House Spending Plan on Energy a Big Improvement, But Still a Cut for Efficiency Programs
WASHINGTON – The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement today from President Jason Hartke in response to the U.S. House’s Energy-Water Appropriations bill. The bill’s committee report, released Tuesday, details proposed spending levels for energy efficiency investments in the Department of Energy, including a 15 percent cut for the Advanced Manufacturing Office and a 18 percent cut for the Building Technologies Office. The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.
“This proposal is a huge step forward from last year’s House bill that weakened important energy efficiency investments. And while we appreciate the appropriators’ recognition of the value of these programs, the proposal still represents a significant cut from current spending levels for several key energy efficiency investments.”
“These federal programs drive the country’s research and development pipeline and are vital to advancing energy technology innovation and building U.S. competitiveness and leadership in energy efficiency, one of the largest energy sectors in the global economy. So we urge lawmakers to maintain full funding in the final appropriations package and fully support these critical investments, which are proven to spur innovation, create jobs, save consumers money on energy bills and strengthen U.S. energy security.”
About the Alliance to Save Energy
Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit, bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders working to expand the economy while using less energy. Our mission is to promote energy productivity worldwide – including through energy efficiency – to achieve a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security, affordability and reliability.