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Inflation Reduction Act Promotes Energy Security and Cleaner Futures for Young Americans
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Inflation Reduction Act Promotes Energy Security and Cleaner Futures for Young Americans

A young American shares her hope for a cleaner future after the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Rukaya Alrubaye, national youth spokesperson for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Rural electric cooperatives provide 42 million people with reliable and affordable energy. The Inflation Reduction Act made direct-pay tax credits and clean energy incentives available to rural electric co-ops to expand and diversify their energy systems. Arkansas teen Rukaya Alrubaye knows how important electric co-ops are for providing energy in communities such as hers. Rukaya, a member of a first-generation family originally from Iraq, has experienced energy insecurity, which informed her advocacy for expanding energy access.

Rukaya Alrubaye

Rukaya Alrubaye pictured in February 2023. (Photo credit: Denny Gainer)

As my community continues to introduce new clean energy sources, it is very reassuring that the Inflation Reduction Act supports these efforts. My family just switched to solar energy because of the climate and economic benefits involved, which have been made possible because of programs such as those implemented by the Inflation Reduction Act. It’s very special to know that those we elect into power are using their power wisely to do good. I hope we continue to work together to address climate change issues because they impact every person on this planet. Rukaya Alrubaye

The clean energy provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act expand access to clean energy resources, bringing rural communities more opportunities to reduce energy costs.

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