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Peter Welch

From the office of:

Peter Welch

Sending Office: Honorable Peter Welch
Sent By:
Alex.Piper@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Deadline: Friday, March 13th COB

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Joaquin Castro, Tony Cárdenas, Debbie, Dingell, Diana DeGette, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Suzanne Bonamici 

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. The energy productivity of the U.S. economy—the amount of economic output per unit of energy—has more than doubled over the past three decades. Because of economy-wide improvements in energy
efficiency over the last 30 years the U.S. uses 40% less energy than it would have. The efficiency improvements over this period reduced our national energy bill by about $800 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. Buildings Technologies Office ($300M)
    2. Advanced Manufacturing Office ($395M)
    3. Federal Energy Management Program ($44M)
    4. Weatherization/State Energy Program ($400M)
    5. Vehicle Technology Program ($410M)
  2. U.S. Energy & Employment Report (USEER) ($2M)
  3. 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 FY2021.  To sign on to the letter, please contact
Alex.Piper@mail.house.gov (Rep. Welch).

Sincerely,

________________

March 17, 2020

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur                                           The Honorable Mike Simpson

Chairwoman                                                                      Ranking Member

House Appropriations Subcommittee on                          House Appropriations Subcommittee on

Energy and Water Development                                       Energy and Water Development

2362-B Rayburn House Office Building                          2362-B Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515                                                   Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Dear Chairwoman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson:

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 at least 2.23 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 businesses. 

Energy efficiency is our nation’s most abundant energy resource. Without the gains in energy efficiency made since 1980, the U.S. economy would today require two-thirds more energy than we currently consume. According to the American Council for an Energy
Efficient Economy, the cumulative savings from energy efficiency since 1980 reduced our national energy bills in 2014 by about $800 billion. The importance of the U.S DOE in research, technical assistance, and market integration efforts that have driven gains
in energy efficiency cannot be overstated. U.S. DOE energy efficiency programs provide exceptional value to American consumers and businesses, yielding benefits that far outweigh the relatively nominal outlays appropriated by Congress.

Our request directs DOE to maintain a comprehensive approach that includes early, middle, and late-stage research, development, deployment, and demonstration activities. Continued DOE involvement throughout this process is critical to delivering innovative
advanced energy technologies, practices, and information to American consumers. To carry out this important work, it is imperative for DOE to continue to build and maintain a capable and committed agency workforce. Our funding request is an explicit acknowledgement
of the tremendous success of DOE leadership and staff to date and a demand for adequate human resources to continue to deliver benefits to American taxpayers according to the deadlines established by Congress.  

Specifically, we respectfully request FY2021 funding for the following DOE programs, as summarized below:

Buildings Technologies (BTO): $300 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.
  BTO’s goal is to reduce the energy use intensity of U.S. buildings by 30% by 2030, relative to 2010. Within this account, robust funding is needed for:

  • Emerging Technologies (ET):  The program enables cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace. ET funds and directs applied research and development (R&D) for technologies and tools that support
    building energy efficiency.
  • 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 help 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 role 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.

Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO): $395 million to enable the research, development, demonstration and deployment of industrial energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing technologies. These technologies will keep U.S.
companies competitive in international markets and enable them 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.

Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)At least $44 million.  $28 million for the base program to provide project and policy expertise to all federal agencies.
With minimal funding, FEMP supports all agencies of the Federal government in their quest to save energy and money for the American taxpayer while improving agency infrastructure and addressing deferred maintenance. FEMP is at the forefront of efforts
to improve federal building energy performance, which is accomplished in part by accessing and leveraging private capital in performance contracts. The additional private capital has been used to finance hundreds of projects across two dozen agencies, creating
30,000 jobs and reducing energy outlays by $8 billion over the next 18 years.  We additionally support
$14 million in funding for the (Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies) AFFECT program and $2 million to support the
Performance Based Contract National Resource Initiative within FEMP. 

Weatherization (WAP) and State Energy Program (SEP):
$400 million, and within this account, we request funding allocations for the following priorities, including $310 million for the Weatherization Assistance Program and $90 million for the State Energy Program.
R&D investments will continue to make
emerging technologies cheaper and more accessible, but DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program is particularly important for bringing energy efficiency to communities that need it. According to the Energy Information Administration, over 25 million American
households report forgoing food or medicine to pay energy costs, while over 12 million households report being unable to use their heating or cooling equipment. Since 1976, WAP has helped make more than 7.4 million homes more efficient, saving the average
recipient about $4,200 over the lifetime of their home. Each WAP dollar produces $4.50 in benefits, including energy savings as well as improved health and safety. The WAP also helps workers and small businesses, directly supporting more than 8,500 jobs and
supporting thousands more in related industries. SEP leverages over $10 for every federal dollar invested and saves over $7 for every federal dollar invested. In addition to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, SEP is critical for dealing with
cyber security and energy emergency preparedness and response.

Vehicle Technologies Program: $410 million to pursue advanced efficiency technologies for light- and heavy-duty vehicles and transportation system efficiency. The program supports research, development (R&D), and
deployment of efficient and sustainable transportation technologies that will improve energy efficiency, fuel economy, and enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies, which include advanced batteries and electric drive systems, lightweight materials,
advanced combustion engines, alternative fuels, as well as energy efficient mobility systems, will increase America’s energy security, economic vitality, and quality of life

U.S. Energy & Employment Report (USEER): $2 million for the Office of Policy to complete a U.S. energy employment report that includes a comprehensive statistical survey to collect data, publish the data and provide a summary report.
The information collected will include data related to employment figures and demographics in the US energy sector. The report presents a unique snapshot of energy efficiency employment in key sectors of the economy, including construction and manufacturing.

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.

Sincerely,

 

 

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