Curbelo, Cartwright Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Nonprofits Save Money on Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act would create a grant program that will help nonprofits afford the materials needed to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and generate renewable energy.

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Washington, D.C., May 1, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Matt Cartwright (PA-17) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help nonprofits save money on energy efficiency upgrades by creating a grant program that will help nonprofits—including places of worship, faith-based organizations, and youth centers—afford the materials needed to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and generate renewable energy.

“Places of worship and other non-profits have to balance the allocation of their resources while serving the needs of their communities, and we should encourage them to leverage their funds to maximize those efforts,” Curbelo said. “This bipartisan legislation would help make sure these organizations do not have to choose between providing important community services and upgrading their infrastructure for long-term energy efficiency and savings.”

“Nonprofits are often the least able to surmount the investment cost to improve energy efficiency,” said Cartwright. “This bipartisan bill will help nonprofits save money while making energy efficient upgrades to their buildings, which will allow them to devote more resources to serving their communities.”

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

The legislation would provide $10 million each year for the next five years to create a pilot grant program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to support nonprofits in purchasing materials for energy efficiency projects. The grants would promote energy efficiency by supporting the purchase of materials for upgrades to existing infrastructure as well as renewable energy generators and heaters. Nonprofits could apply for grants up to $200,000. The legislation is supported by the National Council of Churches, the YMCA of the USA, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, among other organizations.

A PDF of the bill is available here.

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