Home Energy Rebate Program


Background

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The law includes $391 billion to support clean energy and address climate change, including $8.8 billion in rebates nationally for home energy efficiency and electrification projects.

The Home Energy Rebate Programs include the Home Efficiency Rebates (HER) and Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates (HEAR). Rhode Island will receive approximately $32 million for the HER program and $31 million for the HEAR program. The goal of these two rebate programs is to increase the energy efficiency in homes thereby decreasing residential energy bills and carbon emissions. The HER program will provide rebates to customers undergoing a home energy improvement that is modeled to reduce their energy use by a minimum of 20%. The HEAR program is income-restricted and will provide rebates on home electrification upgrades.

Program Design and Application

The Office of Energy Resources is currently underway with developing implementation plans for the HER and HEAR programs to increase energy efficiency in homes across the state. In order to make these funds available to Rhode Islanders, OER must submit an application to the U.S. Department of Energy with our state’s implementation plans for these programs. OER anticipates submitting applications for these programs within the first half of 2024.

Opportunities for Public Comment

To begin gathering feedback from the public and stakeholders on program design, OER is sharing the Request for Information available below. Once draft program proposals are available, they will be posted here for additional comments and feedback.

IRA Home Energy Rebate Programs Request for Information

Inflation Reduction Act Energy Tax Credits

In addition to the upcoming Home Efficiency Rebates programs, the IRA established new federal tax credits for home energy upgrades that are available now. Additional information on these tax credits are available at: https://www.energy.gov/policy/articles/making-our-homes-more-efficient-clean-energy-tax-credits-consumers.  

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