Members of Washington’s rural electric cooperatives will be eligible for direct clean-energy tax credits and additional efficiency upgrades. Producers of biofuels — already anticipating increased demand thanks to the new state law passed last year — may benefit from grant funding to support the production, storage and distribution of cleaner fuels.
The IRA also invests in climate-smart forestry in federal and community forests and urban areas. It includes support for improving wildfire resilience across the country, with much-needed funding for hazardous fuel reduction in National Forests.
Improving Environmental Justice Outcomes
Communities bearing a disproportionate share of the health and economic burdens that come with pollution receive special attention and funding in the IRA’s efforts to improve air quality. Block grants and transit investments will prioritize emissions reduction and air quality improvements in overburdened communities. Here in Washington, these investments will complement the new air quality program created by the Climate Commitment Act.
We’re excited to learn more about how nature and people will benefit from the new law, and to be part of implementing game-changing programs on the ground in Washington’s forests, cities, farmlands, estuaries and beyond.