Alliance to Save Energy Responds to House’s Funding of DOE’s Energy Efficiency Programs

June 21st, 2019 by Editor

The U.S. House passed a package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills consisting of four bills that fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. The Department of Energy will receive increased funding for energy efficiency programs and the Alliance to Save Energy has released a statement from president Jason Hartke.

“These are smart investments because energy efficiency programs have a proven track record of success. By stepping up funding for programs that reduce wasted energy, the House has taken an important step for cutting carbon emissions,” he said. “This bill would mean more homes weatherized, more assistance for businesses to save costs through reduced energy use, and more development of innovative technologies that will save even more energy in the future. This is about saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the same move. We look forward to working with both chambers of Congress to ensure timely funding of these programs.”

The House Appropriations Committee’s report on the energy and water appropriations bill that was included in the package calls for increasing funding for the following energy efficiency programs within the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Advanced Manufacturing Office (13%), Building Technologies Office (10%), Federal Energy Management Program (13%), State Energy Program (27%), Vehicle Technologies Office (8%), and Weatherization Assistance Program (14%). The report also calls for increased funding for other critical programs including ARPA-E (16%) and the Energy Information Administration (2%).

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