Posts Tagged ‘ Energy Star ’

Energy Star Releases Draft Storm Window Specification

Jul 24th, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the first draft of Version 1.0 for an Energy Star specification for exterior and interior storm windows. The specification would apply to low-E storm windows, which first became commercially available in 2009. The EPA is basing the specification’s criteria on emissivity, solar transmittance (Tsol) and air leakage. […]

Energy Star Survives, and Other Tales From the Budget Wars

Jul 19th, 2017

A couple of months ago, I highlighted a phrase that Reason writer Katherine Mangu-Ward used to describe the annual presidential budget requests: “They’re essentially the White House asking Congress for a pony.” It’s a good line, and this year, it’s looking more and more to be true. In March, President Trump rolled out a budget […]

Energy Star Could Survive, But With a Lot Less Money

Jul 18th, 2017

The House Appropriations Committee’s spending bill for 2018, which came out last week, keeps the popular Energy Star program but drastically reduces its funding, according to a report on the committee’s proposal that was released on Monday. The 2018 spending bill would fund Energy Star at $31 million. That’s 53 percent less than 2017’s funding […]

EPA Cuts Might Not Be as Deep as Planned

Jun 22nd, 2017

Earlier this week, my blog partner Ric Jackson urged everyone to listen to a recent hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee. In that session, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt faced some tough comments and questions about President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal for the agency, which reduces its funding by a […]

Pruitt Testimony Emphasizes State-Level Responsibility for EPA Programs

Jun 19th, 2017

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee heard testimony from EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, among other stakeholders on the FY2018 budget proposal that would cut funding for the agency by 30 percent and cut approximately 3,800 federal jobs. So many important issues were discussed, including how the proposed cuts will impact protecting waterways […]

Final 2018 Budget Still ‘Skinny’ on Window-Related Programs

Jun 4th, 2017

The final 2018 budget proposal from the White House released just a couple of weeks ago should look pretty familiar. It’s almost exactly the same as the “skinny budget” released a few months back. The president is holding his ground, focusing a majority of the budget on national security, defense, homeland security, the southern border […]

May Newscast: Will Energy Star Survive?

May 31st, 2017

The Energy Star program is on President Trump’s chopping block, but will that actually come to pass? DWM’s May newscast takes a look at what could happen if Energy Star is privatized and run by the industry. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

Energy Star: The Story That Won’t Quit

May 24th, 2017

It looks like the debate about Energy Star’s future will be with us for a while longer. Fun, right? On Tuesday, the Trump administration unveiled its 2018 budget proposal. The New-York-phonebook-sized plan – and a plan is really all it is right now – includes cuts to a lot of programs, but the Energy Star […]

Final 2018 Budget Plan: Energy Star, EPA Cuts Remain

May 23rd, 2017

The White House’s 2018 federal budget plan, which was released today, is a close match for the outline that came out in March. Deep cuts are still planned for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including the elimination of the popular Energy Star program. Additionally, window research projects that are run by the Department of Energy […]

Energy Star: Privatize It or Keep it As Is?

May 23rd, 2017

DWM is currently running a poll that asks this question: If Energy Star Goes Away, Would Privatization Be Okay?  Well, I clicked on the link to register my vote and check the status of the results so far, and I must say that I am somewhat surprised that the results, as of this writing, are […]

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