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Blog Post | May 8, 2009

Disappointing DOE 2010 Budget Request

DOE released its budget request for FY2010. Unfortunately it is disappointing with respect to the Industrial Technologies Program. Overall, funding increases from $90 million for FY2009 to $100 million for FY2010. However, funding actually goes down for the Industries of the Future (industry specific), with distributed energy and industrial assessment centers level funded. The major increases are for deployment (e.g., SEN) and for cross-cutting research.

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Blog Post | July 8, 2008

Federal Energy Policy Update

In June, the U.S. Senate spent several days debating climate change legislation. The debate was nominally on the Lieberman-Warner bill that would establish a federal cap and trade program for greenhouse gas emissions beginning in 2012, with the caps gradually ramping down to 80% below 1990 emissions by 2050. Many of the emission allowances would be auctioned off, and the proceeds would fund a variety of programs, including energy efficiency.

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Press Release | February 4, 2008

President's Budget Backtracks on Energy and Climate Priorities

Washington, D.C. — ACEEE's initial review of the Administration's FY 2009 budget request issued today finds that the request continues to shrink funding for the energy efficiency programs that should be front-line priorities in the nation's energy and environmental agenda.

"The President's budget once again fails to propose bold responses to our nation's critical energy priorities," said Executive Director Steven Nadel. "Congress should start with a clean slate on the 2009 budget if we are to make progress on high energy prices and global warming."

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Blog Post | March 28, 2007

Congress Takes a New Look at Efficiency

With new leadership in both houses for the first time in 12 years, members and committees have been actively exploring new energy policy ideas, including many on energy efficiency. A few highlights from the first three months:

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Press Release | February 6, 2007

President's Budget Undermines Energy Security

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today issued a preliminary assessment of the Administration’s FY 2008 budget request, finding that the request continues to shrink funding for the energy efficiency programs that should be front-line priorities in the nation’s energy agenda.

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Press Release | February 7, 2006

President's Budget Slashes Efficiency—The First Step in Oil Addiction Recovery

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today expressed disappointment in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) funding cuts for energy efficiency in its FY 2007 budget request. Energy efficiency core funding fell by over $100 million, or about 18% compared to the FY 2006 level. This budget proposal accelerates a six-year decline in efficiency spending. Since FY 2002, DOE research and design spending on core efficiency programs has fallen by $157 million; this represents a 32% after-inflation drop in federal support for energy efficiency.

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Press Release | February 1, 2006

Bush Clean Energy Goals Must Be Matched by New Funding and Policy Action

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)'s review of the President's State of the Union address applauded the Administration's recognition of our oil-dependence problem and the need for new clean energy research. However, ACEEE also observed that while the speech contained promising words on new clean energy policy initiatives, it contrasts sharply with the administration's funding record on energy efficiency technology and its policy inaction on clean energy solutions.

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Blog Post | February 15, 2005

Bush Efficiency Budget Continues Slow Bleeding

As has been the case in recent years, the Administration's FY 2006 budget request, released February 7, continues to cut funding for energy efficiency. Overall funding would drop from $868 million in FY 2005 to $847 million in FY 2006. While this 2.5% cut may appear modest, it reflects a 15% cut from FY 2002 levels, after inflation, and masks deeper cuts in several key programs, including:

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Press Release | February 7, 2005

President's Energy Efficiency Budget Backs Away From His Policy Goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today expressed disappointment with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) continued funding cuts for energy efficiency in its FY 2006 budget request. Energy efficiency funding fell by about $20 million, or more than 2%, compared to the FY 2005 level. Since FY 2002, DOE research and development spending on efficiency has fallen by $50 million. Corrected for inflation, this represents a 15% drop in federal support for energy efficiency.

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Blog Post | October 5, 2004

Washington Update on Imminent Energy Policy Actions

While Congress and the Administration are not demonstrating much leadership overall on energy efficiency, several important issues hang in the balance this fall:

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