Waste Not, Want Not: President Confirms Commitment to Energy Efficiency in FY2016 Budget Request

Release Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
A Statement from Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan

“President Barack Obama’s FY 2016 Budget Request reaffirms the Administration’s staunch commitment to doubling our nation's energy productivity by 2030 and the importance of energy efficiency and clean energy to the American economy.  

“The FY2016 Request calls for a marked increase in funding for energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recognizing that cutting energy waste is one of the cleanest, most cost-effective ways to grow the economy and create jobs, the President has requested robust funding for programs within the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office. Included are significant increases over last year’s request for research and development, the advanced manufacturing office, the federal energy management program and the building technologies office. The FY2016 request also calls for additional EPA funding to support the implementation of President’s Clean Power Plan and to create incentives for states to go beyond the requirements of the Plan.

“Getting everything the President has requested to drive energy efficiency forward would have huge economic development, energy and dollar savings and environmental benefits for our country. Getting Congress to agree to these funding levels will be a tough job but it is an important one that the Alliance will take on to ensure that the Administration continues to drive hard toward our shared goals of doubling energy productivity, reducing energy waste and strengthening our national resilience.

“See our FY2016 budget chart for details about the President’s FY2016 Budget Request.”