If Alaska can’t drill for more oil because of the Biden Administration anti-petroleum policies, perhaps it can at least put another sweater on its buildings, Jimmy Carter style.
Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia introduced the Investing in New Strategies for Upgrading Lower Attaining Efficiency (INSULATE) Buildings Act, legislation that has grants to states and territories, through the State Energy Program, to establish revolving loan funds for energy audits and efficiency upgrades.
The bill would give businesses and homeowners the resources to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and facilities. The bill would also prioritize funding for states with the poorest efficiency in buildings.
Bill text is available here.
“When it comes to energy, Alaska is a high-cost, high-consumption state. Unfortunately, the efficiency of many buildings, homes and businesses is lacking, which drives those prices up even further,” Murkowski said. “The INSULATE Buildings Act prioritizes energy efficiency improvements in states with the poorest building efficiency and gives businesses and homeowners resources to pursue improvements, clearly helping Alaska. This legislation is one more step toward my goal of making energy more affordable and reliable for all Alaskans.”
The INSULATE Buildings Act is supported by a broad coalition of organizations, including the National Association of State Energy Officials, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and Alliance to Save Energy, among others.