Overview, Mission, Successes, Goals
During the last two years, ConservAmerica has worked to enact policies that increase the conservation of energy, expand solar power availability to blue collar and low-income households; and to stabilize the nuclear, wind, and solar power industries.
- Recent Successes
- The Schools Energy Efficiency program was launched in 2016 – in the first year, $2 million was invested into 60 schools that serve low-income populations. In the first year, $660 thousand was saved with every penny going back into the classroom.
- ConservAmerica spent nearly two years to secure the passage of a “Blue Collar Solar” program that provides working class families the opportunity to have solar panels. As a result of our work, $15 million a year is now flowing into that program – with every penny going to blue collar households.
- Ongoing Missions
- ConservAmerica is working with Congressional leaders to pass a tax plan that will stabilize the U.S. nuclear, wind, and solar industries – and cut rates by about $7 billion a year.
- Past Successes
- The first Republican-sponsored resolution to deal with climate change was sponsored by Congressman Chris Gibson of New York. Mr. Gibson said “Without ConservAmerica, there would be no Gibson Resolution.”
- Numerous successes in advocating for and assisting in the passage of conservative legislation that protects our air, land, and water resources.
- Developing new policies and bringing cleaner air, lower rates, and more opportunities to American families.
95% of Solar Installations have gone on the homes of the wealthiest 60% of Americans
While Americans of all political beliefs support expanding the use of solar power, the sad fact is that our national and state approaches have been built on subsidies (paid by all tax and ratepayers) that provide incentives that allow wealthy households to emplace solar.
ConservAmerica began acting on that issue in 2016 – urging the adoption of a new “Blue Collar Solar” program that would allow utilities to use third-party, unaffiliated companies to put solar on the rooftops of low-income, working class families. The utility pays for it, and maintains it. The homeowner gets a permanent rate cut that saves them up to $50 a month.
The program has been expanded in Arizona, and will put up to $45 million of solar panels into low-income, working class neighborhoods. Ensuring that renewable power starts to be available to everyone, not just the wealthy.
Making Schools Energy Efficient – and Increasing the Money for Classrooms
ConservAmerica developed a first-in-the-nation program that allows utilities to provide energy efficiency audits, and to emplace energy efficiency solutions, into financially disadvantaged schools.
After one year, $2 million was invested in 60 schools resulting in $660 thousand in savings – with every penny saved put back into the classroom.
This year’s plan is to expand that to $2.25 million, with an additional $500 thousand to reduce natural gas heating needs.
Zero Regrets Energy Policy
America spends over $20 billion a year in subsidies. We have over 2,610 different subsidies and programs…
While supporting nuclear, wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal are all worthwhile goals – they are all part of a “tax and spend” approach that restricts the market.
Instead of tax-and-spend, let’s pass Zero Regrets, which eliminates taxes on clean power. This would stabilize nuclear, wind, and solar power. Expand hydro and geothermal – and cut electric bills across the nation.
The U.S. House of Representatives has legislation directing the Department of Energy to study and report back on the effects of Zero Regrets.