The U.S. Senate confirmed Daniel Simmons as new Assistant Secretary of Energy

The U.S. Senate confirmed a new Assistant Secretary of Energy on Wednesday, to head the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Daniel Simmons, an appointee of the current administration, will now formally assume the role, which he has informally held since 2017. The Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit, bipartisan group of leaders from the business, government, environmental and consumer communities, followed the announcement with a statement from president Jason Hartke, welcoming Simmons to his new post.

Jason Hartke, president of Alliance to Save Energy, welcomed a new Assistant Secretary of Energy, while calling for additional progress.

“I look forward to working with him in his new position,” Hartke said. “We’ve made enormous progress as a nation on energy efficiency, doubling our energy productivity since 1980. But we still have a lot more work to do. Increasing and accelerating our efforts to save energy should be a top priority.”

Those efforts mark a “critical job,” Hartke urged, including investments and programs that deliver cost savings for homeowners, consumers and businesses, as well as policy tools for reducing pollution. Going forward, Hartke says his organization would like to see additional progress in efficiency standards, along with timely and predictable R&D spending, to ensure programs are fully staffed.

With a budget of approximately $2.1 billion, officials for Alliance to Save Energy say the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy includes programs to weatherize homes, as well as support for the adoption of model building energy codes by state and local governments.

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