The Biden administration is providing more than $13 billion in aid to help low- and middle-income Americans lower their energy costs, including subsidies to pay electric bills and other incentives to make improvements energy to their homes.
Vice President Kamala Harris plans to announce the new initiative during a visit to a sheet metal worker training center and union hall in Boston later Wednesday, a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday. a call. The announcement reflects the administration’s efforts to reduce energy costs amid extreme temperature changes due to climate change.
As part of the initiative, the Department of Health and Human Services will release $4.5 billion through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps pay household bills. energy and energy-related home repairs for families. The amount will include $100 million from President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure act and $1 billion in emergency funding the administration requested earlier this year, the official said.
“We know that winter heating bills represent the largest share of household energy needs for low-income households. It is therefore imperative that funds reach households as effectively and efficiently as possible,” the official said.
The Biden administration will also provide about $9 billion to help low- and middle-income families lower their energy costs by making energy-efficient upgrades to their homes.
The funding will help up to 1.6 million homes, including the installation of 500,000 heat pumps.
Under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, about 700,000 homes will be weathered due to the revised Weatherization Assistance Program, putting the administration on track to meet its goal of weathering 2 million homes, according to the White House.
“In summary, these programs will make these cost-effective upgrades more accessible to low- and middle-income families as states accelerate to deploy at least 12 million heat pumps by 2030,” the White House said, according to a press release.
Harris has traveled the country in recent months to promote the administration’s economic priorities under the Cut Inflation Act. More than $300 million from the initiative will be invested in the state of Massachusetts.