Opening remarks: You have the power workshop

Learn about the federal government's clean energy plan and how new tax credits can make it more affordable for you to go solar, install a heat pump and make your home more energy efficient.

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The Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress in 2022 includes incentives for Americans to electrify their homes and cars. To help people take advantage of the new tax credits, Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund co-hosted a webinar for people to learn about the technologies incentivized under the plan and ask questions.

You can watch a recording of the opening comments to the webinar here.

In the webinar’s opening comments Environment America Research & Policy Center’s Senior Director of the Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy Johanna Neumann, and Gina Coplon-Newfield, Chief of Staff for the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy offered context on the significance of the tax credits and how they are a central component of the Biden Administration and Congress’s clean energy plan. 

The tax credits are the biggest moves the federal government has made to help Americans power their lives with clean renewable energy Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, the Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

After opening comments, the webinar featured breakout sessions led by experts that covered heat pumps, solar and storage, electric vehicles and energy efficiency and how to tap the tax credits to make these improvements.

All of these options reduce people’s reliance on fossil fuels.

We can all slash energy costs while making our home and communities healthier. Gina Coplon-Newfield
Chief of Staff, Office of Policy, Department of Energy

Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy, Environment America Research & Policy Center

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.