Last month, Obama announced his plan to increase renewable energy use in the United States, saying that he would use all of his powers — including the power of the veto — to defend it. Now Obama is augmenting that plan with initiatives to encourage home owners to get in on the green movement. At this week’s Clean Energy, Obama announced incentives that will allow home owners to install efficient appliances and that will also increase money geared toward supporting clean energy innovations – which could be a real game changer for green energy.
According to the White House, “President Obama is committed to taking responsible steps to address climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, drive innovation, and ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. That is why at Senator Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit […] he is announcing a robust set of executive actions and private sector commitments to accelerate America’s transition to cleaner sources of energy and ways to cut energy waste.”
This follows on the heels of last month’s Clean Power Plan announcement. Prior to the plan, power plants were allowed to dump as much as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as they wanted. The EPA developed a plan in 2014 under the Clean Air Act, which established state-by-state targets for the reduction of carbon emissions. However, the framework to meet the targets was quite flexible, and a number of states wanted more time. The latest plan would aim to reduce electricity carbon emissions by 28 percent in 2025.
Power plants are the largest polluter in the United States, and the Clean Power Plan will tackle that aspect, but Obama’s announcement this week shows that it is vital to involve home owners and innovators as well.