Center for American Progress, National Consumer Law Center and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy submitted a letter providing recommendations for the implementation of the rebate programs, focusing on equitable deployment and ensuring protections for low-income households.
The four overarching recommendations are:
- The Department must make the rebate programs clear and accessible to maximize uptake from low-income households
- The Department should work with State Energy Offices (SEOs), state attorneys general, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to provide strong contractor oversight.
- The Department should establish several oversight mechanisms to increase transparency and accountability, including the creation of a complaint resolution process with a platform for reporting or analysis of program implementation issues.
- The Department must coordinate with states, and require them to braid other sources of funding to increase program efficiency.