Capital budget must fund critical energy efficiency and solar programs
The Washington Senate’s Ways & Means Committee today released a proposed capital budget that slashes several of the state’s key energy efficiency and solar programs. These sensible programs save money for Washington schools, homes and businesses on their utility bills and help us meet our clean energy and climate goals.
The Senate capital budget would not just cut but completely eliminate:
- The clean energy and energy freedom program (budget #30000726). Ask your senator to restore the governor’s $60 million budget allocation.
- The community energy efficiency program (#30000845). Ask your senator to restore the House and governor’s $10 million allocation.
- Energy efficiency grants for K-12 schools (#30000167), which free up money for classroom instruction. Ask your senator to restore the $8 million allocation in the House budget proposal.
- Ultra-efficient affordable housing demonstration (#30000836). Ask your senator to restore the House and governor’s $5 million allocation.
- Solar grants for public buildings (part of #92000244 and #30000835). Ask your senator to restore the House and governor’s $5 million allocation.
Attempting to balance the budget by cutting the limited funding now going to these beneficial and cost-effective solar and energy efficiency programs is a fool’s errand. These critical programs must not be sacrificed for budget posturing. Contact your senator today!
For more information, contact NW Energy Coalition policy associate JJ McCoy at **@nw******.org