Solar Rebate Funding Under Attack Again!

The Mayor’s recent budget included several reductions for DDOE.  Although the Solar Rebates are paid for through utility rate payer assessments, it appears that the Mayor believes these funds can be used to balance the budget.  So, it is possible that more than $700K will be taken out of the fund that supplies solar rebates.  Attached is an analysis of what is happening.  Tomorrow morning, the Council will be taking public testimony on the Mayor’s proposed budget cuts.  There are four items that the Council needs to look at:

1. Ensure that the $800K in unspent 2010 funding be rolled to 2011.
2. Identify where the missing $240K from 2009 went, and roll it back into the 2011 pot (notice that the 2009 funded and the 2010 rollover do not equal $2 million).
3. Ensure that the Mayor’s request to decrease the 2011 funding by about $700K is not implemented.
4. Identify a path forward for people that will miss out on this great program (legislation to update the REIP beyond 2012 and offer grants for projects that will be wait listed)

Click Here for Full Analysis of REIP Spending and Funding Availability

Hearing Info

B18-1101, THE “FISCAL YEAR 2011 REVISED BUDGET REQUEST ACT OF 2010” AND B18-1100, THE “FISCAL YEAR 2011 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET SUPPORT ACT OF 2010”.

NOVEMBER 30, 2010, 9:30 A.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBER, ROOM 500
JOHN A. WILSON BUILDING
1350 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, N.W.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray announces a public hearing by the Committee of the Whole on B18-1101, the “Fiscal Year 2011 Revised Budget Request Act of 2010”, and B18-1100, the “Fiscal Year 2011 Supplemental Budget Support Act of 2010” on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at 9:30 a.m., in the Council Chamber, Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.  At this hearing, the public will have an opportunity to testify on the gap-closing plans.  Immediately following public testimony, the Executive and the Chief Financial Officer will brief the public and the Council on their proposals to close the Fiscal Year 2011 budget gap.  An abbreviated notice is given to comply with Council Rule 501(a)(2).

To testify at the public hearing, please contact Maria Villars, Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Budget Director, by telephone at (202) 724-8139 or by e-mail at mvillars@dccouncil.us, and furnish your name, address, telephone number and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business on Monday, November 29, 2010. Witnesses should bring 20 copies of their written testimony to the roundtable or submit one advance copy of their written testimony by close of business on November 29, 2010.  Persons presenting oral testimony may be limited to 3 minutes in order to permit each witness an opportunity to be heard. Written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record in their entirety. All statements should be submitted to the Office of the Budget Director, Council of the District of Columbia, John A. Wilson Building, Suite 508, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.