Alliance Praises Clinton Administration for Negotiating $56 Million Energy-Efficiency Increase

Release Date: Tuesday, November 16, 1999

The Alliance to Save Energy praised Clinton Administration negotiators for emerging from often contentious negotiations yesterday over the Interior Appropriations bill with an additional $56 million for U.S. Department of Energy energy-efficiency programs — a 9-percent increase over last year's expenditure on energy-efficiency research, development and deployment.

Praising the administration for advancing its climate change goal, Alliance President David M. Nemtzow states, "This new money, which was over and above the $697 million passed by the Congress for fiscal year 2000, will translate into lower utility bills for business and consumers as well as reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. This is a good step forward as the world focuses more on the impact of energy production and use as Earth Day 2000 dawns next year."

"Further work still needs to be done to bolster funding for other areas of federal energy-efficiency deployment such as the Energy Star program at EPA," continues Nemtzow. "Energy-efficiency funding has still not made its way back to FY 1995 levels when these programs have provided a handsome return for the investment."