SCALT

Legislative

On August 16, 2022, the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was signed into law. The IRA includes $8.8 billion in funding for consumer home energy rebate programs which will be administered by individual states. South Carolina expects to receive over $137 million of these funds, which will be split into two programs: Home Energy Performance Based, Whole House Rebates (HOME rebates) and High Efficiency Electric Home rebates.

Your association is working with the South Carolina Energy Office to make sure SCALT members are in the front line to receive the information on how the money will be distributed. Updates will be provided on the Energy.sc.gov

Timeline of Action

June 9 – SC Energy Office met with SCALT members to hear the SC Energy Office efforts to put a process in place for the rebates. Click here for presentation.

June 21- SCALT members were invited to participate in a residential energy field study in South Carolina by the The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. The goal of the field study is to identify opportunities for targeted training, outreach, and resources to reduce energy use in homes.

September – SCALT participated in a working group with the Energy Office to discuss options for funding.

 

 

Following is a history of recent legislative accomplishments.

• SCALT members from around the state participated in the Governor Press Conferences announcing the SC Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program. Willie Youmas with Youmas Heating and Air in Charleston and Theresa Wardlaw with Cool Care Heating and Air in Columbia participated in the Governors announcement of the new Cares Act Funding in 2020.

• SCALT members sat down with legislators in 2021 to discuss ways to support the trades in South Carolina.

• SCALT supported the passage of Business License Tax Reform passed the General Assembly after more than ten years in 2021.