In 2017, ConservAmerica’s “Blue Collar Solar” vision was enacted in Arizona. Under this program, up to $45 million will be invested by Arizona Public Service Company (the state’s largest electric utility) to provide low-income homes, apartments, and communities with access to rooftop and community-based solar power. This is a first in the nation program that ConservAmerica is working to replicate in other states.
Starting in 2016, and continuing today, ConservAmerica created a new approach to the ongoing challenge of reducing emissions and strengthening America’s electric utility industry. Under our “Zero Regrets” approach, federal taxes are eliminated on all forms of zero-emissions electricity (nuclear, wind, hydropower, solar, and geothermal). Electric rates across America will be reduced by over $7 billion a year – and costly, inefficient government subsidies could be eliminated to reduce the federal budget. [To learn more: https://youtu.be/6ZAasJKlDVE ]
In 2015, ConservAmerica worked with Arizona Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese (now Chairman), the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s office, and Arizona Public Service to develop the School Energy Efficiency pilot program which assists financially challenged schools by providing energy efficiency investments and passes 100 percent of the cost savings to the classroom. The program allowed Arizona Public Service to invest $2 million into energy efficiency solutions in financially disadvantaged schools, as long as the school agreed that all the money they saved would be put back into the classroom. In one year, 32 schools saved over $600 thousand – and the program is now being expanded to address natural gas heating systems as well as to launch a fleet of all-electric school buses.
ConservAmerica was the only right-of-center organization that worked to pass the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which dramatically improved lighting efficiency standards in the U.S.
ConservAmerica was credited with obtaining the necessary Republican votes to pass the Waxman-Markey climate bill in 2010.
Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) said, “Without ConservAmerica, there would be no Gibson Climate Resolution.”
ConservAmerica was instrumental in passing the Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness Act of 2014 by working with the diverse stakeholders to build consensus and prove support to Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), the author of the bill. The bill was the first wilderness bill passed in more than five years.
Later in 2014, ConservAmerica was the pivotal organization in getting several more wilderness bills to the House floor for a vote.
We are very active in the effort to grow the signatories to the U.S. House of Representatives Climate Resolution, and we advise a diverse coalition of groups working to seek common ground on climate, energy, public lands, and other environmental policy