Haaland Secures Renewable Energy, Restoration Economy Funding, Policies to Tackle Climate Change, Fuel Economic Recovery in House Spending Bill

July 31, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, continued her work creating jobs in renewable energy and the restoration economy by securing funds and policy changes in the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations bills. She delivered funding forconservation, National Park maintenance, and significant investments in renewable energy transmission. 

“Right now our economy and environment are in a state of crisis, but we cannot prioritize one over the other. By creating new jobs that support our environment and spur our economy, we invest in a better future for everyone. The funding I fought to include in this year’s spending package will help our economy sustainably recover from the impacts of this pandemic,” said Congresswoman Haaland. 

In the Interior and Environment bill that passed last week, Haaland included funding for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps and National Park maintenance.  Conservation Corps work in partnership to engage young adults and veterans in conservation, recreation, infrastructure, wildfire, disaster response, and community development service projects on public lands and in rural and urban communities. Haaland secured $84,808,000 for the Forest Service Trails Capitol Improvement and $945,481,000 For National Park Service Facility Operations and Maintenance. 

The bill that passed today, includes Haaland’s language the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to review its existing interregional transmission coordination requirements and consider specific improvements for renewable energy needs. It also includes provisions Haaland championed to support the development and deployment of microgrids for renewable energy like those being worked on at Sandia National Lab, as well as $17.6 million for the Office of Technology Transitions. This office, which Haaland is working to strengthen with her Energy Technology Maturation Act, helps move research done at our U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories into the marketplace. All of which will be key to facilitate successful tech transfer of laboratory-developed energy technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact in New Mexico and the rest of the country.

“Because of bold leaders like Congresswoman Haaland, House Democrats are confronting the climate crisis head on,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey said. “I am very pleased to partner with Deb to help protect our environment, care for our planet, and prevent the worst impacts of climate change.”

A breakdown of renewable energy and energy efficiency investments secured by Congresswoman Deb Haaland are below:

  • Wind Energy Program: $104 million
  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy overall: $2.85 billion
  • State Energy Program: $65 million
  • Office of Technology Transitions $17.6 million
  • Federal Energy Management Program: $40 million
  • Energy Storage: at least $97 million
  • Weatherization Assistance Program: $310 million
  • Clean Cities Program for Clean Fuels: $43 million
  • Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs: $22 million
  • Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP): $2 million

Last week, Haaland secured progress for the Restoration Economy when the Great American Outdoors Act passed the House in a bipartisan vote. The two programs included in the Bill are critical to Haaland’s efforts to create good paying jobs in outdoor recreation and restoration economies at a critical time of economic recovery.