Editor,

Holly Hewitt (Sept. 7 letter to the editor) will be happy to hear that the Inflation Reduction Act created an individual household climate savings account of up to $25,276 in federally funded tax credits and discounts (source: Rewiring America IRA calculator). These can be used by the typical San Mateo resident in electrifying their homes. In addition, there are substantial rebates available from regional agencies, up to another $6,000 (source: theswitchison.org)

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edkahl

Where is all the electricity going to come from? Demand in 10 years will likely require tripling out electrical generation and transmission.

robertwhitehair

See my comment below to Mr. van Ulden

Terence Y

Assuming this is true, and assuming the money can be used with no out-of-pocket expense (doubtful), folks better take advantage of this offer quickly before this “taxpayer giveaway” is taken away. Actually, if selling homeowners are savvy they can take advantage of this taxpayer bonus and double-dip by increasing the cost of the purchase price (blaming the increase for these upgrades. Win-win for the soon-to-be ex-homeowner. Now, can non-homeowners get a slice of this savings account pie?

robertwhitehair

Regulations are being developed in all states as to how the money will be allocated. We would welcome your support in making that money available for renters too. There is some good news already, if Senator Becker's SB1112 is signed by the governor. Tenants will be able to take advantage of some great ways to electrify.

Dirk van Ulden

Yes Mr. Whitehair - and let's pray that there is federal and/or State money available to help with paying the astronomical electric bill. And, that the grid can support these conversions along with EV proliferation.

robertwhitehair

The grid quadrupled in size from the 50s to the 70s. The grid and electrification are evolving together.

Dirk van Ulden

Mr. Whitehair - you are not addressing my concern which is when residential and small commercial is totally dependent on electricity, as current events are demonstrating, that energy source may not be available and if it is, at an extreme cost. You are assuming that the evolving grid issues to accommodate the changing load patterns are up to reality. That is wishful thinking and it does not help when we get into a bind. The Governor and the CEC really need to be forthright about the challenges ahead and may have to make changes in their mandates. You participate in a group that clearly puts on rose-colored glasses before each meeting and ignores reality.

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