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Pickens Plan no longer being ignored this gives the details of the plan in a short breakdown

Pickens Plan- The main sections of the plan are the following:

 

  • Create millions of new jobs by building out the capacity to generate up to 22 percent of our electricity from wind. And adding to that with additional solar generation capacity
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  • Building a 21st century backbone electrical transmission grid
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  • Providing incentives for homeowners and the owners of commercial buildings to upgrade their insulation and other energy saving options
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  • Using America's natural gas to replace imported oil as a transportation fuel in addition to its other uses in power generation, chemicals, etc.
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    The Pickens plan has already seen parts come to light, the incentives for US homeowners has risen since the start of the Pickens Plan and been embraced by the House and Senate.

     

     FY 2009 LIHEAP(Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which includes winterization programs that include replacement of non energy efficent windows and much more. Funding of $5.1 billion, the highest in the program's history and nearly double FY 2008 funding of $2.6 billion. Of the total, $4.509 billion has been distributed through the regular block grant program and $590 million was distributed as emergency contingency funds. 

     

    Tax Credit:
    30% of cost up to $1,500
    Expires:
    December 31, 2010
    Details:
    Must be an existing home & your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not qualify.

     

     

    Tax Credit:
    30% of cost with no upper limit
    Expires:
    December 31, 2016
    Details:
    Existing homes & new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.

     

     

    Tax Credit:
    Credit Details: 30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity
    Expires:
    December 31, 2016
    Details:
    Existing homes & new construction qualify. Must be your principal residence. Rentals and second homes do not qualify.


    DOE has sent home winterization public service announcements (PSAs) to over 400 radio stations across the country.

    Three audio PSAs are designed to help homeowners and renters cut winter heating bills through energy efficiency savings posted on DOE's Stay Warm, Save Money Web site.

    Listeners are encouraged to visit the DOE web site to learn more about how home sealing, insulation, and compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) can be used to save energy in new and existing homes.

    Air Leaks/Home sealing PSA (WAV 6 MB) (Windows Media File 295 KB)
    Insulation PSA (WAV 6 MB) (Windows Media File 291 KB)
    Compact Fluorescent Lighting PSA (WAV 7 MB) (Windows Media File 322 KB)

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    Comment balloon 1 commentBrandon Jordan • December 26 2009 12:11PM

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    Thanks for the update.  I remember when the idea first was presented it sounded very interesting, but then it seemed to disappear. 

    We here in Arizona, where we get, on average, 315 sunny days per year have heard about solar gwenerated power concepts from time to time as well, but nothing ever seems to materialize.

    Sounds promising.  Thanks for the post.

    Posted by Michael O'Donnell, GRI, ePRO, Accessible Homes (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties) over 9 years ago

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