90. Create Energy Grants, like Facade Grants

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The Downtown South Bend organization provides easy to access selection of grants, including exterior renovation grants, aimed at encouraging growth and vibrancy in the downtown area.

While Indiana Michigan Power has its custom rebate program and NIPSCO has its energy efficiency programs, these can be daunting to try and navigate if you aren’t familiar.  Having a program similar to the old Energizing Indiana, through an outlet such as DTSB breaks down those barriers and reduces the friction to implementing energy efficiency measures.

If energy efficiency is the cleanest, fastest, and cheapest energy option we have, making an accessible grant program will have lasting impact on the community’s energy consumption and expenses. Arguably, for the sake of our building stock, this would have as much an impact as DTSB’s current grant program.

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