White House Must Put Money where its Rhetoric is On Energy-Efficiency, Says Alliance to Save Energy

Release Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Washington, D.C., February 21, 2006 – “Now that the Bush Administration has ‘found’ money to reinstate 32 positions at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), it must also ‘find’ sufficient money to reinstate the important energy-efficiency programs that are slashed or zeroed out in its FY ’07 budget request,” Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan said today.

“The administration should match federal funding to its rhetoric on efficiency,” Callahan added. The Alliance particularly emphasized the need for sufficient funds for building codes training and assistance, which the Bush budget request zeroed out, and for R&D on commercial and residential building codes, activities slated for sizeable cuts. Building codes set an energy-efficiency floor, ensuring that buildings with a life of up to 100 years or more are as energy-efficient as possible.

“We are relieved that the president and his budget advisors have seen the wisdom of not sacrificing near-term energy initiatives like those undertaken at NREL for longer-term research and development,” Callahan continued. “Sufficient federal support for both types of activities is essential if we are to fulfill the vision of making our nation more energy-secure while providing relief to all economic sectors that are reeling from today’s high energy prices.”