Alliance to Save Energy Laments Missed Opportunity In Senate to Back up Energy Law with Real Dollars

Release Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Washington, D.C., March 15, 2006 – The Alliance to Save Energy expressed dismay that the U.S. Senate today rejected, 46-54, a proposal that would have ensured full funding for critical energy-efficiency provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The proposal was introduced by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and other Democratic senators as an amendment to the Senate’s fiscal year 2007 Budget Resolution – a blueprint for funding federal programs. The amendment would have directed Congress to fully fund key energy-efficiency programs including state building code incentives, appliance rebates, public information initiatives, energy-efficient public buildings, research and development, and pilot programs for utility efficiency and low-income communities.

“By rejecting the Bingaman amendment directing full funding for energy-efficiency programs authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Senate has missed a key opportunity to provide the American public relief from high energy prices,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan.

“We commend Sen. Bingaman and his co-sponsors for attempting to make good on the promise of energy efficiency by putting money behind the commitment they and their colleagues made last August,” Callahan continued. “But we are sorely disappointed that, despite steadily increasing energy prices, the Senate chose not to expand the budget to accommodate these critical programs.”