Sending Office: Honorable Peter Welch
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Deadline: March 9th COB

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in supporting funding for key energy efficiency priorities at the Department of Energy (DOE).

Energy efficiency is our nation’s most abundant energy source. Economy-wide improvements in energy efficiency have largely contributed to a 40% reduction in U.S. energy use over the last 30 years. The energy productivity of the U.S. economy —the amount of
energy it takes to produce one dollar’s worth of goods—has increased by 50% over the past three decades. The economic productivity improvements over this period reduced our national energy bill by about $700 billion.  

The nation’s continued investment in energy efficiency is vital. We oppose the Administration’s proposed cuts to efficiency programs and ask you to join in supporting funding for these critical programs at the following levels:

  1. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    1. Advanced Manufacturing Office ($275M)
    2. Buildings Technologies Office ($250M)
    3. Federal Energy Management Program ($36M)
    4. Weatherization/State Energy Program ($300M)
    5. Vehicle Technology Program ($325M)
  2. Energy Information Administration ($135M)

Please join me in urging the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee to provide robust funding to these important DOE energy efficiency programs in FY2019.  To sign on to the letter please contact Mark Fowler in my office at


Peter Welch

Member of Congress


March XX, 2018

Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Kaptur:

We are writing to express strong support for key energy efficiency programs within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  These programs, which are leveraged across the board through public-private
partnerships, have helped modernize an energy efficiency sector that employs about 2.2 million Americans.  More can be done, and as we invest in and upgrade U.S. energy infrastructure we must ensure that DOE has the resources it needs to continue to deliver
direct savings to homeowners, consumers, and business. 

Energy efficiency is our nation’s most abundant energy resource.  Without the gains in energy efficiency made since 1973, it is estimated that today’s U.S. economy would require 60 percent more energy than we currently consume.  The importance of DOE in
research, technical assistance, and market integration efforts that have driven gains in energy efficiency cannot be overstated.  DOE energy efficiency programs provide an exceptional value to American consumers and businesses, yielding benefits that far outweigh
the relatively nominal outlays appropriated by Congress.  To that end, we respectfully request FY2019 funding for the following DOE programs, as summarized below:

Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO):  $275 million to enable the research, development, demonstration and deployment of industrial energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing technologies that will keep U.S. companies competitive in international
markets and able to retain and continue to expand employment opportunities in local economies.
  AMO is a key component of many public-private partnerships that leverage federal investment in high-performance computing, advanced materials, and smart
manufacturing.  Transfer of these technologies to the private sector is critically important to sustained international competitiveness of the nation’s small and mid-size manufacturers.  We support funding for the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes,
Industrial Assessment Centers, Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships, and the deployment of energy efficient manufacturing technologies and practices, such as smart manufacturing.

Building Technologies Office: $250 million to develop innovative, cost-effective technologies, tools, and solutions that help U.S. homeowners, consumers, and businesses achieve peak energy efficiency performance in their buildings across all
sectors of our economy.
  Within this account robust funding is needed for:

  • Emerging Technologies (ET):  The program supports applied research and development (R&D) for technologies, systems, and models that contribute to reducing energy consumption. ET is helping to meet this goal by enabling cost-effective, energy-efficient
    technologies and accelerating the adoption of these technologies into the marketplace.
  • Residential Buildings Integration (RBI):  DOE collaborates with the residential building industry to improve the energy efficiency of both new and existing homes.  RBI has partnerships with thousands of small businesses in this sector, the construction
    trades, equipment, smart grid technology and systems suppliers, integrators, and state and local governments.  By developing, demonstrating, and deploying cost-effective solutions, the program aims to reduce by 2025, the energy use for space conditioning and
    water heating in single-family homes by 40% from 2010 levels.
  • Commercial Building Integration (CBI):  The program’s research, development, and evaluation helps advance a range of innovative building technologies and solutions, paving the way for high performing buildings that could use between 50% and 70% less
    energy than typical buildings. CBI works with industry, small businesses, academia, the national labs and other entities to advance energy efficiency solutions and technologies for commercial buildings.
  • Efficiency Standards, Building Codes, and Test Procedures:  DOE is responsible for setting minimum energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and lighting to ensure new models continue to make progress on efficiency as technology matures
    as well as updating test procedures to reflect product improvements, particularly Internet connectivity.  DOE plays an important support and technical assistance roles in the development and implementation of building energy codes, which are adopted by states
    and local governments, for new residential and commercial construction that reflect developments in building energy efficiency—and “lock in” savings for the life of the building.

Federal Energy Management Program:  $36 million to provide project and policy expertise to all federal agencies, helping them meet Congressional and Executive energy management goals, such as reducing waste in federal agency energy use, spurring
innovation and the commercialization of efficient technologies.

Weatherization and Intergovernmental Activities:  $300 million, and within this account, we request funding allocations for the following priorities, including $230 million for the Weatherization Assistance Program and $70 million for the
State Energy Program (SEP).
  These programs support EE and clean energy technologies and practices in partnership with state, local, and territorial governments.  SEP defers to the governors all decisions on allocating resources provided by DOE to
meet their states’ priorities such as energy emergency planning and response and energy related economic development. 

Vehicle Technologies Program: $325 million to pursue advanced efficiency technologies for light- and heavy-duty vehicles and transportation system efficiency.  Innovative programs such as SuperTruck, Energy Efficient Mobility Systems,
and Advanced Engine and Fuel Technologies play a crucial role in achieving U.S. leadership in the rapidly emerging areas of advanced clean vehicles and sustainable mobility.  DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office Battery and Electrification Technologies R&D programs
have helped drive electric vehicle costs down faster than anticipated and contribute to the AMO’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.   

Energy Information Administration:  $135 million to continue important data collection, analysis and reporting activities on energy use and consumption including the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey and the Residential Buildings
Energy Consumption Survey.
  Additional data is also needed on LEDs (light-emitting diode bulbs and fixtures), commercial building codes, and transmission.

Thank you for your consideration of our request.  Funding at the levels requested would provide DOE with the resources it needs to accomplish its mission, help the federal government meet its goals, and implement initiatives that benefit and deliver direct
savings across all sectors of our economy. 



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