President Biden declares October as National Clean Energy Action Month

Federal officials are working to turn the climate change catastrophe into an opportunity and a renewed commitment to leading America toward a future powered by sustainable energy, according to the White House website. 

By leading the world in manufacturing and exporting clean energy technologies, creating good-paying union jobs, lowering costs for families and addressing environmental injustice, the United States can meet one of the most consequential challenges of our time,” President Biden said. 

The U.S. government is aware that the opportunity to prevent catastrophic results is fast shrinking as the nation continues to experience droughts, heat waves, wildfires, floods and hurricanes. 

The cost of inaction is increasing, and the data is conclusive. Hurricanes and winter storms have brutally reminded us of the misery and fatalities that can result from interrupted or limited access to energy.

Energy may be conserved and money saved on energy bills by taking simple measures like turning off the lights when leaving a room or modernizing our energy monitoring systems with devices like smart thermostats. These deliberate, little actions can result in big financial savings.

The Federal Energy Management Program assists organizations in complying with federal laws and regulations regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy. By implementing energy and water management initiatives across the federal government, organizations are making outstanding progress toward these requirements. 

Recently, a clean energy bill was passed by the Senate which provides $369 billion in tax credits and increased financing for low-emissions vehicles and technologies, resilient buildings, rebates for home energy efficiency and appliance electrification and general reductions in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, many of which focus on underserved and low-income areas. 

The bill also allocates $27 billion for a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, with 40% going to low-income and disadvantaged communities to assist the quick adoption of low- and zero-emission technologies.