SMACNA and its allies in the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency (AIE) saw positive results in securing funding support for energy efficiency initiatives in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that passed Congress in late March.
The funding package, which included funds for energy efficiency programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency, reflected growing support in Congress. The funding package rejected the deep cuts proposed in the Administration’s FY 2018 budget request. Instead, the Omnibus Appropriations bill provides:
- An increase of nearly $1.5 billion in DOE efficiency and clean energy programs compared to the prior fiscal year.
- Increased funding for the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (+14 percent), Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (+16 percent), Office of Science (+16 percent), and Office of Fossil Energy (+10 percent).
- Continued support for DOE’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnership Program.
- Stable funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency efforts.
SMACNA, AIE, and their allies now turn their advocacy efforts to the coming Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations bill.