On OCTOBER 28, 2021 President Biden Announced the Build Back Better Framework. This will have a major impact on Renewable Energy and sustainability. Some of the major components are:
- The largest effort to combat climate change in American history. The framework will cut greenhouse gas pollution by well over one gigaton in 2030, reduce consumer energy costs, give our kids cleaner air and water, create hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs, and advance environmental justice by investing in a 21st century clean energy economy – from buildings, transportation, industry, electricity, and agriculture to climate smart practices across our lands and waters.
- Ensure clean energy technology – from wind turbine blades to solar panels to electric cars – will be built in the United States with American made steel and other materials, creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs here at home. The Build Back Better legislation will target incentives to grow domestic supply chains in solar, wind, and other critical industries in communities on the frontlines of the energy transition. In addition, the framework will boost the competitiveness of existing industries, like steel, cement, and aluminum, through grants, loans, tax credits, and procurement to drive capital investment in the decarbonization and revitalization of American manufacturing.
- Advance environmental justice through a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator that will invest in projects around the country, while delivering 40% of the benefits of investment to disadvantaged communities, as part of the President’s Justice40 initiative. The framework will also fund port electrification; facilitate the deployment of cleaner transit, buses, and trucks; and support critical community capacity building, including grants to environmental justice communities. In addition, the framework will create a new Civilian Climate Corps – with over 300,000 members that look like America. This diverse new workforce will conserve our public lands, bolster community resilience, and address the changing climate, all while putting good-paying union jobs within reach for more Americans.
The full document is available on the Whitehouse,gov website
In alignment with Scottsdale’s overall building code updates, the city is preparing to adopt the 2021 edition of the International Green Construction Code (IECC) and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). These updated codes will replace the currently adopted 2015 editions.
The IECC addresses residential and commercial energy efficiency on several fronts including cost savings, reduced energy usage, conservation of natural resources and the impact of energy usage on the environment. Key changes to the 2021 IECC improve efficiency by 11.1 percent and reduce greenhouse gases by 10.7 percent over the 2015 IECC. These changes include new provisions that increase efficiency and encourage greater flexibility in design and construction. Amendments include electric vehicle charging infrastructure for new homes, apartments and hotels to support future EV charging demand. The IgCC is applicable to new commercial buildings and contains measures to help mitigate heat island effect, reduce water waste, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, support renewables, improve indoor environmental health and lower the impact on natural resources.
The updated codes are planned to be presented to City Council for adoption in the first quarter of next year. The IECC and IgCC have already received support from the Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Council and is currently being reviewed by the Building Advisory Board.
The US House passed the Moving Forward Act, H. R. 2, on July 1, 2020. The US$1.5 trillion infrastructure support bill includes a raft of measures in support of America’s clean economy. The bill proposes to extend the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) scheme to 2025. Major resistance is expected in the Senate.
More details on this bill are at: Solar-friendly US infrastructure bill inches forward as it passes House
Additional coverage: House Democrats Spell Out Climate, Clean Energy Priorities in Sweeping Plan
Update August 4th: 07/20/2020 Senate Received in the Senate. No action since. Call your Senators!