February 11, 2021
The American Rescue Plan’s Energy and Climate Provisions
House Democrats have proposed to appropriate $5 billion for energy and climate efforts as part of the American Rescue Plan. Similar to previous COVID-19 aid packages, this proposal will provide funding for energy and water programs that aid low-income households, writes AAF’s Director of Energy Policy Ewelina Czapla, but it will also include funding for environmental justice programs within federal agencies.
Like earlier stimulus packages, the Energy and Commerce Committee’s proposal includes funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The proposal would appropriate $4.5 billion for LIHEAP that will remain available through September 30, 2022. Similarly, the Low-Income Household Drinking Water and Wastewater Emergency Assistance Program would receive an additional $500 million that would remain available through September 30, 2023.