Department of Energy Launches “Green Energy” Spending Favoring Democratic Districts

Joe Biden’s Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a round of pork-barrel “green” projects that will provide federal spending in blue state havens while ignoring red states that do not endorse radical environmentalism.

A DOE media release last Wednesday indicates that an initiative spending package that will develop solar energy projects will target communities in Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and the District of Columbia.

The statement said that DOE chose the locations for the spending by prioritizing “working with states that have existing programs to support low-income community solar development.”

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said that “every American community” deserves the “economic and health benefits that come with increased access to affordable clean energy.” While the program completely ignores red states, she said it is designed to especially help “those that face disproportionately higher energy burdens.”

The new initiative differs from other DOE projects that involve mounting solar panels on roofs. Instead, the “community solar projects” use large solar arrays that provide electricity to the larger power grid.

The DOE claims that the program will power 5 million homes and will save participants an average of 20% on energy costs.

The estimated savings for New York residents is estimated to be $400 million per year. Illinois is expected to save $300 million, Colorado $240 million, New Jersey $175 million, Washington, D.C. $40 million, and New Mexico $30 million.

The new project will use the already existing Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to allow some residents to take part in the initiative. Families already participating in welfare programs will have access to the “Community Solar Subscription Platform” to reduce their utility bills.

The DOE said that it will use $10 million allocated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that a group of Senate Republicans allowed to pass to pay for training in solar careers in “underserved communities.”

EnergySage says on its website that the community solar projects have downsides as well. The projects “require a lot of sunny, uninterrupted space.” In some communities, it is possible it will be necessary to acquire suitable land that then must be cleared. That increases costs while also causing “unintended environmental consequences” including deforestation and loss of wildlife habitat.