can get about $36 mil­lion from each pro­gram and a min­i­mum of about $11 mil­lion total for low-income house­holds.
In 2019, Gov. Janet Mills (D‑ME) announced Effi­cien­cy Maine will offer heat pump rebates, with a goal of installing 100,000 heat pumps by 2025. Maine sur­passed its goal and recent­ly announced …