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